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Scope and policy

I – Editorial Line and Selection Criteria

Psico-USF is a journal that aims at promoting the discussion on scientific production in the field of Psychology, allowing it more visibility. It is linked to the Graduate Program in Psychology at Universidade São Francisco since 1996. The purpose of the journal is to serve as a forum for the presentation and dissemination of current research in the field of Psychology and as a vehicle for knowledge dissemination for researchers, professionals, and others interested in the field. Manuscripts that report studies in fields related to Psychology will be considered for publication, including basic, experimental, applied, naturalistic, ethnographic, historical, and theoretical processes, policies analysis, and systematic synthesis of research, among others. Critical reviews of books, diagnostic instruments, and software will also be considered. In view of establishing an interchange between peers and those interested in Psychology, it has a blind peer review and it is published quarterly. Therefore, the contents do not reflect the position, opinion, or philosophy of the Graduate Program or those of the University. The journal’s copyrights belong to Universidade São Francisco, and copies are allowed only to authors for reproduction of their own material, previously authorized by the journal’s editor-in-chief. Transcriptions and translations are allowed, provided that they comply with the limit of 500 words and that the source is mentioned. Texts are published in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

This is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available at no charge for the users or their institutions. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or make available the link to the full texts of this journal’s articles without prior permission from the publisher or author. This is in line with the definition of open access by BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative).

II – Description of the types of collaborations accepted by the journal Psico-USF

Original works related to Psychology that fall into the following categories:

  • Research report: investigation based on empirical data, using scientific methodology. Limited to 20-30 pages, including resumo (abstract in Portuguese), abstract, resumen (abstract in Spanish), figures, tables, and references. Subtopics required: Introduction, Methods (Participants, Instruments, Proceedings, Data analysis), Results, Discussion, (or Results and Discussion, together) and Final Considerations (optional). In the case of Results and Discussion as one section, Final Considerations are mandatory. It is essential that the Methodology and the Data Analysis be based in current strategies regarding the specificities of development in the area. In the Discussion, it is essential that the results be broadly based on the literature retrieved for composition of the Introduction. At least 50% of the references must be up to date, that is, up to 5 years from the date of submission.
  • Literature Review: minimally systematic review of the literature, whose product is a critical assessment of the selected material. Authors are expected to: (a) clearly define a problem; (b) summarize prior investigations to inform the reader of the state of the research; (c) identify relations, contradictions, gaps and/or inconsistencies in the literature; and (d) suggest further research steps to solve the identified problems. It is essential that the manuscript include Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (in the case of Results and Discussion as one section, Final Considerations are mandatory); the restrictions proposed for the survey must be justified and cover at least 10 years, cover at least three relevant databases in the research area and include the English language. In addition, survey procedures must be detailed and necessarily performed by at least two independent researchers. It is also suggested that the manuscripts present the Flow Diagram, such as the one available for download here:
  • Systematic Review (followed or not by meta-analysis): literature review that follow scientific methods that explicitly aim to reduce biases, synthetizing all relevant studies to respond a given question. In this case, elements such as search strategies (in detail), eligibility criteria, data extraction methods, tools and criteria for quality assessment of reports, risk of bias and publication bias (the latter, in case of meta-analysis), should be present. Furthermore, in the case of meta-analysis, the data analysis should be accurately described. It is essential that the manuscript contain Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (in the case of Results and Discussion as one section, Final Considerations are mandatory).
  • Technical note: description of instruments and original research techniques. Limited to 5 pages.
  • Review: critical review of recently published work (up to 3 years), advising the reader regarding its characteristics and potential uses. Limited to 5 pages.


Ethical aspects in the editorial process

III – Editorial Norms

The Publication Norms of Psico-USF are 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 journal will assess the manuscript that falls into the categories described above, according to the initial analysis made by the editor. The analysis criteria refer to originality, relevance of the theme, and quality of the scientific methodology, as well as observation of the editorial standards adopted by the journal.

2. Unpublished work: Work submitted for publication at Psico-USF may not have been previously published, nor be under consideration by another journal. The manuscripts are subject to verification for plagiarism by a tool for plagiarism detection and verification for fraudulent data. Such detection will occur at the end of the editorial assessment process and, regardless of the results indicated in the opinions, in case of plagiarism, the manuscript will be immediately rejected and filed.

