Founded in 1986, Psicologia & Sociedade (in english: Psychology & Society) journal publishes original writings in a continuous flow. From a critical, creative, questioning and interdisciplinary stance, the published texts show research results, arguments and discussions on topics that are relevant to the production of knowledge in social psychology and similar areas.
The academic journal offers open access and does not charge fees of any kind.
Its abbreviated title is Psicol. Soc., and it should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic strips.
The articles published in Psicologia & Sociedade are indexed or summarized by:
Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife/PE
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia da Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Maceió/AL
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia da Universidade Católica Dom Bosco, Campo Grande/MS
Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia Social da Universidade de São Paulo (IP-USP), São Paulo/SP
Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia da Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém/PA, Brasil
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia da Universidade Federal de Alagoas
Universidade Autônoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Espanha
Out of respect for our journal's tradition, which consolidates from resistance to individualistic forms and experimental approaches in social psychology research, Psicologia & Sociedade publishes texts that: 1) critically dialogue with the literature and with contemporary debates regarding the approached topic as well as the social psychology studies field (in human and social sciences scope), not only listing writings and authors; 2) are of explicitly analytical nature, with solid arguments and not only the description of proceedings, results and analysis; 3) offer unequivocal contribution to the referred theoretical field as well as from the manuscript to the studies field on which the text in appreciation dialogues.
Psicologia & Sociedade publishes: 1) articles (research reports, theoretical studies or critical literature reviews); 2) interviews; 3) book reviews; and 4) translations. In cases of effective academic and/or scientific innovation, it is also accepted 5) professional experience reports (description of proceedings and strategies, or case studies).
Psicologia & Sociedade adopts the continuous publication modality, that is, the approved (and edited) articles can be immediately published. It is not necessary to have an established number of articles or to obey a determined frequency such as a six-monthly or a four-monthly frequency.
Therefore, since 2017, we publish only one volume per year, which is incremented with new articles as they are evaluated, approved and edited in the referred year.
Psicologia & Sociedade offers immediate free access to its content, following the principle that making scientific knowledge available to the public for free provides greater democratization of knowledge.
It is a condition for the publication of the manuscript submitted to this journal that it has not been published and is not simultaneously submitted to another media.
The manuscript evaluation process is done in two (2) steps, described below:
1st evaluation stage - Adequacy to norms
After submission, the manuscripts are evaluated on adequacy to norms specified here (Instructions to the Authors). Conducted by the team of Editors and Editorial Advisors, in this stage all explicit items are checked for the manuscript preparation, as well as the complete fulfillment of the submission metadata. Whenever there are mistakes the authors will be notified and the submission will be archived. The verification of adequacy to norms regarding the journal's rules is an authors' job. Therefore, in case of a rejected manuscript, the editorial commission reserves the right not to identify the item (or items) that the text is in disagreement with the journal's rules.
In this stage, initially, the Coeditors do the evaluation of the manuscript's relevance to the Social Psychology field, as well as the adequacy to the journal's scope and the general quality of texts approved in the first stage.
Then, the manuscripts that are approved in this stage are accompanied by Psicologia & Sociedade's editors team, which is responsible for the evaluators designation.
In this stage, the texts pass by a technical handling which involves review, editing, anti-plagiarism verification, electronic editing and XML preparation. This process is coordinated by the manager editor and the technical team hired for this purpose.
Authors are not charged for articles submission or evaluation fees (APC).
The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Editors Guide supports the editorial practice and the editor’s relationship with the authors and reviewers.
All editorial decisions are based on originality, contribution, relevance, thematic validity, general structure and compliance with editorial policies to meet the journal's scope.
The evaluation is based on the work's merit. It is not influenced, positively or negatively, by personal and financial motives or even prejudices of any kind.
Submissions and review details are kept confidential. However, the journal offers the option of anonymously publishing the review along with the article, if the reviewer so wishes.
The reviewer must certify and inform the editors of any potential conflict of interest prior to acceptance of the review or during the process, in which case the editors will forward the manuscript to another reviewer.
Opinions that are not sufficiently justified are not accepted.
The indication of authorship in a scientific article, following the COPE Authors Guide, is due only to those who:
a) contributed intellectually, directly and substantially in the conception of the research / article (acquisition, analysis or interpretation of the data presented);
The author (s) must declare the existence of conflict of interest when applicable, using the appropriate field available in the system (Comments to the editor) during the submission process.
Retraction and expression of concern
The publisher has a duty to act when a suspected or alleged misconduct is identified. This investigation extends to both submissions and published articles.
Psicologia & Sociedade has as its instrument the COPE flowcharts to ascertain facts and determine the necessary actions in the resolution of cases. It also adopts Scielo's Disclaimer Registration and Publication Guide.
All content of the journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a BY 4.0 Creative Commons License.
This means that any user has the right to:
In accordance with the following terms:
The names and addresses provided in this journal will be used solely for the services provided by this publication and will not be made available for other purposes or to third parties.
