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Scope and Editorial Policy
Editorial Review Procedures
Copyright/Ethical Considerations
Reproduction of Other Publications
Submission Guidelines


Scope and Editorial Policy


The Brazilian Journal of Vocational Guidance (Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional - RBOP) is a biannual scientific journal of the Brazilian Association of Professional Counseling (ABOP). The Brazilian Journal of Vocational Guidance (RBOP) publishes original studies in the field of Professional and Career Counseling in the context of Psychology, Education, Work and Health, as well as other fields of knowledge related to career development. Manuscripts are accepted in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Published articles must fit in one of the following categories, and empirical studies should inform the Research Ethics Committee registration record.

Original Articles

Limited to approximately 50,000 characters (with spaces, including all parts of the manuscript except the cover page). Original articles compose most of the issue and can be from three categories, as follows:

1. Research report: investigation based on empirical data, using scientific methodology. The article must contain an introduction to the problem, objectives, method, results, discussion and final considerations. Among original articles, the preference is for research articles.

2. Theoretical study: analysis of theoretical constructs that leads to the questioning of existing models and to the elaboration of hypotheses for further research. This category includes studies on methods of scientific investigation in the field.

3. Critical literature review: analysis of a comprehensive body of investigation related to subjects of interest for the development of Professional and Career Guidance. Reviews must describe in detail the process of searching for original studies, criteria used to select those that were included in the review and procedures employed in the synthesis of results obtained by the reviewed studies (whether there were meta-analysis procedures, or not).

Report of professional experience

Case studies that contain analysis of conceptual implications or a description of procedures or intervention strategies, containing evidence methodologically appropriate for the evaluation of efficacy, and that are of interest for the practice of counselors in different scenarios and contexts. Limited to 50,000 characters (including spaces and all parts of the manuscript, except the cover page).


Critical review of recently published work, advising the reader regarding its characteristics and potential uses. Limited to 7,000 characters (excluding the cover page).

Special Section

Includes themes related to the production of knowledge, scientific publishing, and public policy, in addition to management reports. This section is organized at the Editors’ discretion.

Documents Section

This section is intended to disseminate reports of important scientific events in the field, historical documents relevant to the construction of Professional Guidance in the scientific and professional sphere in addition to documents addressing public policy in the field of education, career and work and the supply of qualified services. This section is organized at the Editors’ discretion.



Editorial Review Procedures


The editorial review process only begins if the submission of the manuscript complies with the conditions stated in the publication standards. Articles submitted for RBOP consideration must be original and not be concomitantly submitted to another publication; manuscripts with similar content should not have been previously published and not be under consideration by another publication. Manuscripts should only be sent in word document version 1997-2003.
The RBOP’s editorial process is based on double blind review by peers in the scientific community; the identity of both authors and referees are confidential. The editorial review process begins with the submission of the manuscript to the journal, the receipt of which is confirmed by the journal’s secretary. The original is initially reviewed by the Editorial Board, based on the following criteria: (1) content, concerning domains of knowledge provided in the journal’s scope and editorial policy; (2) originality, relevance of the theme and quality of scientific methodology used; (3) adequacy given the editorial standards adopted by the journal.
The journal may either ask the authors for formal amendments, refuse the paper or proceed with the evaluation process. In the event the study meets all the established criteria, the Scientific Editor appoints ad hoc referees of acknowledged competence in the study’s field, and can also use the support of the editorial board. The manuscript’s abstract is used as a means to consult with referees. In general, three to five researchers are invited. If referees have any impediment to expressing themselves on some article such as a conflict of interest (professional, financial, direct or indirect benefits), the secretary is informed and based on those who accepted it, the procedure for the first evaluation is initiated and the full text is sent. Referees are asked to examine it within 20 days; at least two referees evaluate the manuscript.
After analyzing the manuscript, the referees either reject or recommend its publication. Each referee presents a report on a Standard Form for Referee Report, judging the manuscript according to four criteria, two of them with the possibility of acceptance and two indicating refusal, described as follows.

On condition of acceptance:

- GRADE 4: Very good article. It has enough theoretical and methodological consistency and brings relevant contributions. Few things to improve (if any).
- GRADE 3: good article. It has enough theoretical and methodological consistency and brings relevant contributions. Need review or improvements in some specific points, but in general has a good theoretical basis, appropriate method and proper discussion with the literature (if applicable).

