Focus and scope

The journal Ciencias Psicológicas addresses readers from the different areas of Psychology and related sciences from an integrative and comprehensive position and a rigorous scientific and academic approach. Its mission is to communicate research work in Psychology and related areas, including neurosciences.

It is a scientific, indexed and refereed publication. The journal is indexed in Redalyc and Latindex; distributed in the APA PsycInfoScopusScieloBVSDialnetEBSCO databases; registered in the Open Archives Initiative, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)Timbó and LatinREV. It is algo member of the Asociación Uruguaya de Revistas Académicas (AURA) and is online in the social network X.

Original research papers of an empirical nature, systematic reviews or meta-analyzes, instrumental studies, and articles on methodology are published in the journal. Exceptionally, brief communications are published that contribute to the scientific discussion. In aperiodic form, monographic numbers are published focused on a specific field of action of Psychology. It contains articles in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Since 2024, preprints are accepted.

The publication is coordinated by a Scientific Editor and the Associate Editors, advised and supported by the Editorial Board. The journal also has an Honor Committee. The contributions of the authors are managed by the Scientific Editor and the Technical Editors under the advice of the Associate Editors.

Publication frequency

As of 2020, the journal Ciencias Psicológicas is published in the continuous publication mode, with two issues per year. The first issue from January to June and the second from July to December, which are integrated into an annual volume.

Financing sources

Ciencias Psicológicas was created in the Faculty of Psychology, currently forming part of the Vice-Rector's Office for Research and Development of Universidad Católica del Uruguay, in its Publications Unit. The journal is financed by Universidad Católica del Uruguay and does not request any type of charge for presenting, evaluating or publishing the articles.

Open access policy

This journal provides open access to all its content. Under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), users have the right to view, download, store, print, search, index and create links to the texts, provided that the original source and the person in charge of its authorship are cited in all cases and situations.

Authors are free to archive their article in institutional repositories and/or on their personal web pages, always mentioning the publication with the corresponding data.

Following the Guidelines for Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) in Journal Policies and Practices, and in compliance with Level 1 of Guideline 2 (Data Transparency), authors are required to include in the articles that result from original research a section on "Data Availability" in which they report whether the dataset used in their research is available and, if so, where to access it. 

Review process

The article review process consists of two phases. The first is carried out by the editorial team within a maximum period of 3 months. This phase includes the review of formal aspects (format, bibliographic references, detection of similarities) and the adjustment of the article to the explicit criteria in focus and scope. In this phase, the article can be rejected, request modifications or sent directly to external review.

In the second phase of manuscript evaluation, the peer review model is followed, where the anonymity of the parties –authors and arbitrators– is preserved, known as the double-blind system. At least two evaluators are selected from among national or international experts in the area in which the work is registered. The reviewers can accept, request modifications or reject the article. This process takes an average time of 6 months, which may vary depending on the tenor of considerations or the need for consultations with other experts.

Ciencias Psicológicas has a form for the evaluation of articles. Manuscripts can be rated as: Recommended for publication, Recommended for publication with comments or Not recommended for publication. In all cases, the reasons for such qualification are requested. The Editorial Board may resort to other arbitrators, in cases where the conclusions are incompatible with each other or doubts arise regarding methodological aspects.

In the evaluation process, extreme care is taken to maintain the reserve about author-referees. Once the assessment is generated, it is analyzed by the Scientific Editor and sent to the authors for their consideration.

The article rejection rate for 2023 was 95 %.

Plagiarism detection policy

As part of the initial evaluation process of the articles, and in line with the international standards recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to which the journal adheres, a plagiarism control of the manuscript is also carried out using the software Crossref and Turnitin

In case of suspicion of plagiarism, proceed based on the recommendations by COPE, where the reviewers agree to report possible fraud or plagiarism of the evaluated research. In positive cases of plagiarism, the corresponding actions will be taken to sanction the breach of the ethical principles to which the journal adheres.

Use of language

Authors are encouraged to use language that does not discriminate or reproduce discriminatory biases based on gender, race, age, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.

Ethical principles

The Ciencias Psicológicas magazine adheres to the guidelines of the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) in terms of ensuring good practices in academic publication. The journal is guided by international standards on intellectual property and copyright.

The editors are committed to supervising the publication processes, following the highest ethical standards. The editors will ensure that the articles are reviewed by peer specialists on the subject, clearly informing about the publication rules. The identity of the author will be respected, and compliance with good practices will be supervised, ensuring the absence of plagiarism and the avoidance of the manufacture of results and data (including its omission). The journal reserves the right to retract an article and offer the necessary clarifications in the event of any violation of this type.

Authors must present the results of rigorous, transparent and ethical research processes, assuming responsibility for published research. The contributions of each one of the authors should be duly indicated through the CRediT Taxonomy, as well as the mention of their own related works on the subject previously published. Their research methods should be described in such a way that the scientific community can corroborate or replicate the data. They should also refrain from sending the manuscript simultaneously to two or more journals. The sources of financing and conflicts of interest, when they exist, must be explicitly detailed. In turn, the authors should be willing to offer retractions or corrections if necessary.

Reviewers perform the evaluation of the articles voluntarily, with the mission to contribute to the improvement of the quality of works, ensuring an objective and constructive review. To do so, they agree to follow the guidelines provided by Revista de Derecho and undertake to meet the policies of the peer-review process as well as the deadlines established for the task. It is the responsibility of the reviewers to alert the Editorial Team of any conflict of interest or circumstance that may prevent them from carrying out a suitable and objective evaluation.

Research ethics

Manuscripts submitted for review must comply with international ethical standards established by the American Psychological Association and the Declaration of Helsinki. For all research with human beings and animal experimentation, the endorsement of an Ethics Committee will be required, providing specific data regarding the institution and committee that granted the endorsement, number, and corresponding date. The Method will include a section on ethical considerations. In research involving potentially vulnerable people or groups, the procedures and specific care taken to ensure compliance with the ethical guidelines that apply to research with these populations will be detailed.


If the manuscript is accepted, the authors agree to assign the copyright to the journal Ciencias Psicológicas according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), open access system, leaving the authors the responsibility for the contents and opinions expressed in it, which do not compromise the scientific opinion and policy of the journal.

The content of the article will not be subject to other rights by any other publication, nor was it previously edited. If tables or figures taken from other publications are reproduced, the written authorization of their authors or publication rights owners will be provided, as appropriate. In all cases, it refers to the APA regulation on the presentation of tables and graphs.

Digital preservation policy

Through the LOCKSS system (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), the journal Ciencias Psicológicas is guaranteed a permanent and secure archive. LOCKSS is an open-source program developed by the Stanford University Library that allows libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly searching registered journals to collect and archive newly published content. Each file is continuously validated against records from other libraries, so that any damaged or lost content can be restored. The articles have DOI (Digital Object Identifier) granted by the Crossref registration agency. Through the PKP Preservation Network, preservation is also provided for any journal that is in Open Journal Systems.


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