ISSN 1982-0275 online version



Scope and Policy

The mission of the journal Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas) (e-ISSN 1982-0275) is to promote and disseminate scientific and technical knowledge in the area of psychology and to discuss the meaning of practices in the professional and research fields by publishing original articles that represent important contributions to the area of Psychology.

The journal also publishes theoretical studies, reviews, and communications important to psychology as science and profession, encouraging contributions of the national and foreign scientific communities.

Articles in the following areas are accepted: Psychological Assessment, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Social and Organizational Psychology, and Theory and Methods in Psychology.

Articles in the following areas are accepted: Psychological Assessment, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Social and Organizational Psychology, and Theory and Methods in Psychology.

All articles must be submitted electronically at <>.
Any other form of submission will not be accepted by the editors.

At the time of submission must be attached: (1) The article (complete file in Word format, including cover sheet, abstract, text, references and illustrations); (2) The illustrations (in editable file, in the formats accepted by the magazine); (3) All documentation required by the magazine (duly signed by all authors).

Types of studies accepted by the journal Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)
Articles are pre-analyzed by the Editorial Board before they are submitted to ad hoc referee assessment. The following study categories are accepted for publication:

- Research report: original articles based on empiric data. These articles consist of the following sections: introduction, method, results, and discussion.

- Theoretical article: literature review of Psychology-related themes, questioning existing models and the creation of hypotheses for future studies.

- Systematic literature review article: presents a summary of the results of original, quantitative, or qualitative studies answering a specific question important for the area of Psychology. It describes the search method used for finding original studies, the criteria for selecting the reviewed studies, and the procedures used for summarizing the results of the reviewed studies.

- Case report: reports of studies conducted on individuals, groups, or organizations indicating a problem and a way to solve it based on the literature.

- Theme section (by invitation only): section that aims to publish coordinated articles written by different authors, discussing a theme of current interest. Only authors who have been invited by the editors may submit articles for this section.

Manuscripts that fit into one of the categories and areas above will be pre-analyzed by the Editorial Board.

Authorship credit must be based on substantial contributions, such as (I) conception and design; (II) data analysis and interpretation, and discussion of the results; and (III) review and approval of the final version of the article.
The inclusion of authors whose contribution does not meet one of the criteria above is not justified.

Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas) does not publish more than one article from the same author (including both the position of main author and co-author) during the same year (volume). This rule aims to increase the number of themes and collaborations made by national and foreign authors.

The Journal will check submitted articles, through the CrossCheck plagiarism detection tool, after the peer review process.

Social Networks
In order to increase its dissemination, the journalEstudos de Psicologia (Campinas)asks the authors to disseminate their articles published at the SciELO site at the social networks below, among others: –
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The authors may indicate three referees for assessing the manuscript and their respective e-mails and institutional affiliations. Alternatively, the authors may indicate three referees that should not assess their manuscript.


Manuscript Assessment Process

Assessment by the editorial board

Original manuscripts will be accepted for assessment as long as they have not been submitted to any other journal and/or published in events to preserve the original character of the article, and that they are accompanied by: Letter of presentation of article for submission, Check list for submission completed, in addition to the other documents listed in the item "Documentation". All authors of the paper must sign all documents.

The editorial process will only begin if the manuscripts follow the instructions to the authors. If not, they will be returned to the authors for adjustment to the norms and/or inclusion of letters or other documents before they are submitted to pre-analysis by the Editorial Board and later, to merit assessment by ad hoc referees.

The outcomes of the pre-analysis phase are:
(1) The manuscript is sent to ad hoc referees.
(2) The manuscript is returned to the authors with a request for changes.
(3) The manuscript is refused because of its: (I) content regarding the theme line of the journal; (II) originality, importance of the theme, and quality of the scientific method used.
(4) The manuscript will be sent to ad hoc referee assessment if it meets the abovementioned criteria.

Assessment of the manuscripts
The journal uses blind review, that is, the authors and referees remain anonymous. The authors must make sure that there are no elements anywhere in the text capable of disclosing their identity.

The articles without the authors’ names will be sent to at least two ad hoc referees.

