The journal Contemporary Psychology is intended for psychodiagnostic theory and practice as well as general themes in psychology.

The Editorial Board only accepts previously unpublished manuscripts, written in Croatian or English languages. The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit the manuscript in accordance with journal specifications and Croatian and English language standards.
Manuscripts are submitted:
in electronic form to:

The manuscript must be accopmanied by an authorship statement, available at
Review procedure
All submitted manuscripts are edited and reviewed for suitability, followed by double blind reviews by experts in the field, where the identities of the authors and reviewers are not revealed.

Following review, authors are required to submit the corrected manuscript, accompanied by a letter stating which review remarks have been accepted and which have been rejected and why.

Preference is given to manuscripts on psychodiagnostic tests and those in applied psychology, apart from clinical psychology, which are redirected to the journal Clinical Psychology.
The publisher reserves the rights for all published manuscripts, both print and electronic editions. Articles published in the journal can, with appropriate citations, be used free of charge for educational and research purposes and other noncommercial uses. The authors reserve all authorship rights.

Authors are instructed to check their article in accordance with Chapter 8 (The Publication Process) of the APA Publication Manual, Check your Manuscript list (APA, 2014, Checklist for Manuscript Submission. Available at ...

Rule 8.04 states that it is the duty of the author to obtain a) written permission from the copyright owner for use of restricted materials and b) submit copies of written permissions with the manuscript.
Research ethics
Research must comply with appropriate ethical rules and codices. If the Editorial Board sees fit, it may require the author to provide permission given by the board of ethics of their institution.

Authors are asked to observe the following instructions:

  1. The manuscript (including notes, bibliography and illustrations) should not exceed the given standards (a text card equals 1800 characters with spaces)
    - Original Scientific Papers - 16 text cards
    - Preliminary Communication - 8 text cards
    - Review Article - 48 text cards
    - Professional Paper - 16 text cards
  2. The name of the author, institution name and address, e-mail address and title of the paper (in capital letters) is to be placed on the title page (the editors will erase these details for review purposes)
  3. The journal uses the APA style of references in the text and reference list (
  4. The reference list must contain full details of works mentioned in the text and cannot contain works not cited in the article.
  5. References are cited in alphabetical order by author surname and in chronological order for the same author. If multiple works of the same author are cited with same year of publication, they need to be marked with letters (a, b, c etc.) following the year. In cases of more than one author, all authors need to be listed, the et al form is not used.
  6. The manuscripts must contain an abstract in Croatian and English. The abstract should not exceed 1800 characters with spaces and should contain the aim of the work, methodology employed, the most important results and a conclusion. Five key words need to be included.
  7. Illustrations and tables should be prepared in accordance with the journal format.
Article categorization
Original scientific paper contains unpublished results of original scientific research, where the information is presented in such a way that the accuracy of the analyses and procedures upon which the results are based can be verified.

Preliminary Communication contains unpublished results of an ongoing study which are preferably quickly published. It is not necessary to present enough data for duplication and verification of results.

Review article contains an original, concise and critical review of an individual field or segment where the author is active. The author’s role and contribution in the chosen field needs to be presented with respect to previously published materials and contain a review of these works. A review article contains state-of-the-art reviews. It can be written by one or several authors and is usually commissioned by the editor. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject individually sent contributions.

Professional Paper contains published research results and focuses on their application in practice or their dissemination (educational purposes). A professional paper presents useful, practical data not related to the author’s research and the observations need not be necessarily new in the field. They must be written in a systematic and understandable manner, in accordance with reader profiles.
References in accordance with APA style:
Sources need to be listed in the text, not as footnotes. The reference is in parentheses and contains the surname of the author, year and, in case of citations, the page number. If there are two authors, both need to be listed. In case of three, four or five authors, all need to be listed when first cited, et al is used further.

If the paper has six or more authors, et al is used when first cited.
Reference listi in accordance with APA style - examples:
Book – one author: Pfeiffer, S.I. (2015). Essentials of Gifted Assessment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Book – several authors: Fulero, S.M. & Wrightsman, L.S. (2009). Forensic Psychology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Book – chapter: Bem, D.J. (2000). Writing an Empirical Article. In; R.J. Sternberg (Ed), Guide to Publishing in Psychology Journals (pp 3-16). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Journal article with DOI: Grabovac, I. & Mustajbegović, J. (2015). Healthy occupational culture for a worker-friendly workplace. Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju, 66, 1-8. DOI:10.1515/aiht-2015-66-2558.

Journal article without DOI: Matešić, K. jr. & Zarevski, P. (2008). Correlation between intelligence and dimensions of personality and school success. Metodika, 17(2), 366-382.

Unpublished doctoral dissertation: Ružić, V. (2013). Utjecaj očekivanja o intenzitetu i vremenu pojavljivanja podražaja na doživljaj boli (Neobjavljena doktorska disertacija) [The influence of expectations on the intensity and time of stimulus onset on the experience of pain, Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. Filozofski fakultet, Zagreb.

Published conference presentation: Matešić, K. (2012). Čestina uporabe psihodijagnostičkih sredstava u Republici Hrvatskoj – Pregled aktualnog stanja. In D. Jelčić, F. Tomić, S. Jakobović & A. Zrnić (Ed.), Radovi zavoda za znanstveni i umjetnički rad u Požegi (pp 161-168). Zagreb-Požega: Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti.

Law: Zakon o psihološkoj djelatnosti. Narodne novine, 47/2003.

Foreign language edition if paper is written in English: Sorić, I. (2004). Samoregulacija učenja – Možemo li naučiti učiti [Self-regulation of learning – Can we learn to study]. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap.

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