ISSN 2176-1019 online version


Guidelines for Authors
References and Citations in-text
Aims and Scope
Overall recommendations for manuscript preparation
Conditions for Submission
Statement of Author Rights


Guidelines for Authors


The Advances in Health Psychology (Mudanças - Psicologia da Saúde) is a Journal destined to disseminate knowledge about Health Psychology and related areas. It is a biannual Journal, submitted to a double-blind peer review process, which is aimed at a reading audience interested in the most diverse aspects of human health.

Papers are also welcome in collaborations from members of scientific societies and people involved in scientific research and in post graduate teaching in psychology.

This journal is included in the following abstracting and indexing databases:
BVS-Psi - Biblioteca Virtual de Saúde / Bireme,
LILACS (Centro Latino-Americano e do Caribe de Informação em Ciências da Saúde,
Dedalus - Sibi - USP.

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to

E-mail for more information:

Note. The authors assume full responsibility for their contributions, ensuring that the recommendations of the Psychologist's Code of Ethics and the National Health Council (Conselho Nacional de Saúde [Conep]) have been considered.



References and Citations in-text


Use references according to Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th ed.).

Citations in-text

Must be described by the author's surname followed by the year of publication in lower case. For example: Winnicott (1989) or (Winnicott, 1989), Lewis, Jaskir, and Enright (1986) or (Lewis, Jaskir & Enright, 1986).

If there are six or more authors, you should only use the first author's family name in the in-text reference followed by the abbreviation "et al.". For example: This is supported by Wilson et al. (2011) in their educational change study.

For subsequent citations, you should use "et al." for references with three or more authors. Examples: for first citation in text use Tsui, Leung, and Collins (2010) find … Subsequent citations in text use Tsui et al. (2010) …

In the case of literal transcription of part of a text, it must be delimited by quotation marks, followed by the surname author, date and page cited. For exemplo: According to Gomes (1992), "is based on consumer needs and sustainability..." (p. 12).

In case of several authors with the same idea, the alphabetical order of their surnames must be obeyed. For example: (Ahumada, 1998; Britton & Steiner, 1994; Cooper, 1992). Or Ahumada (1998), Britton e Steiner (1994), and Cooper (1992).

If referencing multiple sources by the same author, present the items in chronological order (oldest to most recent) and separate them with commas. For example: Burns (2006, 2009, 2012) argues that ...

If an author has published more than one item in the same year, place a lower-case letter of the alphabet next to the dates in your in-text referencing to distinguish between these separate publications. For example: Freud (1905a, 1905b) or (Freud, 1905a, 1905b).





Your reference list should be ordered alphabetically by author and then chronologically by year of publication. For instances of multiple articles with the same authors, it should be sorted in chronological order. If there are two authors, use the ampersand “&” instead of “and”. For example: Chow, R. K., & Ping, S. M. (2004). Mood management in university students. Journal of Asian Psychology, 45(3), 1034-1048.

Examples of book references

Carterette, E. C. & Friedman, M. P. (Eds.). (1974-1978). Handbook of perception (Vols. 1-10). New York: Academic Press.

Klein, M., Heimann, P. & Money-Kirle, R. E. (Orgs.) (1969). Temas de psicanálise aplicada (A. Cabral, trad.). Rio de Janeiro, RJ: Zahar.

Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (10th ed.) (1993). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Wong, B. K. (2009). Fostering creativity. Oxford: Blackwell.

Wong, B. K. (2009). Fostering creativity (3rd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell

Examples of book chapter references

Carter, R., Hughes, R., & McCarthy, M. (1998). Telling tails: Grammar, the spoken language and materials development. In B. Tomlinson (Ed.), Materials development in language teaching (pp. 67-86). Cambridge: CUP.

Freud, S. (1961). The ego and the id. In J. Strachey (Ed. and Trans.), The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud (Vol. 19, pp. 3-66). London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published 1923).

Examples of journal article references

Anderson-Clark, T., Green, R., & Henley, T. (2008). The relationship between first names and teacher expectations for achievement motivation. Journal of Language & Social Psychology, 27, 94-99. doi: 10.1177/0261927X07309514

Luk, W. K., Chan, Y. K., Sing, A. N., Burton, H., Heart, L., & Burns, H. U. (2009). The Chinese student: A study. Journal of East Asian Psychology, 32(5), 1190-1204.

*Ming, J. Y., Chan, E. L., Law, M. Z., Wheelock, C. A., Stammars, P. E., Thompson, E. T., … Rogers, K. R. (2011). eLearning and the luddites. Technical Communication, 57(23), 323-335.

* If there are more than seven authors, it should be included the first six authors’ names, then insert “…” and add the last author’s name.

Examples of published cientific events

Priszkulnik, L. (1997). A escola, a criança e a clínica psicanalítica. In Anais do Encontro sobre Psicologia Clínica, 1 (pp. 133-135). São Paulo, SP: Universidade Mackenzie.

Soares, F. P. (1996, October). Avaliação de serviços em saúde mental: CAPS e NAPS. In Resumos de Comunicações Científicas da Reunião Anual de Psicologia, 26 (p. 12). Ribeirão Preto, SP: Sociedade Brasileira de Psicologia.

