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Types of Collaborations Accepted


Original texts in psychology and related fields which fall into the following categories are accepted:


A.1. Literature review and Theoretical Essays: critical analysis of scientific literature about a specific issue or analyses of an aspect of a theoretical problem that generates questions about current models and/or hypothesis for future research. Limited to 25 pages including abstract, figures and references.


A.2. Research reports: scientific communication of an empirical investigation. They are limited to 25 pages, including abstract, figures and references.


C. Reviews: critical review of a newly-published work that could guide the reader to its characteristics and uses. Authors should consult the General Editor before submitting reviews to the editorial process. They must contain the book´s title and a complete bibliographic information in the end notes of the text. Limited to 3 – 5 pages.


Editorial Standards


I. Manuscript Selections: texts that meet the two categories described above will be evaluated according to originality, subject relevance, and methodological quality, besides editorial standards adequacy.


II. Idioms: manuscripts will be accepted in Portuguese, Spanish and English.


III. Unpublished manuscripts – manuscripts submitted to Psychology in Research can not have been previously published nor be submitted for publication elsewhere. The reprint of a manuscript of strong scientific relevance will be analysed by the editorial board.


IV. Authorship– It will be assumed that all listed authors have previously agreed with the manuscript submission. The proponent author has the sole responsibility for ensuring that, before the submission to Psychology in Research, all authors had accorded with the referral of material for publication.


V. Personal Communications – It will be assumed that a person cited in personal communication has approved being cited.


VI. Responsibility – the work contents are the authors´full responsibility.


VII. Copyrights – The copyrights of published manuscripts belong to Psychology in Research. The reproduction of the published manuscripts on this journal is subject to written agreement of the Editor. People interested in partially reproducing the articles in this journal (bits of text that exceeds 500 words, tables, figures and other illustrations) must have written permission from the author(s).


VIII. Peer review – All work submitted to the Journal will be evaluated by the Editorial board, which may use ad hoc reviewers at their discretion. Three types of reviews are possible: a) totally acceptance; b) acceptance subject to correction, c) refusal. Authors will be notified of acceptance or refusal of their texts.


IX. Language review – The Editorial Board may make revisions of the language of texts, including keywords. When it deems necessary substantial changes in the text, the author will be notified and asked to make the corrections and return the paper on time.


X. Use of secondary source of information – The use of secondary information must comply with copyright laws, ensuring the originality of the text. Materials using secondary information (eg figures, tables and drawings from other publications) showing discrepancy from the current legislation will be sent to analysis only if they are accompanied by written permission for reprint in Psychology in Research from the copywriter holder.


XI. Research with Human Beings (for Brazilian researchers only) Empirical studies involving humans should provide, at the time of submission of the manuscript, a copy of the assent to pursue the test by an Ethics Committee, duly registered in the National Ethics Committee (CONEP).


XII. Text Format – The manuscript should be typed on font Times New Rome 12, double spaced, not exceeding 80 characters per line and the number of pages defined for the type of work presented.  The manuscript should be numbered from the identified sheet that will receive page number 1. Paper Size should be A4, superior and inferior margins 2,5 cm, left and right margins 3 cm.


XIII. Manuscript Presentation – Manuscripts should be prepared according to the standards of American Psychological Association (APA Publication Manual, 6th edition, 2010). Manuscripts should be presented in the following order:


1. Unidentified cover sheet, containing only:

1.1. Complete title on the language the manuscript was written, not exceeding 12 words.

1.2. Full title in English, consistent with the title in the language the manuscript was prepared.


2. Identified cover sheet with:

2.1. Title in the language the manuscript was written.

2.2. Full title in English, consistent with the title in the language the manuscript was prepared.

2.3. Name of each author.

2.4. Institutional affiliation of each author (only University name and city).

2.5. Footnote with acknowledgements and indication of any financial support received.

2.6. Footnote with the indication of the author that should be contacted for mail purposes, followed by complete mailing address. E-mail address should also be included.


3. Abstract in Portuguese or Spanish:

3.1. Abstract with maximum of 120 words, only for A category.

3.2. Following the abstract, provide 3 to 5 keywords in the language of the text, beginning with lower-case letters and separated by semicolons, preferably derived from Terminology in Psychology (Virtual Health Library – Psychology).


4. Abstract sheet, in English, compatible with the abstract text.

4.1. The abstract should obey the same specification of the abstract, followed by keywords compatible with the abstract keywords.


5. Text structure

5.1. Text should be organized with clarity, using a title and subtitle structure that reflects this organization.

5.2. In category A, the elements of the manuscript should be in separate sheets and in the following order: Unidentified cover sheet, Identified cover sheet, Summary and Abstract, Body Text, References, Appendixes, Footnotes, Tables and Figures. In the case of the “Research Reports”, the body of the text must be organized into an introduction, methods, results and discussion. The introduction should immediately follow the end of the abstracts, without the presence of the title “Introduction.”

5.3. The manuscripts in category B must submit editorial headings and subheadings according to the case.

5.4. The subsections of the text METHODS, RESULTS and DISCUSSION should be flush left, bold and capitalised. The captions of the subsections should be in bold and have the first letter of each word capitalized (for example, the heading of subsection METHOD: Participants or Data Analysis).

