Elaboration and submission of articles

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

  1. Papers submitted for publication must be original. The authors sign a declaration (Apendix 1) where they warrant that:

A)  are in fact the authors and are fully responsible for the content of their paper;

B)  that their work abides to the international ethical and methodological standards within the field of Psychology proposed by the American Psychological Association – APA) and by the European Science Foudation (European Code of Conduct for Integrity of Research);

C)  and that, they have not simultaneously submitted the paper for publication elsewhere.

D)  The journal will use all means to guarantee the above criteria, namely, to request proof of documents and through the use of plagiarism software (Urkund). Authors will be informed in case of indicators of plagiarism, and can comment on these indicators before the rejection of the manuscript.

  1. Copyright of the publication is vested in Psique, while the copyright of texts rests with the individual author(s); in case of later republication elsewhere, reference to the Psique publication should be indicated. The journal does not carry out any embargo on the articles. The author(s) may disclose the article in auto archive systems or in institutional repositories.
  1. Submitted papers may be sent as an attached file to the Editorial Coordination of the journal Psique João Hipólito (
  1. 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.
  1. Texts may be presented in Portuguese, Castilian, French or English.
  1. 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.
  1. These are the steps involved in the process of manuscript submission and acceptance:
  •    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;
  •    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;
  • Authors will be informed of the editorial decision, which may be:

         a) Accepted (the manuscript is accepted for publication as it is);

         b) Conditionally accepted (requires minor revisions), in this case the paper may be accepted by the editor once the author introduces minor revisions;

         c) Invited to re-submit 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 re-assessment;

         d)  Rejected (when the manuscript does not meet the criteria for publication).

  1. The common indicator for sending the original files is “.doc”.
  1. There is a 30 pages limit to the size of papers, excluding the reference list, tables and illustrations.
  1. 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).
  1. The structure of the paper should follow the guidelines set forth in the last edition of the Publication Manual of APA. The title, the summary, and 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 five.
  1. Text quotations and bibliography references shall be in accordance with the guidelines of the last edition of the Publication Manual of APA, for example:

A.Scientific Journal Papers:

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225–229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225


Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

C.Book Chapters:

Bjork, R. A. (1989). Retrieval inhibition as an adaptive mechanism in human memory. In H. L. Roediger III & F. I. M. Craik (Eds.), Varieties of memory & consciousness (pp. 309–330). London, England: Erlbaum.

13.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.

  1. Footnotes should be in accordance with the guidelines of the last edition of the Publication Manual of APA.
  1. Psique publishes five types of papers:

  A)  Empirical papers that present reports of original research.

  B)  Literature reviews papers that develop research synthesis, meta-analyses, and critical evaluations of material that has already been published.

  C)  Theoretical papers in which the author develops advances in theory based on previous published literature.

  D)  Methodological papers that present new methodological approaches, modifications of existing methods or discussions of quantitative and qualitative data analytic approaches to scientific research.

  E)  Case studies, reports of case material obtained while working with an individual, a group, a community or an organization.

  1. The journal Psique has a limit of one paper by the same author in each issue.
  1. The editorial board of Psique, responsible for the evaluation of the manuscripts to be published, is constituted by, at least, 75% members from academic institutions outside the hosting institution of Psique.
  1. The publication of Psique is semi-annual, from the year of 2018, with publication date from January 1st to June 30th and from July 1st to December 31st.
  1. Psyche subscribes to the codes of ethics and good editorial practices, namely:

The Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, from the Committee on Publication Ethics: Committee on Publication Ethics (2011). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from

The White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, Council of Science Editors – Scott-Lichter, D. & Editorial Policy Committee, Council of Science Editors (2012). CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications. Retrieved from

In case of publication they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license [], which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.

For more details on the ethical obligations of authors, reviewers and editorial coordination, consult the Publication Ethics and Best- Practice Guidelines tab.

  1. The editorial process is totally free of costs for the authors. Psyche is a non-profit scientific publication.

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Declaration of Authorship Rights for Publication

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