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Scope and policy

The proposal of Psicologia & Sociedade is to publish original articles on themes that privilege research psychology and society, aiming at the development of Social Psychology in a critical, transforming and interdisciplinary perspective. Psicologia & Sociedade publishes a) research reports, b) theoretical studies, c) critical literature reviews, d) book reviews, e) interviews and f) translations. In cases of actual comproved academic and/or scientific innovationinnovations, reports of professional experiences (description of procedures and strategies, or case studies) and technical notes (description of instruments and original research techniques) are also accepted.

Evaluation Process
The manuscript submitted to this journal cannot be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere.
The evaluation process is done in three (3) steps, as described below:

1st evaluation stage
After submitted the manuscripts are evaluated for suitability to the standards specified herein (Instructions for Authors). At this stage, all the items explicited for preparation of the manuscript and its effective submission are checked, conducted by the General Publisher and the Editorial Assistants. Should an error be found in the manuscript submission, authors will be notified and will be given the opportunity to tailor the manuscripts.
2nd evaluation stage
At this stage, the Editorial Board will assess the relevance of the manuscript to Social Psychology, its adequacy to the scope and the overall quality of the text.

3rd evaluation stage
At this stage, the manuscripts are accompanied by the editors of Psychology & Society, who are responsible for appointing assessors. Submissions will be forwarded to peer review, preserving the identity of authors and consultants (double blind review).

The reviews issued by the consultants contain justifications that may suggest the approval for publication without modification, the approval for publication with recommended modifications or no recommendation to the publication of the article. The final decision on the manuscripts, after the appraisal of the reformulated text, rests with the members of the Editorial Board, including the possibility of requiring further modifications. The authors will be updated on all stages of the process. The Editorial Board reserves the right to make slight changes to the authors' text in order to make the publication process more agile.

There is no charge for articles submission.


General manuscript guidelines

The editorial process will only begin if the submission of the manuscript is in accordance with the following conditions. If not so, the manuscript will be sent back to the author(s) so that it can be modified and become adequate according to the journal guidelines for publishing manuscripts.

1) Psicologia & Sociedade adopts the American Psychology Association style guidelines, with some adaptations. Please refer to the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010)”. Any omission of information in the detailed guidelines that follow implies that the APA style orientations prevail.

2) The manuscripts should be submitted using Word (.doc or .docx) format and should not exceed the maximum number of pages (start page numbering on the Abstract, which will be given the number '1') indicated for each type of manuscript (including Abstract, Figures, Tables, Appendixes and References, besides the text itself) according to the type of manuscript:

Research reports, theoretical studies and critical literature reviews (15-25 pages): high quality reports on original researches, based on complete and systematic investigations, which propose an analysis of concepts, leading to questioning existing models and to elaborating hypotheses for future researches. Articles that propose a theoretical approach, or that contain a review based on a critical and opportune analysis of a broad body of research related to issues of interest to the development of Social Psychology, will also be accepted.

Book Reviews (3-10 pages): a critical review of books published in Brazil (in the last two years) or abroad (in the last five years), offering the reader information on its characteristics, uses and potential contributions to Social Psychology.

Interviews(15-25 pages): interviews with authors, authorities recognized in the academic area, and other personalities who contribute to the debate in Social Psychology. Interviews should contain the name(s) of the interviewee(s) and interviewer(s) and an introduction of no more than one page. We kindly ask that the authors send us the digitalized authorization for the publication of the interview signed by the interviewee(s).

Translations (15-25 pages): translations of articles, essays and relevant interviews that are not yet available in Portuguese. The papers submitted should include a title, the name(s) of the author(s) and the name(s) of the translator(s). A digitalized copy of the original publication used in the translation should be attached to the article, as well as a digitalized authorization for the publication of the translated material (signed by the editor and/or by the author).

Professional experience reports (10-15 pages): description of procedures and strategies, or case studies that offer relevant academic contribution.

