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Guidelines to authors

Types of Texts

Original Manuscripts related to Psychology in the following categories:

1. Research report: Investigation based on empirical data, using a scientific method. Limited to 20-25 pages, including figures, tables and references.

2. Theoretical study: Analysis of theoretical constructs leading to the questioning of existing themes and the elaboration of hypothesis for future research. Limited to 15-20 pages.

3. Report of professional experience: Case study, with analysis of conceptual implications, or description of procedures or strategies of intervention, with methodologically appropriated evidence of the efficacy, of interest for practicing to psychologists. Limited to 10 pages.

4.  Research Note: Report of limited research supplementing a specific investigation. Limited to 15 pages.

5. Technical Note: Description of instruments and original research techniques. Limited to 5 pages.

6. Review: Critical review of a recently-published book, informing readers of its contents and potential audience. Limited to 5 pages.

7. Debate: Register of the opinion of the individuals involved in polemic issues, either directly or indirectly. Limited to 5 pages.


Editorial standards

Editorial norms

1. Selective process. Manuscripts conforming to categories 1 - 7 above will be evaluated on the basis of thematic relevance and the methodological quality. A Manuscript will be accepted for analysis with the assumption that (a) all authors are in agreement with the submission of the manuscript for publication in the South American Journal of Psychology, and (b) any person cited as the source of personal communication agrees with that citation.

2. Original Material. The contents of manuscripts submitted for publication in the South American Journal of Psychology cannot have been published elsewhere, nor submitted for publication in any other journal. The contents and statements contained in all papers are the sole responsibility of the author(s).

3. Editorial review. The papers submitted for publication will be evaluated by the Editorial Board, which will consult ad hoc reviewers. There are three kinds of response: a) acceptance; b) acceptance subjected to revision; c) rejection. The authors will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their manuscripts within three months of the date of receipt. Even if they are rejected, the originals will not be returned.

The linguistic review of the manuscript will be undertaken by the Editorial Board of the journal. If substantial changes that can affect the authors idea are necessary, the author(s) will be given a month to make the requested changes.

4. Copyright. The copyright of published articles belongs to the South American Journal of Psychology. The reproduction of these articles in other publications or for any use requires the written authorization of the editor of the South American Journal of Psychology. Those individuals interested in partial reproductions of parts of other publications (text parts with more than 500 words, tables, figures and another illustrations) should respect limits of the original source to guarantee the originality of the paper submitted.

It is recommended that the reproduction of figures, tables and drawings extracted by other publications be avoided but, if this is not possible, should be accompanied by written permission. Under no circumstances can publication rights be granted to others without the written agreement of both the editor of South American Journal of Psychology and the authors.

5. Notes about the author (s): Include a brief description (40-50 words) about the current activities of the author (s) and about their education.


Presentation articles

Form of presentation

Manuscripts in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English are accepted. Notes for publication: The South American Journal of Psychology adopts the style sheet of the APA (4th Edition, 2001).

Format: Articles should be typewritten, double-spaced throughout (including tables and references) using MS Word text processor, in Times New Roman 12, with no more than 80 characters per line and the number of pages limited to what is permitted for which the manuscript is being submitted, with numbering starting with the cover page numbered as page 1. Standard A4 paper should be used, with upper and lower margins of 2,5 cm and left and right margins of 3 cm each.

Footnotes should be avoided as well as single sentences paragraphs. Indispensable footnotes should appear in the same page.

The papers must have the following parts:

1. Title page without identification, containing only:

1.1 Title in the language in which the manuscript was prepared, and should not exceed 15 words. The title should be relevant, clear and can be creative, telling the reader about the purpose of the article. Should not include names of cities, countries or other geographic information.

1.2 Suggestion of abbreviated title for header should not exceed 5 words.

1.3 Full title in English, consistent with the title in the language of the manuscript was prepared.

2. Cover sheet with identification, including:

2.1Title in the language in which the manuscript was prepared.

2.2 Suggestion of short title.

2.3 Full title in English, Spanish and Portuguese, consistent with the title in the language of the manuscript was prepared.

2.4 Name of each author.

2.5 Institutional affiliation for each of the authors (include only the name of the university, the city and the country).

