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Author Guidelines

RASSEGNA DI PSICOLOGIA

Established in 1984, Rassegna di Psicologia (RdP) has been keeping psychologists up-to-date on the latest research for nearly 30 years. The RdP provides a forum for psychology, psychiatry and mental health professionals to share their findings with researchers. Rassegna di Psicologia is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal publishing original research in applied areas of psychology, including: Behavioral Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Family Psychology, Health Psychology, Measurement/Assessment, Psychodynamics, Psychotherapy, School Psychology, Social Psychology, Sport Psychology, Work, Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Contributions are encouraged from all fields of psychology, especially those that address new developments and pursue innovative approaches. RdP focuses on original empirical contributions, but is open to theoretical articles, critical reviews, and replications of published research.

 

Article types

The Editorial Board of Rassegna di Psicologia considers for publication:

(a) Research Articles

(b) Reviews of the literature

(c) Brief reports

(d) Case Reports

(e) Letters on significant issues

(f) Comments and Responses

(g) Replications

(h) Instruments and procedures for psychological research

 

Research Articles should report original results of significant interest for the scientific community. Experimental methods and data are expected to be described in detail, possibly by partial submission as Supplementary Information, and the results should be discussed thoroughly as the journal does not impose limits on word count or page number. However, articles should be as short as it is consistent with clear presentation of the subject matter. There is no absolute limit on length but 6,000 words, including footnotes and reference list, may a useful maximum. Longer articles will be considered at the discretion of the Editor.

Reviews are supposed to deal with relevant topics of broad interest. Authors are encouraged to submit a short proposal to the Section Editor for a preliminary consideration.

Brief Reports, up to 3,000 words, should include an abstract of 100 words, and may include a table or figure in lieu of 500 words of the 3,000-word maximum.

Case reports, of up to 1500 words, typically contain interesting clinical material. These should use quantitative or qualitative methods and give a substantial contribution to the literature.

Letters are identified as rapid and efficient tools for sharing with the scientific community preliminary data of relevant importance in a short form. It is expected that the Cover Letter will clearly explain the reason(s) for such a short publication that, however, will be handled as a research article, but with a more rapid review process. Ideally, Letters should not exceed three printed pages in length (approximately 15,000 characters including spaces) and should contain no more than a total of one display items (figures and/or tables).

Comments and Responses should be concise (under 1,500 words) and report discussion of core aspects of the original paper, which should have been published within the previous 12 months. Comments and Responses will be considered for publication only if they impact significantly on the interpretation of the results presented in the original paper.

Replications, up to 2,500 words, typically report successful or failed replications of existing research.

Instruments and procedures for psychological research, should be concise (up to 3,000 words) and include short articles on the development/validation of instruments and procedures for psychological research.

Publishing Ethics
The Journal considers manuscripts for publication with the understanding that they represent original material and have not been published, submitted or accepted elsewhere, either in whole or in any substantial part.


Double-Blind Peer Review

All submissions are subjected to double-blind peer review. In general, experimental/research studies are judged in terms of the following criteria: originality, contribution to the existing research literature, methodological soundness, and readability.

 

Author Guidelines

Submission of manuscripts must be undertaken through the rassegnadipsicologia.it web site. The journal uses Open Journal Systems (OJS), which is an open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License.

Articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International CC BY license. The journal does not have article submission and processing charges.

Author Guidelines may be downloaded at present link.
Each submission (including Research Articles, Reviews, Comments, Letters, and Responses) will be addressed, via the OJS management and publishing system, to one of the following Sections of the journal:

Behavioral Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Counseling Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Educational Psychology

Environmental Psychology

Family Psychology

Health Psychology

Measurement/Assessment

Psychodynamics

Psychotherapy

School Psychology

Social Psychology

Sport Psychology

Work, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

 

For the submission of a Research Article being accepted, it is understood that the manuscript, in all its parts, is original and not currently considered for publication elsewhere. Papers can be written in Italian or in English, using British spelling conventions.

During the on-line submission process, two .pdf files must be uploaded: the first one including the main body of the article, figures, and tables; the second one containing the Cover Letter and the list of four suggested reviewers. Author(s) should note that it is inappropriate to list as preferred reviewers researchers from the same institution as any of the author(s), collaborators and co-authors from the past five years, as well as anyone whose relationship with one of the author(s) may present a conflict of interest.

If revisions of the manuscript are requested by the reviewers, author(s) must resubmit the modified version of the manuscript within 2 months. After this frame of time, failure to submit a revised version of the manuscript will result in an automatic rejection of the paper.
After the acceptance of the manuscript, the author(s) will be requested to submit the main body of the article as a Microsoft Word .doc/.docx file, figures as .tiff/.jpg files (a separate file for each figure), and tables as Microsoft Word .doc/.docx (a separate file for each table). Please note that, after acceptance, modifications will no longer be possible and only very minor text changes will be accepted without the need to submit the paper to a further round of revisions.
During the on-line submission procedure, the author(s) will be requested to fill a Competing Interest declaration required to disclose potential conflicts of interest (financial, personal, etc.) that could inappropriately influence the review process.
Manuscripts must adhere to the conventions of style and format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009). They must also provide the author(s) identification notes and departmental affiliation on a separate page, and include a complete mailing address for reprint requests as a separate document.

 

The parts of the manuscript should appear in the following order:
- Title
- Running title
- Author(s) and affiliation(s)
- Abstract
- Keywords
- Body of paper
- Acknowledgements
- List of references
- Figure captions
- Tables (including captions)
- Figures

Please:

- Specify the e-mail address of the corresponding Author;
Additionally (not compulsory) the author(s) may provide Supplementary Information and/or Deposited Items.

