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Objectives and editorial policy

The Brazilian Journal of Cognitive Therapies (Revista Brasileira de Terapias Cognitivas (RBTC) is a biannual publication of the Brazilian Federation of Cognitive Therapies (Federação Brasileira de Terapias Cognitivas (FBTC).  It is devoted to the publication of original papers that fit into the following categories: (1) Research reports (empirically-based investigation; 15 to 25 pages); (2) Review articles (systematic review, narrative review and theoretical papers; 15 to 25 pages); (3) Brief communications (brief research reports, professional experience reports, case studies and technical notes; 10 to 20 pages).  The RBTC publishes the following modalities, at the discretion of the Editorial Board: interviews with professionals, comments on previously published articles and book reviews published in the last or current year (4 to 8 pages).
The manuscripts must be submitted online, through the electronic system ( ). Manuscripts submitted to the RBTC cannot have been published in other media (magazine, book, etc.) and cannot have been simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. Every submission will be initially appraised by the Editorial Board. If the submission is in accordance with the publication rules and is considered to be potentially publishable, it will be forwarded to peers evaluation (double blind review). The identities of authors and consultants will be preserved.

Manuscript layout

The RBTC follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association’s  sixth edition (APA, 2010) style recommendations. As an alternative, it is suggested that authors consult the Manuals of Scientific Papers Standardization available at the Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde ( ). The ethical aspects inherent to the development and publication of a scientific paper must be considered, including explicit reference to the approval of an institutional Research Ethics Committee, if pertinent.
Every manuscript must be submitted online, through the electronic system ( ). Every manuscript submitted for publication must be written in English (preferably), Portuguese or Spanish.  


At the start of the submission process, the author responsible must indicate the modality in which the manuscript fits, formatting the manuscript according to the following guidelines:
Research reports (15 to 25 pages): high quality reports of original investigations based on empirical data.
Review papers (15 to 25 pages): literature systematic review, narrative review and thematic essay (theoretical paper).
Brief communications (10-20 pages): brief reports of empirical research (for example, pilot studies), professional experience reports with innovation characteristics, case studies with special characteristics that justify interest in the area and technical notes on methods and procedures.
Interviews with professionals, comments on previously published papers and book reviews published in the last or current year (4 to 8 pages). It is suggested that the interested in submitting material of that nature previously contact the Chief Editor of RBTC to assess the feasibility of the proposal.
Information regarding (a) images, (b) authors and degrees, (c) Portuguese and English titles, (d) abbreviated titles, (e) descriptors and keywords, (f) abstract, (g) institution, (h) mailing address, (i) financial support (optional) and (j) letter to the editor (optional) must be entered into the system. The full contents of the manuscript, without identification, must then be inputted.
The following general guidelines regarding the text should be observed:
Sheet: size A4 (21cm x 29.7cm).
Typeface: Times New Roman, size 12, across all text (including references, footnotes, tables, etc.)
Margins:  2.5 cm on all sides (upper, lower, left and right)
Spacing: double spacing across all manuscript (including Title Page, Abstract, Body Text, References, etc.)
Alignment: left
First line indent: tab = 1.25cm

General guidelines for submission

Abstract: (a) Portuguese abstract with 150 to 200 words, with three keywords in Portuguese, previously consulted in DeCS ( ) and BVS- Psicologia ( ); (b) Abstract and keywords in English, previously consulted in MeSH terms (
Figures and Tables: must be indicated in the text and entered separately into the system. The SGP accepts only high definition images with the following characteristics: width above 1000px and DPI of 200 or above; image format preferably TIFF or JPG; maximum image size of 5MB. Figures and tables’ typeset must follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association’s (APA, 2010) sixth edition guidelines.
Appendixes and footnotes: Use appendixes and footnotes only if truly essential to text comprehension. If indispensable, appendixes must be indicated in the text and presented in a new page following the references, identified by capitalized alphabet letters. Footnotes must be identified by Arabic numerals in the text and listed on a separate Page titled “Notes”, following the references. Appendixes and footnotes should be included in the page limit for each submission modality.
References: the bibliographical references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the text, as in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition  (APA, 2010). We provide the following common examples of references for orientation, including italicized letters and a 5 space indent starting on the second line. Manuscripts submitted to RBTC must follow this format:

(a) Scientific journal articles:

Kessler, R. C. (2000). Posttraumatic stress disorder: The burden to the individual and to the society.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 61, 4-12.

Meiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., Glucksman, E., Yule, W., & Dalgleish, T.(2008).The posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis in preschool and elementary school-age children exposed to motor vehicle accidents.  American Journal of Psychiatry,  165, 1326–1337.

Mulligan, K., Fear, N. T., Jones, N., Alvarez, H., Fear, L., Naumann, U., …Greenberg, N. (2012). Post-deployment Battlemind training for the UK Armed Forces: A cluster-randomized controlled trial.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,  80, 331–341. doi:10.1037/a0027664.

(b) References to entire books:
Field, A. (2009).  Discovering statistics using SPSS  (3a ed.). New York, DC: Sage.
Hair, J. F., Black, W. C., Babin, B. J., & Anderson, R. E. (2009).  Multivariate data analysis  (7a ed.). New York, NY: Prentice Hall.

(c) Book chapters:
Grimm, L. G., & Yarnold, P. R. (1995). Introduction to multivariate statistics. In L. G. Grimm & P. R. Yarnold (Eds.),  Reading and understanding multivariate statistics  (pp. 1–18). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

(d) Dissertações e teses:
Schaefer, L. S. (2011).  Avaliação de reações pós-traumáticas em bancários vítimas de ataques a bancos   (Dissertação de Mestrado, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul).

(e) Journal articles in press:
Finger, I. R., & Potter, J. R. (no prelo). Entrevista motivacional em sobrepeso/obesidade. Revista Brasileira de Terapias Cognitivas.

(f) Institutional authorship:
American Psychiatric Association. (2002). Manual diagnóstico e estatístico de transtornos mentais (4a ed.; Texto Revisado). Porto Alegre: Artmed.

(g) Electronic media:
American Psychiatric Association. (2012).  G 03 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Recuperado de

For updates regarding possible variations of electronic media, we suggest consulting the style section of the American Psychiatric association at  
Quotations: quotations with less than 40 words should be incorporated into the text, between commas. Quotations with more than 40 words must appear without commas in a block-shaped paragraph, with each line indented 5 spaces from the left margin. Quotations with more than 500 words, reproduction of one or more figures, tables or other illustrations must have been authorized in writing by the copyright holder of the original work.


The Brazilian Journal of Cognitive Therapies holds copyright of all the papers it publishes. Publishing in any other Brazilian publication may only happen with the condition of citing the original source. Full or partial reproduction (more than 500 words of the text) of this journal’s papers is conditioned to the written authorization from the Editors of the Brazilian Journal of Cognitive Therapies.

Manuscript review process

Manuscripts that fit into the modalities specified above and rigorously follow the presentation rules will be included in the review process. An initial evaluation of the manuscript is performed by the journal’s editorial board, in which quality, content relevance, adequacy to the modalities of submission and theoretical and methodological coherence are assessed. The paper is then forwarded to the members of the Editorial Board or   ad hoc  consultants of acknowledged competence in the field. They will issue decisions with the possibility of recommendation for acceptance, reformulation or rejection. After receiving the manuscript with the suggested modifications, the author will have a period of 15 days to perform the alterations. Suggestions that are not met require justification through an attached letter. The submission of such material must be made through SGP. The authors will receive the decision regarding their manuscript and, if accepted, a probable date for publication. A language revision might be performed by the Editorial Board for publishing the paper’s final version. Substantial modifications should be made by the author, who will be previously notified and will be required to return the modified paper in a deadline determined by the editor. Submission of a paper to this journal implies in the authors’ agreement to the rules and guidelines expressed above. Every manuscript submitted to the Brazilian Journal of Cognitive Therapies must be in accordance with governmental regulations and resolutions, as well as with ethic standards associated to the authors’ fields or professional training and with international standards of ethics and integrity in scientific publications.


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