- Without a condition of acceptance:
- GRADE 2: The article has some potential, but it has theoretical or methodological limitations that not indicate its publication in the present form. Need substantial redesigns for possible publication. It is suggested a new submission to the journal if widely reviewed.
- GRADE 1: The article presents significant theoretical and/or methodological limitations, or does not bring significant contributions to justify its publication.

The form used by reviewers can be obtained in the following link:

Acceptance may be conditioned on modifications that improve the text’s clarity or precision. Referees are instructed to provide critical, though didactic, reports. The authors receive the copies of the referees’ full reports, while the Scientific Editor has the freedom to issue comments on the manuscript that will be incorporated into the communication (via email) of the Editorial Board. In general, even if a paper is promptly accepted for publication, amendments might be necessary, based on the assumption that it can be constantly improved, given that amendments are common and routinely asked for in all periodicals. Hence, authors of manuscripts recommended for publication, but subject to amendment, should reformulate their work in order to obtain a final acceptance. The authors are asked to return the reformulated version within 20 days and to respond to the critiques/suggestions of the ad hoc referees, justifying those not complied with through a letter addressed to the Scientific Editor at the time of the text reformulated version is sent.
The letter, including justifications, the reformulated manuscript and report of the editorial board concerning the text’s original version are sent to one of the ad hoc referees, who will be responsible for the manuscript’s second evaluation. The referees’ original reports and the manuscript’s reformulated version will be compared; it is up to the referee to decide whether the manuscript will be published or still needs further amendments; if necessary, other referees will be consulted. In the event of the latter, a new reformulation will be required from the authors, according to the process previously described. However, if the manuscript is ready to be accepted, it is up to the Scientific Editor to perform a final analysis of the referees’ reports and the text to evaluate whether further alterations are required. The final decision will be communicated to the authors, and if the manuscript is accepted, it will undergo the final procedures required for publication. Therefore, it is important to note that the final decision concerning the manuscript publication is always the responsibility of the Scientific Editor.
In certain situations (inconsistent reports, ethical issues, ambivalent judgments, among others), the manuscript’s reformulated version might also be sent to one of the editorial board members, jointly with the referees’ reports, for a final analysis. At this point, the member of the editorial board might have knowledge of the authors’ and referees’ identities and it is his/her role to analyze the reformulated version and help the Scientific Editor to make the final decision to whether publish it or not. The editorial board member can either reject the manuscript, suggest new amendments, as many as necessary, or accept the reformulated version. The selection of approved articles that compose each RBOP’sissue give priority to research reports and diversified authorship, national and international, by region and institutions.



Copyright/Ethical Considerations


RBOP keeps the copyrights of all articles it publishes. Total reproduction of the journal’s articles in another publication or for any other purpose by any means, requires the Editor’s written authorization. Partial reproduction of articles (abstract or its Spanish and English versions, more than 500 words of text, Tables, Figures and other illustrations) requires a written authorization from the Editor and the authors.
We emphasize that the RBOP’s Editorial Board authorizes free access and distribution of the published content if the source is cited, that is, as long as authors and distributors are acknowledged and the full text is preserved according to the Declaration of Florianópolis.
The approved articles will be available in the databases in which the Brazilian Journal of Vocational Guidance is indexed as well as in any virtual library, website, or indexation system the Editor considers prospectively beneficial. Authors are allowed to self-archive the articles published in RBOP in institutional or thematic repositories recognized in their fields. It is permitted to deposit the PDF version available at the PePSIC system immediately after its publication online.
Any and all manuscripts sent to RBOP should be accompanied by a document called Declaration of Personal Responsibility and Copyright Transmittal Form (DRT), which addresses legal and ethical aspects related to the submission and publication of papers in this journal (available on the link displayed below). Each author of the manuscript should individually fill out the declaration and sign it. The first author should put the forms together and send them by electronic mail. In regard to ethical aspects, authors should declare their agreement with all the guidelines and standards of the Resolution 466/12 or 510/16 of the National Council of Health, Brazilian Ministry of Health, and of the Federal Council of Psychology related to ethical treatment in research involving human subjects and declare these guidelines were complied with (Resolution 16/2000). In the case of research with human subjects, the authors should declare that the project was approved by the Research Ethics Committee at the institution with which they are affiliated and include a copy of the approval or indicate in the DRT the registration number at the National Committee for Ethics in Research (CONEP).
The Declaration of Personal Responsibility and Copyright Transmittal Form (DRT) can be obtained in the following link:



Reproduction of Other Publications


Quotations with more than 500 words, reproduction of one or more Figures, Tables or other illustrations should have a written authorization from the copyright holder of the original work for specific reproduction in the RBOP. Permission should be asked of the work’s author. Rights secondarily obtained will not be transferred in any circumstances.