Psicologia & Sociedade is concerned with long-term access to content. In the event of an accident on the servers, the magazine's digital files are preserved by SciELO, which uses CLOCKSS for the preservation of SciELO Brazil journals. Controlled LOCKSS (CLOCKSS) employs a unique approach to archiving that was initiated by Stanford University librarians in 1999. Digital content is stored in the CLOCKSS file without user access. LOCKSS technology regularly checks the validity of stored data and preserves it over the long term.
Description of the editorial functions
Editorial coordinators: editors that are responsible for the journal's political representation together with the scientific community and the institutions of indexation and fomentation. Besides, they are responsible for team management (editorial assessors, editors, associate editors, manager, and editorial counsel); as well as for processes management (editorial, administrative and fund-raising/resource mobilization); and for monitoring the manuscripts' evaluative processes (scope and quality evaluation, and monitoring the evaluation by peers), aiming the journal's development.
Editors: researchers that are responsible for monitoring the manuscripts' evaluative processes that are submitted to the journal. This includes the evaluation of the manuscript's relevance to the Social Psychology field, the adequacy to the journal's scope, and general quality of the text approved in the assessors' screening, as well as attentive forwarding and monitoring of the evaluation produced by the appraisers ad hoc. The editors directly collaborate with the editorial coordinators in decisive processes about public positions and editorial processes, regarding the journal's scope and editorial line. They produce direct evaluation of submitted interviews and reviews, considering their relevance and adequacy to the journal's scope.
Managing Editor: responsible for the coordination of the editorial technical process and for the final process of the articles' online publication, also collaborating with the coordination and with the editors in decisive processes about public positions and editorial processes, regarding the journal's scope and editorial line.
Associate editors: editors that are invited by editors and editorial coordinators for the direct collaboration in the editorial process, aiming the guarantee of the journal's evaluation's regular stream (being able to emit appropriate reports in problematic situations, e. g. in cases of the evaluators' delay or of divergent evaluations between appraisers etc.), and singular editorial processes (e. g.: integrating the coordination or the appraisers' team in the dossiers' development).
Editorial counsel: researchers with admittedly relevant production to social psychology's knowledge production and to the development of the Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social (Brazilian Association of Social Psychology) in Brazil. Their performance embraces the specialized consulting and the particular contribution in public dialogues about the journal's editorial policy. Eventually, they are able to produce detailed reports from situated demands.
Editorial assessors: responsible for the manuscripts' screening from the evaluation of adequacy to norms (checking every item that is required by the instructions to authors for manuscript submission, as well as checking the complete fulfillment of the submission's metadata). They are also responsible for forwarding the manuscripts to the editors' team after the first evaluation on the scope and quality.
Appraiser ad hoc: researchers that are invited and designed by editors to produce reports on articles. The reports emitted by consultors contain justification that may suggest the approval for publication without alteration, the approval for publication with alteration recommendations, or not recommending for publication. After the evaluation of the reformulated versions, editors must make the final decisions on the manuscripts, even about the need for new amendments. The authors will be informed of all stages. The submissions are forwarded to evaluation by peers preserving the identity of the authors and consultors (double blind review).
Editorial production: technical team that is responsible for the orthographic and APA Norms review, the review of texts in other languages (including abstracts and resumen), text edition, electronic publishing and the preparation of XML – SciELO Publishing Schema archives.
General manuscript guidelines
Each scientific periodical defines its focus, mission and editorial line. Thereby, before continuing to read about the rules and technical orientations for submitting texts in our journal, please attentively read the following information.
1. Focus and Scope
The Psicologia & Sociedade journal publishes original articles that present research results, arguments and discussions about topics that are relevant to knowledge production in social psychology, and written from a critical, creative, questioning and interdisciplinary posture.
This way, in respect to our journal’s tradition, which is consolidated from resistance to individualistic and experimental approaches in social psychology research, Psicologia & Sociedade publishes texts that: 1) critically dialogue with literature and with contemporary debates related to the approached topic and to the social psychology studies field (regarding the human and social sciences), not just listing essays and authors; 2) are of explicitly analytical nature with solid arguments, and not just a description of proceedings, results and analysis; 3) present unequivocal contribution of the manuscript to the studies field on which the text approaches, as well as its theoretical field.
If you consider that your proposition corresponds to these criteria, go ahead, as aware that our editorial process only begins if the manuscript’s forwarding strictly obeys the orientations in this document. Otherwise, it will be archived and rejected due to non-suitability to the norms.
In this evaluation stage and in cases of manuscript rejection, considering that the verification of norms suitability is a task of the authors, the editorial committee has the right not to identify the item (or items) in the text that is (or are) in disagreement with the journal’s norms.
2. Online submission
The texts must be submitted through the SciELO Submission system on the website:
3. Maximum number of anual submissions and publications
Submissions: maximum of 2 per year for author or co-author. Moreover, the submission of another manuscript while the first one is being evaluated will not be allowed, unless it is in a different authorial condition (co-authorship).
Publications: maximum of 1 per year (as author). It is only possible to be more than 1 under the condition of co-author.
