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Aims and scope

Editorial Line and Selection Criteria

Psico-USF is a scientific journal that aims at promoting debate on the scientific production in Psychology. The journal has been linked to the Stricto Sensu Post Graduation Program in Psychology at USF (Universidade São Francisco) since 1996. The objective of the magazine is to function as a forum for the introduction and publication of current researches in Psychology and as a vehicle for the dissemination of knowledge among researchers, professionals and those interested in the subject. Works reporting studies in areas related to Psychology are also considered for publication, including basic, experimental, applied, naturalistic, ethnographic and historical processes, as well as, theoretical articles and the analysis of policies and systematic synthesis of researches. Critical book, software and diagnostic test reviews will also be considered for publication. Aiming at establishing an exchange among peers and those interested in Psychology, the magazine goes through a blind review process and is published every four months. As a consequence, the magazine does not reflect the position, opinion or philosophy of the Post Graduation program or the University itself. The Universidade São Francisco owns the copyrights of the publications in Psico-USF, and only the author is allowed to reproduce their own material after the approval of the magazine's editor. Transcriptions and translations are allowed as long as they respect the limit of 500 words and the source is properly mentioned. Texts will be published in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Description of the types of collaboration accepted by the journal Psico-USF

Original papers related to Psychology that fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Research report: investigation based on empirical data by using scientific methodology. Limited to 20-30 pages, including a summary, abstract, resumen, figures, tables and references. Subtopics required: Introduction, Method (Participants, Materials, Procedures), Results, Discussion, (or Results and Discussion), Conclusion (optative). In cases of Results and Discussion in just one topic, the Conclusion topic is demanded.
  2. Theoretical study: analysis of theoretical works that questions existing models and leads to the construction of new hypothesis for future research. Limited up to 25 pages. Subtopics required: Introduction, development and conclusion.
  3. Technical notes: description of original techniques and instruments used in research. Maximum 5 pages.
  4. Review: critical review of a recently published work (up to 3 years) informing the readers about its characteristics and potential uses. Maximum 5 pages.


Preparation of Manuscripts

Editorial guidelines

The publication format used by Psico-USF is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - APA/ 6th edition (2010) regarding the organization and presentation of the manuscript.

1. Selection of articles: the manuscript must fit into the categories described above, according to the initial analysis made by the editor, and must be submitted together with a letter addressed to the editor declaring that all the authors involved have approved the submission of the work for publication in Psico-USF. The criteria for analysis regard originality, relevance of the theme and the quality of the scientific methodology used, as well as the observation of the editorial guidelines used by the magazine.

1.1. Material novelty: the content of material sent for publication in Psico-USF may not have been previously published or submitted for publication in any other journal. The content and statements contained in the paper are the author's responsibility.

1.2. Ad Hoc review: the submitted papers will be analyzed by the Editorial council, which may request a Consulting Council or Ad Hoc Consultants to evaluate the manuscript that don't have interests conflicts manifested. The observations are critical and constructive and aim at better qualifying the scientific information. The article may be accepted without the need of reformulations; with the need of reformulations; or refused. The author(s) will, then, receive a report on their article, which is the editor's responsibility. In the case of acceptance upon reformulation, the alterations required will be specified to the author and the reformulated paper must be re-submitted by e-mail within the established deadline. The reformulated article will be reviewed by one of the consultants in order to define if the requirements and observations previously made have been attended to. In case the article is refused and an explicit justification is given, a new submission of the article based on the explanations given and comments made is encouraged.

2. Copyrights: The copyrights of the published articles belong to the magazine Psico-USF. The total reproduction of the articles in other publications, or any other purpose, is conditioned to the written authorization of the editor of Psico-USF. People interested in partially reproducing the articles published in this magazine - fragments no longer than 500 words - must have the written permission of the author(s). Manuscripts submitted containing fragments of other publications must also respect the limit in order to guarantee the originality of the submitted work. It is recommended that the author(s) avoid the reproduction of tables, figures and drawings of other publications and, if not possible, such reproduction must come accompanied by a written authorization of the original author for the publication in Psico-USF. Under no circumstance will Psico-USF or the authors publishing in the magazine make concessions of the copyrights obtained for the purpose previously mentioned.

