Motivation and Emotion publishes theoretical papers and original research reports of either a basic or applied nature from any area of psychology and behavioral science, provided that the focus is on motivation and/or emotion. While the primary orientation of the journal is on human emotion and motivation, animal studies are also published, provided they are relevant to general motivation and/or emotion theory.

  • Publishes theoretical papers and original research reports either a basic or applied nature that focus on motivation and emotion
  • Primary orientation of the journal is on human emotion and motivation, but animal studies are also included
  • 92% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • Michael Richter
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1.878 (2019)
Impact factor
2.655 (2019)
Five year impact factor
48 days
Submission to first decision
330 days
Submission to acceptance
253,719 (2019)
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1573-6644
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0146-7239
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