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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts have to be submitted through the electronic publication process management system available at The Editorial Board will not consider manuscripts that are forwarded by common mail, fax, e-mail or any other form than online submissions.

When submitting, the authors should attach the following files in the system (in the specific field):

  • Word file with the manuscript,
  • Copyright Transfer Declaration (available at, scanned and signed by all authors).
  • Digital file with IRB approval (when the research involves human beings), in accordance with section III of these guidelines.

Manuscripts submitted onle received a numerical identification protocol.

Paidéiafully adopts the publication standards of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010). It is important to observe some steps before submitting the manuscript: (1) carefully revise the text for grammatical correction, typos and bibliographic errors, also considering the items included in the submission; (2) check whether all requisites of the Publication Guidelines were complied with.

When submitting online, the manuscript should be submitted to Paidéia in one of the following languages: Portuguese, English or Spanish. Texts should be formatted as follows: double lining (distance of 1 cm between lines), in font Times New Roman, size 12, across the text, especting the page limit. The manuscript should be number as from the title page, which will receive page number 1. The A4 format should be adopted, with 2.5cm margins (upper, lower, left and right) and indentation of the first line of the paragraph: tab = 1.25cm.

The presentation of the papers has to follow a specific order, considering:

1. Title page without personal data, including:

1.1. Full title in Portuguese, not exceeding 12 words.

1.2. Suggested running title, not exceeding 50 characters (including letters, punctuation and blanks).

1.3. Full title in English, compatible with the Portuguese version.

1.4. Full title in Spanish, compatible with the Portuguese version.

Attention: As the manuscript is submitted to blind review. The authors are responsible for checking that there are no elements capable of identifying them in any part of the text. Paidéia is not responsible for procedures by authors who do not comply with this guideline. The author’s name should be removed from the file properties, using the tool “Properties”, in the file menu of MS Word, and from any other part of the submitted manuscript. No attachments and appendices will be accepted, nor colored illustrations, reproductions of photographs, shadowed tables or footnotes in the text. Reproduction of any part of published works will only be permitted if accompanied by the authors’ authorization for publication in Paidéia.
In case of approval, papers will be published in Portuguese (in print and online) and in the full version in English (only online). In other words, for publication, the authors have to provide for the translation of the manuscript (as approved) to English and cover the costs of this translation. To guarantee the quality and uniformity of texts translated into English, only accredited translators are allowed to perform these translations. The Committee of Accredited Translators comprises highly qualified professionals with proven experience in scientific translations.

2. Abstract, in Portuguese. The abstract limit is 150 words. In case of research reports, the abstract should include: a short description of the research problem, purpose, relevant sample characteristics, data collection method, results and conclusions (or final considerations for qualitative studies). Final considerations should present the implications or applications of the produced knowledge. For research reports, the method should provide consistent information about the participants, instruments and procedures used. Only the most important results, which respond to the research purposes, should be mentioned in the abstract. No references should be included.
The abstract has to be followed by three to five keywords for indexation, which should accurately classify the paper, permitting a fast recovery with similar papers in case of a bibliographic research. Keywords have to be selected through the instrument available at: – consult: Terminologies and Psi Terminology , where the Vocabulary of Terms in Psychology is available.
Abstracts of systematic literature reviews or theoretical studies should included: topic addressed (in a statement), objective, thesis or construct under analysis or study organizer, used sources (e.g. an observation made by the author, published literature), and conclusions.

3.  Abstract. The abstract limit is 150 words. It should comply with the same specifications as the Portuguese version, including the Keywords, in accordance with the Vocabulary of Terms in Psychology.

4. Resumen. The abstract limit is 150 words. It should comply with the same specifications as the Portuguese version, including the Palabras clave, in accordance with the Vocabulary of Terms in Psychology.

5. The text itself. The text should be organized for easy access, using a system of titles and subtitles that reflect this standardization. For qualitative research reports, the text has to include: Introduction, Method, Results and further Discussion (in a single section) and Final Considerations. In quantitative studies, Results and Discussion should come in separate sections, followed by the Conclusion. In the Methods section, include: Participants, Instruments, Procedure (subdivided in Data Collection and Data Analysis); at the end of the Methods section, include Ethical Considerations, mentioning IRB approval, name of the institution the IRB is affiliated with and the protocol number. The section “Final Considerations” or “Conclusion”, according to the study approach, should remain limited to the main contributions the research offers to the knowledge area in the context of Psychology. Besides implications and possible applications of the knowledge produced, limitations and developments in terms of future research perspectives should also be appointed. 
Suggested places to include figures and tables have to be indicated in the text. Quotations of other authors have to be done according to APA standards, as exemplified under section VII. Full transcriptions of a text have to be delimited by quotation marks and reference to the author, followed by the number of the page referred to. A literal quotation with 40 or more words has to be presented in a single block, starting with a new line, 05 (five) spaces from the border, in the same position as a paragraph. The font size should be 12, similar to the rest of the text. This type of citation should be avoided Authors are fully responsible for the contents and exactness of citations.

6. References. The references used should be coherent with the study’s theoretical-methodological framework. In this sense, literature on the research theme should be recovered, privileging scientific papers to the detriment of other publication modes. References should be up-to-date. At least 50% should date back to the last five years, counted from the submission date. Non-compliance with this guideline implies return of the manuscript to the authors. The Editor, with support from the Editorial Board and ad hoc reviewers, can judge special cases that do not strictly fit into this criterion.

7. Figures and Tables should be inserted after the References section. The suggested place of insertion should be indicated in the body of the text though. The words Figure and Table in the texts should always be spelled with the first letter in upper case, followed by the respective number they refer to. Expressions like “the Table above” or the “Figure below” should not be used, as locations can change during the editing process. APA standards do not include the names Charts and Graphs, but only Tables and Figures. Figures and Tables should be presented with their respective legends and titles, one per page.

7.1 Figures, including subtitles, in black and white. As the published version cannot exceed 8.3 cm width for single figures and 17.5 cm width for complex figures, the author should make sure that no subtitle quality is lost in case width reduction is necessary. Reproductions of drawings will not be accepted. The quantity of figures and tables cannot exceed five.

7.2 Tables, including titles and notes, should be produced in black and white, one per page. The published table cannot exceed (17.5 x 23.7) cm (width x length). When preparing them, the author should limit the width to 60 characters for single tables to occupy a printed column, including three character-spaces between table columns, limiting complex tables to a 125-character width to occupy two printed columns. The table length cannot exceed 55 lines, including title and footnotes. For other details, especially for anomalous cases, please refer to APA’s manual. The quantity of figures and tables cannot exceed five units.

Numerical and statistical information should be presented in compliance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(6th edition, 2010). For manuscripts written in Portuguese, numerical information should be standardized in line with Carzola, Silva and Vendramini (2009) in the book Publicar em Psicologia: Um enfoque para a revista científica, which can be accessed free of charge at the following electronic address:

In case of papers written in Portuguese, the authors should solve occasional inconsistencies between APA standards and writing in Portuguese, in view of general rules for writing in that language.

Formatting of the manuscript, tables, figures and other elements should strictly comply with the APA manual. Before submitting, the authors should assess whether the manuscript complies with the checklist displayed on pages 241-243 of the APA manual. Non-compliance with these elements can represent a reason for the Editorial Board to reject the manuscript. As a complementary source, authors should access online ifnromation on the APA manual at:



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