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Author Guidelines

All submissions have to comply with the PsychOpen Author Guidelines which are based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, 6th edition). Because PCH is not published for profit, it is important that authors follow these guidelines closely. Publication of manuscripts is contingent on thorough proofreading and adherence to the PsychOpen stylistic guidelines by the author(s).

Besides the PsychOpen Author Guidelines the following specific rules apply:

Manuscripts should be 1.5-spaced throughout (including tables), and each page should be numbered consecutively. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 (five thousand) words, excluding abstract and references. The font used should be Times New Roman size of 12, and all margins should be at least 2.5 cm.

Psychology, Community & Health has two official languages: English (UK) and Portuguese (Orthographic Agreement).

Cover letter: should be directed to the Editors-in-Chief, along with the manuscript submission. The authors should clearly justify the originality and innovation of the manuscript, considering the existent literature and disclose their own research/publications related to the submitted manuscript. In the cover letter, authors should include a suggestion of three reviewers for their manuscript, which may be invited, if the Editorial team considers the manuscript adequate for revision. None one the authors should have worked with in the last 5 years or have a personal relationship, with the suggested reviewers. Optionally, the authors may indicate reviewers not to be invited (opposed reviewers). Proper ethical approval of the research, should also be disclosed in the cover letter and in the methodology section, whenever applicable.

Title page: should contain the title of the paper (abbreviations in the title should be avoided), a short running title (50 characters maximum), and the names, institutional affiliations (department, university, city and country) and emails of every author. The author responsible for correspondence should be clearly indentified and full postal address, besides e-mail contact, of the correspondent author should be stated. Papers written in Portuguese should provide the English version of the main title of the paper. Papers written in English should provide the Portuguese version of the main title of the paper, only when there is at least one portuguese speaking author (for non-portuguese speaking authors, the translation is provided by the PCH team). Potential conflicts of interest (e.g., funding by an organisation or participation by an individual that might benefit financially from the research) must be reported in the title page (if there are no conflicts of interest, authors should state that). Authors should also disclaim any Funding (if there are no funding/financial support to be reported, authors should state "the authors have no funding to report") and Acknowledgements (i.e. any non-financial support; if there is no support to be acknowledged, authors should state "The authors have no support to report").

Abstract: should not exceed 200 words and should use the following headings as appropriate: Aim (brief statement of the purpose of the study), Method (summary of the participants, design, measures, procedure), Results (primary findings), and Conclusion (specific statement of the implications of the data). Articles should enclose the abstract in both languages (Portuguese and English). The mandatory title in Portuguese is only applicable when there is at least one portuguese speaking author (for non-portuguese speaking authors, the abstract translation is provided by the PCH team).

Keywords: Abstracts should be accompanied by between three and six keywords or phrases. Papers should include the keywords both in Portuguese and in English. The mandatory keywords in Portuguese is only applicable when there is at least one portuguese speaking author (for non-portuguese speaking authors, the abstract translation is provided by the PCH team).

Tables: Number the tables with consecutive Arabic numerals and give each a clear descriptive heading. Table footnotes should be typed below the table. Tables should be inserted in the text, in their expected position (and not at the end of the manuscript).

Figures: All figures should be numbered with consecutive Arabic numerals and have descriptive captions. Figures should be inserted in the text, in their expected position (and not at the end of the manuscript).

Informed Consent: Manuscripts must include in the method section a mention that informed consent was obtained from human subjects. Authors should protect participants’ anonymity by avoiding the use of patients' names or other identifying information.

Note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening (read more). Please also see PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Original Research Articles: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Prior to acceptance and publication in PCH, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites (see Preprint Policy).
  2. Acknowledging and citing previous work: Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in PCH. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.
  3. Authorship: All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to PCH. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)
  4. Consent for data storage: All authors of the submitted manuscript consent to the storage of their personal data transferred in conjunction with the submission and in accordance with the Journal's Privacy Statement.
  5. File Format: The files are submitted as a MS Word file (.doc or .docx).
  6. Stylistic and bibliographic requirements: The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the PsychOpen Author Guidelines and the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.
  7. Use of Copyrighted Materials: No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with Psychology, Community & Health (PCH) agree to the following terms:

Creative Commons License

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY 3.0).

Under the CC-BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in PCH in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of PCH are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, PCH as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available).

Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by PCH.

Authors grant PCH the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.


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