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Scope and editorial policy

The general scope in Psychology excludes articles of related areas, such as the publication of articles about Physical Education, Odontology and Nutrition, among others, as well as articles of Psychoanalysis.

The sections of Estudos de Psicologia (Natal) will work with the following subjects:
- Psychobiology and Cognitive Psychology
Subjects: Psychological Assessment; Neurosciences and Neuropsychology; Basic Psychological Processes; Evolutionary Psychology; Experimental Psychology; Physiological Psychology
Language of submissions: English

- Community Social Psychology and Mental Health  
Subjects: Social movements, political participation, gender relations, poverty, methodologies and strategies of community intervention, investigations in rural contexts, social inequalities, vulnerabilities and health-disease process. Psychiatric reform, Strategies of Psychosocial Attention, Psychosocial Attention Network / RAPS.
Language of submissions: Portuguese, Spanish or English

- Social Work Psychology
Subjects: Psychology organizations and work, work and subjectivity, works clinical, work and health, psychosociology of work, unemployment, underemployment, dirty work and informal work, production of meanings at work, work and culture, emotions at work, aging and work, youth and work, public policies and work, career development, social work psychology, research methods in psychology organizations and work.
Language of submissions: Portuguese, Spanish or English

- Psychology and the psychologist's performance in Social Policies, Human Rights and Person-Environment Relations
Subjects: Social policies, psychologist training and performance in social policies, Psychology and poverty, Human Rights, psychosocial aspects of interactions between people and their socio-environmental contexts (natural, built, community).
Language of submissions: Portuguese, Spanish or English

The categories included for publication are: (1) ARTICLES and (2) REPORTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.

In the category ARTICLES are included:
a) Empirical studies: original research reports. It should include secondary analyzes in order to test hypotheses, presenting new data analyzes that was not shown or considered in previous works. They are typically organized to reflect the stages of the research process in the following order: introduction, method, results, discussion, conclusions.
b) Theoretical studies: proposition of theoretical advances based on the existing empirical literature. Authors should present the development of a theory to expand or refine theoretical constructs, present a new theory or analyze an existing theory, showing its weaknesses or demonstrating the advantage of a theory over another. The contributions of this nature analyze the internal consistency of a theory, as well as its external validity. The presentation of the sections may vary according to their content (differently from the empirical studies).
c) Critical literature reviews: consist on a critical evaluation of published material, which may include research syntheses and Meta-analyzes. For Meta-analyzes, authors should use quantitative procedures to statistically adjust the results of other studies. The authors should integrate and evaluate previously published material, considering the progress of research and seeking to clarify a specific problem. Therefore, the problem must be clearly defined, prior information should be summarized to inform the reader about the state of the research, if there are relations, contradictions, gaps and/or inconsistencies in literature, and new research directions in order to solve the identified problems should be suggested. The text components can be arranged in several ways, but have to be consistent.

In the PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REPORTS category are included descriptions of procedures and strategies obtained while working with an individual (case study), a group, a community or an organization. The work should include the illustration of the problem, indicating ways to solve it, or indicate the need for research, clinical applications and theoretical issues. In the construction of the manuscript, authors should carefully consider the balance between offering an illustrative material and respecting the use of confidential material.

Manuscripts must be submitted by internet, exclusively through the website of the Journal ( All submission will be received under the condition of never being either published before nor being under evaluation by another periodical. Submissions will be firstly evaluated by the associated editorial. After its agreement, according with the instructions to authors, and being considered potentially publishable in Estudos de Psicologia (Natal) the manuscript will be delivered for evaluation by the peers. The process for evaluating the manuscripts is double blind review, which keeps the identity of authors and consultants undisclosed.

The archives of works already published in Estudos de Psicologia (Natal) is available, as integral text, in the SciELO electronic library ( and must be consulted by authors planning to submit their work for the first time.

Required documents for submission

  1. Manuscript;
  2. Ethical responsibility document containing Statement of Ethical Responsibility concerning the work (signed by all authors) and a Statement of Responsibility to the Ethical Principles (duly signed by all authors), contained in the stages of the submission.


Important note: the maximum accepted number of authors for one manuscript is ten (10) persons.


