Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Psychology, Community & Health is a peer-reviewed journal, specialized in the field of psychology, which focuses particularly on the research developed in the community and health-related contexts. As such, PCH privileges the areas of Clinical and Health Psychology, Community Psychology and their intersection. Contributions are welcomed in the following areas:

- psychosocial aspects of illness, treatment processes, recovery and prevention;
- interfaces among biological, psychological, behavioural and social factors in health and illness;
- quality of life and wellbeing in people with chronic diseases and in the community context;
- influence of psychosocial aspects (e.g., attitudes, emotions, social support) on health and  health related behaviour;
- health issues across the lifespan;
- aging;
- psychological and community-based interventions, targeting individuals, families, groups or communities;
- couple, family, group and community’s relationships in health and well-being;
- parenthood;
- promotion of resilience, health, and competence;
- empowerment of individuals, groups and communities;
- institutional and community development and education;
- social networking analysis and promotion;
- community-based participatory and collaborative approach;
- interdisciplinary research;
- instruments adaptation;
- human behaviour in community and health settings;
- ethnical, societal, gender-related and sexual orientation issues in health and community contexts;
- physical, economic and social contextual determinants of health/wellbeing and illness;


The following types of contributions are invited:

 • papers reporting original empirical studies or replication studies (relevance adequately justified)

• literature reviews aiming at providing critical overviews of existing research;

• papers exploring methodological aspects of relevance;

• book reviews of recent publications in the field of psychology, especially regarding its interception with health and community areas.


For indexing information see the "indexing" section at the end of the "About" section.


Section Policies


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Methodological Articles

All methodological papers will be submitted to peer-review process.

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Empirical Articles

All empirical articles will be submitted to peer-review process.

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Literature Reviews

All literature reviews will be submitted to peer-review process.

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Book Reviews

All book reviews will be submitted to editorial screening and are free from the peer-review process.

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Peer Review Process

All articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on an initial editorial screening and anonymized refereeing by at least one independent reviewer.

Articles can be submitted at any time and generally the review process (double-blind peer review) takes between four and six weeks. It is the journal’s intention to shorten, as much as possible, the time between submission and publication.

The researchers interested in becoming a reviewer for PCH should send their CV, as well as a brief statement regarding the areas of expertise, to editors@pch.psychopen.eu.


Publication Frequency

Psychology, Community & Health is published through one volume per year. Papers can be published at anytime during the year, as soon as they are ready for publication.

Papers’ papers' submission can occur at any time, throughout the year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Psychology, Community & Health also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.



This journal ensures the long-term availability of its contents by partnering with CLOCKSS.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.


Preprint Policy

As part of PCH's submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at PCH).

However, prior to submitting their article and prior to acceptance and publication in PCH, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/glossary.html).

Published conference presentations, posters etc. are considered preprints, provided they do not appear in a peer-reviewed, published conference proceeding.

After a manuscript has been published in PCH we suggest to link to the final article version, using the assigned article DOI in this way: https://doi.org/DOI, e.g.



Publication Ethics

Responsibilities of Editors, Reviewers, and Authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.

Furthermore, PCH complies with COPE guidelines on publication ethics. More information available at: 



Plagiarism Screening

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PCH uses Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked.

Read more at Crossresf's Similarity Check & Reseachers page.


Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing PCH does not alter articles after publication:

“Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible” (STM, 2006. Preservation of the objective record of science).

In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct PCH publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).


In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way (but do not fully invalidate its results) or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article PCH publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.

Retractions (Expressions of Concern)

In accordance with the “Retraction Guidelines” by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) PCH will retract a published article if

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation),
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication),
  • it constitutes plagiarism,
  • it reports unethical research.

An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. PCH will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.

If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article PCH may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.


Cookie Policy

A “cookie” is a string of information, often a unique identifier, that is stored on a visitor’s computer and can be used to keep track of a user while interacting with the website.

There are two types of cookie:

  • permanent cookies, which remain on a visitor’s computer for a certain, pre-determined duration (days, months, or even years)
  • session cookies, which are stored temporarily in the computer memory and disappear when the visitor closes the web browser.

On this website a session cookie is used to store a session ID on your computer. This ID is required to identify logged-in users and give them access to their user pages. No permanent cookies are used.

You can disable the use of cookies in the security settings of your web browser. If you have deactivated cookies you can still view the PCH website and read the articles. However, if you want to log in, e.g., to submit a manuscript, you have to enable session cookies to be saved on your computer during your visit of the website.



Psychology, Community and Health and its articles are indexed in the following databases:


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