Instructions for Authors

The journal Psychology for Practice publishes original, unpublished works in the field of psychological theory, methodology, research and practice. A paper that has already been published in the journal Psychology for Practice may not be offered to another subject or otherwise published without the publisher’s consent. The condition for admission is a clear and concise formulation of ideas and editing of the manuscript according to the following instructions:

The author sends the paper to the editors in electronic form to the address The executive editorial office will confirm to the author the receipt of the paper in electronic form. Without confirmation, the message cannot be considered delivered.

The individual sections of the magazine are:

– Theory for psychological applications and review articles
– Research reports and empirical studies
– Methods and procedures
– Case reports
– News from practice
– Reviews

Contributions to all sections have the following requirements:

– at the beginning: title, name of the author
– at the end: basic information about the author (titles, where he works or studies), contact details (e-mail and correspondence address at least of the corresponding author)

Structure of contributions according to sections:

“Theory for Psychological Applications and Review Articles” and “Research Papers and Empirical Studies” are as follows:

– abstract in Czech and English (translation can be provided by the editors), may not be written in the first person, has a range of 900–1000 characters incl. space; the abstract should include: a brief introduction of the reader to the issues that will be discussed in the article, a description of the issues on which the research focuses (or an explanation of technical terms used in the title of the article); what is the goal of research; an indication of the name of the method by which the data were obtained; a brief description of the research sample; a brief summary of the research results
– 3–6 keywords in Czech and English (keywords should cover the following: 2–3 descriptive/substantial keywords; 1–2 outlining the areas of applied psychology to which the results apply; 1–2 countries where data were collected
– own text (short introduction, theoretical background, research goals, research questions or hypotheses, research sample and methods used, results, discussion, conclusion with possible recommendations for practice)
– literature


– research and review studies approximately 12–20 standard pages (1800 characters inc. spaces)
– practical contributions approximately 3–10 standard pages
– News and reviews 1–2 standard pages


The formal editing of the paper is governed by the general instructions for the authors of the Karolinum publishing house.

– font – write in system fonts Times New Roman or Arial (resp. Cambria or Calibri), size 12
– text in document format (.docx)
– line spacing 1.5

To speed up the subsequent graphic editing, write the text smoothly, without indentation, align the text only to the left, mark the paragraphs with the enter key, do not insert a tab or a few spaces in front of them. Don't use hyphenation.

Use a uniform hierarchy of subtitles to divide the text, differentiate the individual layers using the built-in MS Word styles (bold, italics, size) or numbers (in the decimal system). Unless absolutely necessary, please do not use more than three levels of subtitles. Continuously page the entire manuscript.

You can use bold, italics, indexes to mark in the text (eg in literature, not in notes – see below). Conversely, do not use interleaved fonts (neither manually nor using the appropriate MS Word option). If possible, do not use underlining and bold italics. When marking in the text using capital letters and capital letters, use the appropriate MS Word styles.

For automated footnotes, use MS Word automated footnotes. Make sure that there are no “manually” (using superscript) notes between them.

All abbreviations must be explained at the first use, in the following text it is possible to use abbreviations without explanation.

Do not insert into the manuscript: images embedded with symbols (arrows, tickets, lines above or below paragraphs, etc.), colors, shadows, frames, background printing and other effects, non-text objects (floating frames/boxes with text, etc.), highlighting, comments, tracking changes and other “editorial” functions.


Prepare using the built-in spreadsheet editor MS Word. Use simple formatting (black, one line type, text formatting), no shading, or multiple line types. Leave the table in the manuscript in the same place where it should be in the text, or supply it in a separate file (eg Tab1.docx) and refer to it in the text where it should be wrapped, for example, refer to it as follows <>. Supply tables prepared in the MS Excel editor in separate files.

Image documentation

Provide image documentation on scanned or electronically reproducible originals.
Required formats and resolutions for image materials in electronic form (supply image materials without compression):

– line art (line images, eg graphs, diagrams, diagrams, etc.): format *.pdf, *.eps; 1200 dpi resolution (at 1 : 1);
– autotype (halftone images, eg photographs, etc.): format *.tiff, *.pdf, *.eps; 300 dpi resolution (at 1 : 1).

