Author Guidelines for Revista de Psicología Social
Fundación Infancia y Aprendizaje encourages authors to read carefully the journal’s guidelines before submitting their manuscripts: publication is speeded by care in preparation!
Contributions in English should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Contributions in Spanish should follow the Manual de publicaciones de la American Psychological Association, 3a edición.
More information on scholarly authorship, rights and liabilities of authors, discounts, certificates, and other related matters in the Authors section.
Aims and Scope
Revista de Psicología Social publishes original works of empirical research, and exceptionally theoretical reviews, from all fields of Social Psychology.
Researchers and professionals of Social Psychology, as well as other related disciplines and fields.
Empirical research, and exceptionally, theoretical reviews.
In order for the journal to remain a lively publication and to properly convey the dynamism found in empirical research in the field of social psychology, two types of articles of equal scientific value are considered:
-Research articles. Maximum length of 7000 words.
-Brief research articles: These articles showcase new and interesting data, but which are not availed by clear evidence in terms of the psychological processes involved. Formal structure should be the same as that of regular research articles, with a maximum length of 3500 words.
This journal publishes papers in Spanish and English. A native speaker level of written expression is expected for all manuscripts in any of both languages. Authors who wish to improve the use of English or Spanish in their manuscripts should consider using professional editing services. Visit the Authors section for links and information on these services.
Manuscripts must be original and previously unpublished (whether entirely or in part), must not be in press, and must not have been submitted for review to any other journal; all of the above regardless of language of publication and publishing medium. All authors will thus sign a document in which they attest to these requirements, to fulfilment of all ethical standards, and to absence of conflict of interests. Manuscripts are screened using the plagiarism detection system provided by CrossCheck.
Manuscript in its entirety (including tables, figures, references and footnotes) must not exceed:
-7000 words for research articles and theoretical papers
-3500 words for brief research articles.
Manuscript must include the following two Word documents:
1) Authors' identification
It should disclose all authors’ name and surnames (only one last name; if the author would like two surnames to be printed, they must be hyphenated “-”; e.g. Pérez-López. This rule is also to be applied to compound names, e.g. María-José), institutional affiliation (University of... ), full address (including email, telephone, postal address and fax number), and acknowledgments, if any.
First page must include article title (which must reflect briefly but exactly article content), in Spanish and English; abstract, in Spanish and English; keywords in alphabetical order, in Spanish and English (maximum of 5).
Abstract and title are the permanent data covered in information databases and the only source of information for many readers of the authors’ work; hence the importance of a proper choice. Abstracts should not exceed 175 words. If the article is a research report, the abstract should include the following elements: a) the problem or matter at hand and goals, b) method and subsections (participants, apparatus and procedures), c) most important findings, d) conclusions of relevance for the scientific community. In reviews or theoretical articles: a) subject and goals, b) proposed theses, c) sources, d) conclusions.
Following pages must include full text (divided in the corresponding sections), bibliographic references, and finally tables, figures and annexes, in that order.
Manuscript formatting checklist
-Font is Times 12 points
-Text is double-spaced
-Margins are all at 2.54 cm (1 inch)
-Abstract, referenc list, appendixes, tables and figures are all on separate pages (only one table or figure by page)
-Pages are numbered on the top right corner
-Title and headings are structured according to the guidelines set in the Guía de escritura para las revistas de la FIA
-Hanging indentation is used for references
-Anonymity must be preserved throughout the whole text, and expressions such as “as we said in our previous work”, etc., should be avoided.
Format for in-text citations
References to the work of another author must be made by inserting only the author’s surname, followed by publication year (Hernández, 1977), unless there are citations of different authors with the same surname, in which case both authors’ name initial must be included: J. Hernández (1977) and M. Hernández (1984). For works written by more than one author, the following guidelines must be followed:
-In-text citations must include a “&” to link the last author’s name: Hernández & Fernández.
-Two authors: Always cite both authors (Hernández & Fernández, 1999).
-Three to five authors: Cite all authors the first time the reference is made (Hernández, Fernández & Rodríguez, 2000) and cite using et al. (in italics and ending with a full stop) in all subsequent references (Hernández et al., 2000). There is an exception: if there are other references in which the surname of the first author or authors is the same, all authors must be cited until the coincidence disappears: Hernández, Fernández, Pérez & Rodríguez (2000) and Hernández, Campanas, López & Sánchez (2000) should be cited in-text as follows: Hernández, Fernández et al. (2000), Hernández, Campanas et al. (2000).
-Six or more authors: Even the first time they are referenced, these works must be cited referring the first author’s surname followed by et al, with the same exception mentioned for three to five authors. In any case, in the Reference List at the end of the paper all authors must be shown.
-If citing two or more works published in the same year by the same author or authors, the letters a, b, c, and so on are added to the year (Hernández, 2000a).
Format for reference list
This is a detailed list in alphabetical order of all documents cited throughout the text or in the notes.
Ros, M. (2008). Los valores culturales y el desarrollo socioeconómico: una comparación entre teorías culturales. Revista de Psicología Social, 23(3), 347-365.
McLuhan, M. (1964). Understanding media: The extensions of man. Nueva York: McGraw Hill.
Wertsch, J. V., del Río, P. & Álvarez, A. (Eds.) (1995). Sociocultural studies of mind. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
Olson, D. (1995). Writing and the mind. En J. V. Wertsch, P. del Río & A. Álvarez (Eds.), Sociocultural studies of mind (pp. 95-123). Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
Site author (Publication date, if available, or site editing date). Site name or location. Site editor, if available. Retrieved on date from: URL.
Always include it in the reference if possible.
Manuscripts will be first reviewed by the Editor for scope adjustment. If this report is positive, manuscripts are then screened for plagiarism using the CrossCheck system. After this phase, they will be forwarded to that Associate Editor whose work interests and expertise are more related to the article’s content, who will in turn send it to two (or, in case of significant discrepancies, three) qualified experts in that specific research field, for a double-blind review. Authors will receive the referees’ and Associate Editor’s comments along with a report containing the final decision regarding their manuscript.
If the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors must send a computer file with the final version, complying with the Editor’s formal requirements.
Authors will receive galleys for proofreading; new text or content cannot be added nor style corrections be made under any circumstances. Corrections must be sent to the Editor within seven days.
Authors receive a copyright agreement that they must return to FIA signed, establishing the terms under which they surrender the copyright to FIA to the effect of their defence and protection.
Visit this page to know more about your rights and liabilities as a FIA author.
The author receives two copies of the journal and a PDF file of the article. They are entitled to a 50% discount on printed copies of the issue in which the paper is published (subject to stock availability).
Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures taken from other authors and/or source. Permission must be placed at the foot of each figure.