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.

  • The article has not been published yet; it is original, and it has not been sent to any other journal.
  • The article format is Microsoft Word (*.doc, .docx) or OpenOffice Writer (.odt)
  • Font letter is “Times New Roman”, size 12 or 14. It is double spaced. Tabulation: Upper 3 cm (1 inch); lower 4 cm (1,5 inches); left 4 cm (1,5 inch) and right 3 cm (1 inch).
  • The maximum length includes tables, diagrams, references and appendixes. Empirical work, articles and theoretical discussions 30 pages maximum, double spaced. Bibliographic reviews 10 pages maximum, double spaced.

  • The article follows instructions on Authors Guidelines (document that you can find in the section About in this Website).
  • If you are sending to a section of the journal with double-blind peer evaluation process, you have to make sure you are following the corresponding instructions.
  • Foot notes are infrequent.

    The use of italics and bold is only to indicate the words in different languages from the one used in the article.

  • Title has a 14 word length or less. From 3 to 5 keywords. It has an abstract in the original language of 120 words maximum length, also an abstract in English of 120 words maximum length.

    Titles and subtitles do not have bold format.

  • Language used in the text is inclusive in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, national origin, sexual orientation and other socio-demographic relevant characteristics.

  • Each of the next aspects is considered in the method section: participants, instruments, procedures and analysis strategies. 

  • When necessary, sociodemographic characteristics of the participants are clearly and correctly described. This is important because Actualidades en Psicología has international readers. Also, the procedures used to protect the participants and the way of obtaining the informed consent must be clearly described.

  • When needed, measuring, data registration and construction instruments or techniques are clearly described, including the psychometric properties of validation and confiability.

    Analysis procedures are clearly defined.

  • When needed, tables, charts and diagrams follow the instructions found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). It's presented in separeted sheets at the end of the text. Within the text it is announced the place where they are.

  • A note adressed to the Editor including the name and last name of the first author and the other authors; their specific institutional membership (including the position they have there with the specific department, center or institute); five-line length Curriculum Vitae describing their highest academic degree, institution where they got it and investigation interests nowadays; postcode  and e-mail address. Also:

    - Autenticity and originality declaration for the article.

    -  A declaration indicating that the article has not been submitted to any other journal.

    - A declaration of concession of intellectual rights of the article to Actualidades en Psicología.

    - When needed, a declaration of the auspices in which the research was carried out.

    - When needed, a declaration of the academic forums where the article has been presented.

  • References format are written according to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Every reference is cited inside the text and viceversa. Please follow the next recommendations:


    At the end of each article should be an ordered list of references formatted according to APA's Publication Manual at the moment. Thanks to this list, the readers can find the source of any information in an easier and faster way. General elements are:


    Citing a work by author:

    When the author's last name is part of the text, only the publication year is included between parentheses:

    ● Pettigrew (2008) clarifies that not all prejudices come out of conformity to societal norms.

    When the last name and publication date are not part of the text, so both elements are included between the parentheses, separated by a comma:

    ● Intergroup prejudice consists of negative opinions against an outgroup without sufficient evidence (Allport, 1954).

    When date and last name are part of the sentence, no parentheses are necessary.


    Works with multiple authors:

    When a work has two authors, both must be cited every time the reference occurs in the text:

    ● Thus, prejudice becomes evident when there is a perception of “role incongruity” (Eagly & Dickman, 2005).

    When a work has three, four, or five authors, all of them are included in the first citation of the reference. Next citations include the first author's last name, followed by “et al.” and the publication year:

    ● “Would you be willing to buy a car from a Turk?” is a question often asked in German surveys; and individual prejudice predicts the results far better than any other variable (Wagner, Christ & Pettigrew, 2006). (first time in text).

    ● Recent survey data reveal a relationship between the syndrome and a desire to avoid interpersonal closeness (Wagner et al., 2006). (second time in text).

    When a work has six or more authors, only the last name of the first author is cited, followed by “et al.” and the publication year, from the first time on; however, the reference list should include all last names.

    If there are two or more works by different authors in the same reference, last names and publication years are written separated by a semicolon within the same parentheses.

    ● Two personality syndromes have been uncovered that are especially prone to intergroup prejudice in countries all over the world. The first is authoritarianism (Adorno, Frenkel-Brunswik, Levinson & Sanford, 1950; Altemeyer, 1988, 1998).


    The list will be titled ‘references’.

    APA-styled reference lists maintain an exact relationship with the citations appearing in the manuscript's text. Include only those resources actually cited in order to do the research and writing job. The list is sorted alphabetically by the author's last name, and the first letter of his or her given names are included; the list is double-spaced. Journal and Book titles are underlined; for journals, the underscoring goes from the title up to the volume number.


    Other general elements:

    Periodicals (journals):

    • Author, A. A. (year). Article Title. Journal Title, vol., pages.

    Non-periodicals (books):

    • Author, A. A. (year). Book Title. City of Publication: Editor or Publishing House.

Author Guidelines

1. Authors interested in publishing in Actualidades en Psicología must send their articles to the journal through this platform (OJS) using Microsoft Word (*.doc, *.docx) or OpenOffice Writer (*.odt) formats. The document must have a cover letter indicating author's names, last names as used in bibliographical references and institutional affiliation. The papers submitted must be completely original. A paper is considered original when its content has not been published before, and it has been created by the authors themselves.

The first author listed will be considered the leading author and will act as the contact author with Actualidades en Psicología. It is also necessary to include a written declaration of the authenticity of the article, a statement indicating that the article has not been sent to another journal, a statement transferring copyrights to Actualidades en Psicología. The postcodes and the electronic addresses of all the authors are also required.

When corresponding, the funding sources of the research project should be indicated. In addition, a clarification in case the results of the research paper have been presented previously in academic events.

 2. Authors will send a three-to-five-line CV and their affiliation.

 3. Authors will provide an electronic version of the article via e-mail. Articles should be submitted in a single block (titles and subtitles without bold or any special font). Empirical studies, as well as theoretical and methodological papers, should have a maximum of 2500 words. Double-space the text of the article; use Times New Roman font, size 12. Professional experiences and book reviews should have a maximum of 5 pages. Letter size measures 8.5 by 11 inches (215.9 mm × 279.4 mm).

4. The use of italic and bold font must be avoided to the maximum; this typography will be used only if it is required for expressions in different languages to the one used in the article or to highlight necessary words or expressions. The use of footnotes is not encouraged by the journal. Tables and figures must be attached at the end of the paper, each one on separate pages. The location of the table or figure must be indicated in the text. Authors must not make corrections to the final versions.

 5. A working title and a complete title (in the original language and English) must be provided in the first page. In the second page, authors will present an "abstract" in both English and the original language of the paper. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words, each one, and they have to be accompanied by 3 to 5 keywords. Abstract order must be as follows: purpose, methods, results and conclusions.

6. Structure, format, style, references and list of references of the articles must be according to the guidelines provided by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

 7. Articles are reviewed in a "double-blind" peer evaluation process, which involves national and international peers. The editor will communicate the editorial decisions to the authors as soon as possible. The editor of the journal can reject any article that does not fit the standards, submission guidelines or ethical norms of scientific work in psychology. Editorial decisions are autonomous and cannot be appealed; they are also reserved to the journal Actualidades en Psicología, to its editor and its editorial board.

8. Printing and reproduction rights are granted to the editor.

9. The withdrawal of an article must be requested in written form, and can only be carried out after the respective written response from the journal.