Title

Title should be concise and not exceeding 150 characters. It must not be in capital letters. It should be descriptive and reporting the aim of the study and/or the main results obtained by the author(s). Only for the article written in Italian language, the Title should be written either in Italian and English.

Running title

It will appear at the top of each printed right page. It must be under 60 characters.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author(s) name(s) must be spelled out with first names instead of initials. Affiliation(s) must contain complete address(es) including zip code(s). Please check that the list of authors and corresponding affiliations reported in the manuscript are consistent with those manually inserted during the on-line submission procedure.

Abstract, key words and body of paper

All contents must be typed in small letters. The abstract must be under 1,300 characters and not include citations and subheadings; it should include important data. If the article is written in Italian, they should be written both in English and Italian language.
Keywords (no more than six) must be typed in small letters and separated by semicolons.
Appropriate headings are used to break the text into sections. Up to four subheadings levels are permitted, but they must not be numbered. Sections heading are left-justified, capital and bold; subsections are left-justified and bold; third order headings are left-justified and italics; fourth-order headings are left-justified and plain. It is recommended the author(s) do not use small capital and italics throughout the text. The use of footnotes is not permitted.
For the body of paper there are not explicit requirements for the section organization.

However, a well-organized manuscript should include the following sections:

- Introduction

- Method

- Results

- Discussion and Conclusions

- References

The author(s) may also combine sections in order to improve the overall quality of the manuscript.

 

Acknowledgements

Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise.

List of references

Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise.

List of references

All references quoted in the text, tables and figures or other parts of the paper, must be included in the list of references that will be arranged in alphabetical order following the surname of the first Author. In the case of multiple Authors, the list of references will be arranged following the further Authors; in the case of identical numbers of Authors, the different citations will be listed by year.
Typing the list of references please don’t use any particular format (as small capitals).
The references listed below should be used as examples:
Author, A. A. (2011). Title of article. Title of Journal, 22,123–231. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (2004). Title of article. Title of Journal, 22,123–231. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (1987). Title of article. Title of Journal, 22,123–231. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Include all names up to seven. If there are more than seven authors, list the first six with an ellipsis before the last.

Author, M., Author, B., Author, E., Author, G., Author, D.,Author, R., ... Author, P. (2001)

If the original version is used as the source, cite the original version. Use diacritical marks and capital letters for the original language if needed. If the English translation is used as the source, cite the English translation. Give the English title without brackets. Titles not in English must be translated into English and put in square brackets.

Citations

Citations should be placed in the appropriate position in the paper and cited as follow:
Text: All citations in the text should refer to:

  1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
  2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication;
  3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.

Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically.
Examples: 'as demonstrated (John, 2000a, 2000b, 1999; John and Klein, 1999). Smith et al. (2016) have recently shown ....'
List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.

Examples:

(John, 2000)
(John and Klein, 2002)
(John et al., 2006)
(John et al., 1999; 2002)
In the case of multiple citations, the author(s) should arrange them in chronological order:
(London and Manning, 1995; Smith et al., 2006).

Tables and Figures

Tables have to be mentioned in the text in numerical order.

Tables and figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included.

About the tables, Author(s) should be aware of the limitations set by the page size (21 cm x 27.5 cm) of the Rassegna di Psicologia. Tables must be submitted as .doc/.docx format in a separated file containing also captions. Figures have to be mentioned in the text in numerical order. The authors must submit each Illustration/Figure as a separate file. Ensure that each Illustration/Figure has a caption and have the appropriate numerical label (ex. Figure 1) placed somewhere on it. Each file has to be named as Figure 1, etc. Illustrations (drawings and photographs) should be conform to the page size of the Rassegna di Psicologia (21 cm x 27.5 cm), and must have a 300 dpi resolution (colour and grey scale) or 1,200 dpi for line-drawing illustrations. The accepted file formats are .tiff/.jpg. Captions must be attached after the list of references, in the main text file. Lettering should also sized in order to be legible at the scale of the publication. Bar scales must be used. If figures will include panels, each panel must be identified with a small letter.
If the Authors want to insert in the article a picture already published in this or another Journal, they must have the authorization from the first publisher, or they must modify and cite it.

One proof will be sent to the Author(s) to be checked only for typesetting/editing errors within six working days.


Supplementary Information and Deposited Items
Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, audio-file or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper. We publish supplemental material online via Figshare.

 

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. Text and references have been formatted following the journal’s style

  2. Author(s) name(s) must be spelled out with first names instead of initials. Affiliation(s) must contain complete address(es) including zip code(s).
    Please check that the author’s list and corresponding affiliations reported in the manuscript are consistent with those manually inserted during the on-line submission procedure

  3. Tables (if applicable) have been prepared in MS Excel or Word format

  4. Figures have been prepared with minimum resolution of 300  dpi (color or grayscale) or 1200 dpi (for line drawing illustration)

    All the figures must be original or authorized

  5. The manuscript PDF has been submitted (title, running title, author(s) and affiliation(s), abstract, keywords, body of paper, knowledfgements, list of references, figures capions, tables (including captions), figures.

  6. The Cover Letter has been submitted

  7. Four potential reviewers have been suggested (including name, expertise, e-mail, and postal address)

  8. (Not compulsory) Supplementary information and/or Deposited Items have been submitted
 

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