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Psychologica

Submission Guidelines

1. PSYCHOLOGICA accepts articles from the scope of Psychology, including works of an empirical nature, brief articles, theoretical reviews and critical reviews;
2. Articles can be written in Portuguese or English and must be presented in word format (.doc or .docx);
3. Articles should not exceed 7000 words (including abstracts, figures, tables, graphs, footnotes and references) and for short articles, 3000 words (including abstracts, figures, tables, graphs, footnotes and references). In the case of critical reviews, the maximum size is 1000 words and footnotes must not be included. These reviews shall identify in the heading: (1) the author(s); (2) publishing year; (3) the title of the work; (4) the location of publication; (5) the publisher. If the critical review is about a translated work, it should include the name of the translator in brackets following the title of the work using the abbreviation Trad.;
4. Paper size should be A4 (21x29.7cm) with top, bottom and side margins of 2.54cm. Additionally, the text should be doubled-spaced and in 12-pt Times New Roman font, left-justified and indented 1.27 cm for each paragraph;
5. Papers must include two abstracts – one in Portuguese and the other in English (except for critical reviews), both including the same information: objectives, method(s), results and conclusions. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words each. In the case of brief articles, abstracts cannot exceed 100 words;
6. The first page of the article must contain the following information: a brief title (with 3 to 5 words) written in the language of the article (Portuguese or English); the titles, the abstracts and 3 to 5 keywords, both in Portuguese and in English, respectively, according to the language of the article;
7. Authors have to submit, in a separate file, the title of the article in Portuguese and English and the following elements identifying the authors: (1) name; (2) academic/professional affiliation; (3) ORCID number; (4) e-mail; (5) author's address for correspondence. Short contributions should be identified by the designation Brief Article, introduced at the top of the document;
8. Tables, figures or graphs should respect the formatting rules for content and form established by the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010, 6th Ed.) and should be placed near the reference in the text of the article. During formatting phase, these items may be relocated;
9. Images or photographs must be delivered in a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch);
10. In numerical references, authors should use the dot as a decimal separator and all mathematical references, including their symbology, should be made according to APA (2010, 6th Ed.);
11. Foreign words must be presented in italics and not in quotation marks, except in quotations from texts;
12. All references and citations presented throughout the text must be included in the "References" section, according to the APA reference style (2010, 6th Ed.);
13. In the “References” section, all references should include the doi (at the end of the reference), whenever this exists. The doi presented must start with "10" and contain the prefix and the suffix separated by a slash (/). The prefix is a number of four or more digits and the suffix is what identifies the digital object (associated with a particular publisher). This is an example of a doi reference: 10.1037/a0037344. Authors are advised to verify all references before submitting the manuscript;
14. The manuscript should not include information that identifies the author(s).

Editorial and Publishing Policies

1. Psychologica only accepts original works, and those exclusively submitted for evaluation to Psychologica.
2. All submitted papers undergo the following steps:
2.1 The Editorial Board carries out an initial evaluation of the quality of the manuscripts and their appropriateness for the journal, taking into consideration:
- The approximation of the manuscript’s framework and the scientific scope of the journal;
- The formal adjustments according to the guidelines previously defined;
- The overall scientific quality of the work;
2.2 Any authors whose articles are not accepted for publication by the Editorial Board will be informed by email of this decision.
2.3 Articles accepted by the Editorial Board proceed to the second step, which involves the peer review process, which adheres to the following:
- The peer review process consists of a minimum of two and a maximum of three reviewers;
- The reviewers, external to the Editorial Board of the Journal, are invited to assume the evaluation role according to their scientific merit in the area of the manuscript;
- Article is subjected to a blind review in terms of the author’s or reviewer’s identity;
2.4 The evaluation process is carried out according to a grid provided to the reviewers, which includes, among others, the following fields:
- Appropriateness of title, abstract, keywords and bibliography;
- Appropriateness and correction of the text itself;
- Appropriateness and relevance of the theoretical framework;
- Appropriateness and relevance of the research question(s);
- General and specific methodological suitability of the work;
- Appropriateness and consistency of analysis and discussion of the results obtained;
- Appropriateness and consistency of conclusions;
- Ethical and deontological aspects.
2.5 The decision of the reviewers may be one of the following:
- Approved: The article is fit for publication in its present form.
- Approved with minor revisions: The article is considered fit for publication after minor revisions are made.
- Revision: The article is approved for publication after certain critical revisions are made, ones that take into account both reviewer’s evaluation (corrections and/or suggestions).
- Rejection: It is unlikely that the article can be reviewed in order to be fit for publication.

General terms and conditions

1. Manuscript submission must be done by e-mail to: psychologica@fpce.uc.pt
2. It is expected that all authors will take full and public responsibility for the content of any published articles;
3. Originals accepted for publication become editorial property of the journal, which means that the author(s) grants the journal the exclusive right to publish as implication of copyright.
4. Reprinting and partial reproduction of published articles, in any format, must have written authorization from the Editorial Board;
5. Published articles can be placed in institutional directories, in their full-published version/PDF;
6. Psychologica offers a print copy of its volume to the first author of each article;
7. As for open access, published articles are available online via http://iduc.uc.pt/index.php/psychologica/issue/archive.

Further information

Any communication, questions or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to: psychologica@fpce.uc.pt. Kindly allow us three working days to reply.