3. Authors: All authors must declare knowledge of the content presented in the article as well as confirm its veracity and substantial participation in the article writing process. Authors should make themselves available to make corrections of possible errors verified during the evaluation process of the submitted manuscript. The content and statements contained in the manuscripts are the authors’ sole responsibility. Authors are responsible for ensuring that there is no information in the article that can identify them. Ethical procedures for research with humans must be respected, including non-identification of research participants or institutions.

4. Peer review: Manuscripts submitted will be reviewed by the Editorial Board, which may request review by members of the Advisory Board or ad hoc reviewers, at their discretion, provided that there is no conflict of interests on the part of the reviewers. The review of the article is done with due respect for confidentiality, preserving the author(s) and the ad hoc reviewers identity. The opinions are objective, critical and constructive, aiming at better qualifying scientific information. The author(s) will receive a summary of the reviewers’ comments, which is the editor’s responsibility. The article can be accepted, accepted subject to changes, or rejected. In case of acceptance subject to changes, authors will receive notification of the suggested changes and the reformulated work must be sent online within the established deadline. The reformulated article will be reassessed by one of the reviewers to define whether it has complied with the feedback. In case of rejection with explicit justification, a resubmission is encouraged based on the recommendations of the review.

5. Editor: The editor declares no conflict of interest on the published or rejected articles and is responsible for the rejection or acceptance of articles. When some error is found, he or she will promote publications for correction and retraction.

6. Editorial Board: The editorial board is committed to following the ethical aspects of publication and in case of ethical complaint, it is responsible for investigating ethical misconduct allegations on matters related to the journal and for issuing retractions, corrections and clarifications. It is also committed to keep academic records and data about authors and reviewers and to investigate fraudulent or plagiarized content.

7. Copyrights: The copyrights of the published articles belong to Psico-USF. The total reproduction of the articles in other publications or for any other purpose requires written authorization from the editor of Psico-USF. People interested in partially reproducing the articles published in this journal (fragments no longer than 500 words, tables, figures and other illustrations) must have written permission from the author(s). Manuscripts submitted containing fragments of other publications must comply with the limits specified to guarantee originality of the submitted work. It is recommended that the authors avoid the reproduction of figures, tables and drawings from other publications and, if not possible, the manuscript will only be sent for analysis if accompanied by written authorization from the copyright owner of the original work for reproduction in Psycho-USF. Under no circumstances will Psico-USF or the authors cited in the works published in this journal transfer the rights thus obtained.

8. Open access: all articles published by Psico-USF are freely available to read, download and share on the website We emphasize that no fee is charged for submission, processing, and publication of the submitted manuscripts.

IV – Information for Preparation of Manuscripts

Formatting: articles must be typed double-spaced throughout (including references), using font Times New Roman, size 12, the number of pages must be appropriate to the category of the article, and pages must be numbered starting from the customized cover sheet (which will be numbered as page 1). Pages must be A4 size, with top and bottom margins of 2.5 cm and left and right with 3 cm.

The presentation of manuscripts must follow the following order:

  1. Cover sheet with identification, including:
    1. Complete title in Portuguese, English and Spanish, no longer than 12 words. The title must be appropriate, clear, and may be creative, informing the reader about the purpose of the work. It must not include names of cities, countries or other geographic information.
    2. Suggestion of running title for the header in the original language of the manuscript, not exceeding 5 words.
    3. Name of each one of the authors.
    4. Institutional affiliation of each author (only University and city).
    5. Optional footnote with acknowledgements and information about institutional or financial support given to the project.
    6. Footnote with the postal and e-mail address of the corresponding author whom the reader may contact.
    7. Indication of contact details for correspondence with the editor about the processing of the manuscript, including phone (landline and cell phone) and e-mail.
  2. Cover sheet without identification of authors, containing only:
    1. Complete title in Portuguese, English and Spanish, not exceeding 12 words. The title should be pertinent, clear, and may be creative, informing the reader about the purpose of the work. It should not include names of cities, countries or other geographic information.
    2. Suggestion of running title for the header in the original language, not exceeding 5 words.
  3. Sheet containing Abstract, in Portuguese
    1. The Abstract (resumo in Portuguese) should have no longer than 150 words for research reports, theoretical studies, and literature reviews. For technical notes and reviews, the abstract is not necessary.
    2. The abstract (resumo) does not need to include information on the literature in the area, nor references. The objective must be clear, informing, if appropriate, the problem, the methods, and the hypotheses of the study. For research reports, the methods must offer brief information on the participants, instruments, and special procedures used. Only the most relevant results regarding the objectives of the research must be mentioned. The Abstract (resumo) of a critical review or a theoretical study must include: topic discussed (in one phrase), objective, thesis, or construct under analysis by the organizer of the manuscript, sources used (for example, observations made by the author, published literature), and conclusion.
    3. Provide, after the abstract (resumo), 3 to 5 keywords in the original language of the manuscript, all of them starting in uppercase and separated by semicolon. In order to use more adequate descriptors, check the BVS-Psi descriptors database, which may be accessed at the following URL:
  4. Sheet containing the Abstract, in English, compatible with the original abstract
    1. The abstract in English must follow the same specifications as the original abstract, followed by keywords, compatible with the keywords in the original language.
    2. It is the journal’s practice to make a final revision of the abstract, reserving the right to correct it, if necessary. This is a very important item of the work, as, once published, it will become available in all the indexers of the journal.
  5. Sheet containing Resumen, in Spanish, compatible with the original abstract
    1. The resumen must follow the same specifications as the original abstract, followed by palavras-clave, compatible with the keywords in the original language.
    2. It is the journal’s practice to make a final revision of the resumen, reserving the right to correct it, if necessary. This is a very important item of the work, as, once published, it will become available in all the indexers of the journal.
  6. Text Structure
    1. There must be Titles and subtitles in all categories of original paper. The text must have an organization of easy recognition, marked by a system of titles and subtitles reflecting this organization. In case of research reports, the text must present: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion, as well as Final Considerations, when necessary. Manuscripts in other editorial categories must present titles and subtitles according to the case.
    2. Footnotes. Should be avoided whenever possible. However, if there is no other alternative, they should be indicated by Arabic numerals in the text and inserted on the footer of the page on which they are indicated.
    3. Figures and Tables. The location suggested for insertion of figures and tables should be indicated in the text and they should be presented after the References, one per page. The words Figures and Tables, throughout the text, should always be written with the first letter capitalized and should include their respective number. The standards do not include the words Charts or Diagrams (Quadros ou Gráficos), only Tables and Figures.
    4. Citation of Authors. Should be made according to the APA standards, 6th. edition, as exemplified in Section V. All names of the authors whose works are cited must be followed by the date of publication, the first time they are cited in each paragraph. A full transcription of a text must be enclosed by quotation marks, and the citation of the author must be followed by the page number quoted. A direct quotation with 40 or more words should be displayed in a freestanding block of text, starting on a new line, with a margin of 5 spaces, as in a new paragraph. The font size should be 12, as in the rest of the text. Do not use bold or italics in this section. The highlights should be underlined.
    5. Psico-USF recommends that authors review their text, observing associations between the sections and the subheadings used. Single-sentence paragraphs should be avoided. We emphasize that the objective(s) of the study must be clearly explained. Only the sources consulted and mentioned in the text should appear in the references section.
  7. Appendices: The appendices should be presented on a new page, after the references, and numbered consecutively. They should be indicated in the text, identified by numbers (1, 2, 3, and so on) and appropriately titled. Use appendices if they are really necessary for the understanding of the text.
  8. Figures: They should be presented with their respective legends and captions, one per page. Captions must be displayed below the figures, always in lowercase. To ensure quality reproduction, figures containing drawings must be submitted in photographic quality. Do not produce graphic figures with elaborate colors or patterns that may be mistaken for each other when editing the journal. As the published version cannot exceed the width of 8,3 cm for simple figures and 17.5 for complex figures, the author must make sure that the legends maintain visual quality in case reduction is necessary.
  9. Tables: They should preferably be rendered in MSWord and displayed in black and white. Headings should be placed above tables and should indicate the content in no more than 15 words. The first letter of each word in the headings should be capitalized and followed by lowercase letters. Do not use capital, bold or italic letters inside the table. The table should not exceed 17.5 cm wide and 23.5 cm long.
  10. Notes on the authors: Include a brief description (approximately 60 words) on the authors’ current activities and their background, including full postal and e-mail addresses of the corresponding author.

V – Reference List

Start the reference section on a new page. Double-space must be used with no line spaces between entries. References should be listed in alphabetical order, by the authors’ surname, which should not be replaced by en dashes or em dashes. References should be arranged according to the guidelines established by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - APA/ 6th edition (2010). The examples given indicate how to organize the citations and references of the manuscript.