Preparation of the manuscripts

1. Manuscripts must be written in english to Psychobiology and Cognitive Psychology section; portuguese, english or spanish to Community Social Psychology and Mental Health section; portuguese, english or spanish to Social Work Psychology section;portuguese, english or spanish to Psychology and the psychologist's performance in Social Policies, Human Rights and Person-Environment Relationssection, according with the editorial rules established in the present instructions, which are adapted from the 6th edition (2010) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). As an alternative to consulting this manual, we suggest to follow the Manuais de Normalização de Trabalhos Científicos available at the site of the Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde (BVS-Psi ULAPSI Brasil) <>.

The file of the manuscript must include: title, abbreviated title, abstract and keywords in Portuguese, title, abstract and keywords in English, title, abstract and keywords in Spanish, the text of the work, organized in sections (with their respective subtitles), followed by the list of bibliographic references. If there are tables, figures, notes and appendixes, those must be included in the body of the manuscript, after the list of bibliographic references, one per page.

Note: the presentation order of the abstracts must meet the chosen language. Example: article in english will be followed by the abstract, after that resumo in Portuguese and resumén in español. Article in Spanish will be followed by resumén, resumo in Portuguese and abstract. Article in Portuguese will be followed by the resumo, abstract and resumén.

The file of the manuscript must be deposited in the website of the Journal, after filling the requirements of registering the submission as indicated there. The file must be done in any word processor convertible to the standard of Microsoft Word for Windows®. Files containing special edition resources, like control marks, special hyphenation or macros, will not be accepted.

Here below are the features to be followed in formatting the manuscript:

  • Formatting:

    Size of the sheet: A4.
    Margins: 3.0 cm on the left; other margins of 2.0cm, with alignment to the left.
    Page numbers: indicated in Arabic numbers, on the upper left corner of the page.
    Font: Times New Roman, font size 12;
    Double-space the whole document, including resumo, abstract, resumen, list of references, notes and appendices. See below for standards applicable to tables charts and figures.

It is fundamentally important for the material not to contain any identification of authorship, including reference to previous works by the author(s), method details enabling identification/localization of origin, as well as information contained in the fields of file properties of the document, in order not to invalidate the process of blind review by peers. To erase author properties in file properties you must go to "File" -> "Properties" in versions of Microsoft Office Word®older than version 2007, and to "File" -> "Prepare" -> "Properties" in Microsoft Office Word®2007.

2. The initial pages must contain:

    1. the title of the manuscript in Portuguese - must be concise and informative (maximum 20 words) - should reflect the content of the manuscript;
    2. a suggestion for an abbreviated title in Portuguese is required;
    3. abstract in Portuguese, with 100 words at least and 150 words at most in the case of articles (empirical studies, theoretical studies and critical reviews);
    4. abstract in Portuguese, with a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 100 words, in cases of reports on professional experience;
    5. indication of three to five keywords in Portuguese, in lowercase, separated by semicolon, as described in the subject descriptors available at the Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde (BVS-Psi ULAPSI Brasil);
    6. title of the manuscript in English (translation of the title in Portuguese);
    7. abstract (translation of the abstract into English);
    8. indication of three to five keywords in English (translated from the keywords in Portuguese), in lower case, separated by semicolon and following the same rules described for Portuguese.
    9. title of the manuscript in Spanish (translation of the title in Portuguese);
    10. resumen (translation of the resumo into Spanish);
    11. three to five palabras clave (translation of palavras-chave into Spanish), lowercase, separated by a semicolon, obeying the same descriptors as for the resumo in Portuguese.

    Note: the initial pages are part of the continuous text, with no need to be submitted on separate sheets (e.g., the English title, abstract and keywords should be added just under the palavras-chave of the resumo in Portuguese and so on).

3. The page limits described below include all elements of the manuscript (titles, resumo, abstract, resumen, text, tables, figures, references, notes and appendices):

26 pages for articles (empirical studies, theoretical studies and critical reviews of literature);
16 pages for reports of professional experience.

