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Scope and policy


Psicología: Saúde & Doenças, publishes original articles, reviews, reports, commentaries in the field of psychology and other social sciences related with health and disease. Contents of the sent material are of the responsibility of the authors



Form and preparation of manuscripts


1. The articles must be sent to the publisher via e-mail, to the address, in a Word document, written in Times New Roman, font size 12, and double spaced.

2. In the e-mail it is necessary to include the following text: “we submit the following article: "Name of all the authors and heading of the article” (according to APA rules), to the appreciation of the Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças Journal”. Ask for a reading receipt, to prove that the article arrived at the destination.

3. To submit an article means that it has not yet been, total or partially, published or submitted for publication, and that while the appreciation process lasts it will not be submitted for publication to any other journal. Our journal follows the procedures defined in the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”. All the articles must respect the ethical rules established in the ethical codes for psychology and health sciences. When the sample includes people with a disease, the inquiry must satisfy the requirements of the Declaration of Helsinki.

4. By decision of the Direction of the Portuguese Society of Health Psychology, from now on the costs of composition, acquisition of DOI and placement of accepted articles for publication in international databases should be, as much as possible, supported by the journal itself. Thus, we were constrained to charge authors a fee of € 75.00 per article. Therefore, as soon as the article is accepted for publication, transfer this amount to IBAN: 0018 0000 3725 9647 0014 2.

5. The Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças Journal is a free access journal, published only online, being accessible through the Portuguese Society of Health Psychology’s website and through Scielo, among others.

6. The first page of the article will be the Title Page, which must include: the paper’s title (which cannot have more than 12 words) as well as the running head (must be under 50 characters including spaces), the author(s) name(s) (first name and family name, without academic title) and all the authors affiliation (department, institution, city and country). The complete name and contact details, namely address, telephone number, e-mail and fax number, must be provided for the corresponding author. Finally, the title page should also include the total word count for the submitted article.

7. The second page must include the paper’s title in English and in Portuguese (according to the orthographic agreement), and an abstract, also in English and in Portuguese, between 150 and 250 words. Furthermore, 3 to 7 keywords must be presented in both languages, followed by the article. This page must not have any information regarding the name or institutional affiliation of the authors.

8. The Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças Journal publishes three types of articles: empirical studies, reviews, and theoretical articles. The empirical studies must report original empirical studies, developed by the authors. The reviews constitute critical evaluations of material that has been previously published. The theoretical articles are papers where the author proposes theories based on previously published material. The difference between theoretical articles and of reviews is that theoretical articles do not present information about the previous studies, while the reviwes detail and critically assess prior studies. The reviews can be simple, critical, or systematic reviews (the systematic reviews must follow the PRISM, or Cochrane criteria)

9. The articles must not to exceed 8000 words including pictures and references. The references must not to exceed 40 words. The review articles could be exception.

10. Beyond articles, brief communications are published, that is, texts that do not exceed 1500 words, one table and with a maximum of 12 references. Letters that constitute texts related studies with already published in this journal are also published.

11. The organization of the text and references must follow the recommendations of the last edition of the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (APA). An article that is a report of an empirical study must be divided into: Introduction (the word introduction should not appear as a title/header in this section); Method wich should include the following sections: participants (if you use animals please use subjects), material, procedure, or others; Results; Discussion; and References. Any acknowledgements should appear before the References. The references will have to be presented in alphabetical order, according to the APA’s rules, and must only include the works cited in the text.

The articles published in scientific magazines with continuous page numbers, from the first to the last article of the year, do not need the journal’s number regarding the publication year. For example 8 (4), should not include (4). The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) must be presented for all references that have a DOI (see

Articles published in scientific journals that are paginated continuously from the first to the last article of the year do not require the journal's number for that year. For example 8 (4), it should not include (4). The Digital Object Identifier (DOI), an article-specific code, of articles that have it (see DOI at should be included.


Snyder, C. R. (1995). Conceptualizing, measuring, and nurturing hope. Journal of Counselling & Development, 73, 355-360. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.1995.tb01764.x.

Anderson, R. (1988). The development of the concept of health behaviour. In R. Anderson, J. Davies, I. Kickbusch, D. McQueen, & J. Turner (Eds.), Health behaviour research and health promotion (pp. 22-35). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Pulkkínen, L., Kokkonen, M., & Makiaho, A. (1998). Positive affectivity, self-mastery, and the sense of failure as predictors of self-assessed health. European Psychologist, 3,133-142. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040.3.2.113

Between 3 and 7 authors:

Kernis, M. H., Cornell, D. P., Sun, C. R., Berry, A., Harlow, T., & Bach, J. S. (1993). There's more to self-esteem than whether it is high or low: The importance of stability of self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1190-1204. doi: 10.1037//0022-3514.65.6.1190

With more than seven authors it should be:  

Miller, F. H., Choi, M. J., Angeli, L. L., Harland, A. A., Stamos, J. A., Thomas, S. T., . . . Rubin, L. H. (2009). Web site usability for the blind and low-vision user. Technical Communication, 57, 323-335.

In which Rubin will be the last author

These references correspond in the text to the following citations: Snyder, 1995 or (Snyder, 1995); Anderson (1988) or (Anderson, 1988); Pulkkinen, Kokkonen, and Makiaho (1998), or (Pulkkinen, Kokkonen, & Makiaho, 1998) that, from the second citation it must be (Pulkkinen, et al., 1998), the same for Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, Harlow, and Bach, (1993) or (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, Harlow, & Bach, 1993). With more than six authors in the first indication in the text it must to be Miller, et al. (2009).

All the doubts should be clarified by consultation of the APA style manual, including the composition of tables and figures. The numeration format for the papers submitted in Portuguese is the one exception, as the APA Manual presents the numbers in the English format, being that the version in Portuguese will have to include the Portuguese numeration format (for example: the correlation is not r =.43, but, r = 0,43; the average is not M = 1.70 (DP = 0.19), but, M = 1,70 (DP = 0,19). With the exception of p values, only two digits to the right of the comma must to be presented.

11. The version that is submitted will be reviewd by. After acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors may be asked to make corrections or clarifications. After these changes have been made, the paper must be resent as explained in point 2.

12. Further clarifications on technical aspects of the publication can be found in, excluding the exceptions presented in point 10.

13. The feedback on the acceptance should to occur within one month of the submission.


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