2.6 Footnote to thank the authors and information on institutional support to the project.

2.7 Footnotes with full address of the author, according to the postal standards for whom the reader of the article should send correspondence, as well as the email address. Electronic addresses of all authors of the manuscript should be informed to the editor.

2.8 Name and address for correspondence with the editor about the fate of the manuscript, including fax, phone and, if available, e-mail address.

3. Abstract sheet, in Portuguese or Spanish

3.1 The abstract should be no more than 150 words for paper in category 1, 100 words for paper in categories 2, 3, 4, and 7, and 50 words for paper in category 5. For category 7 is not necessary abstract.

3.2 The abstract do not need to include information on the literature of the area, or references. The objective should be clear, stating, if appropriate, the problem, the method and assumptions of the study. For reports of research, the method should provide brief information on the participants, special tools and procedures used. Only the most important results, which meet the objectives of the research should be mentioned. The summary of a review or a theoretical study must include: topic addressed (in one sentence), aim, thesis or organizing construct in the analysis of the study, sources used (eg., Observation made by the author, published literature) and conclusions.

3.3 Provide after the abstract, 3 to 5 keywords in the language of the manuscript, with initial lowercase and separated by a semicolon. To use more appropriate descriptors, see Thesaurus of APA, thereby facilitating future indexing of the paper.

4. Abstract, in English and Portuguese, compatible in both languages.

4.1 Portuguese abstract should follow the same specifications of English abstract, followed by compatible keywords.

4.2 The South American Journal of Psychology has, as standard procedure, to review the final abstract, reserving the right to correct it if necessary. However, it is recommended that the authors require a bilingual colleague to review the abstract before submitting the manuscript. This is a very important item of paper, because in case of publication it will be available in all indexes of the journal.

5.Text Structure

5.1 Titles and subtitles in all categories of original paper. The text should have an organization of easy recognition, indicated by a system of titles and subtitles that reflect this organization. For reports of research, the text will necessarily produce: introduction, method, results and discussion. The manuscripts in other categories must submit editorial titles and subtitles in accordance to the case.

5.2 Footnote. Should be avoided whenever possible. However, if there is not another possibility, should be indicated by arabic numerals in the text and listed after the references on separate page and on the notes.

5.3 Figures and Tables. Figures and tables should be indicated in the text and presented in Annex. The words Figures and Tables, which appear in the text, should always be written with the first letter in uppercase and must be indicate its respective number. The standards do not include the name tables or graphs, only Tables and Figures.

5.4 Citations of the authors. The citations of authors should be made in accordance to APA standards, exemplified in Section V. All names of authors, whose papers are cited, should be followed by the date of publication, the first time they are cited in each paragraph. For the full transcript of a text, it must be enclosed by quotation marks and citation of the author should be followed by the number of page references. A literal quote with 40 or more words should be submitted on the block, starting on new line, with retreat of the margin of 5 spaces, the position of a new paragraph. The font size should be 12, as the rest of the text. Do not use commands such as bold or italics in this section. The highlights should be underlined.

5.5 The South American Journal of Psychology recommends that the authors review the text, noting links between sections and the subtitles used. Single sentence paragraphs should be avoided. It is noted that the aim of study should be clearly explained. Only the papers consulted and mentioned in the text should appear in the section of references.


Annexes must be presented in a new page after the references, and numbered consecutively. It should be indicated in the text, identified by numbers (A, B, C, and so on) and titled appropriately. Use attachments if it is really essential to understanding the text.


Should be presented with their captions and titles, one per page (in paper), and a computer file, when prepared electronically. The titles must be listed below the pictures, always in lowercase. To ensure quality of reproduction, pictures containing drawing should be referred in photography quality. Do not take pictures with labored patterns color graphics or that can be confused with each other, when the publishing of the journal. As the published version may not exceed a width of 8.3 cm to simple figures and of 17.5 for complex figures, the author should take care to maintain the quality of reading subtitles, if the reduction is necessary.


Should preferably be prepared in MSWord and presented in black and white. The titles of tables should be placed on top of them, and should indicate the content up to 15 words. The first letter of each word in the title of the tables should be written in uppercase, and the other letters must be lowercase. Do not use capital letters, bold or italics in the table. It must not exceed 17.5 cm wide by 23.5 cm in length.

