Centro de Investigação em Psicologia

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Instructions to the Authors


The preparation and submission of papers for the Psique journal corresponds to international scientific standards, contingent upon the fulfillment of a number of requirements listed below:


  1. Papers submitted for publication must be originals and their authors warrant that they:
  2. a) are in fact the authors and are fully responsible for the content of their paper;
  3. b) that their work abides to the international ethical and methodological standards within the field of Psychology proposed by the American Psychological Association – APA);
  4. c) and that, they have not simultaneously submitted the paper for publication elsewhere.
  5. Copyright of the publication as a whole is vested in Psique, while the copyright of texts rests with the individual authors; in case of later republication elsewhere, reference to the Psique publication should be indicated.
  6. Submitted papers may be sent in two formats: as an attached file to the Editorial Coordination of the journal Psique Iolanda Galinha ( iolanda.galinha@gmail.com) or on a CD addressed to the Editorial Coordination of the Psique Journal to the mail address – Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa – Departamento de Psicologia e Sociologia, Rua de Santa Marta, 47 – 3º, 1150-293 Lisboa.
  7. The first page of the paper must contain the author(s)’ identification, institution, city and country, as well as a contact e-mail address of all the authors of the paper.
  8. Texts may be presented in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English.
  9. Proposed papers will be subjected to blind peer review carried out by at least two specialists (PhD in Psychology) from the journal’s Editorial Council, the majority of whom are external referees to Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
  10. These are the steps involved in the process of manuscript submission and acceptance:

1.º – Manuscripts are received by the journal’s editor and sent to reviewers, specialists in Psychology. Our is a double-blind peer-review system: both reviewers’ and author’s anonymity is preserved;

2.º – Reviewers will assess manuscripts and express their opinion on their quality and pertinence for the journal’s aim and scope and may should suggest specific improvements. In case both reviewers disagree on their assessment, the editor may assess the manuscript and decide about its publication or request the

opinion of a third reviewer;

3.º – Authors will be informed of the editorial decision, which may be:

  1. a) Rejected (when the manuscript does not meet the criteria for publication);
  2. b) Re-submission after major revisions (the theme is of interest, yet the manuscript needs major revisions). In this case, authors are advised to rewrite the manuscript in accordance to reviewers’ suggestions and re-submit it. Re-submitted manuscripts are sent to reviewers for


  1. c) Conditionally accepted (requires minor revisions), in this case the paper may be accepted once the author introduces minor revisions;
  2. d) Accepted (the manuscript is accepted for publication as it is).
  3. The common indicator for sending the original files is “.doc”.
  4. There is a 30 pages limit to the size of papers, excluding the reference list, tables and figures.
  5. The images, (diagrams, maps, tables and graphs) should be indicated and identified in accordance with the last edition of the Publication Manual of America Psychological Association (APA).
  6. The structure of the paper should follow the guidelines set forth in the last edition of the Publication Manual of APA. The summary, as well as the keywords, should be presented in the original language of the paper and in English. The summary should not exceed 200 words and the keywords should not be more than six.
  7. Text quotations and bibliography references shall be in accordance with the guidelines of the last edition of the Publication Manual of APA.
  8. Whenever necessary, and without any interference to its inclusion in the “.doc” document, the original files of tables and figures may be sent separately, in JPEG, TIFF or XLS format.
  9. Footnotes should be in accordance with the guidelines of the last edition of the Publication Manual of APA.
  10. Psique publishes five types of papers:
  11. a) Empirical papers that present reports of original research.
  12. b) Literature reviews papers that develop research synthesis, meta-analyses, and critical evaluations of material that has already been published.
  13. c) Theoretical papers in which the author develops advances in theory based on previous published literature.
  14. d) Case studies, reports of case material obtained while working with an individual, a group, a community or an organization.
  15. e) Methodological papers that present new methodological approaches, modifications of existing methods or discussions of quantitative and qualitative data analytic approaches to scientific research.


  1. The journal Psique has a limit of two papers by the same author in each issue. If an author submits more than two papers in the same year and if both those papers are accepted, the editor will select the two which will be included in that year’s issue.