3) It is fundamental that the materialdoes not contain any form of authorship identification, including reference to prior work of the author(s), details about the method that may enable the identification/localization or its origins, as well as information related to ‘Document Properties’.

Information about previous works or methodological details that can be identified must be concealed; instead, one can use the terms "University XXX," "School XXX".

Multiple quotes of yourself should be avoided. If unavoidable, the word "Author (year of publication)" should be used in the text and in the top of the References list – instead of being included in the alphabetical sequence – you must append the following information: "Author (year of publication) – include reference after peer review".

The ways to remove the identification of authorship in the file properties may vary depending on the version of Word or another text editor. On the help tool of your text editor, search for "Properties" or "Inspect Document" and follow the instructions to remove personal information from the document.

Author (s) that had his/her submissions accepted for publishing will have the opportunity to include furthermore information during the review process.

4) The metadata of the submission must be filled in a correctly and complete way.

5) Original manuscripts should be submitted by the author(s) through the internet SciELO Submission system.


Manuscript preparation

1) Format guidelines

- The manuscript should, be an A4 format document with its pages numbered from the Abstract (page 1) to the References, including Tables, Figures and Appendixes.

- Font: Times New Roman, size 12, from the beginning to the end of the manuscript, including References, Footnotes, Tables, and so forth.

- Margins: 2.5 cm on all sides (top, bottom, left and right).

- Spacing: double-spacing throughout the manuscript, including the Title Page, Abstract, Text, References, Appendixes, and so forth.

- Alignment: left.

- Indentation of the first line of each paragraph: tab = 1.25 cm.

- Page number: top right corner at the height of the first line of each page.

- Internet addresses: all the URL addresses (internet links) that appear in the text ( for example) should be activated and must guide to the cited document.

- Images must present high quality - minimum resolution of 300 dpi, jpeg format

2) Order of manuscript parts

The elements of the manuscript must be presented in the following order: a) un-identified title page, b) abstract, c) main body of text, d) notes, e) references, f) list of acknowledgements and funding agencies, along with the process number and (or) the Notice by which the support was obtained and g) appendixes, tables and figures.

A. Un-identified Title Page: the Cover Sheet is not counted in the total number of pages, but it should be integrated in the same file of the other text elements. It should contain the original title (maximum 14 words) and compatible titles in Spanish and English. Headings and subheadings should not contain period.

B. Resumo, Resumen and Abstract: abstracts: in Portuguese, Spanish and English should be formatted in single paragraphs , with a maximum of 150 words and having “Abstract” as the title in the first line before the text, left-aligned. At the end of each abstract,choose three to five keywords (in lowercaseand separated by semicolons). We suggest that the keywords used be drawn from the terminology in Psychology BVSPsi or Thesaurus of Psycinfo.

As a standard procedure, Psicologia & Sociedade reviews the final version of the abstract written in English, reserving the right to correct it, if necessary. This is an important item of your work, because in case your work is published, the abstract will be available in all the indexing databases of the journal. The abstract is not required for the submission of book reviews, interviews or technical notes.

C. Main body of text: the title of the manuscript is not required on this section. Each subsection of the main body of the text does not start on a new page and its heading must be centered and have only the first letter of each word capitalized (for example, Results, Method, Discussion, etc). The subheadings of the subsections must be in italics and the first letter of each word capitalized (for instance, the subheadings of the subsection Method: Participants or Data Analysis). Titles and subheadings must not be punctuated in the end. In case of subdivisions in the text, it is recommended to use a maximum of three levels of intertitles, listed with numbers or letters.

The first letter of the words Figure, Table, Appendix should be capitalized when written in the main body of the text and followed by the number (for Figures and Tables) or letter (for Appendixes) of the respectiveelement they are referring to. The place suggested for inserting Figures and Tables should be indicated in the text.

