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1. Psychological Writingsis published two times a year (every four months until February 2019) produced by the School of Psychology at Málaga University.

2. Psychological Writings is a broad-based journal that publishes contributions to all areas of scientific psychology after full peer review. The manuscripts can be written in Spanish or English.

3. The article processing, editing and publishing is free of charges for the authors.

4. The manuscripts submitted to Psychological Writings should be unedited, not have been published previously, and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

5. The journal comprises the following sections: Original Articles (research) including Brief Reports; Review Articles; Case Studies; Methodological and Instrumentation Articles and Letters to the Editorial Committee. According to this classification, the authors will suggest the most appropriate section in which to publish their article. The Editorial Board does not necessarily commit to following the authors’ suggestion.

6. The manuscripts should follow these general instructions and also, according to the section suggested by the authors, the specific instructions appropriate to each type of contribution.

7. Articles and Review Articles should not exceed 6000 words; Brief Reports and Cases Reports should not exceed 3000 words. Double-space all copy.

8. A cover letter will be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief including the following information: 1. Title of article; 2. The authors’ full names; 3. Each institutional affiliation; 4. The contact author’s postal address, e-mail, telephone number, and fax number for future correspondence; 5. A  statement  that the manuscript is original, not previously published, and not under concurrent consideration elsewhere; 6. Mention of any supplemental material submitted for the online version of the article; 7. Date. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form should be completed and addressed.

9. The first page of the manuscript should include the title in both Spanish and English (no longer than 15 words); suggested running head (3-6 words), an abstract (no longer than 200 words) and the key words (3-6 words). The second page should begin with the manuscript title and be followed by the main text. The reference list, appendixes, figures, tables and, authors’ notes, including acknowledgements, should appear at the end of the text.

10. References. List references alphabetically at the end of the paper. Each listed reference should be cited in text including all the authors, and each text citation should be listed in the References section. The references should be up-to-date and follow the guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA). References within the text should include the author’s name and the year of publication, both appearing within parenthesis. When the author’s name forms part of the text, only the year of publication should appear within parenthesis. Two or more continuous references should be arranged alphabetically by authors’ names. When there are more than two or less than six authors, all authors should be listed in the first citation. In subsequent citations, the name of the first author should be followed by “et al.”. For six or more authors, the first author should always appear, followed by “et al.”. If there is more than one article for the same author(s) during the same year, each year should be followed by the letters a, b, c, etc.  Some reference examples follow:

Fierro, A. (2002). Personalidad, persona, acción. Un tratado de Psicología. Madrid: Alianza.

■ Chapter of a book
Fierro, A. (1996). El conocimiento de sí mismo. En A. Fierro (Comp.), Manual de Psicología de la Personalidad (pp. 113-149). Barcelona: Paidós.

■ Journals
Fierro, A. (2005). Uno mismo a examen. Escritos de Psicología, 1, 15-23.
In case of any doubt(s), follow the APA guidelines: American Psychological Association (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(6ª ed.). Washington, DC: APA. (

11. Tables should be doubled-spaced in text format.Each table should be typed on a separate page, numbered and referred to by number in the text. If any table is adapted or used in entirety, permission must be granted from the copyright owner(s). Where applicable, authors are required to provide documentation of all permissions received.

12. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to their location in the text. Each figure should be addressed in a separate file. Letters, numbers and symbols included in the figure should be clear, uniform and large enough to be readable after reduction.

13. Authors are required to follow the APA ethical standards in the development of their research and the ethical guidelines appropriate to each population. The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct on their web site (or see "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597-1611). For animal experimentation, the ethical standards established by the pertinent regulations should be followed  (Ley 32/2007, de 7 de noviembre, para el cuidado de los animales, en su explotación, transporte, experimentación y sacrificio (, European Regulations on Animal Experimentation).

14. The manuscript should be submitted to the Website of the Review: www.escritosdepsicologí The text and the tables should be sent in Microsoft Word format and the figures in JPG or TIFF format, each in a separate file. Review the APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

15. Psychological Writings will notify the author(s) when the manuscript is received and inform them whether the paper has been accepted within three months. Every manuscript will be initially reviewed by a member of the Editorial Board who will coordinate the revision process. If the manuscript agrees with the scope of the journal and fulfils the formal requirements described in these instructions, it will be sent to two external experts blind to the identity of the authors. One of them will be a specialist in the area; the other will be a methodology expert.  They will send a report to the Journal, suggesting or rejecting the manuscript’s publication as follows: a) acceptance without modifications, b) Minor changes. The manuscript will be published if the authors make the suggested changes without further review, c) Major changes. The modified manuscript will be reviewed again; d) Rejection. In case of disagreement between the experts, the manuscripts will be sent to a third reviewer. The authors are invited to consult the revision criteria in the section Instructions to the Reviewers. Furthermore, the review offers a free styling service for Spanish and English manuscripts.

16. If the manuscript is accepted with changes, the authors should send the corrected version back in three months. They will receive a definite answer in a month and a half.

17. Once the article has been submitted, and upon its possible publication, The Authors' Statement Form should be completed and addressed.  This will transfer copyright from the authors to Psychological Writings. The Editorial Board is also open to considering requests concerning the total or partial reproduction of the published contributions.

18. The opinions and contents of the manuscripts published in Psychological Writings are under the exclusive responsibility of the author(s) and therefore they will be responsible for obtaining copyright permission for reproducing the material published in other publications.

19. The section Letters to the Editorial Board is the site for the open discussion of the papers previously published in Psychological Writings.  

20. The website section Questions to the Editorial Board is aimed at answering questions concerning the instructions to authors.