ISSN 1414-9893 printed version
ISSN 1982-3703versión online



Scope and Policy

Psychology: Science and Profession (PSP) it is a journal quarterly published by the Brazilian Federal Council of Psychology.

The journal publishes original manuscripts in Portuguese, English or Spanish, in the following categories: theoretical articles, research reports, case reports. Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated according to specific criteria focused on its social and scientific relevance to the production of knowledge in psychology.

The abbreviated title Psicol., Ciênc. Prof. must be used in bibliographies, footnotes, bibliographical references and strips.

The Journal adopts iThenticate system for plagiarism identification.

Articles accepted for publication become property of the journal.


Guide for authors

Submission of an article to PSP implies that the work described has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Regarding ethical aspects and the arrangement of the article, all manuscripts submissions  should follow the conventions laid down in the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. Washington, DC). The information omitted in the following description implies that the APA orientation shall prevail.

Types of papers

1. Theoretical articles – theoretical papers discussing problems and topics, critically reviewing scientific advances and indicating the “state of the art” associated with it. It must be divided as following: abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion or final considerations and references. Papers should contain 20 to 25 pages (excluding the abstract and reference list);

2. Research reports - reports of original empirical studies likely to further our understanding of psychology. It should be based on “state of the art” and empirical evidence, backed by specific methodology and discussion. It must be divided as following: introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion or final considerations. Papers should contain 20 to 25 pages (excluding the abstract and reference list);

3. Case reports – case reports of professional interventions that contribute in terms of social and scientific merit, aid to improve the psychological knowledge in different areas of psychology and demonstrates contribution to the professional practice. It must be divided as following: abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion or final considerations and references. Papers should contain 10 to 15 pages (excluding the abstract and reference list).

Manuscript requirements:

  1. Papers must be written in portuguese, english or spanish and include the abstract in all three languages;
  2. Contributions must be typed in double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font with 2,54 cm margins;
  3. Manuscripts should be send as .doc or .docx files;
  4. Please submit tables as editable text and can be placed next to the relevant text in the article;
  5. Sheets must NOT be numbered;
  6. The title should be centered, bold and contain uppercase and lowercase letters;
  7. The title should state the (s) phenomenon (s) studied (s) and its relationship with the research context.
  8. All articles should be preceded by an Abstract giving a concise statement of the intention and context of the study, results, discussion and conclusions of the article. Reviews (systematic or theoretical) should state the perspective adopted and the scientific contributions or advances made in the field . The abstract must contain between 150 and 250 words, and 3 to 5 keywords;
  9. The introduction should state the objectives and purposes of the work and provide an adequate background along with its intended contribution to the field studied;
  10.  The method should emphasize the design and the research procedures, and especially in the case of empirical research, specify the context, participants, studied variables or categories, instruments to assess the phenomenon, systematic data analysis and discussion;
  11.  For reference citations, please use APA style (American Psychological Association, 2010. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC). Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete;
  12.  All Internet pages addresses (URLs) included in the text must be active and ready for immediate access.


Manuscripts submission

Papers must be unpublished and the original manuscript will be subjected to examination by the editorial board, which may appeal to the Advisory Board and/or to independent reviewers ad hoc, at its own discretion, with authors omitted identity.


Authors manuscript submission

Manuscripts should be submitted with the following specifications:

1) Cover Letter
All authors listed on the manuscript must have agreed to be authors and approved the submitted paper to the journal Psychology: Science and Profession through a collective and signed cover letter authorizing its publication. The letter should be referred to Scielo platform, in .pdf format as a supplementary document. It also should include:

  1. Type of manuscript as descripted in the “Guide for authors”;
  2. An explanation of why the manuscript is of interest to the journal and what is novel about it (a statement of relevance);
  3. Confirme that the manuscript has not been published and will not be submitted elsewhere during the review process;
  4. The letter must state, where applicable, that current ethical guidelines were followed in the treatment of participants, and  provide the certificated approval of the Ethics Committee;
  5. Authorize the beginning of the manuscript editorial process.
  6. Indicate the thematic area which the manuscript belongs according to the Fields table.

Only manuscripts submitted to the Journal P: SP via SciELO Platform will be evaluated.

2) Title page
Title Page of each paper or article should be sent via SciELO platform as a supplementary document and must include:
Title in portuguese (12 words maximum);
Title in english;
Title in spanish;
The full names of all authors, academic titles given; the authors' affiliations;
An address for correspondence (we recommend that institutional addresses are used);
Authors' names as they should appear in citations;
Acknowledgments, disclosures, and funding sources when appropriate.

3) Online submission
The original manuscripts must be submitted via SciELO platform upon registration of (a) Author (a) in the site of the journal PSP ( The journal has adopted a policy of blind review for all submissions. It is the responsibility of the authors verify the non-existence of elements able to identify them in any other part of the manuscript, including the file properties.

Authors will be notified immediately after the manuscript is received and can follow the electronic publishing process, using his username and password. Manuscripts will have the editorial process iniciated after the registration of all authors in the journal site and their respective e-mails.

There are no fees for submission and review articles.


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