ISSN 0103-166X printed version
ISSN 1982-0275 online version



Scope and Policy

The mission of the journal Estudos de Psicologia (e-ISSN 1982-0275) is to promote and disseminate scientific and technical knowledge in the area of psychology and to discuss the meaning of practices in the professional and research fields by publishing original articles that represent important contributions to the area of psychology.

The journal also publishes theoretical studies, reviews, and communications important to psychology as science and profession, encouraging contributions of the national and foreign scientific communities.

Articles in the following areas are accepted: Psychological Assessment, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Social and Organizational Psychology, and Theory and Methods in Psychology.

All articles should be submitted in electronic format at <>.

Types of studies accepted by the journal Estudos de Psicologia

Articles are pre-analyzed by the Editorial Board before they are submitted to ad hoc referee assessment. The following study categories are accepted for publication:

- Research report: original articles based on empiric data. These articles consist of the following sections: introduction, method, results, and discussion.

- Theoretical article: literature review of psychology-related themes, questioning existing models and the creation of hypotheses for future studies.

- Systematic literature review article: presents a summary of the results of original, quantitative, or qualitative studies answering a specific question important for the area of psychology. It describes the search method used for finding original studies, the criteria for selecting the reviewed studies, and the procedures used for summarizing the results of the reviewed studies.

- Case report: reports of studies conducted on individuals, groups, or organizations indicating a problem and a way to solve it based on the literature.

- Theme section (by invitation only): section that aims to publish coordinated articles written by different authors, discussing a theme of current interest. Only authors who have been invited by the editors may submit articles for this section.

Manuscripts that fit into one of the categories and areas above will be pre-analyzed by the Editorial Board.


Authorship credit must be based on substantial contributions, such as (I) conception and design; (II) data analysis and interpretation, and discussion of the results; and (III) review and approval of the final version of the article.

The inclusion of authors whose contribution does not meet one of the criteria above is not justified. Therefore, please send a declaration stating the contribution made by each author and include this information on the cover page of the manuscript.

Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas) does not publish more than two articles from the same author (including both the position of main author and co-author) during the same year (volume). This rule aims to increase the number of themes and collaborations made by national and foreign authors.


The journal uses a tool for detecting plagiarism on all articles before submitting them to peer review.

Assessment by the editorial board

Original articles will be accepted for assessment as long as they have not been submitted to any other journal and/or been published in events so as to preserve their original character. Articles must be accompanied by a submission letter signed by all authors requesting publication in the journal.

The editorial process will only begin if the manuscripts follow the instructions to the authors. If not, they will be returned to the authors for adjustment to the norms and/or inclusion of letters or other documents before they are submitted to pre-analysis by the Editorial Board and later, to merit assessment by ad hoc referees.

The outcomes of the pre-analysis phase are:

(1) the manuscript is sent to ad hoc referees.
(2) the manuscript is returned to the authors with a request for changes.
(3) the manuscript is refused because of its: (I) content regarding the theme line of the journal; (II) originality, importance of the theme, and quality of the scientific method used.
(4) the manuscript will be sent to ad hoc referee assessment if it meets the abovementioned criteria.

Assessment of the manuscripts

The journal uses blind review, that is, the authors and referees remain anonymous. The authors must make sure that there are no elements anywhere in the text capable of disclosing their identity.

The articles without the authors’ names will be sent to at least two ad hoc referees.

When changes are requested, the studies will be returned to the authors for the requested corrections based on the referees’ suggestions.

The corrections must be returned within 30 days (small reformulation) and 60 days (extensive reformulation), respecting the time zone of the system (Greenwich Mean Time - London).

The possible outcomes of the peer review process are: a) approval; b) request manuscript reassessment after small reformulation; c) recommend manuscript reassessment after extensive reformulation; d) refusal. The author will always be informed of the outcome.

Two favorable referee opinions are required for publication. If the referees disagree, the article will be submitted to a third referee for new assessment.

The manuscript assessment process will end on the second round. The editors always have the last word regarding the publication of the article. The Editorial Board of the journal may make small changes in the text according to the journal’s internal review criteria and norms.

Conflicts of interest

Authors: The authors must declare explicitly and individually any potential, direct and/or indirect, financial or nonfinancial conflict of interest.

Ad hoc referees: If any of the referees report a conflict of interest, the Editorial Board will send the manuscript to another ad hoc referee.