Never insert images into the text (MS Word degrades them irreversibly qualitatively). Mark the originals to be scanned with numbers (Scan01, Scan02), name the electronic files uniformly (Fig.1.tif, Fig2.tif, etc.) and in the printed form of the text only mark the place where they are to be placed.


Prepare either in MS Word/Excel editors (black and white), vector format (*.pdf, *.eps) or supply only the drawn graph template for typesetters. (For graphs supplied in Excel, full data is required, eg graphs downloaded from the Internet are unsatisfactory for publication.)

Add in separate files (eg Graf1.doc, Graf1.xls) and in the text at the place where it is to be wrapped, refer to it as follows <>.

Upon agreement, it is also possible to deliver the graph in the form of an image in sufficient resolution.

Work with literature

In the text use references to cited works in the form (Mikšík, 1999) or Mikšík states that … (1999). Direct citations are written in italics and are given in quotation marks, inc. reference to the page (Mikšík, 1999, p. 45). For two to three authors of the cited work, all are listed in the reference, separated by commas (Shaugnessy, Zechmeister, 1990), for more than three authors, only the first author is mentioned, followed by “et al.” (De Paulo et al., 1993). When referring to multiple sources, these are separated in parentheses by a semicolon (Mikšík, 1999; Říčan, 2004) and listed alphabetically by the author’s surname.

Secondary citation: … cit. according to … (not in), indicating the party of the primary source; only the primary source is listed in the literature list.

Citation index is not used.

The list of references at the end of the article is marked as References. These publications should be arranged alphabetically and not numbered. If the author mentions several works by the same author, they should be arranged according to the year of publication of these works, ie from the oldest to the newest; works that have more than one author are placed behind the works from one author. It is necessary to consistently list all sources to which we refer in the text (but only these sources). Do not format the list of literature in a block or format it in any other particular way. The author is obliged to strictly adhere to the chosen alternative for writing the cited literature throughout the article.

a) citation of the book

Miksik, O. (1999). Psychological theories of personality. Prague: Karolinum.

b) citation of the article from the proceedings

Bradley, A. R. (2003). Child Custody Evaluations. In W. O’Donohue, E. Levensky (Eds.), Handbook of forensic psychology (233–243). New York: Academic Press.

c) the citation of the proceedings is given under the name of the editor

similar to a book citation (only “(Ed.)” or “(Eds.)” is given after the author's name if more than one author is

O’Donohue, W., Levensky, E. (Eds.) (2003). Handbook of forensic psychology. New York: Academic Press.

d) citation of an article in a journal

Gudjonsson, G. H. (1993). Confession evidence, psychological vulnerability and expert testimony. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, (3), 117–129.

e) citations of articles presented on the Internet

see d) citation of an article in a on-line journal, with the address of the visited website and the date when it was visited at the end of the citation

Sedláková, M. (2000). Folk (lay psychology). Its subject, function and relation to scientific psychology. [approached 1.5.2004 at]

Review and correction proceedings

The articles (research and review reports) undergo a two-round review procedure; the review procedure is unilaterally anonymous, the reviewer is acquainted with the identity of the author, the review is then sent to the author in an anonymous form. If the author edits the paper according to the opponent's opinion, he is obliged to respond to the review in writing (or by e-mail) (which comments he accepted and which he did not incorporate into the new wording of the paper, or which he does not agree with); the edited paper is submitted to the original reviewer for supervision. Column corrections must be returned by the author within 14 days at the latest; making changes in column correction is not allowed without the consent of the editors. The editors reserve the right to shorten the manuscript and to make editorial changes. Published manuscripts and unsolicited unpublished manuscripts will not be returned. The author of the work offered for publication is notified of its acceptance or rejection.

Open Access Statement

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Content License

The journal applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License to articles and other works we publish. If you submit your paper for publication by Psychologie pro praxi, you agree to have the CC BY license applied to your work. The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.

Publication Fees

There are no author fees or charges required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal.

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ISSN: 1803-8670
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