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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. Articles should be sent to the editor, in word format, Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 spacing, by email to If the articles are not sent in the format required by the journal, they will not be considered.

2. The following text must be included in the e-mail body: “We submit the following article for consideration to the journal Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças: Title of the article and Name of all authors” (according to APA standards).

3. Submitting an article means that it has not yet been published or submitted for publication, in whole or in part, and that while the review process lasts, it will not be submitted for publication to any other journal. Our magazine follows the procedures defined in the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals". All articles must respect the ethical rules defined in the codes of ethics of psychology and health sciences. When the sample is made up of people with the disease, the investigation must meet the requirements of the Declaration of Helsinki.

4. By decision of the Board of the Portuguese Society of Health Psychology, from now on, the costs of composition, acquisition of DOI and placement of articles accepted for publication in international databases should be, as far as possible, borne by the magazine itself. Thus, we were forced to charge authors a fee of € 75.00 per article. Therefore, as soon as the article is accepted for publication, proceed with the transfer of this amount to IBAN: PT 50 0018 0000 3725 9647 0014 2.

5. The journal Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças is published only in digital format and is freely accessible, either on the website of the Portuguese Society of Health Psychology or on Scielo or others.

6. The first page of the article will constitute the title page and should include: the title of the article (in Portuguese and English) that cannot have more than 12 words, the abbreviated title (running head) that cannot have more than 50 characters including spaces, plus the name of the author (s) (without academic title), workplace, with department, institution, city and country and institutional email address (preferably). The name of the authors must include the first name plus the family name. In the case of the correspondence author, the full address and telephone number must be added.

7. On the second page, you must put, again, the title of the article in Portuguese and English, an abstract in Portuguese and another in English with between 150 and 250 words each. It should present between 3 to 7 keywords in Portuguese and English, followed by the text of the article.

8. Psychology, Health & Diseases publishes three types of articles: reports of empirical studies, review articles, and theoretical articles. Those of the first type are reports of original investigations. Review articles constitute critical assessments of material that has been previously published. Theoretical articles are works in which the author proposes theories based on material already published. The difference between theoretical and review articles is that they do not present information about investigations, while the review articles explain in detail the investigations that they critically appreciate. The reviews can be integrative reviews, narrative reviews, or systematic reviews, the latter following the PRISMA or Cochrane criteria.

9. Articles should not exceed 6000 words including tables and references. References should not exceed 40. Review articles may be an exception.

10. In addition to the articles, short communications will be published, which are texts that do not exceed 1500 words, plus a table and 12 references. Letters constituting texts related to studies already published in this newspaper will be published.

11. The organization of the text and references should follow the recommendations of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). For example, an article that is an investigative report should contain the following parts: an introduction (the word introduction should not be included in this part of the text), Method which in turn includes, in this order, the participating subparts (if used) animals must write subjects), material, procedure, or others, more, Results, Discussion, and References. If there is room for thanks to people or institutions, they must appear before the references. References must be placed in alphabetical order, according to APA rules, and must contain only works cited in the text.

12. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a specific article code, should be included for articles that have it (search for DOI at

13. Examples:

Snyder, C. R. (1995). Conceptualizing, measuring, and nurturing hope.  Journal of Counselling & Development, 73 , 355-360.

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 University Press.

Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. A. (2017). Personality: Theory and research (13 th ed.). Wiley.

Between 3 and 20 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.

With more than 20 authors:

Kalnay, E., Kanamitsu, M., Kistler, R., Collins, W., Deaven, D., Gandin, L., Iredell, M., Saha, S., White, G., Woollen, J., Zhu, Y., Chelliah, M., Ebisuzaki, W., Higgins, W., Janowiak, J., Mo, K. C., Ropelewski, C., Wang, J., Leetmaa, A., … Joseph, D. (1996). The NCEP/NCAR 40-Year Reanalysis Project. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society , 77 (3), 437–472.<0437:TNYRP>2.0.CO;2

In which Joseph is the last author.


These references correspond in text to the following citations: Snyder (1995) or (Snyder, 1995); Anderson (1988) or (Anderson, 1988); Cervone and Pervin (2017) or (Cervone & Pervin, 2017). With three or more authors it should be Kernis et al. (1993) or (Kernis et al., 1993); Kalnay et al. (1996) or (Kalnay et al., 1996).


14. All doubts must be clarified by consulting the APA style manual, including a composition of tables and figures. Numbering is an exception. The APA manual presents the numbers in the United States of America format, and the Portuguese version must include a numbering in Portuguese (e.g. the correlation is not r = 0.43, it is, r = 0,43: the average it is not M = 1.70 ( SD = 0.19), but M = 1,70 ( SD = 0,19), unless the article is in English, only two digits to the right of the comma should be used with exception for p values.

15. If the articles submitted don't present the format required by the magazine they will not be considered.

16. The version that is channeled to us will be submitted for review by specialists. After the manuscript has been accepted for publication, corrections or clarifications are requested from the authors, who, after being incorporated into the text by the author (s), must be sent back to the newspaper as mentioned in 2.

Further clarification on technical aspects of the publication can be found at, with the exception of the exceptions mentioned in the penultimate paragraph of section 11.

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