Example of theses and dissertations

Barua, S. (2010). Drought assessment and forecasting using a nonlinear aggregated drought index (Doctoral dissertation, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia). Retrieved from

Yuen, W. L. (2009). An investigation of the politeness phenomena in hotel service encounters (Doctoral dissertation, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University). Retrieved from

Note. Authors should carefully prepare and proofread their manuscripts. Insure agreement of citations and references. Avoid technical terminology, jargon, and acronyms.



Aims and Scope


This journal seeks articles of book reviews; original scientific and/or clinical articles; literature review studies; methodological discussion articles in any theoretical approach, with defined research design and on topics related to Health Psychology and its interfaces; informative (congresses, letters, scientific meetings, debates forums etc.).

Theoretical and current topics studies, brief reports, comments, methodological discussions, case reports and monographs will also be accepted.

Review articles, scientific and/or clinical research reports and all originals are presented in different sections.

Studies of literature review

Abstracts: maximum of 150 words

Mention the objectives and scope of the review; define new or little-known abbreviations and terms; describe the sources and methods of searching for articles; mention the criteria for inclusion and exclusion of articles.

Body of study:

It must present a critical evaluation of the literature; use simple language and without very specialized technical terms; use abbreviations with discretion and explain them; structure in sections with a logical order; evaluate the historical validity of the reviewed articles; present a qualitative summary; integrate information with quantitative procedures; critically discuss similarities and discrepancies in reviewed publications; write congruently with the tense; comment on the limitations of the review; present clear and valid conclusions based on the reviewed papers; provide specific guidelines and suggestions for other research.

References: It must be a proportion of references from the last five years above 30%.

Original studies of empirical investigation

Title and Authors
Material and Method

Studies of clinical investigation

Title, Authors, Abstract, and Keywords
História clínica, queixas e desenvolvimento



Overall recommendations for manuscript preparation


There should be separate pages for the title page, abstract, references, and any tables or figures. Use tables and figures sparingly, including only essential data. Combine tables whenever possible. All information identifying the author should appear only on the title page. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) will be used to evaluate and edit manuscripts.

1. Title and subtitles: maximum - 90 characters (put it in the body of the text in a DOC file)

2. Authors and affiliation: Please clearly indicate the given first name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled; provide institutional affiliation; present names and addresses for responsible author’ correspondence. Ensure that the email address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author. (NOT put it in the body of the text. Identify the authors in the appropriate place on the submission site and ONLY there)

3. Abstract: between 200 and 250 words. (put it in the body of the text in a DOC file)

4. keywords: describe three keywords recognized by the scientific community. (put it in the body of the text in a DOC file)

5. Manuscript development: background; justification; hypotheses, objectives and the research problem; participants (case series, characteristics, quantity, age, education and sex); material and method; results; discussion of data and comparison with updated literature and conclusions, corresponding to the initial hypotheses, objectives of the study and the proposed problems.

6. References: use guidelines from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th).

7. Illustrations: there should be separate pages for tables or figures at the end of paper (in the same DOC). Figure is NOT acceptable in upper size length 21cm x 28cm.

Describe below of the figure, the numbering of its and indication of the correct orientation.

8. Information and consent: it should be included Opinion Consubstantiated of Committee of Ethics in Research with Human Beings. (attach it in additional documents)

9. Animal experiments: it should be included Opinion Consubstantiated of Committee of Ethics in Research for use of Animals (CEUA) at institution. (attach it in additional documents)

10. Length: we prefer manuscripts that are 30 pages or less in length, double-spaced, Courier font type and font size 12, numbered page, using guidelines from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th), and saved in Microsoft Word.



Conditions for Submission


As part of the submission process, authors are required to verify the submission's compliance with all items listed below. Submissions that do not comply with the rules will be returned to the authors.

  1. The contribution must be original and unpublished and is not being evaluated in another journal; otherwise, it must be justified in "Comments to the Editor".
  2. The files for submission must be in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF format (not exceeding 2MB).
  3. URLs for references are provided when necessary.
  4. The text must be double-spaced; 12 size font; use italics instead of Underline (except URL addresses); figures and tables are inserted in the text, not at the end of the document as attachments.
  5. The text follows the style standards and reference requirements described in Guidelines for Authors, in the section about the Journal (References and Citations in-text).
  6. The identification of authorship of the study has to be removed from the file and from the Properties option in Word, thus guaranteeing the journal's confidentiality criterion, if submitted for peer review, according to instructions available in Ensuring of Blind Peer Review.
  7. Regarding orthographic and grammatical revision, the authors are responsible.

Please remove any identifying information, such as authors' names or affiliations, from your manuscript before submission.



Statement of Author Rights


Authors agree to the following terms:

a. Authors maintain copyright and grant the Journal the right to first publication, with the paper simultaneously licensed under, allowing the sharing of research with acknowledgment of authorship and initial publication in this Journal.

a. Authors are authorized to assume additional contracts separately, for non-exclusive distribution of the version of the research published in this journal (e.g., publishing in institutional repository or as a book chapter), with acknowledgment of authorship and initial publication in this Journal.

Authors are allowed and encouraged to publish and distribute their research online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their personal page) at any point before or during the editorial process, once it might generate productive changes, as well as increase impact and the citation of the published study.




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