Psychological Studies is a scientific quarterly journal (ISSN 0103-166X), entailed with the graduate course in Psychology, in the department of Life Sciences of the Pontificial Catholic University of Campinas (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas). Home page: http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/estpsi-scielo).
Our mission is to promote and disclose scientific and technical knowledge in the area of Psychology; to discuss the meaning of practices in professional and research fields by publishing original articles that represent relevant contributions to Psychology. It also publishes theoretical works, reviews, and communications relevant to Psychology as a science and profession.
The journal was founded in 1983 and currently is ranked as A2 from the Qualis/Capes list (http://www.capes.gov.br/avalicao/qualis). The journal is indexed in national and international data bases: SciELO, Lilacs, PsycINFO, Psicodoc, Latindex, Clase, Index Psi.Psychological Studies stimulates the contributions of national and international scientific community, and it's distributed in Brazil and in several other countries. All articles must be submitted online through the home page: <http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/estpsi-scielo>.
Types of papers accepted by the journal Psychological Studies
The journal accepts originals research in any area of Psychology, aiming to promote, and disseminate scientific knowledge as well as to discuss the significance of practices in the professional and research fields in Psychology. Before submitting the manuscript for evaluation to the ad hoc consultants it is submitted for pre-analysis by the academic editorial board. The following research categories are accepted for publications:
- Research Report: Original papers based on empirical data. The articles must present the following sections: introduction, method, results e discussion.
- Theoretical Article: Critical review of the literature on topics relevant topics to Psychology, questioning current concepts and developing hypotheses for future research.
- Systematic Literature Review: Synthesis of quantitative or qualitative studies answering a specific and relevant question in the psychology field. Description of the process for searching the original studies, the criteria used to select those that were included in the review as well as the procedure to synthesize the obtained results.
- Case Study: Reports of studies with individuals, groups or organizations, indicating a problem and a way to resolve it based on literature.
- Book Reviews: Presentation and critical analysis of a book published in the Psychology area, maximum of one year ago.All articles must present a maximum of 25 pages including Tables and Figures, and references. The counting will start by the cover page, it must be numbered page one. The manuscript that meets the above categories will be submitted for pre-analysis to the Editorial Board.
To present a statement that all data in the article are real and authentic.
To obtain permission to reproduce contents from other sources.
To declare that all authors named in the manuscript have contributed significantly to the research.
To provided retractions or corrections of mistakes if identified.
To acknowledge financial support and references in the manuscript.
To participate in the peer review process when required.
To inform that all human participants gave written permission to participate in the research described.
To declare that national or institutional laws requering ethic procedures with human or animal subjects were respected.
To confirm there is not potential conflicts of interests that could influence the publication process.
Results of the studies with human beings must be accompanied by a copy of the Research Ethics Committee's approval.
Additionally, authors must add a clear sentence to the last paragraph of the Methods Section confirming the study compliance with research ethics.
To proceed the review objectively, in the time period agreed.
To verify if there is conflict of interest with the authors, institutions or funding agencies and reject the invitation for revision.
To indicate if there is relevant publication that should be mentioned in the manuscript.
To act under no conflict of interest when acepting or rejecting a manuscript.
To handle submissions for suplements of special issues based on the same standands of academic merit as required for articles in the regular volumes.
To follow ethic complaints regarding the manuscript content or review process.
To preserve the anonymity of reviewers during all manuscript processing.
Publishing ethics issues
To publish authors’ retractions or apologies when errors are identified and communicated to the editorial board.
To maintain the integrity of the academic records and all correspondence with authors and reviewers.
To avoid all business that may compromise the ethical standards of the journal.
To verify any ethic allegations informed to the editorial board.
To verify all articles for fraud, plagiarism or self plagiarism (duplicate publicaton) through specific softwares before sending to peer review.
To acquire evidence from ethic complaints before spreading any allegations beyond those who are involved.To impose a formal imbargo on contributions from individuals if their ethic allegations was confirmed.
Conflict of interest
The authors must also declare individually and explicitly any potential conflict of direct or indirect financial and/or nonfinancial interest, etc.
Consideration by the editorial board
Original manuscripts will be accepted for evaluation if they have not been previously published. They should be submitted together with a covering letter which should be signed by the authors, requesting publication in the Journal.
The editorial process will only begin if the submitted manuscript follows the Journal requirements. Otherwise, it will be returned for adjustment to the Journal standards, or to include a letter or other documents, even before being submitted to the pre-analysis of the Editorial Committee Board and for the later merit evaluation by ad hoc reviewers.
(1) The manuscript will be forward to the ad hoc consultants.
(2) The manuscript may be returned to the authors, requesting modifications.
(3) The manuscript may be rejected due to: (i) contents, considering the Journal main themes; (ii) originality, relevancy to the theme and quality of the scientific method used.
4) The manuscript will be send for peer reviewed by ad hoc if the manuscript meets the above criteria.
A Estudos de Psicologia (Psychological Studies) does not published more than 2 articles of the same author in the same year (volume). This procedure is to allow greater variability of themes and collaborations from national and international authors.
1) Evaluation of manuscripts
Two favorable reports are needed for final acceptance for publication. If there is any disagreement, the original will be sent to a third reviewer for analysis.
If the reviewers identify any interest conflict, the Editorial Board will send the manuscript to anotherad hoc reviewer.
The evaluation of the manuscripts will be kept in strict confidence. The authors will be informed if the manuscript has been accepted or rejected.