References and citations in the text

Two authors: cite both authors always that they are referred in the text. Example: (Bartholomeu & Montiel, 1999) when cited in parenthesis. When they are cited out of parenthesis they maus be connected by letter e, for example: Bartholomeu e Montiel (1999).

Citation fom three to five authors: cite all the authors in the first reference, followed by the date of the article between parenthesis. Starting from the second reference, use the last name of the first author, followed by et al and the date.

Six or more authors cite just the last name of the first author, et al. and date

The bibliographical references must be presented in a new page. Doble-space must be used and do not leave space between the references. Its dispostion should be in aphabetical order of the last name of the author. References are asked to follow the style in the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association, 5th, 2001. The following examples may help you.

Article of scientific journal

Bartholomeu, D.; Rueda, F.J.M.; & Sisto, F.F. (2006). Teste de Bender e dificuldades de aprendizagem: evidência de validade. Avaliação Psicológica, 4 (1), 13-22.

Bartholomeu D., Sisto, F. F. & Rueda, F. J. M. (2006). Dificuldades de aprendizagem na escrita e características emocionais de crianças.  Psicologia em Estudo,  11(1), 16-25.

Article of scientific journal in press

Instead of the date between parenthesis, indicate in press. Include the journal name in italic after the title of the article. Along the text include the name of the journal in italics, after the title. Do not mention date and volume, issue or pages number until the article is published. In the text, cite the article and indicate in parenthesis, that is in press.

Silva, M.C.R.; Bartholomeu, D.; Primi, R.; Vendramini, C.M.M.; Pires, S.D.; Carvalho, L.F.; & Nunes, C.H.S.S. (no prelo). Proposta de organização das variáveis do questionário socioeconômico do ENADE para pesquisas em eficácia escolar. Revista da Sociedade de Psicologia do Triângulo Mineiro, 14 (2).


Rosas, P. (1996). Mira y López: 30 anos depois. São Paulo, SP: Vetor.

Book organized by an editor

Montiel, J.M., & Capovilla, F.C. (Orgs).(2010). Atualização em Transtornos d Aprendizagem. São Paulo: ArtMed.

Book Chapter

Rueda, F. R. M.; Bartholomeu, D. & Sisto, F. F. (2004). Desenho da Figura Humana e Aprendizagem da Escrita. In C. Machado; L, Almeida; M. Gonçalves & V. Ramalho (Orgs.).Avaliação Psicológica: Formas e Contextos (pp. 236-243). Braga: Psiquilíbrios Edições.

Non-published work presented in congress

Lamounier, R., Rueda, F. J. M. & Lamounier, M. J. V. (2005). A avaliação psicológicae sua importância no contexto do trânsito. Trabalho apresentado no II Congresso Brasileiro de Avaliação Psicológica, Gramado, RS.

Published work presented in congress

Tachibana, M. & Aiello-Vaisberg, T.M.J. (2008). Éramos sete: cuidando da mulher que perdeu a guarda do filho no estilo clínico Ser e Fazer [Texto completo]. In II Simpósio Internacional de Pesquisa em Psicoterapia (Org.). CD-ROM do II SimpósioInternacional de Pesquisa em Psicoterapia (pp. 143-150). Campinas: PUC-Campinas.

Thesis and Dissertation

Rueda, F. J. M. (2005). DFH-Escala Sisto e Matrizes Progressivas Coloridas de Raven: evidências de validade. Dissertação de Mestrado, Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Psicologia, Universidade São Francisco, Itatiba.

Thielen, I. P. (2002). Percepções de Motoristas sobre excesso de velocidade no Trânsito de Curitiba - Paraná, Brasil . Tese de Doutorado, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Paraná.


Article submission

Articles submission

How to submit an article

The text must be sent to the South American Journal of Psychology through a registration here.

Ethical aspects:

Along the article should be sent a letter in which the author(s) shall guarantee there has been consent of the people involved with research samples and also that the privacy of the people involved was respected. It should mention the study was approved by the ethics committee of the institution to which the authors belong.



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