3. A copy of the magazine will be sent to each author of a published article.

III. Format for the submission of manuscripts

Format: the articles must be typed in double space - including references - using font Times New Roman, size 12, and must not exceed 80 characters per line. The number of pages must be appropriate to the category the article belongs to, page numbers starting at the customized cover page (numbered as page 1). Pages must be A4 size, top and bottom margins with 2.5cm, left and right with 3cm.

The presentation of papers must follow the order:

1. Cover page without identification, only with:

1.1 Complete title in Portuguese, English and Spanish, no longer than 12 words. The title must be pertinent, clear and may be creative informing the reader about the purpose of the work. It must not include names of cities, countries or other geographical information.

1.2 Suggestion of abbreviated title for the heading in the same language used in the manuscript, not exceeding 5 words.

2. Cover page with identification including:

2.1 1.1 Complete title in Portuguese, English and Spanish, no longer than 12 words.

2.2 Suggestion of abbreviated title for the heading in the same language used in the manuscript, not exceeding 5 words.

2.5 Name of each one of the authors.

2.6 Institutional affiliation of each one of the authors (only the name of the university and city).

2.7 Optional footnote with acknowledgements and information about institutional or financial support given to the project.

2.8 Footnote with the postal and electronic address of the author who the reader may contact.

2.9 Indication of mailing address for correspondence with the editor about the processing of the manuscript, including phone numbers (landline and cellphone line) and e-mail.

3. Cover page with the Resumo, in Portuguese

3.1 The Resumo must have 150 words maximum for category 1, 100 words for categories 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10, and 50 words for categories 6 and 7. Category 8 does not require the Resumo.

3.2 The Resumo does not need to include references. The objective must be clear, informing, in case it is appropriate, the problem, the method and the hypothesis of the study. For research reports, the method must offer brief information about the participants, instruments and special procedures used. Only the most relevant results regarding the objectives of the research must be mentioned. The Resumo of a critical review or a theoretical study must include: topic discussed (in one phrase), the objective, the thesis or work under analysis by the organizer of the paper, sources used - for example, observations made by the author, published literature, etc. - and conclusions.

3.3 Provide, after the Resumo, 3 to 5 keywords in the language of the manuscript, all of them starting in upper case and separated by semicolon. In order to use more adequate descriptors, check BVS-Psi database descriptors which will facilitate the future indexing of your work.

4. Cover page with the Abstract, in English, compatible with the text in the Resumo

4.1 The abstract must follow the same specifications of the Resumo, followed by keywords, compatible with the ones already used in the ERIC database.

4.2 The magazine Psico-USF has, as a standard procedure, to make the final review of the abstract, correcting it if necessary. This is a very important item of your work, as, in case of publication, it will be seen in all the indexers of the magazine.

5. Cover page with Resumen, in Spanish, compatible with the text in the Resumo

5.1 The resumen must follow the same specifications of the Resumo, followed by keywords, compatible with the ones already used in the BVS-Psi database descriptors or ERIC database.

5.2 The magazine Psico-USF has, as a standard procedure, to make the final review of the resumen, correcting it if necessary. This is a very important item of your work, as, in case of publication, it will be seen in all the indexers of the magazine.

6. Text Structure

6.1 Titles and subtitles in all categories of original paper. The text must have an organization of easy recognition, indicated by a system of titles and subtitles that reflect this organization. For reports of research, the text will necessarily have the following parts: introduction, method, results and discussion. The manuscripts in other categories must bring editorial titles and subtitles according to the case.

6.2 Footnotes. Footnotes should be avoided whenever possible. However, if there is no other alternative, they should be indicated by Arabic numbers in the text and inserted on the page they are mentioned.

