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Instructions to authors

The journal Psicologia Clínica is a biannual publication of original papers on Psychology. From 2013 on, we will accept submissions, not only in Portuguese, but also in English, Spanish and French. Manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal Clinical Psychology must be original, not under review by any other journal and must follow the Standards Publication of the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association Manual (2010, 6th edition).

Psicologia Clínica is a publication of the Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Having started in 1986, has been published biannually since 2001, resulting in a modification and modernization of the older format, which were intended to fit our publication editorial policy implemented by CAPES in Brazil. The journal has international scope as authors, editorial board and scientific council, specifying the affiliation of the authors, the editorial board and the scientific council in all issues. Its target audience is undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers and practitioners of psychology and related fields. The articles published are original, unpublished and produced from original research not published in other journals.
The journal publishes theoretical essays, literature review, results of empirical research, professional experience reports and reviews of recent books, in addition to having occasionally a special section in which are published interviews with renowned researchers and / or translations of classical texts. Although the journal is themed, we are gradually making room for editorial articles in areas adjacent to clinical psychology, in an effort to consider the current trend of diversifying and opening new frontiers for researchers and clinical professionals.

To submit of an article

1. Original manuscripts should be submitted online at The identified sheet should be uploaded as a supplementary document as the accompanying letter described below.

2. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a letter signed by all authors (please upload as a supplementary document), certifying that the article does not hurt the ethical standards of the profession, giving the copyright to the journal Clinical Psychology, stating no potential conflict of interest related to the article and assuming full responsibility for their content.

3. All authors must be registered in the system and the data entered must be completed (name, affiliation, address, etc..).

4. Authors will be notified immediately on receipt of the manuscript by the Editorial Board.

To submit a book review

1. The book review - of a book published not before the last two years - shall be typed in double space, not exceeding 80 characters for line, of 2-6 pages.

2. The heading of the book review shall be in Portuguese, English and Spanish, and be followed by all the references of the book reviewed, including the number of pages.

3. All authors must be registered in the system and the data entered must be completed (name, affiliation, address, etc..).

4. In the case of citation, the norms of citations and bibliographical references shall be the same used for articles.

Our procedure when receiving a manuscript

Received manuscripts are initially appreciated by the Editorial Board. If they are in accordance with the Norms and they are considered as able to be published in Psicologia Clínica, they shall be directed for Consultants ad hoc, who are chosen among researchers of recognized competence in the field. The consultants will not have access to the identification of the author, and neither the authors of the consultants. After a blind analysis of the manuscript, the ad hoc consultants recommend its acceptance for publication (subject to any modifications to improve clarity or accuracy of the text) or reject it. Authors will be notified of decisions throughout the process and informed of the date on which the accepted papers will be published or of its rejection. At each step, the authors receive unidentified copies of the evalutaions made by the consultants. The Editorial Board reserves the right to make minor modifications in the textes to expedite the process of submission or publication of manuscripts.

Reviewing the manuscript

The authors of manuscripts recommended for acceptance with modifications shall inform reformulations, highlighting the passages modified in the text. If the authors have decided not to perform some of the suggested modifications, they should justify this decision, left to the discretion of the Editorial Board the final decision on publication of the article. This letter (with the identification subtracted) and the reworked manuscript will be sent back to referees for review. If the reformulations are satisfactory, the article is approved. Otherwise, the article may be rejected or further modifications may be requested.


Manuscripts' form and presentation

The manuscript must be typed in Times New Roman, size 12, double spacing. It should have around (25) twenty-five pages, with all margins 2.0. Any situation not contemplated in these Rules should follow that given in the American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed). Washington, DC. The submissions that are not entirely in accordance with the rules will be filed and the authors reported.

Presentation of manuscripts should follow the following order, on separate pages (use the tool page break):

I. Title page with author names (upload as a supplementary document)

1. Title in Portuguese, English and Spanish, not exceeding 15 words;
2. Shorter running title not exceeding 5 words;
3. Name of each author with institutional filiation (Department, Institution, City, State, Country);
4. Complete address os each author for communication with the Editorial Board;
5. Indication of funding sources, if any.

II. Title page without author names (page 1)

1. Title in Portuguese, English and Spanish not exceeding 15 words;
2. Shorter running title not exceeding 5 words.

III. Abstracts (page 2)

1. Abstract in Portuguese (150-200 words long);
2. Keywords in Portuguese (minimum of three and maximum of five);
3. Abstract in English (150-200) words long);
4. Keywords in English (minimum of three and maximum of five).
5. Abstract in Spanish (150-200) words long);
6. Keywords in Spanish (minimum of three and maximum of five).

IV. Body of the article (page 3 and subs.)

This part of the manuscript should begin on a new page, numbered page three (3), with the title centered on top of it. Each subsequent page should be numbered. Do not start a new page for each subtitle. Separate them by using a blank line. Only the first letter of the title / subtitle and the proper names should be capitalized. In the case of items within the same subtitle, use the italic format to identify it.

In the case of research reports, in addition to the title page and abstracts, manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. If needed, other subtitles such as Conclusions or Final Considerations can be added. In some cases, Results and Discussion can be presented together, although this procedure is not recommended as a rule.
Footnotes should be kept at a minimum. Indispensable footnotes should be identified in the text by Arabic numbers, and appear after the References on a separate page under the title “Notes”. The inclusion of figures and tables should be indicated in the text, and presented in Annex.