Underline, Italics and bold typefaces: avoid underlining. Use italics or underline words or expressions that should be emphasized in the printed text, for instance, foreign words/phrases of the English language such as locus, and other words that you may want to stress. Bold typefaces should be used only for titles.

Latin abbreviations: Use the following standard abbreviations in Latin only in texts put between parenthesis; for other situations, use the English translation of the Latin terms: cf. = compare; i.e. = that is; e.g. = for example; viz. = namely; etc. = and so forth; vs. = versus, against.

C.1 Citations

Always acknowledge the authors and include the date of publication of the studies referred to in the article. All the authors’ names whose works are cited should be followed by the publication date. All studies cited in the text should be listed in the References section or in the Notes if unpublished.

In the case of direct quotation, the page where the passage can be found in the work consulted must also be informed. Direct quotes must be accurate, even if there are errors in the original. If this happens and there is risk of confusing the reader, add the word [sic], underlined and in square brackets immediately after the error. Omission of excerpts from an original source must be indicated by ellipsis without parentheses. The inclusion of material such as comments or observations must be made between brackets. The emphasis in one or more words should be done with underlined font, followed by [emphasis added].

Examples of citations in the body of the manuscript:

The examples below can help you organize your manuscript, but certainly do not cover all the possibilities of citation in your work. Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, 6th edition) to verify the rules referent to other types of citation.

C. 1.1 Citation of a works developed by multiple authors

a) Work by two authors: cite both names every time the reference occurs in text: ... Walker and Fleck (2000) compared the social context.

b) Work by three to five authors: cite all authors the first time the reference occurs; in subsequent citations, include only the surname of the first author followed by et al. and the year of the publication, in case it is the first citation of the reference within a paragraph (do not italicize “et al.” Remember to add a period after "al"). After the first citation in a paragraph, the year may be omitted:
Wasserstein, Zappulla and Rosen (1994) found [first citation in the text]
Wasserstein et al. (1994) found [first citation within a paragraph]
Wasserstein et al. found [subsequent citation within the same paragraph]

c) Work by six or more authors: cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. and the year. However, in the References section provide the initials and surnames of all of the authors.

C.1.2. Citations of Historical or Re-edited Works

Use the following format: author (original date of publication / date of publication consulted)
James (1890/1983)

C.1.3. Paraphrasing or referring to an idea contained in another work

It refers to citing an idea which is developed in an article mentioned in the material consulted, without having had access to the original text that contains the idea cited, for example, "Piaget (1932, cited by Flavell, 1996) studied...". In the list of References cite only the work directly consulted (in this case, Flavell, 1996).

NOTE: Incorporate quotations of less than 40 words in text, and delimit the quotation with quotation marks.

Display a quotation of 40 or more words in a freestanding block of typewritten lines, and omit the quotation marks. Start each of these blocks with a new line, and indent the block 1.25 cm from the left margin.

To introduce quotations of more than 500 words or reproduce one or more figures, tables or other illustrations a written permission from the copyright owner must be obtained. The permission must be addressed to the author of the manuscript. Under no circumstances will the permissions obtained secondarily be passed on.

Latin abbreviations: Use the following standard abbreviations in Latin only in texts put between parenthesis; for other situations, use the English translation of the Latin terms: cf. = compare; i.e. = that is; e.g. = for example; viz. = namely; etc. = and so forth; vs. = versus, against.

Caution: Do not use the terms apud, op. cit, id. ibidem and others. They are not part of the APA norms.

D. Notes:Avoid them as much as possible. However, if there is no other alternative, they should be indicated by using superscript arabic numerals in text and presented immediately after the Main Body of Text. The title (Footnotes) must be centered on the first line below the Page Header. Indent the first line of each footnote in 1.25 cm and number them according to the respective indications in the text.

E. References: Start the References section on a new page, with the heading “References” centered on the first line below the Page Header. Only the works consulted and mentioned in the text must appear in this section. Continue to use double-spacing and do not leave extra space between the citations. Works should be listed alphabetically by the author's surname, according to the APA style (see some example below). Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, 6th edition) to verify the norms not mentioned here.

