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Publish original texts on topics in the field of psychology and its interfaces with the Social Sciences and Health Sciences, discussing the current reality, contributing to the practice in psychology and promoting the theoretical development. From the methodological point of view, the journal Psychology Study publishes articles that are driven only in qualitative terms, or to articulate qualitative with quantitative methods. It publishes articles of different approaches to psychology, if well grounded theoretically and methodologically.

Editorial policy

  • Original works will be accepted when they meet the following categories: . Research report: summary of original research (minimum 20 and maximum 25 pages)
  • Literature Review / Theoretical studies: theoretical elaboration of the resulting articles, critical review of literature and / or specific theme (minimum 20 and maximum 25 pages);
  • Professional experience report: article which  presents description of individual or collective experience of a specific intervention, which makes the counterpoint theory and practice, and indicating precisely the conditions under which it has occurred (minimum 10 and maximum 15 pages);
  • Book reviews The evaluation is conducted by the Editorial Board and the Executive Team (minimum 3, maximum 5 pages);
  • Debate: issue of   essaycharacter, opinionated, about controversial topics of current or proposed to want to quarrel. This section accepts responses to previously published issues. The evaluation is conducted by the Editorial Board and the Executive Team (minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages);
  •  Interview: Report of an interview with national and international researchers of high scientific relevance to the field of psychology. The evaluation is conducted by the Editorial Board and the  Executive Team (minimum 10 and maximum 15 pages);
  • Special Section: In this mode, in eventual character, texts will be selected  that do not fit the modalities of the journal but  bring important contribution both to readers and the scientific community , such as: reports, conferences of national or international renowned authors at scientific meetings, translation of articles or texts  from international authors ,  unprecedented texts  in Portuguese, among others defined by the magazine's editorial team. The texts of this type are only evaluated as to its scientific merit by the Editorial(minimum 15 and maximum 25 pages).


In special cases, it will be accepted works already published in foreign periodicals, subjected to the same evaluation of unpublished originals.

However, in those cases, the author should present authorization, in writing, from the editor of the journal in which his article has been originally published. It must be online attached through the Journal Publishing System.

The texts of national authors will be accepted in Portuguese. The texts of foreign authors

The works will be accepted in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish language, provided it was thoroughly reviewed.

The emitted opinions, are of exclusive responsibility of the author(s). When submitting manuscripts to the Psicologia em Estudo Editorial Board, authors assume the responsibility of not having published previously or submitted the same manuscript to other periodical.  Articles accepted for publication become property of the journal. Any reproduction of such material, in part or in full, in other publications or for any other ends, by any means will need written permission of the editor, as previously noted.

In the case of studies involving human beings, it will be demanded, in the terms of Resolutions 196/96 and 251/97 of the National Council of Health, a document of the approval on the part of Commission or Committee of Ethics of the institution in which the research was accomplished.

Psicologia em Estudo publishes papers in both languages, Portuguese and English (bilingual), since volume 19 number 3. Therefore, since 01/jul/2014 every paper submitted to the journal, if accepted, will have to be translated into English by one of the affiliated translators. The costs of translation must be covered by the authors.

All submitted manuscripts that contain extracted texts of other publications should obey the specified limits (not to exceed 500 words) to guarantee originality of the submitted work. It is recommended to avoid the reproduction of illustrations, tables and figures published elsewhere.

A manuscript containing reproduction of one or more illustrations, tables and figures from other publications will only be submitted to analysis if it comes accompanied of a written permission of its copyright holder to enable its publication in the Psicologia em Estudo.

The descriptors or keywords must be in accordance with the terminology in psychology, available in three languages ​​in the BVS-Psi, accessible through the link

All required documents must be scanned and sent via the online publishing system of the journal .


Procedures for submission and evaluation of the manuscripts

To ensure that the text editorial process to be submitted  can be  fast and efficient, it is important  that, before being sent to the Journal, some steps are observed by the authors:

  • Carefully review with the Standards of the journal. From the correction of the mother tongue or another language to the items that should compose your correspondece for submission. (see checklist)
  • Ask a peer to assess your text before you actually submit it to the journal.
  • Strictly follow the steps below in detail to ensure a good  work presentation.