6.3 Figures and Tables. Figures and tables should be indicated in the text and presented after the References, one per page. The words Figures and Tables, which appear in the text, should always be written with the first letter in uppercase and must be indicate their respective number. The standards do not include the name tables or graphs, only Tables and Figures.

6.4 Citation of authors. The citations of authors should be made in accordance to APA 6th edition standards, exemplified in Section VI. All names of authors whose papers are cited must be followed by the date of publication the first time they are cited in each paragraph. For the full transcript of a text, it must be enclosed by quotation marks and citation of the author must be followed by the number of page references. A literal quote with 40 or more words should be presented detached from the rest of the text, in block system, starting on a new line, 5 spaces off the margin, as in a new paragraph. The font size should be 12, as in the rest of the text. Bold or italics must not be used in this section. The highlights should be underlined.

6.5 Psico-USF recommends that the authors review their text, observing the links between the sections and the subtitles used. Single-sentence paragraphs should be avoided. It is noted that the aim of the study must be clearly explained. Only the papers consulted and mentioned in the text should appear in the section of references.

7. Attachments

Attachments must be presented in a new page after the references, and numbered consecutively. They must be indicated in the text and identified by numbers (1, 2, 3, and so on) and titled appropriately. Use attachments if they are really essential to the understanding of the text.

8. Figures

Figures should be presented with their captions and titles, one per page. The titles must be listed below the pictures, always in lowercase. In order to ensure quality of printing, pictures containing drawing should be referred in photography quality. Do not take pictures with labored patterns color graphics or that can be confused with each other, when published in the journal. As the published version may not exceed a width of 8.3cm to simple figures and of 17.5cm for complex figures, the author should certify that the reading quality of subtitles will not suffer should size reduction be necessary.

9. Tables

Tables should preferably be prepared in MSWord and presented in black and white. The titles of tables should be placed on top of them, and should indicate the content up to 15 words. The first letter of each word in the title of the tables should be written in uppercase, and the other letters must be lowercase. Do not use capital letters, bold or italics in the table. It must not exceed 17.5 cm wide by 23.5 cm in length.

10. Notes on the author(s): include a brief description (30-40 words) on the author(s) current activities and their background, including mailing and electronic addresses for eventual contact.

IV. Reference Lists

The bibliographical references must be presented in a new page. Double-space must be used and there must not be space left between the references. The references must be in alphabetical order of the last name of the author. References are asked to follow the style in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - APA, 6th edition, 2010. The following examples show how to organize citations and references in the manuscript.

Examples of citation in the text

Multiple-author texts:

Two authors: cite both names whenever their work is referred to in the text, using "&", as in the example below, followed by the date in parenthesis.

"The method proposed by Siqueland and Delucia (1969)", but "the method was originally proposed for the study (Siqueland & Delucia, 1969)".

Three to five authors: cite all the authors in the first reference, separated by coma and & between the last one and the one before, followed by the date of the study in parenthesis. From the second reference on, use the name of the first author followed by ad hoc and the date. For six or more authors: cite only the name of the first author followed by ad hoc and the date.

Citations of classical re-edited publications

The author must be cited as well as the dates of the original publication and the edition that was checked. For example: Freud (1911/1972).

Secondary citations

Whenever an author cites an author already cited in a publication that was consulted, without the use of the original publication, the reference should be as follows: Lipowiski (1984, cited by Silva & Müller, 2007)...

The references should only bring works that were in fact consulted. For example: Silva, J. D. T., & Müller, M. C. (2007). Uma integração teórica entre psicossomática, stress e doenças crônicas de pele. Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas), 24(2), 247-256.

Examples of Reference

Article from a scientific journal:

Turner, R. J., Lloyd, D. A. (1999). The stress process and the social distribution of depression. Journal of health and social behavior, 40(4), 374-405.

Article from a scientific journal in press:

Instead of the date between parentheses, indicate "in press". Include the name of the journal italics after the title of the article. Do not mention date and volume, issue or page number until the article is published. In the text, mention the article and indicate in parenthesis that it is in press.

