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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word.
  • URLs for the references have been provided, preferably DOI.
  • The text has 1.5 spacing; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining; and all figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Guidelines for authors

Those interested in submitting articles should send the original online version of the document through the Open Journal System (OJS) platform (Include link) after registering as an author. When the article has been received, the editor will inform of its reception and the review process by the editorial committee begins, for subsequent assignment of peer reviewers.

Once approved, it is sent to the external referees who determine the pertinence of publishing it (an evaluation by double blind peers is carried out). In the event that a referee approves and rejects it, a third party will be appointed to decide on inclusion in the article.

Similarity detection (possible plagiarism)

The result is communicated to the author (s), with their respective sources requesting their comments before defining that it is a plagiarism behavior and, as a consequence, not editable. If you use the Turnitin software, and the final decision is made by the editor, it will still be considered the bold similarity index.


The Psychological Reports magazine is published every six months with two issues per year. The first number in the semester between January and June, and the second between July and December.

Sources of funding

The Psychological Reports magazine is 100% financed by the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.

General rules

The submitted article must follow international standards according to the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), in its 7th edition. The articles sent must be original documents and comply with the necessary conditions of coherence, cohesion, clarity, specificity, relevance and centrality that make them communicable.

It should be clarified that the submission of the article guarantees that the authors do not infringe copyright and that the work has not been published in another journal, nor is it being submitted for evaluation.

The document will have a maximum length of 15 letter-size pages, in 12-point "Times New Roman" font with a space of 1.5, with left and right margins of 3 cm and upper and lower margins of 2.5 cm. to be posted.

Writings can be sent in Spanish, Portuguese, English or French and will be published in their original language. It is necessary to add to the article a summary in English and Portuguese if the article is in Spanish, as well as for other languages.


The magazine accepts to publish on its pages preferentially the following types of documents according to Publindex:

Article of scientific and technological research. Document that presents, in detail, the original results of research projects.

Reflection article. Document that presents research results from an analytical, interpretive or critical perspective of the author, on a specific topic, using original sources.

Review article. Document resulting from an investigation where results of published or unpublished research on a field in science or technology are analyzed, systematized and integrated, in order to account for progress and trends in development. It is characterized by presenting a careful bibliographic review of at least 60 references.

Short article. Brief document that presents preliminary or partial original results of a scientific or technological investigation, which generally require prompt dissemination.

Arbitration process

All manuscripts are evaluated by two evaluating pairs, national or international, under the double-blind modality. In cases where disagreements arise in the concepts, a third evaluating pair will be assigned.

If accepted with modifications, the article will be forwarded to the author for correction, within a defined time.

When the article is accepted for publication, it cannot be published in another medium without written authorization from the journal, and the authors must submit the following documents: a) final version of the article; b) transfer of rights format established by the journal for the reproduction of text with the signatures of all authors; and c) the data of the authors according to the format of the Resume (data of the authors, academic training, H index, ORCID code, among others).

Costs related to editing and publishing

The magazine Psychological Reports does not cause economic charges to the authors in any part of the editorial process, including the publication of the article.

Articles sections

Title, author (s) and abstract.

Title: specific and informative, approximately 12 words.

Authors' names: First name, middle initial, two last names.

Institutional affiliation:

Institution or institutions where the authors worked at the time of the study.

If at the time of submitting the article to the Journal there are any changes regarding the current institutional affiliation, please inform it.

If any author has no institutional affiliation, specify the author's city and department / state of residence.

Full name of the department / academic unit to which each author is affiliated.

Report special circumstances about the article (if parts of it have been presented at an academic meeting, if the article is based on the work of a student, if it is the partial report of a study, if there is any relationship that may be perceived as a conflict of interest, financing).

Title levels and headings

The levels of titles and headings must accurately reflect the organization of the writing.

All titles and headings of the same level must appear in the same format.


The Summary is carried out in a single paragraph without exceeding 150 words and must allow the reader to get a clear idea of ​​the whole of the research, that is why it must specify: information on the background, objectives, method, results, discussion and conclusions. If it is an empirical investigation, the information on the method should summarize the essentials about participants (include number) and instruments.


That define the content of the article and facilitate their search in the databases. At least 3 words, maximum 6, that are not contained in the title, are not capitalized between words and are separated by commas. It is recommended to use keywords that are commonly used in the scientific literature to describe the topic. It is suggested to use the terms of the specialized thesauri of the corresponding disciplines.

Abstract y keywords / Resumo y palavras chave

English / Portuguese version of the abstract and keywords.

Body of work:

The text must be justified and line spacing must be used.

Headings must conform to the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Style Manual, 7a. edition.

Use italics to display a new term or label (after the term has been used once, do not write it in italics).

If an author has two last names, they must be joined by means of a hyphen, otherwise otherwise only the last last name will appear in the databases, while the first will be used as a second name in the form of initials

In the text, within a parenthesis, the citations should be ordered alphabetically

When including an evaluation instrument, the correct way to quote it is to include the full name of the instrument, open parentheses, include the acronyms followed by semicolons, the authors, comma and year, close parentheses, example: Perceived Stress Scale ( PSS; Cohen, Kamarak, & Mermelstein, 1983).

Do not use a zero before the decimal fraction when the number cannot be greater than 1; example: correlations and levels of statistical significance, the correct form is p <.05, r = .30, α = .76

Describe the "Participants" section correctly: it must be expressly stated how the sample was obtained (randomly or incidentally), as well as whether there were inclusion or exclusion criteria.

The limitations of the study must be included in the "Discussion and conclusions" section


Check that, in the text, the numbers of all the footnotes are located correctly.

Tables and Figures

All figures and tables must be mentioned in the text and numbered in the order in which they are mentioned. Capitalize the words Table 1, Figure 2, etc. in the text.

Explain the abbreviations for the tables and figures in the notes to the tables and the legends for the figures.

The data that is already included in the text does not need to also be in tables; in the means, standard deviations, correlations and other statistics that allow it, the number of decimals will be simplified to two, the use of 3 horizontal lines (two upper and one lower) is recommended and that vertical lines are not included; according to the 7th edition of the Publication Style Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Figures and tables must be inserted in the body of the document.


All references cited in the text should appear in the list of references at the end of the article. These must be complete and organized, according to the 7th edition of the Publication Style Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Include page numbers in the text for all quotes.

References (both citations in brackets that appear in the text, as well as those in the list of references) must be ordered alphabetically by the last name of the first author.

In the “References” section, you should use French indentation using the Paragraph Format function, never breaking lines with line returns, or using tabs; the word "and" should be replaced by "&" in the references section (as well as when authors are cited in the text within a parenthesis).

The doi (Digital Object Identifier) ​​or the access link on the web (retrieved from http: // ...) must be included in each of the articles and web pages consulted.