The Brazilian Journal of Vocational Guidance understands that the authorship of an article is based on the substantial contribution of each of the individuals listed as authors in regard to conception and planning of the research project, data collection, analysis or interpretation, writing and critical review. The indication of the authors’ names right after the article title is limited to six. Exceptional cases should be properly justified by the authors to the editor. We stress that the inclusion of authors whose contribution does not meet any of the criteria previously stated is not justified; therefore, they must be mentioned in the “Acknowledgments” section. The concepts expressed in the manuscripts are the sole responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Editors or the Editorial Board.



Submission Guidelines


To ensure that the editorial process of your manuscript is fast and efficient, it is important to observe some steps before submitting it to the journal. Follow them and keep in mind that good presentation, in addition to ensuring the credibility of your study, streamlines the editorial process: (1) ask a colleague in your field or department to review your manuscript and make critical comments based on the standard form for referee report previously mentioned; (2) carefully proofread your manuscript concerning grammar and spelling and check the items that should compose your correspondence to the journal; (3) check whether all the criteria of the standards for publication were met. Send your manuscript and the digital copy of the DCRT by e-mail to as a word 1997-2003 document.

Manuscript Presentation

The Brazilian Journal of Vocational Guidance’s standards for publication are based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association – APA (2001, 6th ed) regarding the style of presentation of the manuscript. The authors should also consult the book “Publicar em Psicologia: Um enfoque para a revista científica” [Publishing in Psychology: An approach to the scientific journal] available at ( ), where important aspects of scientific editorship and the formalization of articles are addressed.

Editing the Manuscript

To speed up the editing services, use Microsoft Office Word or some related text editor, be economical in the use of commands, limiting them to the number of characters, including spaces, defined in the standards’ section “Scope and Editorial Policy”. The articles must be typed in Times New Roman 12, 1.5 spacing (including abstracts, tables, figures and references) numbered at the top right of the page. Do not use bold, quotation marks, watermarks or other features that make the text visually attractive but bring serious problems to the editing process.

Parts of the Manuscript

The formal submission of manuscripts should follow the order described as follow:

(a) Identified cover sheet
1. Title in Portuguese, English and Spanish (maximum of 12 words each). The title must be relevant, clear, explanatory and creative. It should inform the reader of the article’s objective. It should not include names of cities, countries, or other geographic information. Subtitles should be used only when they complement the title.

2. Short title to be included in the legend of the article pages (maximum of 50 characters including letters, punctuation and spaces between words).

3. Name of each of the authors.

4. Institutional affiliation of each of the authors (including name of the university, city, state and country).

5. Footnote with full address of the author responsible for communicating directly with the Scientific Editor (including postal code, phone and fax number).

6. List with e-mails of all authors and complete addresses (include postal code, phone and fax).

7. Footnote acknowledging collaborators (as described in the “Authorship” section of these standards), information on institutional/financial support for the project, if applicable.

8. Information about the authors (three to four lines).

Warning: Since the manuscripts’ review is double-blind, the Identified Cover Page should be the only page in the manuscript with the authors’ name and addresses. It is the responsibility of the authors to certify that there are no elements in other parts of the article capable of identifying them. Obviously, the Identified Cover Page will not be sent to the ad hoc referees. The Brazilian Journal of Vocational Guidance does not take responsibility for the procedures of authors who do not respect this standard.

(b) Cover Page without Identification
1. Complete title in Portuguese, English and Spanish (maximum of 12 words).

