Scientific Study of Literature welcomes contributions from several disciplinary perspectives (e.g., psychological, developmental, cross-cultural, cognitive, neuroscience, sociological, computational, educational, historical, anthropological) to deepen our understanding of literature, literary processes, and literary applications. The journal will comprise empirical articles that apply scientific stringency to cast light on the structure and function of literary phenomena.

Authors should submit an electronic copy of their manuscript directly to the journal’s editorial management system.

Authors are required to provide the following information:

(1) the manuscript (stripped of all identifying information), abstract, text of the article, references, footnotes, and (if applicable) appendices; and

(2) any figures and tables, which can be submitted as separate files.

Authors are strongly encouraged to only submit materials that are essential to the main message of the paper, limiting excessive use of appendices, figures and tables.

Manuscript format

All contributions should follow the format outlined below. Manuscripts that do not follow this format will not be considered for review.

All contributions should be in English. Spelling should be British English or American English and should be consistent throughout the paper. Manuscripts should not exceed 12,000 words (excluding tables, figures, and references) and should be prepared according to the guidelines of the most current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Please consult this source for the handling of references, footnotes, tables and figures, abbreviations and symbols. Authors of accepted manuscripts must also provide written permission releases for use of material (including text or figures) from other copyrighted sources.

The title page should include the title of the manuscript and a running head of no more than 50 letters and spaces. To ensure a double blind review process, do not include any identifying information in the manuscript itself.

The second page should include the manuscript title and an abstract of no more than 150 words. Six keywords should also be provided below the abstract.

Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections according to APA guidelines.

Reference to any figures and plates should be given in the appropriate place where they should appear.

Tables should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text.


In addition to standard statistical notation (degrees of freedom, significance), we recommend effect sizes to accompany the major results. When relevant, bar and line graphs should include distributional information, usually confidence intervals or standard errors of the mean.

Graphics Files

Line drawings (figures) and photographs (plates) should be submitted as reproducible originals. They should be numbered consecutively, and appropriate captions should be provided. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission to use any copyrighted materials.

Please supply Figures and Plates as Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) or Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) conversion in addition to the source files. Please ensure the resolution is fit for print media, preferably 300 dpi. Final figures may be modified to fit journal style. Color should be used when absolutely necessary; requests for use of color should be made with the submission of the article.

Submission and review process

Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission. All articles published in SSOL are peer reviewed. Manuscripts will first be reviewed by the Editor for suitability for the journal. Once deemed suitable, the assigned Action Editor will initiate the review process, soliciting reviews from experts in the field who will remain anonymous. Authors can expect an initial decision with accompanying reviews within two to three months of submission. The possible decisions are Accept; Accept with minor revisions; Revise and resubmit; Reject.

Rejected manuscripts will not be considered further for publication in the journal. Manuscripts invited for resubmission following revision may go out for peer-review using the same or different reviewers as the initial round of reviewing. Manuscripts accepted with minor revisions will have the revisions reviewed by the Action Editor before acceptance for publication.

There is no additional copyediting at SSOL, so authors are encouraged to review their manuscripts closely for grammatical errors and typos. Authors for whom English is not their first language should consider engaging the assistance of a native speaker or editing service.

The first author will receive a PDF copy of the page proofs for final correction. One corrected set must be returned with corrections by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.

Please make sure that you include all authors and their affiliations on submission (on a cover sheet/in EM). In general, we will not permit adding authors or making changes to the order of authors after the article is accepted for publication. After acceptance it is still possible to add an affiliation for individual authors, if an author moved to another institution during the process of reviewing and revising. Removing affiliations would, in principle, never be necessary -- if an author did (part of) the research and writing while affiliated with an institution, that still remains relevant, even if they moved before the article entered the production process. On submission of the accepted, final version to the editors, please include in the article itself, below the title, a list of all authors in the order in which they should appear in the publication and for each author:

  • Name(s) as they should appear in the publication
  • Affiliation(s): Please use the name that your institution (at the highest level, usually the name of the university) has established for international usage, either in English, or in one of the official languages of the institution. If your article is written in a language other than English and not one of the languages for which your institution has established an official name, do not translate the name yourself, as this makes it harder or even impossible for us to recognize publications from the same institution. If your institution has a name that is not unique in the world (in English), please add as much information as is needed -- city, country -- to allow for identification. If you have more than one affiliation, please provide each affiliation separated by an ampersand ' & '.
  • ORCID, if available

The copyright of articles published in SSOL is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.

Accepted manuscripts will appear both in the print journal and will be made available online. Authors of articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their paper appears.

All further inquiries should be sent to the assisting and managing editor:
Paul Sopcak (Grant MacEwan University) sopcakp at

For a more in-depth description, read The scope of SSOL: A discussion of the boundaries of science and literature by David I. Hanauer.