Reformulated article

The reformulated article must be submitted at: <>. The author(s) must submit only the reformulated version. Use blue font to make changes. The authors must also attach a letter to the editor reiterating their interest in publishing with the journal and informing the changes made to the manuscript.

If the author(s) disagree with the recommendations made by the referees, the author(s) must present arguments that justify their position. If the authors do not resubmit the reformulated article and response letter within the deadline, the editorial process will be terminated at any phase of the submission.

Publication in English

If the article is approved, the journal may suggest that articles in Portuguese be translated into English. In these cases, for the article to be published, the authors must have the approved version translated in full. The translation is paid by the authors.

To ensure the quality and uniformity of the texts translated into English, the translation must be made by one of the translators appointed and accredited by the journal.


PDF proofs will be sent to the authors for correction of the final art of the article. The proofs must be returned to the Publishing Center before the deadline (48 hours). Other changes to the original manuscript will not be accepted during this phase.

We will only accept spelling corrections and/or substitution of one or another word or numerical data in the tables and graphs. We will not accept the inclusion and/or exclusion of sentences, paragraphs, images, and references. If something needs correction, do it as follows:

  • In the PDF file of the article using the available resources, or
  • Make a note in capital letters on the margin of the paper and send only the scanned pages with the corrections, or
  • Make a list in a Microsoft Word document informing: page, column (right or left), paragraph, beginning of the sentence, and its respective line.

The authors must sign the terms of agreement with the final art (text and illustrations). The templates will be sent along with the proofs.


Presentation of original articles

The journal Estudos de Psicologia follows the publication norms of the American Psychological Association - APA (6th edition, 2010), with some stylistic adaptations.

The manuscripts must be written in Portuguese, English, French, or Spanish. All manuscripts must include an English title and abstract.

Please submit the manuscript for assessment by the Editorial Board using the ScholarOne platform at: <>.,

Any other means of submission will not be accepted by the editors.

The text must follow these guidelines:

  • Double line spacing;
  • Font Arial 12;
  • 15 to 25 pages (the first page is the cover page, numbered page 1, and page numbering must include the entire article, including all illustrations and references);
  • Saved in a text editor format similar to Microsoft Word Version 2010.
  • Paper size A4 with upper and lower margins of 2.5 cm, and left and right margins of 3.0 cm;
  • Page numbers must be placed on the lower right margin.

The studies should have the following elements in the order suggested here:

a) Cover page with identification of the authors and:

Complete title in Portuguese: (i) should be concise and avoid unnecessary and/or redundant words, such as “assessment of,” “considerations about,” “an exploratory study about,” etc.; (ii) should not contain abbreviations and/or initials, and/or geographical location of the study.

Include a short title with no more than five (5) words.

Include a complete title in English compatible with the title in Portuguese.

Include the full name of each author. Do not abbreviate the first names.

Include the titles and institutional affiliations of each author not using any abbreviations.

Include the complete address of the institution of the corresponding author.

Include the telephone number and address of all authors.

Inform explicitly the contribution made by each author to the study. The authorship credit must be based on substantial contributions, such as study conception and design, data analysis and interpretation, and review and approval of the final version of the article. Inclusion of authors whose contributions do not involve the items above is not justified.

Inform the ORCID® Record number (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). If you do not have one, you can get one for free at: <>. You can find more information here.

Inform whether the article is based on a dissertation or thesis indicating the title, author, university, and year of publication.

You may include a footnote with the sponsor and process number and/or selection process, and acknowledgments for the collaboration of colleagues and technicians in a paragraph containing no more than three lines.

b) Separate page containing the abstracts:

In Portuguese

The abstract must have at least 100 words and at most 150 words. Do not use abbreviations or citations. The abstract must include a brief description of the problem, sample characteristics, methods used for data collection, results, and conclusion. The keywords or descriptors must be listed in the Health Sciences Terminology (DeCS) database at <> or Psi Terminology database at <>.

The keywords or descriptors must be written in lower case and separated by a semicolon. Choose three to five keywords that accurately describe the study content.

Abstract in English

The abstract in English must be compatible with the abstract in Portuguese and follow the same rules. The keywords must be listed in the Health Sciences Terminology (DeCS) database at <> or Psi Terminology database at <>.

c) Manuscript organization
The text of every manuscript submitted for publication should be clearly organized and contain titles and subtitles that facilitate reading.

