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General Standars and Regulations

Publication Standards








General Standars and Regulations

1. AIM
Ciencias Psicológicas is an indexed, peer reviewed Journal, published by Universidad Católica del Uruguay. It is the official academic publication of the Psychology Department, Universidad Católica del Uruguay. Ciencias Psicológicas Journal publishes research papers on psychology and related areas, as well as theoretical and methodological manuscripts in the field. Research lines, theoretical, and methodological approaches are in the line of fundamental academic principles.

The Journal is composed of four sub-sections, one of which includes original research papers; one comprising communications and conferences; the third sub-section is on which newly released books and assessment techniques are presented by their authors or other notorious professionals in the field; and the fourth sub-section announces national and international academic events.
Ciencias Psicológicas is published in Spanish, also including tables of contents, abstracts, keywords, and documents on editorial guidelines, regulations, and policies in English.  In the cases in which author´s origin and / or institutional affiliation may possibly deserve the translation to a third language, the Editorial Council may endorse publishing manuscript’s title, abstract, and keywords translation. Moreover, the Editorial Council could consider the appropriateness of publishing a complete work in a language other than Spanish. If this should be the case, abstract in Spanish (official Journal´s language) and English should be also submitted.
Ciencias Psicológicas is published in paper format biannually. When considered suitable by the Editorial Council, additional extraordinary editions might take place. The Journal´s digital edition is accessible on SciELO Platform - opened access, and on EBSCO's Academic Source Premier – in full text in both cases. Furthermore, it may be accessed on the Journal´s web page: http: // – publications section. Ciencias Psicológicas is analyzed and indexed by Latindex and is an important resource for the Psychology Department, Universidad de Buenos Aires, as well as for several Ibero-American federations and associations.
Each manuscript submitted for publication shall be reviewed by at least two referees, on a double-blind basis. Referees shall be selected among the Editorial Council´s members and among national or international experts in the field of the paper to be reviewed. Each referee will be given a maximum term of 30 working days for review purposes. Some papers could require some form of revision. If the paper is not accepted, the original manuscript will be returned to the corresponding author.
The Journal shall provide guidelines comprising all main aspects to be considered by authors, organizing referee´s conclusions into three categories: Publication is recommended; Publication is recommended under special considerations and revisions; and Publication is not recommended – unfavorable evaluations require justification.
Manuscripts shall observe the Journal´s publication standards and guidelines. All works should follow the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), presented in brief and extended format on every published number and on the Journal´s web page, in compliance with author´s requests.
The Editorial Council may perhaps submit the work to a third referee in cases of incompatibility among the conclusions referred by the two original referees, or when a manuscript´s procedures, or originality were questioned. The latter does not exclude author´s responsibility for manuscript´s content.

The Editorial Council shall come to a decision regarding acceptance of manuscripts for publication, based on referee evaluation reports, and according to the Journal´s publication standards and guidelines. Once the paper is accepted, the Editorial Council will decide the volume and number of the Journal considered suitable for its publication, with the least possible delay.
Ciencias Psicológicas Journal shall notify the corresponding author once the manuscript is received, and inform him / her regarding subsequent review, revision, and acceptance process.

The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Psychology Department, Universidad Católica del Uruguay; hence, it does not imply institutional ascription to a specified methodological approach. Opinions expressed by each author are their exclusive responsibility.

Authors hereby consent the inclusion of published manuscripts on Universidad Católica del Uruguay web page, as well as on public and / or restricted access national or international databases through which the Journal is accessed.

Once edited on paper-based format, each author is entitled for a copy of the Journal´s corresponding volume and number, and shall receive an electronic (pdf) version of the manuscript of their authorship. The latter procedure shall be the inducement for their contribution.

Authors are required to send a signed letter of agreement on Journal standards and regulations along with their manuscripts. Prospective authors shall request the Journal's standard contract form to the Executive Secretariat.

Ciencias Psicológicas Journal has a Chief Editor; Technical, and Redaction Secretariats; an Editorial Council; a national / international Editorial Board, and an Honor Editorial Board, composed of accomplished academic researchers and notorious professionals on each field approach.

Standards and regulations reported on here are available on the Journal web page – Universidad Católica del Uruguay home page - publications section. 




 Publication Standards

Ciencias Psicológicas Journal is a bi-annual, indexed and peer-reviewed periodical. Articles must be of academic character and related to the field of psychology. Articles within the neuroscience field are also accepted provided they are connected to any psychological aspect.  It is published in Spanish, some of the full text in English or Portuguese, with abstracts in Spanish and English.

General Guidelines:
1.    The content of the submitted work must be original. It cannot have been published or edited by another journal or book and cannot be currently evaluated by another periodical. The content is not bound to any rights by another magazine or journal.
2.    The authors do not have to state any conflict of interests related to the work.
3.    If accepted, the Ciencias Psicológicas Journal now holds the copyright on the manuscript. The content and opinions written on it are responsibility of the authors.
4.    The authors agree to lend the reproduction rights of the article (according the Creative Commons BY license) for it to be published on SciELO Uruguay Portal.
5.    For research studies involving human beings, the proper authorizations from the corresponding Ethic Committees are required.
6.    The investigation data must be available to the referees at any time.
7.    For clinical trials involving human beings, a copy of the corresponding registry is required.

Presentation format:
8.    Works must follow the APA Style Manual for Publications guidelines (6th edition, 2010) 
9.    The article must be in digital format (rtf, .txt or .doc).
10.    The title must be in the first page in its original language. The title must be clear and precise and it cannot be longer than 40 characters (including letters, numbers and spaces). It must also contain the investigation variables.
11.    The name of the author(s) and their corresponding institutions (as well as their e-mail addresses and postal codes) must be included in the second page.
12.    The English translation of the title must be included in the second page. If the original language is English or Portuguese, then the Spanish translation must be added instead.
13.    Key words (in English and in Spanish) must be included in the fourth page (between 3 to 5 words)
14.    The Spanish abstract must be on the fifth page. The abstract can range between 100 and 150 words.
15.    The English abstract must be on the sixth page (between 100 and 150 words).
16.    The articles can be up to 30 pages long (including charts, pictures and references) using 1 ½ spacing and A4 paper. There must be three cm. left of margin. Font must be Arial, size 12. If any of these restrictions are not met, it should be talked through with the Editor.
17.    The following presentation plan is recommended: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and References.
18.    The places of the charts, graphs and pictures must be marked in the body of the article. They will be included in a different page at the end of the work.
19.    Cites must follow APA format.

How to send your work:
20.    All articles must be sent to:
Prof. Dr. Lilian R. Daset Carretto
e-mail:, with a copy to:
21.    You will get a notification as soon as the work is received. Another notification will be sent if your work has been accepted, rejected or has a modification offer. The review process of an article takes three months minimum.
22.    The mended articles must be sent to the Editors. You have up to one month to do so.
23.    Once accepted, the Journal Editors will publish it in the Volume and Issue they consider appropriate (within a reasonable amount of time).
24.    Authors are not charged for the editorial process.
25.    Letters to the Editor must be related to investigation articles and must follow the criteria of every scientific discussion: it must provide an explanation, backed up ideas and the corresponding bibliography.




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