4. As previously indicated,tables, charts and figures must be included in the body of the text, after the bibliographic references, one on each page (taking into account the maximum number of pages allowed for each category). Its preparation must respect the following standards: black and white, font size 10, single-lined and never exceeding the size of 17.5 x 23.5 cm. As they are included at the end of the document sent, it is necessary to indicate, in the body of the text, the approximate location where they are to be placed. It is extremely important that, in the case of tables and charts, they are set in Word (or similar) and that they are not saved as pictures, if there is need of edition. In case of figures, the same should be included in the file in a copy-paste form (the command "insert" should not be used).

Examples of tables, charts and figures:

Table 3
Correlations between Sociodemographic Variables and Measures of Mental Health and Maternal-fetal Attachment (n = 261)


Total score on the SRQ

Scale score of maternal-fetal attachment




Maternal education

- 0.27**


Number of children



Education of the father

- 0.11


Duration of marital union



Number of residents



Family income



*p = 0.05; **p = 0.01




Data analysis technique

Nature of the phenomenon


Laboratory experiments





Field experiments





Computer simulations





Correlational studies





Observational studies





In-depth interviews





Discussion groups





Participative research





Action research





Life history





Discourse analysis





Figure 1
Chart of research methods adopted in Social Psychology.


5. The bibliographic references must be listed in alphabetic order, at the end of the main text, by author name and chronologically for each author, following the rules of the Publication Manual da American Psychological Association (APA), of 2010. Should indicate the number of Digital Object Identifier System (DOI) of scientific articles. Here we give the most common cases for orientation, including characters in italics and in French indentation,with a space of about 5 characters from the second line of each entry, a format to be used in the manuscripts submitted to the Journal:

5.1. Books and complete major works:

Chauí, M. (1984). Repressão sexual: essa nossa (des)conhecida. São Paulo: Brasiliense.

Moura, M. L. S., & Correa, J. (1997). Estudo psicológico do pensamento: de W. Wundt a uma Ciência da Cognição. Rio de Janeiro: EDERJ.

Conselho Federal de Psicologia. (Org.). (1988). Quem é o psicólogo brasileiro? São Paulo: Edicon.

Sabadini, A. A. Z. P., Sampaio, M. I., & Koller, S. H. (2009). (Orgs.). Publicar em Psicologia: um enfoque para a revista científica [versão em PDF]. Accessed in

5.2. Chapters of collective works:

Frigotto, G. (1998). A educação e a formação técnico-profissional frente à globalização excludente e o desemprego estrutural. In L. H. Silva (Org.), A escola cidadã no contexto da globalização (pp. 218-238). Petrópolis: Vozes.

Grimm, L. G., & Yarnold, P. R. (1995). Introduction to multivariate statistics. In L. G. Grimm & P. R. Yarnold (Orgs.), Reading and understanding multivariate statistics (pp. 1-18).Washington: American Psychological Association.

Rocha, N. M. S., & Alencar, M. A. (2009). Pioneiros da Psicologia brasileira: diversidade e ética. In M. A. T. Ribeiro, J. S. Bernardes, & C. E. Lang (Orgs.), A produção na diversidade: compromissos éticos e políticos em Psicologia (pp. 207-230). São Paulo: Casa do Psicólogo.

5.3. Articles in scientific journals:

Sawaia, B. B. (2009). Psicologia e desigualdade social: uma reflexão sobre liberdade e transformação social. Psicologia & Sociedade, 21(3), 364-372. doi: 10.1590/S0102-71822009000300010

Mello, S. L. (1992). Classes populares, família e preconceito. Psicologia USP, 3, 123-130.

Torres, C. V., & Neves,  L. M. S. Research topics in Social Psychology in Brazil. Estudos de Psicologia (Natal), 18(1), 05-12.

Nicolaci-da-Costa, A. M., Romão-Dias, D., & Di Luccio, F. (2009). Uso de entrevistas on-line no método de explicitação do discurso subjacente (MEDS). Psicologia Reflexão e Crítica, 22(1), 36-43.

Yamamoto, O. H., Koller, S. H., Guedes, M. C., LoBianco, A. C., Sá, C. P., Hutz, C. S., ... Menandro, P. R. M. (1999). Periódicos científicos em Psicologia: uma proposta de avaliação. Infocapes, 7(3), 5-11.