When changes are requested, the studies will be returned to the authors for the requested corrections based on the referees’ suggestions.

The corrections must be returned within 30 days (small reformulation) and 60 days (extensive reformulation), respecting the time zone of the system (Greenwich Mean Time - London).

The possible outcomes of the peer review process are: (a) approval; (b) request manuscript reassessment after small reformulation; (c) recommend manuscript reassessment after extensive reformulation; (d) refusal. The author will always be informed of the outcome.

Two favorable referee opinions are required for publication. If the referees disagree, the article will be submitted to a third referee for new assessment.

The manuscript assessment process will end on the second round. The editors always have the last word regarding the publication of the article. The Editorial Board of the journal may make small changes in the text according to the journal’s internal review criteria and norms.


Conflicts of interest

Authors: The authors must declare explicitly and individually any potential, direct and/or indirect, financial or nonfinancial conflict of interest.

Ad hoc referees: If any of the referees report a conflict of interest, the Editorial Board will send the manuscript to another ad hoc referee.

Open access policy
The Journal provides open access to all its content, which is protected by the Creative Commons license (CC-BY).

Research involving living beings
Results of research involving human beings and animals, must contain a copy of the Research Ethics Committee approval.

Publication in English
if approved, the articles will be published in English. For the manuscript to be published, the authors must provide the English translation of the version approved by the Journal. The translation is paid for by the authors.

In order to guarantee the quality and uniformity of the translated manuscripts, the manuscript must be translated by a highly trained translator with proven experience in the translation of scientific texts, indicated and certified by the Journal.

If the manuscript needs reviewing by one of the translators indicated by the Journal, the authors must follow the formatting instructions provided by e-mail by the Journal. The authors are responsible for verifying the entire translation (body of the text, illustrations, tables, charts, etc.).


Preparing the Manuscript

The journal Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas) follows the publication norms of the American Psychological Association - APA (6th edition, 2010), with some stylistic adaptations.
The manuscripts must be written in Portuguese, English, French, or Spanish. All manuscripts must include an English title and abstract.

Text structure

The manuscript text should be prepared as follows:

  • Double spacing;
  • Font Times New Roman, size 12;
  • It should contain 15-25 pages (pages are consecutively numbered beginning with the cover page (page 1) and includes all illustrations and references, as required);
  • It should be arranged in the following order, including the items that must be presented on separate pages:
    • Cover page (page 1);
    • Resumo/Abstract (page 2);
    • Text (page 3);
    • References (in a separate page below the text);
    • Illustrations (include each one on a separate page below the references).
  • Manuscript should be prepared using a word processor similar to Microsoft Word 2010;
  • The A4 format should be adopted, with 2.5 cm margins (upper, lower, left and right) and indentation of the first line of the paragraph: tab = 1.25 cm.
  • Page numbers must be placed on the lower left-hand corner;
  • References format should facilitate manuscript revision and editing. Therefore, they should be written according to the APA style (6th edition, 2010), using double spacing and 12-point font size;
  • Presentation of numerical and statistical data and the construction of tables and figures must comply with the requirements of the APA manual (6th edition, 2010).
  • The illustrations (Figures and Tables) must be inserted below the References, each one on a separate page, regardless of their size, respecting the page limit (25 pages).

 The cover page must contain:

a)Complete title in Portuguese: (i) the title must be concise and avoid unnecessary and/or redundant words; (ii) do not use abbreviations or indicate the geographic location of the study.

b) Suggest a short title in English and Portuguese or Spanish for the header with no more than five (5) words.

c )Include complete title in English compatible with the title in Portuguese.

d) Include the full name of each author. Do not abbreviate the first names.

e) Inform the academic degree of the authors (if they are master, doctor, etc.), the current institutional affiliation (only one affiliation per author, in 3 levels, without abbreviations or acronyms), besides city, state and country.

f) Indicate the full address of the institution of the corresponding author.

g) Inform the telephone number and e-mail address of all authors.

h) Explicitly inform the contribution made by each author. Write the contribution in the language the article will be published.  

i) Inform the ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) record number. If you do not have one, register for free at: <>. Learn more here.

j) Inform whether the article is based on a dissertation or thesis, indicating the title, author, university, and year of publication.

