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://www.scielo.br/estpsi).
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://scielo.br/estpsi>.
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.
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.
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.
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://www.scielo.br/estpsi>. 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 revised version must be sent via online (http://www.scielo.br/estpsi). 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:
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.
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.
Secondary references will not be accepted or citing a citation of the original author.
Citations of articles with more than one author:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 <http://www.scielo.br/scielo.br>.
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 <http://www.static.cc.gatech.edu/ãsb/thesis/>.
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 <http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/70914/1/9789241548434_eng.pdf>.
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 <http://www.pnas.org/content/105/34/12593.full.pdf+html>.
Avoid them. They can only be included when they contain indispensable information for the understanding of the text.
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
- 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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