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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Registered Reports: “Revisiting basic tenets of and new directions for Social Identity Theory“

07.06.2019, by Tina Keil in call for papers

European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP)
Submission deadline: before November 1st, 2019


Marking Henri Tajfel’s 100th birthday, we are pleased to invite submissions for a European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP) Special Section of Registered Reports on the topic “Revisiting basic tenets of and new directions for Social Identity Theory“. With this special section, we aim to try out a new article format hitherto not implemented at EJSP (i.e., Registered Reports) while honouring the legacy of Henri Tajfel and Social Identity Theory. SIT is arguably the single most intimately connected theory with the tradition of the European Journal of Social Psychology (exemplified not only but also in the fact that year after year EJSP’s most cited article remain Tajfel and colleagues’ 1971 “Social categorisation and intergroup behaviour”). Our aim is to both celebrate the legacy and rejuvenate theorising and empirical work in this tradition with an exciting new article format that is becoming more popular in our field.

In the spirit of our editorial (January, 2018), the current editorial team at EJSP is therefore calling for empirical articles on the topic that will be peer-reviewed before data are collected (for more information on the format of Registered Reports, see; see also the submission guidelines of Comprehensive results in Social Psychology). We hope that this will encourage colleagues in Social Psychology to consider trying out this new format; furthermore we hope that this will have the function to evaluate and extend basic tenets of Social Identity Theory, for example to revisit their validity, extend or change them to accommodate modern times, or to explicitly compare the basic tenets of different theories that seem to be in conflict (e.g., System Justification or Social Dominance Theory). In any event, the registered report should be designed to have clear theoretical implications for social psychology.

Please note that this format exemplifies an exception to EJSP’s rule to discourage single study papers. Registered Reports are good exceptions to this rule because single studies using this format are evaluated before data is collected about whether they are well- designed to make them maximally informative (e.g., allowing a decision between two plausible propositions, allowing strong inference with adequate statistical power, and so on). This means that although submissions are welcome to include multiple studies, we are certainly also considering single study papers using the RR format.

The process of evaluating Registered Reports includes two stages. First, we invite researchers of all career stages to submit Stage 1 papers, which should emphasise the importance of the research question and the strength of the proposed method. Once they pass editorial triage, these papers will be sent out for peer review, and may receive an in-principle-acceptance after a constructive revision process. Authors will then collect the data according to the agreed protocol, and submit the Stage 2 paper with Results and Discussion to the journal. If the research has been done as agreed, and the interpretation of the data and the conclusions drawn are supported by the data, the paper will be accepted for publication – no matter the results. Registered reports will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance, and will appear in a special section of a single print issue. The Section may also include invited discussion papers to provide integration and perspectives.

Acceptance (potentially pending revisions) and rejection decision will be based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and theoretical relevance of the research question
  • Fit with the section theme
  • Adequacy, quality and creativity of the proposed methods
  • Sufficiency and exhaustiveness of details regarding the planned study (i.e., adequacy of materials, power analyses and planned analyses)

We particularly encourage PhD students and early career researchers to submit their work to this section because of the core benefits of registered reports for researchers: receiving constructive peer comments when they are most helpful; typically a lower rejection rate; and having a paper accepted in principle before data collection has started.

Please submit Stage 1 papers (including a link to a pre-registration and an a priori power analysis) via the online submission system of the journal before November 1st, 2019. When submitting please indicate your submission to be a regular article but highlight in an accompanying cover letter that this is a submission to the special section. Questions regarding suitability or other issue can be sent directly to the Special Section editors Roland Imhoff ( and Esther Papies (


  • November 2019: deadline for submissions of Stage 1 papers
  • February 2020: decision on Stage 1 papers, some IPAs
  • September 2020: deadline for Stage 2 paper