The authors may include a footnote to acknowledge the sponsor and indicate the number of the process and/or notice, and to acknowledge the collaboration of peers and technicians. The paragraph may not exceed three lines.
Note: this must be the only part of the text identifying the authors, and other types of notes will not be accepted (except in translation of quotations).
Manuscript assessment will only begin after the inclusion of this information in the title page..


In Portuguese
The abstract must have at least 100 words and at most 150 words. Do not use abbreviations or citations. The abstract must include a brief description of the problem, sample characteristics, methods used for data collection, results, and conclusion. The keywords or descriptors must be listed in the Health Sciences Terminology (DeCS) database or Psi Terminology database.

The keywords or descriptors must be written in lower case and separated by a semicolon. Choose three to five keywords that accurately describe the study content.

In English
The abstract in English must be compatible with the abstract in Portuguese and follow the same rules. The keywords must be listed in the Health Sciences Terminology (DeCS) database or Psi Terminology database.

Manuscript organization

The text of every manuscript submitted for publication should be clearly organized and contain titles and subtitles that facilitate reading.

Quantitative articles must have:

Introduction: Presentation of the study problem, its history, and purpose of the investigation.

Method: Description of the procedures used in the study, including consistent information about the participants, instruments, and procedures. The end of this section must contain a clear statement of compliance with ethical rules and the approval protocol number.

Results: Report the results and most important analyses, which correspond to the objectives of the study.

Discussion: Provide a summary, interpretation, and implication of the results. Explore properly and objectively the results and discuss them in the light of other pertinent observations reported in the literature. Discuss the study limitations and make suggestions for future studies. Include the study conclusion and final observations in this section.
The sections in qualitative studies may vary according to their content.


Preparing the illustrations

All tables, figures, graphs, drawings, schemes, flowcharts, photographs, maps, organograms, diagrams, blueprints, charts, pictures, etc. are considered illustrations, and they should be used for illustrating the study data. Figures must not contain the same data as tables.

A manuscript may have no more than five (5) illustrations, regardless of type.

The illustrations must be inserted after the references and also submitted separately in their original file formats at the ScholarOne platform, in Step 6.

The illustrations must be editable. The following graphic design software and word processor are accepted: Excel, GraphPrism, SPSS 22, Corel Draw Suite X7, and Word. Therefore, images can be submitted only in the following file extensions: cdr, .pzf, .spv, .jpg, .jpeg, .xls, .xlsx, .doc, .docx, .vsdx, .vst. If a different software is used, use the standard font Frutiger size 7, which is the font used by the Journal during editing.
Images must have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi. Graphs and drawings must be generated in graphic design programs, such as Microsoft Excel, CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, etc., and accompanied by their quantitative parameters in a table. Include the names of all variables.

Color illustrations are accepted at no extra cost to the authors.
Graphs must not have grid lines, and elements (bars, circles) must be two-dimensional (3D not accepted).

The author is responsible for the quality of the illustrations. Make sure it is possible to reduce the size of the illustrations to the widths of one or two columns (7 cm and 15 cm respectively) without loss of resolution. The landscape format is not accepted.

Each illustration must have a short title. Illustrations must be numbered consecutively and independently with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. In graphs include the title of the axes.

Graphs must contain the title of all axes ans all columns of Tables and Charts must have headers.

The words Figure, Table, and Attachment in the text must be capitalized and accompanied by the respective number. Indicate in the text where the illustrations should be inserted. Keep titles concise.

Always include explanatory notes where necessary. If abbreviations and/or symbols (such as bold, asterisk, etc.) are used, indicate their meaning in the footnote of the illustration.

Manuscripts written in languages other than Portuguese should include accurate translation of the illustrations (tables, charts, and figures) and use the proper decimal separator. For example, in manuscripts written in English, the dot or period is used as the decimal point within numbers: 1,254.76 grams.