Note: When available, insert the DOI of the Articles

5.4. Theses and dissertations:

Ferreira, J. H. B. P. (2009). Sócio-sexualidade e Desconto do Futuro: mecanismo de alocação de investimento e tomada de decisão (Dissertação de Mestrado, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo).

Paiva, I. L. (2008). Os novos quixotes da Psicologia e a prática social no âmbito do "terceiro setor" (Tese de Doutorado, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal). Accessed in

Observation: please inform the website for theses and dissertations accessed in digital databases.

5.5. Unpublished works or in press:

Ting, J. Y., Florsheim, P., & Huang, W. (2008). Mental health help-seeking in ethnic minority populations: a theoretical perspective. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Goulart, P. M. (no prelo). Adaptação do Questionário sobre Significados do trabalho - QST à cultura brasileira. Estudos de Psicologia (Natal).

5.6. Works exposed in scientific events and published in annals:

Meneghini, R., & Campos-de-Carvalho, M. I. (1995). Áreas circunscritas e agrupamentos sequenciais entre crianças em creches. In Sociedade Brasileira de Psicologia (Org.), XXV Reunião Anual de Psicologia. Resumos (p. 385). Ribeirão Preto: Autor.

Trzesniak, P. (2009, maio). 23 anos de Psicologia: o acervo digital científico e administrativo da Anpepp. Comunicação apresentada no 6º Congresso Norte Nordeste de Psicologia, Belém. Abstract accessed in

5.7. Works exposed in scientific events and unpublished:

Haidt, J., Dias, M. G., & Koller, S. (1991, fevereiro). Disgust, disrespect and culture: moral judgment of victimless violation in the USA and Brazil. Exposed in the Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico.

5.8. Ancient work, reedited in a very posterior date and translations:

Piaget, J. (1973). A linguagem e o pensamento da criança (3ª ed., M. Campos, Trad.). Rio de Janeiro: Fundo de Cultura. (Original text published in 1956)

Observation: the notation in the main text must be the following: Piaget (1956/1973).

5.9. Institutional work:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual (6ª ed.). Washington: Autor.

5.10. Legislative documents:

Decreto n. 3.298. (1999, 20 de dezembro). Regulamenta a política nacional para a integração da pessoa portadora de deficiência, consolida as normas de proteção e dá outras providências. Brasília, DF: Presidência da República.

Lei n. 9.394, de 20 de dezembro de 1996. (1996, 23 de dezembro). Estabelece as Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional. Diário Oficial da União, seção 1.

Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil. (1988, 5 de outubro). Accessed in

5.11. Personal communication:

Letters, conversations (telephonic or personal) and email messages must not be included in the section of bibliographic references, but only in the text body, as initials and surname of the issuer and date (S. L. Mello, personal communication, September 15th, 1995).

5.12. Secondary citations:

Only when absolutely inevitable, it is possible to cite a text contained in another consulted work, without the original work being consulted. In this case, the references section must cite just the consulted work, and citing both authors in the main text, according with the example: "Piaget (citedby Flavell, 1996)".

5.13. Material accessed from internet:

The following examples show the most common cases. For a more complete treatment, consult the Manual of the APA, and other data available in the website of the APA:

Associação de Moradores de Vila Real. (2002). Carta aberta à Prefeitura Municipal. Accessed in http://www.amvr.atas/cartaaberta.html

Precisamos vencer a dengue agora (s/d). Accessed in http://www.ansp.campanhas/saude/docs/

6. Bibliographic references without literal citation must be incorporated into the text, in brackets and in alphabetical order, following the standard:

    1. for up to two authors, introduce the surname (s) and publication year in all of the citations;
    2. for three to five authors, introduce the surname of the authors is mentioned in the first citation, and from the second citation on, just the surname of the first author, followed by "et al." and the publication year;
    3. for six or more authors, introduce the surname of the first author, followed by "et al." and the publication year in all of the citations.