All manuscripts undergo a preliminary review by the Executive Team and Advisory board to determine whether or not they are suitable for publication. Those considered suitable are sent out to ad hoc scientific reviewers. This stage of  the publishing process  covers the preliminary assessment of the article and then, the evaluation by consultants.

The Journal does not charge any submission or evaluation fee.

Reviewer's o pinions hold three possibilities: a) accepted in full; b) accepted with changes; c) rejected. 

Authors will be notified in any of these cases. (see flowchart)

To make the publication effective, it is necessary that all the changes accomplished by the author(s), be discriminated and informed  via online to the Scientific Editor of this journal. After we receive the redrafted articles by the authors , it  is forwarded to the evaluation of these reformulations, which is the last stage of the process of article analysis as to its  scientific merit. See flowchart.

The language revision can be made by the Executive Team and Advisory board. When they consider it is essential  substantial changes that may alter the author's idea, the author will be notified and entrusted of doing them, returning the work reformulated in the maximum period determined by the editor.

The evaluation process uses the blind review system, preserving the authors' identity and consultants.

Editorial Board and executive team reserves the right to final decision about to publish or not the manuscript.

All the editorial process can be followed by the authors by electronic system with your login and password.


Presentation of manuscripts

Psicologia em Estudo follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA - 6th edition, 2010) . A fast Portuguese guide is available at BVS-Psi: For quotes, visit the site:

Or, the brief summary of APA 6th edition rules. Available at:

Manuscripts  to be submitted  should be sent via online to this Journal ( using MS-Word for Windows 6.0 or later version, double spacing (all article long), in source type Times New Roman, size 12, not exceeding the appropriate number of pages in which the category the work applies. All pages, starting from the cover leaf should be consecutively numbered. Paper should be A4, with 2,54cm for the superior and inferior margins and, for the left and right margins. Do not use the "auto reviewer - track changes" in Word.

Each manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter signed by all authors (see example below), stating the intention of having the work submitted to publication. This  letter must include authorization for necessary changes in language in order to meet the journal´s standards. In case of multiple authors (maximum of 6) , the final version must be signed by all authors.

It is important to emphasize that the total number of files sent electronically may not exceed 2 MB and the file which contains the text can not have any type of identification, even on the properties of the Word, to ensure blind assessment review.

All the documents above should be sent by Journal electronic system.

Example of the cover letter:

The Editors
Revista Psicologia em Estudo

Dear Sirs

We are submitting the manuscript “(INSERT TITLE)” for possible publication in the Revista Psicologia em Estudo related to ( Research reports, Theoretical studies, Reports on professional experience,  Book reviews,  Debates,  Interviews) category.

We declare that this work is unpublished and original.It strictly followed all  ethical procedures and it is not submitted to another journal for publication.

We allow the necessary  changes in  language in order to meet the journal’s  Standards.

Yours faithfully,

Name and signature of author ( or authors)

Organizing the articles presentation

The articles presentation should observe the following order:

l. Title page with:
1.1. Full title in Portuguese (of 10 to 12 words).
1.2. Suggested abbreviated title for header in Portuguese, should not exceed 4 words.
1.3. Full title in English, compatible with the title in Portuguese.
1.4. Full title in Spanish, compatible with the title in Portuguese.
1.5. Suggested abbreviated title for header in Portugueses, English and Spanish.

2. Sheet (s) including:
- Summary in Portuguese.
All texts included in Categories 1 to 3 should include an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The other categories do not require abstracts. The summary should follow by three key words (starting with the first letter capitalized and the rest in lowercase letters, separated by semicolons).

3. Page with Abstract and keywords in English.

4. Page with Resumen y palabras-clave in Spanish.

5. Annexes - should be avoided. Annexes should be prepared only when they are really originals and essentials for the understanding of the text.

6. Page of titles of all figures, should be numbered accordingly indicated in the text.

7. Figures, tables and graphics, will be accepted at the maximum of 5 (five). No color reproduction.

8. Figures, including captions, should be presented one in each page in paper, at the end of the article, in the same file, just after the bibliography references. To assure reproduction quality the figures including drawings should be submitted in picture quality (minimum 300 dpi).  As the published version cannot exceed the width of 11.5 cm for figure, the author should be careful so that the legends maintain reading quality, in case reduction is necessary.

