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Aims and scope

The purpose of the Journal for Person-Oriented Research (JPOR) is to publish person-oriented research in psychological science.

“Person-oriented research” refers to theoretical, methodological, and empirical research that is guided by a research paradigm in which the individual is at focus and seen as a functioning totality.

This paradigm implies that theories and findings should be interpretable at the individual level and that patterns of individuals´ characteristics are of key interest. Hence, a standard variable-oriented approach, with the variable as the basic conceptual and analytic unit, and analyzing data using group statistics (e.g. correlational analysis) falls normally outside the journal´s scope.

JPOR emphasizes the standard scientific criteria of objectivity and replicability of research findings. Hence, many qualitative research approaches also fall outside the journal´s scope.

Theoretical and methodological, as well as empirical papers are of interest to the journal.

Open access

All articles published in JPOR are open access, which means they are freely and universally accessible online, and permanently archived.

Open access publication benefits the scientific community by making results of research immediately and freely available to all.


Authors of articles in JPOR retain the copyright to their articles. Retaining copyright means that you can reproduce and distribute your work as you choose, for example on your department’s website.

No article-processing charges

There are at present no article-processing charges. The JPOR is sponsored by the Lundh Research Foundation.

Reviewer's and editor's commentaries

A special feature of JPOR is that it offers the editors and reviewers the possibility to contribute a very brief commentary to the article. Such a contribution should not exceed 300 words and it should take as its starting point a single aspect of the article. For instance, from this starting point a finding in the article is related to other findings or it is pointed to further lines of inquiry that the article suggests.

The commentary should as far as possible be written in a friendly and constructive way, being factual and avoiding value-laden words. A reviewer providing a commentary cannot be anonymous. The commentary will be given its own title and, hence, can be used as a reference.


Editors-in chief

Lars R. Bergman – Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Lars-Gunnar Lundh – Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Editor for the section on subject-specific studies

Peter C. M. Molenaar – Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia, USA

Associate editors

Julia Moeller – Department for Education, University of Leipzig, Germany

Evelien Snippe - University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

Alexander von Eye – Michigan State University, USA

Wolfgang Wiedermann – University of Missouri, USA

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