Quantitative articles must have:

Introduction: Presentation of the study problem, its history, and purpose of the investigation.

Method: Description of the procedures used in the study, including consistent information about the participants, instruments, and procedures. The end of this section must contain a clear statement of compliance with ethical rules and the approval protocol number.

Results: Report the results and most important analyses, which correspond to the objectives of the study.

Discussion: Provide a summary, interpretation, and implication of the results. Explore properly and objectively the results and discuss them in the light of other pertinent observations reported in the literature. Discuss the study limitations and make suggestions for future studies. Include the study conclusion and final observations in this section.

The sections in qualitative studies may vary according to their content.

d) Illustrations

All tables, figures, graphs, drawings, schemes, flowcharts, photographs, maps, organograms, diagrams, blueprints, charts, pictures, etc. are considered illustrations, and they should be used for illustrating the study data. Figures must not contain the same data as tables.

A manuscript may have no more than five (5) illustrations, regardless of type.

The illustrations must be inserted after the References in the text editor file in addition to being submitted separately, in their original file format, through the platform ScholarOne.

Illustrations should be editable. Files from the following applications are accepted: Excel, GraphPrism, SPSS 22, Corel Draw Suite X7, and Word. If another application is used, use the standard font Myriad size 7, which is used by the journal.

Images must have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Color illustrations are accepted at no extra cost to the authors.

Graphs must not have grid lines, and elements (bars, circles) must be two-dimensional (3D not accepted).

The author is responsible for the quality of the illustrations. Make sure it is possible to reduce the size of the illustrations to the widths of one or two columns (7 cm and 15 cm respectively) without loss of resolution. The landscape format is not accepted.

Each illustration must have a short title. Illustrations must be numbered consecutively and independently with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. In graphs include the title of the axes.

The words Figure, Table, and Attachment in the text must be capitalized and accompanied by the respective number. Indicate in the text where the illustrations should be inserted. Keep titles concise.

Always include explanatory notes where necessary. If abbreviations and/or symbols (such as bold, asterisk, etc.) are used, indicate their meaning in the footnote of the illustration.

If an illustration is taken from other sources, include the authorization for its use and the source.

e) Citations

Citations in foreign languages translated into Portuguese by the authors should be accompanied by a footnote citation in the original language. The source should be followed by the phrase “our translation,” as follows: (Pfeiffer, 2015, p. 24; our translation).

Secondary references (a citation of the citation of the original author) will not be accepted.

Citations of articles with multiple authors should be done as follows:

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

Articles with three to five authors: cite all authors the first time the article is mentioned in the text. After that, cite only the first author followed by et al. and the date.Articles with six or more authors: cite only the first author followed by et al. and the year.

Old and reedited sources: Citations of old sources with newer editions must include two dates, the date of the first edition and the date of the version read by the author. For example: Freud (1912/1969, p.154). If there are two or more citations or references of the same publication, distinguish them with lower case letters. For example, Freud (1939/1969a) and so successively.

Literal citations with a maximum of forty (40) words should remain in the current paragraph in quotes, indicating the last name of the author, date, and page.

Citations with more than 40 words should be made in a new paragraph, with single-line spacing, font size 11, and a left margin of 4 cm.

f) References

References and citations should follow the norms provided by APA (6th edition, 2010).

Most references must have been published in indexed journals and be no older than five (5) years.

The journal does not accept citations/references from undergraduate monographs, unpublished texts (classes, etc.), and abstracts from studies presented in congresses, symposiums, workshops, and meetings, among others.

If an unpublished study from the author and/or other sources is cited, that is, an article in press, the full reference must have been published by the end of the manuscript assessment process. If not, the citation/reference will be excluded.

Studies with a single author must be listed before studies with multiple authors when the last name is the same.

Studies with the same first author but different coauthors should be listed in alphabetical order of the coauthors.

Studies from the same authors must be listed by date, citing the oldest study first.

Studies from the same authors and same data must be distinguished by lower case letters (a and b). Avoid in press articles.

All addresses with internet links (URL) in the references must be active and lead directly to the cited document. Inform the date the document was accessed (see examples of electronic material).

When the cited document has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, inform the number and exclude the access date (see examples of electronic material).

Format the references in a way that facilitates reviewing and editing. Use a line spacing of 1.5 and font size 11. Try to include references published in the journal Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas) to help increase its impact factor.