9. Tables, including title and notes, should be presented one in each page, at the end of the article, in the same file, Just after the bibliography references . In the printed publication table cannot exceed 11.5 cm of width x 17.5 cm of length. The table length should not exceed 55 lines, including title and footnote(s). For details, especially in anomalous cases, the APA manual should be consulted.

10. Body of the article.  The articles should be arranged in the following order: Introduction, Methodology, Results,  Discussion and  Conclusion – it is not necessary to use   these terms as items. Footnotes should be kept at the maximum of 5. Indispensable footnotes should be placed to the foot of the pages, identified by Arabic numbers that should appear immediately after the text segment to which refers the note. The places suggested for insertion of illustrations and tables should be indicated in the text. Expressions such as apud, op. cit., id., ibidem and others are not accepted according to APA norms.

11. References - Not exceed the limit of 30 (thirty), including the 10% of citations concerning to the authors themselves. At least 40% of the total should refer to the last 5 years. Except for reasons, these limits will be reviewed by the Editorial Board. We warn the authors that the update of the text will be assessed by the consultants ad hoc.

Note:  Only the cover sheet is not counted in the total pages of  the article.

Common types of citations

Authors  citations  should follow APA norms. Observe carefully the citations norms. Always give credit to authors and the dates of publication of all studies reported. All the authors’s names, whose works are cited, should be followed by the date of publication, by the first time they are cited in each paragraph.   In case of full transcription of a text of less than 40 words should be indicated by quotation marks followed by  page number in parentheses. The punctuation goes before the closing with quotes.  Literal excerpts of 40 or more words should be presented in a block typed  without italics and quotation marks, but double space, starting in a new line. An indent should be used at left margin, as a new paragraph.

A direct citation  should be accurate, even if there are errors in the original text. If that happens and can occur  the risk of confusing the reader, add the word [sic], underlining  and putting  into  brackets, just after the error.  The omission of part of the text from an original  source must be indicated by three dots (...). The inclusion of material, such as comments or observations, should be bracketed.  The emphasis on one or more words should be underlined,  followed by [our emphasis].

All secondary citations must inform the original reference. Avoid using them , specially when the author can be recovered at ease.But, if it  is essential, please: author’s surname , date, author’s name  who made the original quote and the date of publication of the study.

A testimony or interviews citations from  subjects of research  are inserted in the body of the paragraph (less than 40 words),  in italics and quotation marks. 40 words or more must be in indent  as bibliographic citations, but in italics.

Before submitting the paper, prepared according to the previous instructions, the authors should read it again carefully and draw attention to the folowing items: a correspondence between sections and used subtitles, works cited in the text and listed in the references. Paragraphs of a single  sentence must be avoided because the text fragment.  Objectives of the study should be clear and explained at the beginning of the text (referring to the literature review and the methodology). All cited authors should be listed in the References section. Only the works which were consulted  and  mentioned in the text should appear in that section.

Citation of an only author

1. Literal citation:
The author´s surname should appear in all citations, indicating year and page of publication, according to the following example:
Eg:"Although it is part of nature, from it man is distinguished by its own laws and to map out its own destiny" (Boarini, 2000, p. 6).

Eg: According to Boarini (2000) "Although it is part of nature, from it man is distinguished by its own laws and to map out its own destiny" (p. 6).

2. Conceptual citation:
The authors surnames  should appear in all citations, indicating only year of publication, according to the following example:
Yamamoto (1996), entende que o período entre os anos 1973-74, no Brasil, registra um momento importante na alteração de rumo da política... [author´s name should be stated, omitting the year of publication, in subsequent citations within same paragraph]

Note: No matter the number of authors of the work, when a literal citation should appear, it must include names(s) of author(s), year and page of publication.

Citation of multiple authors

1. Article with two authors
Surnames in a citation of multiple authors should be linked with the word "e". In presentation among parenthesis, in tables and titles of figures, and on the references, names should be linked with "&".

Eg (authors as part of the text): To Klein and Linhares (2007) the characteristics of the severity of neonatal health are related to  analysis of the trajectories of the development of premature infants.