Barreta, J. P. F. (in press). O complexo de édipo em Winnicott e Lacan. Psicologia USP.


Barros, L. (2003). Psicologia pediátrica: Perspectiva desenvolvimentista (2ª ed.). Lisboa: Climepsi.

Book organized by an editor:

Pinto, A. M., & Silva, A. L. (Eds.). (2005). Stress e bem-estar: Modelos e domínios de aplicação. Lisboa: Climepsi.

Chapter of a book:

Weiner, H. (1985). The concept of stress in the light of studies on disasters, unemployment and loss: A critical analysis. Em M. R. Zales (Ed.), Stress in health and disease (pp. 24-30). New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Chapter or article from a multiple-volume series translated into Portuguese:

Winnicott, D. W. (1999). A comunicação entre o bebê e a mãe e entre a mãe e o bebê: convergências e divergências. Em D. W. Winnicott (Ed.), Os bebês e suas mães (pp. 79-92, J. L. Camargo, translator). São Paulo: Martins Fontes. (Original Published in 1987).

Books translated into Portuguese:

Winnicott, C., Shepherd, R., & Davis, M. (Orgs.). (1994). Explorações psicanalíticas: D.W. Winnicott (J. O. A. Abreu, translator). Porto Alegre: Artes Médicas. (Original published in 1989).

Unpublished work presented in congress:

Martins, R. C. (2007). Processo de resiliência após abuso sexual. Work presented in the II Congresso Lationoamericano de Psicologia de La ULAPSI, La Habana, Cuba.

Work presented in a congress with abstract published in the Congress Annals:

Ribeiro, S. A., Koshimizu, C. M., & Gatti, A. L. (2008). Técnicas projetivas: análise da produção científica em periódicos nacionais entre 2000 e 2006. Em: V Encontro da Associação Brasileira de Rorschach e Métodos Projetivos. Congress Annals of the V Encontro da Associação Brasileira de Rorschahch e Métodos Projetivos, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brasil.

Classical publication reedited:

Piaget, J. (1973). A linguagem e o pensamento da criança. Rio de Janeiro: Fundo de Cultura. (Original published in 1956).

Unpublished thesis or dissertations:

Lopes, A. F. A. (2008). Generalidades e singularidades da doença em família: percepção da qualidade de vida, stress e coping (Unpublished master's degree dissertation). Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.

Institutional authoring:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6ª ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Information from Internet website:

Instituto do emprego e Formação Profissional (1994). Classificação nacional das profissões. Available at:

Articles found in electronic indexes:

Câmara, S. G., & Carlotto, M. S. (2007). Coping e gênero em adolescentes. Psicologia em Estudo (Maringá), 12(1), 87-93. Available at:

Abstracts found in electronic indexes:

Gutierrez, B. A. O., Silva, H. S., Rodrigues, P. H. S., & Andrade, T. B. (2009). Reflexões bioéticas sobre o processo de envelhecimento e o idoso morador de rua [Abstract]. Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre o Envelhecimento, 14(2), 187-205. Available at:

III. Guidelines for submission

The editors must be sent only by e-mail: (1) a letter requesting the publication of the work in Psico-USF; (2) file in Word format, Times New Roman 12. The reformulated version of the article, when necessary, must be sent by e-mail to the specified address within the deadline established accompanied by a letter either indicating the reformulations that have been made to attend to the editor's request or justifying theoretically or methodologically why the text has not been altered. The files must be send only by e-mail to

Every manuscript must be accompanied by an authorization letter signed by the author expressing the intention of submission or re-submission of the work for publication. The author submitting the paper must guarantee that all the other eventual authors involved have consented with the submission and that their privacy has been respected. As far as ethical procedures are concerned, the guidelines established in APA ethical guide are observed. We must highlight that, in case the article is accepted for publication, the copyrights will be passed on to Psico-USF.


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