2. Short title (maximum of 50 characters).

(c) Sheet containing the abstract in Portuguese
1. The abstract in Portuguese should contain up to 120 words in a single paragraph. Always use Arabic numerals. In the case of research reports, the abstract should briefly present the objectives, method, and main results. The abstract does not necessarily have to include information on the literature in the field. References should not be included. The objective should be clearly noted, and if it is appropriate, the study’s problem and hypotheses. In the case of research reports, the method should provide brief information on the participants, instruments used and special procedures. Only the most important results that meet the study’s objective should be mentioned in the abstract. Remember that the abstract is one of the most important parts of your manuscript. Readers will have the first contact with your article through the abstract in a search of scientific literature through an electronic system. For that, the abstract should be rich in information and succinct at the same time. Include key words in the abstract for purposes of indexation.
2. Key words in Portuguese (at least three and no more than five, lowercase and separated by commas with no period) according to terminology used by the Virtual Health Library – Psychology (BVS-Psi). Key words should be selected with the help of the ‘find’ tool at - see: Terminologies and Terminology Psychology, where the Vocabulary of Terms in Psychology is available. Terms not existent in the Terminology require justification.

d) Sheet containing the abstract in English
The English version should be equivalent to the Portuguese version. It should comply with the same specifications for the Portuguese version, followed by keywords equivalent to those in Portuguese.

(e) Sheet containing the abstract in Spanish
The Spanish version should also be equivalent to the Portuguese version. It should also comply with the same specifications for the Portuguese version, followed by keywords equivalent to those in Portuguese.
It is recommended that authors ask a bilingual colleague to review the English and Spanish abstract versions before submitting the manuscript. These are very important items for disseminating your work; in the event your article is published they will be available in all the journal’s indexes. The content should be the same as the abstract in Portuguese.

(f) Body of the text
The body of the manuscript should begin on a new page after the cover pages, abstracts in Portuguese, English and Spanish.  The title of the manuscript should not be included on this page. Do not begin a new page at each subtitle. Separate them using a blank line. In every category of article types for submission, the text should have an easily recognizable organization, signalized by a system of titles and subtitles that reflect its structure. Revise your text observing the connection between sections and subtitles used. Paragraphs of a single phrase should be avoided because they fragment the text. The study’s objectives should be clearly explicated at the beginning of the text, referring to the literature review existent in the field and methodological procedures. Report on the ethical procedures and registration number in the Research Ethics Committee.
In the case of a research report, the text should present, in addition to the cover pages and abstracts, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Final Considerations and References. These subtitles should appear centered in the text, preceded and followed by a blank line. In some cases, it may be convenient to present Results and Discussion in a single section.
Italicize words or expressions that should be emphasized in the printed text (e.g. foreign words). Be parsimonious in their use, keeping in mind that the APA manual (2010, 6th ed) does not recommend the use of italics in the text. Footnotes should be fully avoided; in case they are essential, they can be included, sorted by Arabic numerals and appearing on the page where they were used in the text.

(g) Citations in the text
- Up to 2 authors: always cite both
E.g.: Campos and Coimbra (1991)
(Campos & Coimbra, 1991).

- From 3 to 5 authors: cite all the authors in the first citation; in the following citations, only the first author and et al. E.g.:

1 st time: Peterson, Sampson, Reandon and Lenz (1996)
(Peterson, Sampson, Reandon, & Lenz, 1996)

2nd time: Peterson et al. (1996)
(Peterson et al., 1996).

- 6 or more authors: cite only the first author et al.

- Citation of citation: use the expression cited by.
E.g: For Matos (1969, cited by Bill, 1998)
For Matos (1969) cited by Bill (1998)

In the References section record the secondary source, in the case of Bill, using the appropriate format. This type of citation should be avoided and limited to specific cases that should be reported to the journal in a separate letter. Do not use the terms apud, op. cit, id. ibidem, among others; they are not part of the APA norms.

- Citation of old and re-edited works: author (date of original publication/date of consulted publication). E.g. Silva (1978/2005).

- Citation of personal communication
It can be a letter, an electronic message, telephone or personal conversations. Cite it only in the text, providing the communicator’s initials and last name in addition to complete date of communication. Do not include it in the references; this type of citation should be avoided. E.g. M. A. Carvalho (personal communication, September 7th 2001).

- For direct citations: always indicate the page.
Citations up to 40 words should be included in the paragraph between quotation marks. If it exceeds 40 words, a new paragraph should be begun, with a left margin of 5 spaces without quotation marks.
Follow the citation standards very carefully, always acknowledging authors and the date of publication of all studies mentioned. All names of authors whose studies were quoted should be followed by the publication date the first time they are quoted in each paragraph. A literal quote of a text requires reference to the page number of the study it was copied from and should be presented between quotation marks; indent left in the case of long quotes.