Eg (authors who are not part of the text). The characteristics of the severity of neonatal health are related to analysis of the trajectories of the development of premature infants (Klein & Linhares, 2007

2. Article with three to five authors

In the first time the article is mentioned, all authors surnames  should be cited. From second time on only the first author surname should be cited, and followed by "and cols." And by the year.

Eg (authors as part of the text): Environmental factors for Silva, Santos and Gonçalves (2006) may give different formats or shape aspects of motor behavior in the  infant’s life.

Eg (authors who are not in the text): Environmental factors may  give  different formats or shape aspects of motor behavior in the infant's life (Silva Santos, & Gill, 2006).

From the second time there is the quote: Silva et al. (2006) claim that (...).

3. Article with six or more authors
Only the first author surname should be cited, and followed by "and cols.", and by the date, unless. However, in the References section, all authors  names should be stated.

In the References section, whatever the number of authors, all should be listed

Citation of citation

1. This refers to a citation of a work mentioned by other publication which was actually used without previous reading. (e.g. a study of Flavell, cited by Shore, 1982) It should be stated like: "Flavell (cited by Shore, 1082) adds that...." In the references section only the publication actually used should be recorded (in the case Shore, 1982), using the appropriate format.

Citation of old and re-edited works

It should be used the  following format:
Author (publication date of the first edition / publication date of the employed edition). Ex.: Franco (1790/1946).

Orientations about References

First of all start  a new page to the References Section. Use simple space in this section  and double space to separate them. The references should be cited in alphabetical order  using the author’s surname. In case of multiple studies by  the same author, use a cronological order, that is, from the earlier study to the most recent one. Authors names should not be replaced by indents or dashes.

The second line of each reference should be indented by 5 spaces (in Word, format paragraph with a displacement of 0.68 cm). Review the standards of the journal carefully before preparing your list. Note that the authors’s  surnames  are placed only with the first letter in uppercase.

Examples of References

1. Technical report

    Vieira Filho, N. G. (1997) Prática terapêutica em psicologia clínica: análise doi circuito institucional (report on research scholarship) Brasilia: CNPq

2. Unpublished paper presented in Congress

    Haidt, J., Dias, M.G. & Koller, S. (1991, February). Disgust, disrespect and
    culture: moral judgement of victimless violations in the USA and Brazil.   
    Paper presented in the Annual Meeting) of Society for Cross Cultural  
    Research, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico.

3. Paper presented in congresses, which abstract is published in proceedings

    Oliveira, C. B. E., Araujo, C. M. & Almeida, L. S. (2010). The role of School Psychology in Higher Education:    some reflections [Abstract]. In International Conference Learning and teaching in Higher Education, 1 (p. 108). Évora: Évora University.

    Yamamoto, O.H., Silva, F.L., Medeiros, É.P. & Câmara, R.A.(1999). A configuração da Psicologia no Rio Grande do Norte: formação e prática profissional. [Abstract]. In Sociedade Brasileira de Psicologia (Org.), Resumos de comunicações científicas. XXIX Reunião Anual de Psicologia (p. 187). Campinas: SBP.

4. Unpublished thesis or dissertation

    Domingues, E. (2001). A luta pela terra e o Movimento dos Trabalhadores
    Rurais Sem Terra (MST): contribuições da psicanálise. Unpublished
    Master Dissertation, Social Psychology Graduate Course, Pontifícia
    Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo.

5. Books

    Mello Neto, G. A. R. (2003). Angústia e sociedade na obra de Sigmund Freud.  
    Campinas: Unicamp.

6. Book Chapter

    Di Loreto, O. D. M. (2002). Patologia da vida psi cotidiana: o cotidiano na vida de um clínico psi. In M. L., Boarini (Org.), Desafios na atenção à saúde mental (pp. 93-133). Maringá: EDUEM.

7. Book translate into Portuguese

    Badinter, E. (1985). Um amor conquistado: o mito do amor materno. (W.
    Dutra, Trad.). Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira. (original published in 1980).

8. Translation of article or chapter of a published book, an issue of a work in multiple issues, a republished work.

    Freud, S. (1996). On the foundations of neurasthenia to highlight a specific syndrome called "anxiety neurosis". In J. Strachey (Ed. and J. Solomon, Trad.) Standard Brazilian Edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud. (Vol. 3, pp. 91-117). Rio de Janeiro: Imago. (Original work published 1895).