Examples of Citations in the text

Multiple-authors texts:
Two authors: cite both names in-text every time you reference them, followed by the date in parentheses. Use "&" when quoted in parentheses (as shown below),
"The method proposed by Siqueland and Delucia (1969)", but "the method was initially proposed for the study of vision (Siqueland & Delucia, 1969)".
Three to five authors: cite all the authors in the first reference, separated by comma followed by the date of the study in parenthesis. From the second reference on, use the name and surname of the first author followed by "et al." and the date. Use "&" between the penultimate and the last name when quoted in parenthesis.
Six or more authors: cite only the surname of the first author, followed by "et al." and the date.
Citations of old and re-edited works
Cite the author and the dates of original/consulted publications. For example: Freud (1911/1972).
Citations of secondary sources– avoid whenever possible
When an author is quoted from another consulted publication, without the original being used. For example: Lipowiski (1984, cited by Silva & Müller, 2007)...
The references should include only the consulted work (as in the example below),
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. doi: 10.1590/S0103-166X2007000200011

Examples of References

Journal article with digital object identifier (doi):
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. doi:10.2307/2676332
Journal article without doi:
Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. Recuperado de:
Light, M. A., Light, I. H. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration in the United States and its implications for local law enforcement. Law enforcement Executive Forum Journal, 8(1), 73-82.
Journal article in press:
Indicate “in press” in the year of publication field. Include the name of the journal in italics, after the title of the article. Do not include date and number of the volume, installment or pages until the article is published. In the text, quote the article indicating, in parenthesis, that the article is in press.
Barreta, J. P. F. (no prelo). O complexo de édipo em Winnicott e Lacan. Psicologia USP.
Book with a single author:
Barros, L. (2003). Psicologia pediátrica: Perspectiva desenvolvimentista (2a ed.). Lisboa: Climepsi.
Book organized by editor:
Pinto, A. M., & Silva, A. L. (Eds.). (2005). Stress e bem-estar: Modelos e domínios de aplicação. Lisboa: Climepsi.
Book chapter:
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.
Paper presented at a conference, but unpublished:
Martins, R. C. (2007). Processo de resiliência após abuso sexual. Trabalho apresentado no II Congresso Lationoamericano de Psicologia de La ULAPSI, La Habana, Cuba.
Paper presented at a conference with abstract published in 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. Anais do V Encontro da Associação Brasileira de Rorschahch e Métodos Projetivos, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brasil.
Re-edited old work:
Piaget, J. (1973). A linguagem e o pensamento da criança. Rio de Janeiro: Fundo de Cultura. (Original publicado em 1956).
Unpublished thesis or publications:
Lopes, A. F. A. (2008). Generalidades e singularidades da doença em família: Percepção da qualidade de vida, stress e coping (Dissertação de Mestrado não publicada). Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
Institutional authors:
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6ª ed.). Washington, DC: Autor.
Information retrieved from an Internet website:
Instituto do emprego e Formação Profissional (1994). Classificação nacional das profissões. Disponível em:
Abstracts consulted in electronic indexers:
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 [Resumo]. Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre o Envelhecimento, 14(2), 187-205. Disponível em:

VI – Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted only through our online submission system in the following URL:

Guide for Manuscript Submission

Submit to the manuscript to the editors using online submission system only: cover letter requesting publication of the article at Psico-USF, which may be replaced by text in the “comments” field provided in our online submission system, including the names of all authors; manuscript in Times New Roman 12, using a Word file. The redrafted version of the article, if any, must be sent by specified online system within the established deadline accompanied by a letter to the editor indicating the changes made due to the review or justifying, theoretically or methodologically, the maintenance of the original text.

The cover letter signed by the authors explaining the intention to submit or resubmit the manuscript for publication should accompany every article sent to the journal. The authors should certify that there has been consent from the people involved in the samples and that their privacy as well as the ethical procedures for research with humans have been respected. It is recommended that authors consider the APA’s ethical guidelines to direct the preparation of the manuscripts. It is necessary to explain that, if the article is accepted for publication, copyrights will be transferred to Psico-USF.


Submission of manuscripts

The manuscript for publication at Psico-USF should be submitted through the online submission system, at the following URL:

E-mail for contact and queries:

There are no submission or publication fees.


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