The authors are responsible for the accuracy and adequacy of the references that have been consulted and mentioned in the manuscript and for their content.

All authors cited in the text should be followed by the publication date and listed in the references.


Article with three authors

Garcia del Castillo, J. A., Dias, P. C., & Castelar-Perim, P. (2012). Autorregulação e consumo de substâncias na adolescência. Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica, 25(2), 238-247.

Article with more than seven authors

Kumpulainen, K., Räsänen, E., Henttonen, I., Almqvist, F., Kresanov, K., Linna, S. L., ... Tamminen, T. (1998). Bullying and psychiatric symptoms among elementary school-age children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 22(7), 705-717.


Fernandes, J. M. G. A., & Gutierres Filho, P. J. B. (2012). Psicomotricidade: abordagens emergentes. Barueri: Manole.

Book chapters

Böhm, G., & Tanner, C. (2012). Environmental risk perception. In L. Steg, A. E. van den Berg, & J. I. M. Groot (Eds.), Environmental psychology: An introduction. Oxford: BPS Blackwell.

Old source reedited at a much later date

Sartre, J. P. (2012). The imagination. New York: Routledge. (Original work published 1936).

Unpublished theses or dissertations

Vasconcellos, T. B. (2012). Um diálogo sobre a noção de autenticidade (Unpublished master’s dissertation). Universidade de São Paulo.

Institutional authorship

World Health Organization. (2012). Safe abortion: Technical and policy guidance for health systems evidence summaries and grade tables. Washington, DC: The Author.

Studies presented in congresses published in annals

Anjos, A. G.; Lucatelli, A.; & Camargo, M. L. (2014). A empresa familiar como campo de investigação. Anais do I Congresso de Psicologia Organizacional e do Trabalho do Centro Oeste, Bauru, p.236-245.


Brasil. Ministério da Saúde. (1996). Resolução n° 196, de 10 de outubro de 1996. Aprova as diretrizes e normas regulamentadoras de pesquisas envolvendo seres humanos. Diário Oficial da União, vol. 134, n° 201, out.1996, Seção 1, p.20182-20186.

Electronic material
Articles in journals

Romanini, M., & Roso, A. (2012). Psicanálise, instituição e laço social: o grupo como dispositivo. Psicologia USP, 23(2), 343-365. Recuperado em outubro 8, 2012, de
Unpublished theses and dissertations

Bruckman, A. (1997). Moose crossing: Construction, community, and learning in a networked virtual world for kids (Doctoral dissertation unpublished). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts. Retrieved January 18, 2014, fromãsb/thesis/

Institucional authorship

Instituto Nacional de Câncer. (2012). Estimativa 2012: incidência de câncer no Brasil. Recuperado em outubro 8, 2012, de

Study presented in congress published in annals

Herculano-Houzel, S., Collins, C. E., Wong P., Kaas, J. H., & Lent, R. (2008). The basic nonuniformity of the cerebral cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Washington, DC. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from

g) Attachments

Avoid attachments. Only include them if they are critical to the understanding of the text. The use of footnotes in the body of the text should also be avoided.



1. Declarations of responsibility, copyrights, and compliance with human research ethics signed by all authors in the same order that the authors are listed in the article;

2. Cover page with full identification of the authors (in accordance with the item Instructions);

3. Separate page containing the abstracts in English and in a second language, and their respective keywords;

4. Manuscript organization (organization and distribution of titles, citations, abbreviations, etc.);

5. Make sure the references comply with the APA (6th edition) rules;

6. Make sure all illustrations were included and cited in the text with their respective titles, subtitles, footnotes, etc., and that they were numbered consecutively.

7. Make sure that the article is contained in a single file in Word format.

8. When you submit the manuscript at the ScholarOnesite, make sure you also submit all the illustrations in their original files (they should also be included in the manuscript text editor file) along with all the documents signed by the authors.



The following documents must accompany manuscripts submitted to the journal Estudos de Psicologia:

  1. Declaration of responsibility;
  2. Declaration of copyrights;
  3. Declaration of compliance with ethical principles;
  4. Copy of the approval given by the Research Ethics Committee (only for Brazilian studies).

All authors must sign all the documents. In the ScholarOne platform, submit the documents in Submission Stage 6.