7. In the case of literal citation, as well as in a fragment of an interview, the piece of text must appear between quotation marks and, just after it, indicating the page(s) from which it was taken. Citations with more than 40 words must be placed in a separated block, without changing the size or font style, with complete left indentation of about 5 characters (equivalent to 0.5 cm). Notations for presenting citations, given in the Publication Manualof the APA can be consulted. See the following example:

Keller (2002) states that the first task of a child's development is to develop learning relationships with primary caregivers, and he conceptualizes learning as:

a development process, guided by epigenetic rules that direct babies' attention for their social partners and allow an easier learning of the parameters that define the relationships within a particular context, and consequently the development of a self-context (p. 217).

According to Souza and Paiva (2013), "Youth is not a concept that is given, but several concepts that are the result of a specific historical representation of this” (p. 353).

8. Footnotes must be restricted to complements of data that, judged as relevant, do not fall into the logic sequence of the main text. Bibliographic notes are not recommended.

9. Any additional material considered indispensable for understanding the text (questionnaires, interview protocols, tests, etc.) or too large tables must go as Appendices, in new pages, identified by uppercase letters (Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.). Numbering each table given in the Appendix must be preceded by the letter identifying the appendix (table A1, Table C4, etc.). The Publication Manualof the APA can be consulted for details.

10. Presentation of results from statistical analyzes: carefully observe the APA standards.


Procedures for submission and evaluation of the manuscripts

Manuscripts fitting the modalities specified above, and rigorously following the criteria for manuscript submission, will be subjected to the following process:

1. Preliminary evaluation: - Quality and pertinence of the manuscript with the thematic axes of interest of the Journal will be evaluated, considering originality and theoretic-methodological coherence, and in terms of the section to which the manuscript was sent. Such evaluation will be made by the editorial in charge of Estudos de Psicologia (Natal) and, eventually, by a member of the Editorial Commission of the Journal, and might eventually result in rejection.

2. Initial verification:The full compliance of the manuscript to the following requirements will be checked:

  1. To be free of any identification of authorship;
  2. Format (see item 1 of these instructions);
  3. Requirements for the initial pages (see item 2 of these instructions);
  4. To comply with the norms of the 6th edition (2010) of the Publication Manual of theAmerican Psychological Association (APA), for all the body of the manuscript, including the list of references;
  5. To have the correct number of pages indicated for the section to which it was submitted (including abstracts, list of references, tables and figures).

Noncompliance of any of these five items is enough for an INITIAL REJECTION of the work, for what we recommend the authors to carefully check their manuscripts before submission. We emphasize that manuscripts REJECTED TWICE for noncompliance to these items are not to be received again for a period of 12 (twelve) months from the date of refusal.

3. Peerevaluation: after evaluation of the abovementioned items, the manuscript will be submitted to a minimum of two peer reviewers, members of the Scientific Conceal of the Journal and/or ad hoc consultants, with the following possibilities:

  • Not recommended for publication (inappropriate forEstudos de Psicologia)
  • Not recommended for publication, but encouraged to be reformulated for a new submission
  • Recommended for publication, but needing revision
  • Recommended for publication, without the need of revision

4. Notification to authors: after peer review, the authors will receive one of the following decisions:

  1. Preliminary editorial decision: a notification recommending reformulation, with a deadline of 21 days and making available integral copies of the peer revisions, hiding the identity of the consultants. Reformulated manuscripts are to be examined by the Editorial Commission, which will decide, on the basis of the consultant’s recommendations, the acceptance for publication, the need for additional reformulation, or even the refusal. In case of acceptance, the Editorial Commission has the right to make some little modifications into the manuscript, for standardization purposes, according to the editorial parameters of the Journal.
  2. Final Editorial decision: a notification of the final decision about publishing the manuscript, always made by the Editorial Commission.

We emphasize that the peer evaluation process uses the double blind review system, which hides the identity of authors and consultants. It is for this reason that the authorship of the manuscript being not revealed is an indispensable criterion for starting the evaluation process.

There is no fee for submission and review articles.


Authorship rights

The approval of the manuscript implies the immediate cession and without obligations, of the publication rights to the Journal Estudos de Psicologia (Natal), which will have the exclusivity to publish it from first hand. The author, nevertheless, will keep the authorship rights for subsequent publications. In the case of re-publication of articles in other media, we recommend to mention its first publication made in Estudos de Psicologia (Natal).



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