Papers that have received suggestions for changes will be returned to authors for corrections with the reports and manuscript must be returned within thirty days. The evaluation process of the manuscripts will be completed after submission of the second and last version.
The reviewers' reports admit four possibilities: (a) approval; (b) recommendation for new analysis after a small redraft version; (c) recommendation for new analysis, after a complete redraft version. (d) Rejection. In any of these cases, the author(s) will be informed.
On the last number of each Journal volume, it will be published the names of the ad hoc consultants who collaborated on the manuscripts evaluation in the current year.
The final process of the manuscript evaluation ends in the second version. The final decision regarding publication or not of the manuscript will be always made by the Editors. Minor changes in the manuscript may be made by the Editorial Board of the Journal, according to internal review criteria and standards. The reviewed manuscript must be returned within the stipulated deadline.
2) Proofs Will be sent typesetting to the authors for correction of printing errors. The proofs must be returned to the Editing Office on the stipulated date. Any other changes to the original manuscript will not be accepted at this stage. The author(s) of the paper will receive two copies of the issue in which their study was published.
Presentation of the original manuscripts
The Psychological Studies journal uses the publication norms of the American Psychological Association - APA (6th Edition, 2010).
The original manuscripts must be written in Portuguese, English, French, or Spanish. All manuscripts must have a title and an English abstract.
To be considered for review by the Editorial Board of Studies in Psychology, the manuscripts should be submitted online <home page: http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/estpsi-scielo>. The manuscripts that are forwarded by post mail, fax, e-mail or any other form other than online submissions will not be considered by the Editors.
The text should contain the following characteristics: (i) double line spacing; (ii) Arial font size 12; (iii) length of 15-25 pages; (iv) saved in MS Word 97-2003-compatible format; (v) paper size A4; (vi) 2.5 cm upper and lower margins and 3.0 cm left and right margins; (vii) page numbers on the lower right corner; and (viii) all Internet links (URL) listed in the references should be active and lead directly to the cited document.
Important: The manuscript is blind reviewed in relation to the authors' identification. Therefore, authors are responsible for checking if there are no indications in the text that might identify them. There will be no acceptance of attachments, appendices or foot notes on the manuscript. The Journal is not responsible for the authors who do not abide by this norm.
Publication in English: Articles approved may be indicated by the Editorial Board will be published in English. In order to have the manuscript published, authors are responsible to finance the complete English translation version of their work. To assure the quality and uniformity of translated English manuscripts, the work should be done by a English translator expert on scientific publications, nominated by the Journal.
The manuscripts must have the following items in the order suggested:
1) Title page with author(s) identification containing the following information:
2) Separate cover page
3) Abstract in Portuguese on a separate page
Only the Book Review does not require an abstract. The Portuguese abstract should be numbered as page 3, following the page without identification.
4) Abstract in English on a separate page
5) Manuscript organization
esults: report the most important results pertinent to the study objectives. Discussion: explore the results sufficiently and objectively, discussing them in light of other literature findings. Finally, discuss the study limitations and suggest new studies.
The sections in qualitative articles may vary according to the order of its content.
The author(s) is responsible for the quality of the figures (drawings, illustrations, and graphs), which must allow reduction without loss of definition to the size of one or two columns (7 and 15 cm, respectively); landscape format is not allowed. Digitalized figures must be supplied in jpeg or tiff with a minimum resolution of 600 Dpi.
The words Figure, Table and Appendix that appear in the text should be written with the first letter capitalized and followed by the number (Figures, Tables and Appendices) to which they refer. The suggested location for inserting the figures and tables should be indicated in the text. The titles must be concise. No colored images are accepted.
In the case of a literal citation with up to 40 words, the citation in the text should appear with quotation marks, followed by the surname of the author, date, and page.
A new paragraph must be used for citations with more than 40 words, single-spacing, font size 11, and indented 4cm from the left margin.
Citation of re-edited or old publications
In case of studies in which the first author is the same, but the co-authors are different, the criterion of alphabetical order of last names of the co- authors should be used.
Studies by the same author should be ordered by date, the oldest work being mentioned first. Studies by the same author and same date must be differentiated using "a" and "b". Journal Article in press should be avoided.
Include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in the reference if one is assigned.
The formatting of references should facilitate the task of reviewing and editing, for such, use line spacing of 1.5 and font size 12. References to other articles published in the Journal are recommended as a way to increase the impact factor.
Exactness and adequateness of references to studies which have been consulted and mentioned in the text of the manuscript and the content of the study are the author's responsibility. All the authors whose studies were cited in the text must be followed by the date of publication and listed in the Reference section. References and citations must be made according to the norms of the APA.
Examples of most common references used
Article with more than seven autors
Re-edition of century-old publications
Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Thesis
Meetings and Symposia
Doctoral dissertations and master's thesis
Meetings and Symposia
9) AttachmentsAvoid them. They can only be included when they contain indispensable information for the understanding of the text.
Open access policy
All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY-NC.
Copyright of the journal of Psychology Studies
The journal provides the public with open access to all its content, which is protected by the Creative Commons License. Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will be asked to transfer copyrights. This transfer will ensure widest possible dissemination of information.
Declaration of responsibility, transfer of copyright, and Declaration of ethical procedures with human subjects.
Each author must read and sign the following documents:
- Title of the manuscript:
1. Declaration of responsibility
Signature of the author(s)
2. Transference of Copyright
Signature of author(s)
2. Declaration of ethical procedures with human subjects
Signature of author(s)
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