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




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:

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 ( 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: <>.


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.


Ethical issues

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.


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.

After the pre-analysis stage, the following may occur:

(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

The peer review process used is the blind review, where the identity of the authors and the reviewers is not mutually known. With this in mind, the authors should not identify themselves in the manuscript. The original manuscripts, without author's identification, will be sent to at least two ad hoc reviewers.

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 another ad 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:>. 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.

Revised version

The revised version must be sent via online ( The author(s) must only send the last version of the article. The alterations must be highlighted in blue followed by a letter to the editor reaffirming the interest in publishing in this Journal and informing which alterations were introduced in the manuscript. If there is any disagreement concerning the reviewers recommendations, the author(s) must present the arguments that justify their position. If the authors do not forward the revised manuscript and reply-letter within the stipulated deadline, the editorial process will be terminated at any stage of submission.

The manuscripts must have the following items in the order suggested:

1) Title page with author(s) identification containing the following information:

  • Full title in Portuguese: Must be concise and avoid unnecessary and/or redundant words such as "assessment of…", "considerations about…", "an exploratory study on…".
  • Suggestion of abbreviated title, not exceeding five words.
  • Full title in English, compatible with the title in Portuguese.
  • Name of each author(s), followed by affiliated institution. Do not abbreviate middle names.
  • All data of titles and affiliation must be written without abbreviations or acronym.
  • The authors must also declare individually and explicitly any potential conflict of direct or indirect financial and/or nonfinancial interest, etc.
  • Full addresses of all the universities to which the authors are affiliated.
  • Corresponding author(s) address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address.
  • Include a footnote indicating financial support, acknowledgments to colleagues and technicians in one paragraph not exceeding three lines. This paragraph should also provide information about the source for the study and other information that is deemed relevant.
  • If there are figures or tables published elsewhere, permission for their use should be attached to the manuscript.

2) Separate cover page

Separate title page only with the manuscript name and its English translation, without authors' identification.

3) Abstract in Portuguese on a separate page

The abstract must have a minimum of 100 and maximum of 150 words. No quotes or acronyms are allowed. It must have three to five key words at the end that precisely describe the content of the study. The abstract should include a brief reference to the problem investigated, sample characteristics, method used to collect data, results, and conclusions.

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

It must be compatible with the Portuguese abstract. It must follow the norms and have key words. This is page number 4.

5) Manuscript organization

The text of every manuscript submitted for publication should be organized clearly, and its titles and subtitles should facilitate the reading. The text of quantitative articles must be divided into the following sections: Introduction. Methods: contain consistent information about the participants, instruments, and procedures. Include at the end of the Methods section a sentence regarding the fulfilment of the ethical procedures used in the study. Results: 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.

6) Illustrations

Tables and figures must be limited to a maximum of five consecutively and independently numbered in Arabic numerals according to the sequence of appearance of the data/in the text. They must each be on an individual and separated sheet, indicating their locations in the text. A short title must be given must be given to each of them.

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.

7) Citations

Secondary references will not be accepted or citing a citation of the original author.

Citations of articles with more than one author:

- Articles with two authors: list the two authors whenever referring to the article.

- Articles with three to five authors: list all the authors when first referring to the article; after second reference to the article, list the surname of the first author followed by et al. and the date/year.

- Articles with six or more authors: list the surname of the first author followed by et al and the year at first reference to the article in the text.

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 old citations with new editions of the work, the citation should include the two dates, the date of the first publication and the edition read by the author. For example: Freud (1912/1969, p.154). If there are other citations or references to other texts of the same publication, differentiate using lowercase letters. For example, Freud (1939/1969a) and so forth.

8) References

Studies by a single author should precede the work of multiple authors when the surname is the same.

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 two autors

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

Article with more than seven autors

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.

Re-edition of century-old publications

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

Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Thesis

For an unpublished doctoral dissertations

Wilfley, D. E. (1989). Interpersonal analyses of bulimia: Normal-weight and obese (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Missouri, Columbia.

Corporate authorship

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

Meetings and Symposia

Malabris, L. E. (2006). A terapia cognitivo-comportamental frente ao stress ocupacional e a síndrome de Burnout. Anais do VI Congresso Latinoamericano de Psicoterapias Cognitivas (Vol. 1). Buenos Aires.

Electronic Material

Article in scientific journal

Mora, R. I., Lobos, A., & Ibanez, A. (2012). Straight to the point: how people encode linear discontinuations. Fractal: Revista de Psicologia, 24 (3), 501-512. Retrieved December 17, 2012, from <>.

Doctoral dissertations and master's thesis

Doctoral dissertations, from web

Bruckman, A. (1997). MOOSE crossing: Construction, community, and learning in a networked virtual world for kids (Doctoral dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Retrieved December 13, 2012, from <ãsb/thesis/>.

Corporate authorship

World Health Organization. (2012). Safe abortion: Technical and policy guidance for health systems evidence summaries and grade tables. Washington, DC: The Author. Retrieved December 19, 2012, from <>.

Meetings and Symposia

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 <>.

9) Attachments

Avoid them. They can only be included when they contain indispensable information for the understanding of the text.


Check List

  1. Declaration of responsibility and transference of copyrights signed by each author.
  2. Cover page with the authors identification and institutions.
  3. Include manuscript title in Portuguese and English; Include short title, not exceeding five words, to be used as legend on all the pages.
  4. Acknowledgements of financial support from agencies, if needed.
  5. Abbreviated title with no more than 5 words.
  6. Cover page without no authors' identification, just with the manuscript title and its English translation.
  7. Portuguese abstract, with no more than 150 words, with 3-5 keywords at the end;
  8. English abstract, with no more than 150 words, with 3-5 keywords at the end.
  9. Check if the text, including the abstracts, tables, and references, is typed with Arial font size 12, double-spaced, with margins on the top and bottom (minimum 2.5cm) and on the left and right (minimum of 3cm).
  10. Check if the references are standardized within the norms of the APA style, 6th Edition.
  11. Include permission from editors to reproduce the figures or tables reproduced elsewhere.


Open access policy

The journal provides the public with open access to all its content, which is protected by the Creative Commons License.


Copyright of the journal of Psychology Studies

All copyrights are reserved. No part of the publications may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted by any means or form that may exist or be created, without prior written permission of the Editor-in-Chief, or without crediting the source, in accordance with the laws of copyright in Brazil. 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:

-Full name of authors (in the same order in which they appear in the manuscript):

- Author responsible for correspondence:

1. Declaration of responsibility

I certify that:

- I participated in the study and I publicly acknowledge the content as being of my responsibility.

- I did not omit any connections or financial agreements among the authors and
companies that may have interest in the publication of this manuscript.

- I certify that the manuscript is original and that the partial or complete study or any other study with similar content written by me has not been sent to another Journal and it will not be while its publication is being considered by Psychological Studies Journal whether in printed or electronic format.

Signature of the author(s)                Date               /            /            

2. Transference of Copyright

I declare that, if the article is accepted, the Psychological Studies Journal will have all the copyrights referent to the article, which will become exclusive property of the Journal, and total or partial reproduction is forbidden, in any other publicizing mean, printed or electronic, without prior permission and if authorized and obtained the Journal shall be acknowledged.

Signature of author(s)                        Date               /            /

2. Declaration of ethical procedures with human subjects

- Title of the manuscript:

-Full name of authors (in the same order in which they appear in the manuscript).

We hereby certify that all ethical principles for research with human subjects were respected in the article submited to the Estudo de Psicologia -  Journal signatures.

Signature of author(s)                        Date               /            /


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