Citation rules should be observed. Attribution to authors and indication of publication dates of all cited works should be given. All author names should be followed by the year of publication when their works are cited for the first time in each paragraph. Literal excerpts of a text should be typed within double quotation marks, and demand the citation of the page from which they were copied; in the case of extensive citations, their left margin should be larger than the rest of the text. All citations of citations should state their original references, although this kind of citation should be avoided, especially when the original can be easily accessed. However, if needed, author’s last name of the original, date, author’s name of the citation and publication date should be stated. Do not use ibid., Idem, op. cit ..

V. References

Do not start a new page for the References section. Do not number references. Use double space in this section also, do not leave extra space between citations and do not use tabs before the author' names. References should be listed alphabetically by author's last name. Each reference should appear as a new paragraph (without tabs) and the surnames should be in lower case (except the first letter).

VI. Annexes

Annexes should be presented on new pages after the references. All pages should be consecutively numbered, with double spacing. Annexes should be prepared if they are really essential for the understanding of the text. Authors can choose to inform readers through a note on what instruments or other material are available and how to get them. All annexes should be indicated in the text, and identified with capital letters (A, B, C, etc.). Figures and tables should be presented along with their respective captions and titles, each one on a new page. Figures and Tables should not exceed 11,5 x 17,5 cm. The title of a table should appear at the top of it in lower case, and should indicate its contents. The title of a figure should appear below it, and should follow the same specifications for tables.

VII. Quotations and references in the body of the manuscript

Quotations up to 40 words should come in the body text, with quotes and no italics. Quotations over 40 words should come in a new paragraph, single spaced, font size 11 and with a decrease of 3.75 from the left margin.

1. Multiple authorship article

a) Article with two authors: both author names should be cited every time the article is mentioned;
b) Article with three to five authors: all authors should be cited in the first time the article is mentioned; from second time on only the first author surname should be cited, and followed by “and cols.” and by the date, if it is the first citation in the paragraph;
c) Article with six or more authors: only the first author surname should be cited, and followed by “and cols.” and by the date. However, in the References section, all author names should be recorded.

2. Old and re-edited works:

The format that should be used is “Author (publication date of the first edition / publication date of the employed edition): page number”. For example, Freud (1912/1969, p.154). If there are other quotes or references to other texts of the same publication, differentiate with lowercase letters. For example, Freud (1939/1969a) and so on.

3. Quotation of quotation:

Refers to a citation of a work mentioned by other publication which was actually used. For example: “Piaget (1932, cited by Flavell, 1996)...”. In the References section only the publication actually used should be recorded (in the case, Flavell, 1996).

VIII. Examples of references

1. Scientific journal article:

Féres-Carneiro, T. F. (2008). Pesquisa e prática clínica: construindo articulações. Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica, 21(3), 349-355 (if the Scientific journal has a pagination restarts in each issue, include the issue number within parentheses, without underlining it, just after the volume number).

2. Scientific journal article in press:

Indicate “in press” instead of the publication date. Date, volume and issue numbers, and pages should not be mentioned until the article is published. In the text, the article should be quoted indicating it is in press.

3. Books:

Jablonski, B. (1998). Até que a vida nos separe: a crise do casamento contemporâneo. Rio de Janeiro: Agir.

4. Book chapters:

Levi, L. (2001). Adoção da criança idealizada à criança real. In: T. Féres-Carneiro (org.). Casamento e família – do social à clinica (pp. 12-22). Rio de Janeiro: NAU.

5. Unpublished paper presented in congresses:

Féres-Carneiro, T. (2003, outubro). Conjugalidade homossexual. Trabalho apresentado no IX Congresso Brasileiro de Sexualidade Humana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.

6. Paper presented in congresses, which abstract is published in proceedings:

Rudge, A. M. (2000). Pressupostos da “nova” crítica à psicanálise. [Resumo]. Em Sociedade Brasileira de Psicologia (org.), Psicologia no Brasil: diversidade desafios, XXX Reunião Anual de Psicologia (p. 27). Brasília: Universidade de Brasília.

7. Unpublished thesis or dissertation:

Kupferberg, M. (2004). Filhos da guerra – um estudo sobre o trauma e a transmissão. (Tese de Doutorado. Curso de Pós-graduação em Psicologia Clínica Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ).

8. Old and re-edited work:

Piaget, J. (1932). Le jugement moral chez l’enfant. Paris: Z.Alcan (original work printed in 1965).
Freud, S. (1995). Dois princípios do funcionamento mental. In: S. Freud. Obras completas de S. Freud, vol. X. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva (Original work printed in 1911).

9. Corporate authorship:

American Psychological Association (1994). Publication manual (4ª ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

10. Personal communication:

Refers to letter, electronic mail, personal or telephonic conversations. Cite only in text, giving the surname and initials of the issuer and the date and identify it as personal communication. Do not include in the references

11. Digital documents online:

Kawasaki, J. L., & Raven, M.R. (1995). Computer-administered surveys inextension. Journal of Extension, 33, 252-255. Recovered on 2th june, 1999, of



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