Photographs of signatures will not be accepted. Only scanned or electronic signatures are accepted in order to avoid any type of fraud. Preferably send the documents in digital format and PDF format.

Document templates:

1. Declaration of responsibility

    - Manuscript title:
    - Full name of all authors (in the same order that they appear in the manuscript):
    - Corresponding author:

    - “I certify that I participated in the study conception and make public my responsibility for its content, and that I did not omit any financial bonds or agreements between the authors and companies that may have an interest in the publication of this article”;

    - “I certify that the manuscript is original and that the study, in part or in full, or any other study of my authorship with substantially similar content was not and will not be submitted to another journal while its publication is being considered by the journal Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas), whether in printed or electronic format”.

    Author(s)’ signature(s):
    Date   /  /

2. Declaration of copyrights

    - Manuscript title:
    - Full name of all authors (in the same order that they appear in the manuscript):
    - Corresponding author:

    “If the journal Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas) accepts to publish the manuscript, I hereby transfer the manuscript copyright ownership to the journal Estudos de Psicologia and declare that we the authors may reproduce, distribute, transmit, or reuse the manuscript immediately after it is published at SciELO at” providing the source is cited.

    Author(s)’ signature(s):
    Date   /  /

3. Declaration of compliance with the human research ethics principles (for foreign authors)

    - Manuscript title:
    - Full name of all authors (in the same order that they appear in the manuscript):
    - Corresponding author:

    “I hereby declare that the study presented to the journal Estudos de Psicologia Campinas respected human research ethics principles”.

    Author(s)’ signature(s):
    Date   /  /


Ethics-related expectations

Authors’ responsibilities

To declare and guarantee that the data reported in the manuscript do not stem from bad conduct, such as: fabricated data, unauthorized use of images (tables, graphs, charts, and other types of illustrations), falsification, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, or duplicity. If the journal confirms bad conduct in the study, the journal will issue a retraction notice to correct the scientific record.

To declare whether the study complied with human research ethics procedures and that the manuscript was not submitted to any other journal.

To confirm that the submitted manuscript is original.

To present a declaration that all data in the manuscript are legitimate and authentic.

To obtain a permission to reproduce data from other sources.

To provide retractions or error corrections when errors are identified.

To acknowledge the sponsor(s) and the references in the manuscript.

To participate in the manuscript assessment process when requested by the journal.

To inform that all human participants provided informed consent in writing to participate in the study.

To declare that the national or institutional laws that require ethical procedures on human or animal subjects have been followed.

To confirm that there are no potential conflicts of interest that may influence the publication process.

The results of human studies conducted by Brazilian researchers must be accompanied by a copy of the approval granted by the Research Ethics Committee. Foreign authors must sign the Declaration of Compliance with the Ethical Principles for Human Research (see document template 3 in item 4 – Documents).

Finally, include a clear statement of compliance with ethical principles in the Methods section of the manuscript.


Responsibilities of the referees

To maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript under assessment.

To assess the manuscript in an objective manner and respect the deadline.

To verify whether there is conflict of interest with the authors and sponsoring institutions or entities, and to refuse to assess the manuscript should that be the case.

To indicate whether there is some important publication that should be mentioned in the manuscript.


Responsibility of the editors

To make decisions objectively without discriminating by gender, sexual orientation, or geographic region of the author(s).

To act without conflict of interest when accepting or rejecting a manuscript.

To assess the materials submitted to supplement special editions using the same standards of academic merit required for the articles of normal editions.

To follow complaints regarding the ethics of the content of a manuscript or assessment process.

To publish article corrections or retractions should errors be found.

To preserve referees’ anonymity during the entire manuscript assessment process.


Ethical problems in the publication process

The Editorial Board is responsible for protecting and following any ethical problems regarding the manuscript. Therefore, it must:

Publish retractions or authors’ apologies when errors are identified and communicated to the Editorial Board.

Maintain the integrity of the academic records and all the mail exchanged between authors and referees.

Avoid all activities that may compromise the ethical standards of the journal.

Verify all allegations of ethical breach communicated to the Editorial Board.

Verify fraud, plagiarism, or self-plagiarism (redundant publication) in all articles using specific software before submitting the articles to peer review.

Collect evidence of ethical breach before disclosing any allegations to anyone besides the people involved.

Formally prohibit the contributions of individuals with confirmed ethical breaches.


Estudos de Psicologia

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