If illustrations published in other references are used, attach the document containing the authorization for their use and cite the source. In the case of photographs, it is necessary to send a statement with the authorization to use the image, even if there is an attempt to hide the identity of the photograph.

The authors must ensure that nothing in the manuscript infringes any copyrights or intellectual property of another, otherwise they may respond legally in accordance with the terms of Law n° 9.610/98, which consolidates copyright legislation.

Citations in foreign languages translated into Portuguese by the authors should be accompanied by a footnote citation in the original language. The source should be followed by the phrase “our translation,” as follows: (Pfeiffer, 2015, p. 24; our translation).
Secondary references (a citation of the citation of the original author) will not be accepted.

Citations of articles with multiple authors should be done as follows:
Article with two authors: cite both authors every time the article is mentioned.

Articles with three to five authors: cite all authors the first time the article is mentioned in the text. After that, cite only the first author followed by et al. and the date.

Articles with six or more authors: cite only the first author followed by et al. and the year.

Old and reedited sources: Citations of old sources with newer editions must include two dates, the date of the first edition and the date of the version read by the author. For example: Freud (1912/1969, p.154). If there are two or more citations or references of the same publication, distinguish them with lower case letters. For example, Freud (1939/1969a) and so successively.
Literal citations with a maximum of forty (40) words should remain in the current paragraph in quotes, indicating the last name of the author, date, and page.
Citations with more than 40 words should be made in a new paragraph, with single-line spacing, font size 11, and a left margin of 4cm.


References and citations should follow the norms provided by APA (6th edition, 2010).

Most references (50%) must be no older than five (5) years and must have been published in indexed journals (mandatory).
The journal does not accept citations/references from undergraduate monographs, unpublished texts (classes, etc.), and abstracts from studies presented in congresses, symposiums, workshops, and meetings, among others.

Citations of a journal article in press, whether it was written by one of the authors or by different sources, must be accompanied by a copy of the letter of acceptance (article accepted but not yet published) from the journal it is going to be published. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the citation/reference will be excluded.
If unpublished data obtained by other researchers are cited in the manuscript, it is necessary to include a letter authorizing the use of such data by the original authors.

Studies with a single author must be listed before studies with multiple authors when the last name is the same.
Studies with the same first author but different coauthors should be listed in alphabetical order of the coauthors.

Studies from the same authors must be listed by date, citing the oldest study first.

Studies from the same authors and same date must be distinguished by lower case letters (a and b). Avoid in press articles.
All addresses with internet links (URL) in the references must be active and lead directly to the cited document. Inform the date the document was accessed (see examples of electronic material).
When the cited document has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, inform the number and exclude the access date (see examples of electronic material). The hyperlink must be used.

References format should facilitate manuscript revision and editing.   Therefore, they should be written using double spacing and 12-point font size. All lines after the first line of each entry in your reference list should be indented 0.5 cm from the left margin. Try to include references published in the journal Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas) to help increase its impact factor.

The authors are responsible for the accuracy and adequacy of the references that have been consulted and mentioned in the manuscript and for their content.

All authors cited in the text should be followed by the publication date and listed in the references.


Article with up to 5 authors
Freitas, M. F. Q. (2015). Práxis e formação em psicologia social comunitária: exigências e desafios ético-políticos. Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas), 32(3), 521-532.

Thomas, M., Kohli, V., & Choi, J. (2014). Correlates of job burnout among human services workers: Implications for workforce retention. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 41(4), 69-90.

Article with more than seven authors
Fournier, J. P., Escourrou, B., Dupouy, J., Bismuth, M., Birebent, J., Simmons, R., … Oustric, S. (2014). Identifying competencies required for medication prescribing for general practice residents: A nominal group technique study. BMC Family Practice, 15(1), 139-149.

Dias, N. M., & Mecca, T. P. (2015). Contribuições da neuropsicologia e psicologia para intervenção no contexto educacional. São Paulo: Memnon.

Book chapters
Bartram, D., & Hambleton, R. K. (2016). The ITC Guidelines. International standards and guidelines relating tests and testing. In F. T. L. Leong, D. Bartram, F. Cheung, K. F. Geisinger, & D. Iliescu (Eds.), The ITC international handbook of testing and assessment. New York: Oxford University Press.