4. Publication periodicity
Psicologia & Sociedade adopts the continuous publication modality. Therefore, since 2017, we publish only one edition per year, which is incremented with new articles as they are evaluated, approved and edited in the referred year.
We accept the submission of texts in Portuguese, Spanish or English. However, the communication between editors and authors will be preferably in Portuguese.
The submitted texts must be original and unprecedented. Therefore, they cannot have been published in any format or submitted to any other journals.
7. General norms for writing
In general lines, the Psicologia & Sociedade journal adopts the APA ppublication norms: “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2019)”, except for a few adaptations that are properly informed in this page.
8. File type
The documents for submission must be in doc or docx format.
9. Text modalities
Our journal embraces the following text modalities:
10. Dimension of the manuscripts by modality
The texts (including Resumo, Resumen, Abstract, Figures, Tables, Annexes and References, beyond the text’s body) must have the following dimensions:
11. Letter of Authorship
A letter of authorship in PDF or JPEG format must compose the submission, being properly signed by all the authors. The file must be transferred in the second submission step (2. Transfer of the manuscript / Submission files) immediately after the main text has been uploaded). In the act of submission of the text to Scielo Platform, not including this letter will result in the proposition’s immediate rejection and filing. In this letter must be declared:
We, as signed below, inform that the text that is being submitted is original and it was not sent to another periodical. If posteriorly we opt to do it, we will request its filing in this journal. We are aware that, if we do not request it, all the authors will only be able to submit an article in this periodical again 2 years after the date in which the bad procedure is identified. We declare that there is no conflict of interests in the submission to this periodical, that we agree with the publication of the submitted manuscript if approved, and with the order that the authors’ names appear.
The metadata is information that is requested in the moment of submission (third tab) that embrace:
This information must be correctly and completely filled without abbreviations.
The ORCID information of all authors is required. For more information access: <https://orcid.org/>.
13. Non identification of authorship
It is fundamental that the material does not contain authorship identification of any kind. This includes references identified to the manuscript’s author’s previous works and their institutional links (when these point to the manuscript’s authorship), as well as information in the document’s properties fields. This way, the following measures must be taken regarding the text and the file’s properties:
14. Elements of the manuscript
The elements of the manuscript must be presented in the following order:
a) Presentation: Text included on the first page, which precedes the manuscript (without identification of authorship). The manuscript must contain a brief text (maximum of 3.500 characters, which do not count in the article’s number of characters) in which the author answers to three questions:
b) Original title (maximum of 14 words) and compatible titles in Spanish and English.
15. Figures (Tables, graphs, charts etc.) Images and Annexes
16. Manuscript’s formatting
17. Gender inflection
The citations of works must be made in the text’s body from the identification of the authors and/or institutions, followed by the year of publication.
All (and only) the works cited in the text must be listed in the References section.
Examples of the most frequent references (the ones that are not explained must also follow the APA pattern):
a) Article of a digital scientific journal
b) Article of a digital scientific journal without doi
c) Article of a scientific journal paginated by fascicle
d) Article of a scientific journal in press
f) Chapter of a book
g) Work presented in a congress with the abstract published in annals
h) Thesis or dissertations
i) Works that were translated or to which there is an older edition to the one that was used: Tanto o ano da edição original como o da edição utilizada devem ser especificados da seguinte forma: (ano da edição original /ano da obra utilizada).
j) Legislation: Law, Decree, Dictum, Ordinance and others
k) Institutional authorship
l) Article from a newspaper
m) Article from an electronic newspaper
n) Article from a newspaper with no authorship: In the cases when an article of a newspaper does not indicate authorship, replace the author’s name by the material’s title.
p) Online video
q) Television series
r) Episode of television series
t) Podcast episode
u) Online lecture / TED
x) Personal communication: It may be a letter, an electronic message, a telephone or personal talk. Cite only in the text, indicating the initials and the surname of the sender and the date. Do not include it in the references.
20. Verification of guidelines for submission
The submission of texts in any category will only be possible with the author’s confirmation that ALL the established conditions are attended.
The noncompliance of ANY of the items is enough to initial rejection during the first stage of evaluation. That is the reason why we recommend the authors to do a thorough revision of their texts before the submission. We emphasize that the manuscripts that are rejected twice due to noncompliance to these items will not be received again.
The submission of texts imply the immediate conceding and no onus of the publication rights in the Psicologia & Sociedade journal, which will have the exclusivity of publishing firsthand. Nevertheless, the author will continue to detain the authorship rights for posterior publications. In case of the article’s replication in other vehicles, the first publication on Psicologia & Sociedade must be mentioned.
Open Access Policy - Psicologia & Sociedade is published on the model of open access. Therefore, it is free for reading, sharing and adapting as long as the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license terms are respected.
22. Authors are potential appraisers
We alert that the evaluation process depends on the collaboration of appraisers that are available to appreciate the submitted manuscripts. Thus, when submitting an article to the journal, the authors and co-authors that have doctoral degree (concluded or in course) are automatically registered in our appraisers bank, updating and expanding our bases
23. Check List
Before submitting your article to our journal, verify all the following items.