5.5. Annexes and footnotes should be avoided whenever possible. However, if strictly necessary, the attachments must be identified in the text by letters (Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.), and on a separate page at the end of the references. Footnotes should be indicated by Arabic numerals in the text and presented in a separate page following Annexes (Footnote 1, etc.).

5.6. Figures and tables should have their insertion sites indicated in the text and be placed one by one on each sheet at the end of the whole text. The words Figure and Table appearing in the text should be written with first letter capitalized followed by the number to which they refer. They should be prepared in Word for Windows, in black and white, not exceeding 22cm in width and 28cm in length, have titles up to 15 words located at the top, in the case of tables, and underneath, in the case of the figures. Figures should be in JPG or GIF file. The use of terms such as “The Table above” or “Figure below” should not be used because in the process of publishing their location can be changed. According to APA rules (2010), tables, graphs, photographs and other forms of representation, except the tables, should be treated as illustrations and should receive this nomination.

5.7. Authors should review their text to meet the standards of scientific writing and Portuguese/ English / Spanish languages.


6. References: Any literature cited should appear in References, and vice versa. Use double space and do not leave extra space between citations. All URL addresses (internet links) in the text (eg http://pkp.sfu.ca) should be checked before sending the manuscript. References should be listed alphabetically by author’s surname, according to APA style (see examples below). Use the APA Style Manual: Basic Rules (2010) to check the rules not mentioned here.




1. Scientific journal article:


Bosa, C. A. & Piccinini, C. A. (1996). Interactive behaviors in children with easy and difficult temperament. Reflection and Critical Psychology, 9, 337-352.


2. Scientific journal article paginated by issue: Proceed as indicated above, and include the issue number in parentheses, no underline, after the volume number.


3. Article available only in electronic format: Electronic reference formats recommended by the American Psychological Association. (2000, October). Accessed 23 October 2000 in http://www.apa.org/journals / webref.html


Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment, 3, Article 0,001th. Accessed November 20, 2000, in http://journals.apa.org/prevention/volume3/pre0030001a.html


4. Books:


Koller, S. H. (2004). The ecology of human development: Research and intervention. São Paulo: Psychologist Home.


5. Book chapter:


Dell’Aglio, D. D., & Deretti, L. (2005). Coping strategies in situations of violence in the development of children and adolescents. In C. S. Hutz (Ed.), Violence and risk in childhood and adolescence: Research and intervention (pp. 147-171). São Paulo: Casa do Psicólogo.


6. Old works republished much later:


Bronfenbrenner, U. (1996). The ecology of human development: natural experiments and planned. Porto Alegre: Artes Médicas. (Original work published in 1979).


Freud, S. (1961). The ego and the id. In J. Strachey (Ed. and Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 19, pp.3-66). London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published in 1923)


7. Corporate authorship:


American Psychiatric Association (1988). DSM-III-R, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (3rd Rev. Ed.) Washington, DC: Author.


When referring to multiple studies (a) same (a) author (a), use chronological order, ie from the earliest to most recent. Names of authors should not be replaced by dashes or hyphens.


8. Quote: The following examples may help the organization of your manuscript, but certainly do not exhaust the possibilities of citation in your work. To check the rules not mentioned here, use the APA Style Manual: Basic Rules (2010).


9. Direct quotation in the text:


“The greater the clarity in the formulation of a problem, the more appropriate subsequent decisions regarding the project will be.” (Luna, 2000, p. 40).


According to Ortiz (2006), “common sense does not doubt itsself, it stands as a sound knowledge” (p. 49).


Article with two authors: cite both names every time the article is mentioned;


Article with three to five authors: cite all authors the first citation and the following quote from the first author followed by “et.al., year”.


Article with six or more authors: cite only the surname of (a) first (a) author (a), followed by “et al.” and year. However, in the References section names of all authors must be listed.


10. Exemple of Indirect quotation in the text:


In a recent study, Luna points out the ratio of clarity in the formulation of a problem with the adequacy of subsequent decisions regarding a specific project (2000, p.40).


Citation of reissued classical works:


In fact, Skinner (1963/1975) or … explanation for such behavior (Skinner, 1963/1975).


NOTE: Quotations of fewer than 40 words should be incorporated in the paragraph of text in quotation marks. Quotations of more than 40 words should appear without quotation marks in one paragraph in block format, with each line indented five spaces from the margin. Quotations of more than 500 words, play one or more figures, tables or other illustrations must have written permission from the copyright owner of the original for reproduction. The permission should be addressed to the authors of the submitted work. The rights obtained secondarily must not be transferred under any circumstances. A direct quotation must be accurate even if there are errors in the original. If this happens and the risk of confusing the reader, add the word [sic], underlining and bracketed immediately after the error. Omission of material from an original source must be indicated by three dots (…). The inclusion of material, such as comments or observations should be made between brackets. The emphasis in one or more words should be done with underlined font, followed by [our italics].


Attention: Latin expressions such as cf., e.g. and i.e., when necessary, should be used only in parentheses. The terms apud, op. cit, id., ibid, among others, should not be used, since they are not prescribed by the APA (2010).


11. Attachments: should only be used if strictly necessary, being indicated in the text consecutively identified through letters.



How to Submit Manuscripts to the Editor

Documents to be submitted:


Revista Psicologia em Pesquisa

Endereço: Instituto de Ciências Humanas- ICH