9. Scientific journal article

         Rauter, C. (2001). Notas sobre o tratamento das pessoas atingidas pela violência
                institucionalizada. Psicologia em Estudo, 6 (2), 3-10.

Inform number, within parenthesis followed by issue number just when pagination restarts in each issue (not at each issue).
      Tourinho, E.Z. (1987). Sobre o surgimento do behaviorismo radical de Skinner.  
             Psicologia. 13 (3), 111.

10. Old and re-edited work

           Franco, F. de M. (1946). Tratado de educação física dos meninos. Rio de Janeiro:
                 Agir (First published in 1790).

11. Scientific journal article in press
Date, volume, issue or number of pages should not be mentioned until the article is published. It should be the final reference of the author.

           Boarini, M. L. (Org.). (in press). Higiene e raça como projetos: higienismo e
                  eugenismo no Brasil. Maringá: EDUEM

12. Corporate authorship

    Regional Council of Psychology of São Paulo (2010). Dyslexia: subsidies to public policy. São Paulo: Author.

13. Electronic document

    Paim, J. S., & Almeida Filho, N. (1998). Health: a "new public health"or an open field to new paradigms? Journal of Public Health, 32 (4) Retrieved on February 11,2000, from

14. CD-ROM

    Tolfo, S. (1999). Work, innovation and participation: a multicase study of  companies in the metal mechanic sector of Rio Grande do Sul [CD-ROM]. In the ENANPAD, 23. São Paulo: Portfolio.

Law No. 10216 of April 6, 2001. (2001, April 6). Provides for the protection and rights of people with mental disorders and care model for mental health. Brasília, DF: Presidency of the Republic: Civil House. Cabinet Subcommittee for Legal Affairs. Retrieved on June 20, 2009, from

Resolution No. 196 of October 10, 1996. (1996, October 10). Guidelines and rules for research involving human beings. Brasília, DF: Ministry of Health, National Health Council

It’s fundamental to consult the summary rules of the APA said at the beginning of the instructions, before submitting the text. See checklist. Items that are not strictly within the rules of the magazine are archived in the system by the editors responsible for preliminary review and the authors will be notified.

Final Review

The proofs will be sent  to the authors for a final proofreading (restricted to errors and writing). The proofs not returned within the period required – three days – should be published according to the proof.

Regardless of number of authors, it will be offered only 2 copies by work published in this journal.

E-mail to send the articles:

Universidade Estadual de Maringá
Departamento de Psicologia
BCE  - Central Library, ground floor, room 01
Revista Psicologia em estudo
Phone: (0xx44) 3011-4502



Before sending the text

  • Make a careful review of norms, the language (the descriptors) and requirements of the magazine.
  • Ask a peer  to make a prior  appraisal of your text to ensure quality and make the editorial process more efficient.


  • Cover letter signed by all the authors highlighting the  category  and

    (    ) Agreement  for the beginning of the editorial  process and review of language, if necessary.

    (    ) Copyright  Transfer agreement to the Journal.

    (    ) Commitment to respect all the ethical issues inherent in the realization of a scientific work.

  • Approval Report by the Ethics Committee.
  • (    ) Approval Document on the part of Commission or Ethics Committee, in the case of studies involving human beings.

  • File with the text according to the standards of publication.

Make a carefully review:

(    ) Double spacing.
(    ) Citations according to the norms.
(    ) References according to the APA norms.
(    ) Abstract (resumo)  in Portuguese.
(    ) Key-words (palavras-chaves)  in Portuguese.
(    ) Abstract in English.
(    ) Key-words in English.
(    ) Abstract (resumem) in Spanish.
(    ) Key-words (palabras-clave) in Spanish.
(    ) Full title in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
(    )Abbreviated title in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
(    ) Notes and Annexes (if  essentials).
(    ) Figures and tables at the end of the text, just after the references.

Note:  The procedure for Review, Discussion and Interview do not require Summaryand keywords.

Reformulated Text

(    ) Letter specifying the accomplished  alterations and justifying those ones that don’t have any  changes.

(    ) File with the text showing the changes either  highlighted in another color or  underlined.


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