(h) List of References
The references used should be coherent with the study’s theoretical-methodological fundamentals. They should cover the literature on the subject and be updated. Thus, about 30% (at least) of the studies in the reference list should be from the last five years counting from the manuscript’s submission. It is up to the editor, assisted by the Editorial Board and ad hoc referees, to judge cases that do not fit this criterion.
All studies cited in the text should be listed in the References section. Only studies consulted and mentioned in the text should be included in this section, beginning on a new page. As already mentioned, use 1.5 spacing and do not leave space between references. References should be listed in alphabetical order, by the primary authors’ last name. In case of references to multiple studies by the same author, use chronological order, that is, from the oldest to the newest one. When authors and dates coincide, use the first letter of the title to list the references in alphabetical order; the year is immediately followed by capital letters. Authors’ names should not be replaced by dashes or lines. Each reference should appear as a new paragraph, leaving five spaces from the left margin in the second line. Carefully review the journal standards before preparing the references, so that all criteria are met; accuracy of references is the responsibility of the authors.
RBOP follows the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) for manuscripts preparation and submission. This manual should be consulted for an adequate use of citations and when preparing the references list. A guide for preparing the references list (in Portuguese) can be obtained in the following document:



Appendices must be presented on a new page after the References. Pages must be consecutively numbered. Annex must be indicated in the text and presented at the end of the manuscript, identified by capital letters of the alphabet (A, B, C and so on) and appropriately named. Use appendices only if they are really necessary to understanding the text. Instead of including instruments or other materials, authors may opt to inform readers, through a note, about the availability of these documents and how they can be obtained.


Figures and Tables

We recommend authors read the chapter “Normas para a apresentação de informações estatísticas no estilo editorial APA” [Standards to present statistical information in the APA editorial style] included in the book “Publicar em Psicologia: Um enfoque para a revista científica” [Publishing in Psychology: An approach for Scientific Journals]; its use has already been advised in these standards.
The Figures and Tables should be included after the References, however, the place they should be inserted must be indicated in the text. The words ‘Figure’ and ‘Table’ should always be in italics in the text, be capitalized, and be accompanied by the respective number to which they refer. Expressions such as “Table above” or “Figure below” should not be used because their location can be altered. These norms do not include the words ‘Charts’ or ‘Graphs’, only ‘Tables’ and ‘Figures’. The manuscripts that fit in the remaining categories should present titles and subtitles according to each case. Figures and tables should be presented with their respective legends and titles, one on each page at the end of the text.
In the case of Figures, the published version cannot exceed the width of 8.3 cm for simple figures and 1.75cm for complex figures. The author must take care that legends remain legible should they need to be reduced. Reproductions of drawings will not be accepted. The quantity of figures and tables should not exceed five units. The figures must be black and white, elaborate patterns that might be confused with each other should be avoided. The titles of figures should be presented after them, capitalized, totaling 12 words at most.
Titles of Tables should be put above them and indicate their content, up to 12 words. The first letter of each word of the title should be a capital letter and the remainder should be written in lowercase. Do not use capital letters, bold or italics inside the Table. Try not to use abbreviations in Tables, but if they are necessary, clearly indicate them in a note. The Titles of Figures should be presented below them, always in lowercase.
Tables should not exceed 17.5 cm of width x 23.7cm of length in printed publication. When preparing them, the author should limit their width to 60 characters for simple tables to occupy a printed column, including three characters of space between the table columns, and limit to complex tables to 125 characters, to occupy two printed columns. Table length should not exceed 55 lines, including title and notes. For other details, especially in abnormal cases, the APA manual should be consulted. The quantity of figures and tables should not exceed five units.


Notes on the Authors

An identified cover page should be included in the article’s submission. In the PDF version, notes on authors should be included after the section “References”. They should be limited to four lines, according to guidelines for manuscript standardization. They should indicate academic education and institution to which each author is affiliated, in addition to their current main activity.


Manuscript Submission

The submitted manuscripts, as well as all the correspondence necessary for submission, should be sent by e-mail to the journal (
Each author should fill in and sign one Declaration of Personal Responsibility and Copyright Transmittal Form (DRT). Digital copies of each DRT should also be sent by e-mail with manuscript.


Dra. Manoela Ziebell de Oliveira
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande o Sul
Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia
Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul - Brasil
cCEP: 90619-900
Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia - Sala 938
+55 51 3320 77 47




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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia - Sala 938
CEP: 90619-900
Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul - Brasil
+55 51 3320 77 47