In the case of references to multiple works by the same author, use chronological order, namely, from the earlier works to the most recent works of the author. The name of the authors should not be substituted by dashes.

Articles presented in congress or contribution to a symposium but not published should not appear in the References, just like Notes.

Examples of references:

a) Journal article
Bosa, C. A., & Piccinini, C. A. (1996). Comportamentos interativos em crianças com temperamento fácil e difícil. Psicologia Reflexão e Crítica, 9, 337-352.

b) Journal article paginated by issue
Hüning, S. M. & Guareschi, N. M. F. (2005). O que estamos construindo: especialidades ou especialismos? Psicologia & Sociedade, 17(1), 89-92.

c) Manuscript submitted for publication but not yet accepted
Indicate in the place reserved for the date that the article is in press. Include the name of the journal underlined after the title of the article. Do not refer to dates and numbers of the volume, paginated volume or pages until the article is published. In the text, cite the article indicating that it is in press.

d) Books
Silva, R. N. da (2005). A invenção da psicologia social. Petrópolis, RJ: Vozes.

e) Book chapter of an edited book
Maraschin, C. (2005). Redes de conversação como operadores de mudanças estruturais na convivência. In N. M. C. Pellanda; E. T. M. Schlünzen & K. Schlüzen Jr. (Eds.), Inclusão digital: tecendo redes afetivas/cognitivas (pp. 135-143). Rio de Janeiro: DP & A.

f) Published proceedings, published contribution to a symposium, article or chapter in an edited book

Todorov, J. C., Souza, D. G., & Bori, C. M. (1992). Escolha e decisão: A teoria da maximização momentânea [Resumo]. In Sociedade Brasileira de Psicologia (Ed.), Resumos de comunicações científicas, XXII Reunião Anual de Psicologia (p. 66). Ribeirão Preto: SBP.

g) Master's thesis or doctoral dissertation
Dal Molim, F. (2002). Autopoiese e sociedade: a rede integrada de serviços da Restinga na teoria dos sistemas vivos. Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia Social e Institucional, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre, RS.

h) Earlier works re-edited at a very posterior date; translated books
Castel, R. (2001). As metamorfoses da questão social: uma crônica do salário (I. D. Poleti, Trans.). Petrópolis, RJ: Vozes. (Originally published in 1995)

i) Book, group author (government agency) as Publisher
American Psychological Association (1994). Publication manual (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

j) Newspaper article

Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity Affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4. (Number of pages as "pp." "P."; separate the discrete pages with commas).

k) Electronic newspaper article

Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Access ("2007 December 11" can be used in Portuguese texts).
If the article did not indicate authorship, replace the author's name for the article title.

l) Personal Communications

Personal communications include letters, memos, some electronic communications, personal interviews and telephone conversations. Cite them only in the text, providing the initials as well as the surname of the communicator and the date. Personal communications are not to be included in the References.

F. Tables and Figures: must be numbered, have a title and present captions when necessary.

G. Acknowledgements: in the case of funding agencies, the information is required, indicating even the number of the project / process / notice by which support was obtained.


Submission guidelines

The editorial process will only begin if the submission of the material conforms to ALL the conditions listed. Otherwise, the manuscript will be returned and the author notified to modify it in accordance with the norms of the journal.

Failure to comply with any of the items is sufficient for initial refusal during the first stage of evaluation, which is why we recommend the authors to perform a thorough review of their manuscript before submission. We emphasize that manuscripts rejected twice for inadequacy to these items will not be received again.

It is evaluation also necessary that the authors declare awareness to the
fact that to theperspective of publishing national articles in this journal is up to one year.

The manuscript will be promptly rejected if it is not in accordance with any of these items. That is why we recommend that the authors review their manuscripts carefully before submitting them. Manuscripts rejected twice due to non-compliance with these guidelines will not again be accepted for submission.




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