Old source reedited at a much later date
James, W. (1985). Psychology: The briefer course. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. (Original work published 1982).

Unpublished theses or dissertations
Nicole, L. D. (2016). Social status across contexts (Unpublished master’s dissertation). University of Oregon, Eugene.

Institutional authorship
World Health Organization. (2013). Oral health surveys: Basic methods (5th ed.). Geneva: The Author.

Studies presented in congresses published in annals
Perrone, R. A. P., & Ferreira, M. D. (2014). Jugar como recurso de preparación psicológica de los niños visita al hermano internado en la unidad de terapia intensiva pediátrica. Anais do VII Congreso Internacional y XII Nacional de Psicología Clínica, Sevilha, p.564-565.

Conselho Nacional de Saúde (Brasil). Resolução no 466, de 12 de dezembro de 2012. Diário Oficial da União, Brasília, 2012.

Electronic material
Articles in journals
Pereira-Lima, K., & Loureiro, S. R. (2017). Associations between social skills and burnout dimensions in medical residents. Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas), 34(2), 281-292.

Richardson, R. F. (2016). Psychotherapy training: Considerations beyond techniques. Journal of Neurology and Psychology, 4(2), 1-2. Retrieved June 5, 2017, from

Unpublished theses and dissertations
Naomi, A. (2016). The biological, psychological, and social properties children and adults attribute to virtual agentes (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Oregon, Eugene. Retrieved June 5, 2017, from

Institucional authorship
World Health Organization. (2017). Preventing drowning: An implementation guide. Geneva: The Author. Retrieved June 6, 2017, from

Study presented in congress published in annals
Herculano-Houzel, S., Collins, C. E., Wong P., Kaas, J. H., & Lent, R. (2008). The basic nonuniformity of the cerebral cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Washington, DC. Retrieved December 13, 2012, from

Avoid attachments. Only include them if they are critical to the understanding of the text. The use of footnotes in the body of the text should also be avoided.


Submission Checklist

Download the submission checklist here. Its completion is mandatory, and it must be signed and attached to ScholarOne, along with the other documents

Reviewed version
The reformulated article must be submitted at: <>. The author(s) must submit only the reformulated version.

Use blue font to make changes. The authors must also attach a letter to the editor reiterating their interest in publishing with the journal and informing the changes made to the manuscript. If the author(s) disagree with the recommendations made by the referees, the author(s) must present arguments that justify their position. If the authors do not resubmit the reformulated article and response letter within the deadline, the editorial process will be terminated at any phase of the submission. The manuscript title and protocol number must be specified.

After acceptance

PDF proofs will be sent to the authors for correction of the final art of the article. The proofs must be returned to the Publishing Center before the deadline (48 hours). Other changes to the original manuscript will not be accepted during this phase.

We will only accept spelling corrections and/or substitution of one or another word or numerical data in the tables and graphs. We will not accept the inclusion and/or exclusion of sentences, paragraphs, images, and references. If something needs correction, do it as follows:

  1. In the PDF file of the article using the available resources, or
  2. Make a note in capital letters on the margin of the paper and send only the scanned pages with the corrections, or
  3. Make a list in a Microsoft Word document informing: page, column (right or left), paragraph, beginning of the sentence, and its respective line.

The authors must sign the terms of agreement with the final art (text and illustrations). The templates will be sent along with the proofs.


At the time of submission, it is mandatory that the authors send the following documentation with the article:

  1. Cover letter for the submission of the article. [Template]
  2. Completed and signed submission checklist.
  3. Copy of the approval letter from the Research Ethics Committee.
  4. Proofreading declaration of the translated manuscript. 

All authors listed in the cover page must sign the documents. The signed documents must be submitted in Stage 6 of the submission process of the ScholarOne platform.

Pictures of signatures will not be accepted. Only scanned or electronic signatures are accepted to avoid any type of fraud. The documents should be submitted in image and PDF formats.


Ethics-related expectations in the publication process

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Jd. Ipaussurama - 13060-904 - Campinas, SP, Brasil