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Author Guidelines

To submit a new paper to our journal:

  1. Register as an Author; we encourage you to register also as a Reader and a Reviewer at the same time;
  2. Follow the Guidelines for Authors;
  3. Read our Editorial Policies and our Competing Interest policies.


To submit a revised version:

  1. Log in;
  2. Click on your role as Author;
  3. Click on IN REVIEW: REVISIONS REQUIRED or RESUBMIT FOR REVIEW on the page displayed (under the heading ‘Status’, near the manuscript title);
  4. Under the heading EDITOR DECISION, upload your revised paper as AUTHOR VERSION using Browse and Upload buttons;
  5. Use the NOTIFY EDITOR e-mail button to inform the Editors that the revised version has been submitted.


Guidelines for Authors

Manuscripts must be written in American English. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscript checked by a language editing service, or by an English mother-tongue colleague prior to submission.

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Manuscript preparaton
The first page must contain: i) running title (maximum of 5 words, only the first word should be capitalized); ii) title (title case, centered, and in 16 point bold Times New Roman font at the top of page), it should be without acronyms, concise, omitting terms that are implicit, and, where possible, be a statement of the main result or conclusion presented in the manuscript; iii) first name and family name of each author, separated by commas; iv) affiliation(s) of each author [listed as Laboratory, Institute, Department, Organization, City, State abbreviation (if any), and Country (without detailed address information such as city zip codes or street names)]; v) acknowledgments; vi) full name and full postal address of the corresponding author. Phone, fax number and e-mail address for the correspondence should also be included; vii) three to five key words.

The second page should contain: i) authors’ contributions, e.g., information about the contributions of each person named as having participated in the study (http://www.icmje.org/#author); ii) disclosures about potential conflict of interests; iii) further information (e.g., funding – including grant numbers if applicable, conference presentation ...).

If tables are used, they should be double-spaced on separate pages. They should be numbered and cited in the text of the manuscript.

If figures are used, they must be submitted as .tiff or .jpg files, with the following digital resolution:
i) color (saved as CMYK): minimum 300 dpi;
ii) black and white/grays: minimum 600 dpi;
iii) one column width (8 cm) or 2 column widths (17 cm).
A different caption for each figure must be provided at the end of the manuscript, not included in the figure file.

If abbreviations are used in the text, authors are required to write full name+abbreviation in brackets [e.g. Multiple Myeloma (MM)] the first time they are used, then only abbreviations can be written (apart from titles; in this case authors have to write always the full name).

If names of equipment or substances are mentioned in the text, brand, company names and locations (city and state) for equipment and substances should be included in parentheses within the text.


Sections

The manuscript is organized by headings and subheadings. For all the articles (except for Editorials and Book Rewiews) it is recommended to organize the manuscript in the following sections:

Introduction
Succinct literature review in respect with the construct(s) analyzed shoud be reported providing recent and complete references (following APA norms for references in the text). Subheadings might be avoided. Aim(s) and specific hypothese(s) might be reported at the very end of this section.

Methods
This section should report the specific procedure (even theoretical) the research followed, and it may be divided by subheadings (participants or single case description, measures, data analysis). This section should contain sufficient detail so that when read in conjunction with cited references, all procedures can be repeated. For experiments reporting results on human subject research, an ethics approval statement should be included in this section (Ethical Committee of Institution of Place, Protocol Number, year).

Results
This section may be divided by subheadings. Footnotes should not be used and have to be transferred into the main text.

Discussion
This section may be divided by subheadings. Discussions should cover the key findings of the study: discuss any prior results underlining the novelty and originality of the research, in the appropriate context; discuss the potential short-comings and limitations on their interpretations; discuss their integration into the current understanding of the problem and how this advances the current views; speculate on the future direction of the research and freely postulate theories that could be tested in the future.

Conclusions
This section must provide conclusive findings on the research.

Hypothesis and Theory Papers (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 12,000 words max excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 6 tables and/or figures; max 45 references): Articles that analyze or debate established theories in health psychology, or presentations of theoretical innovations. 

Original Articles (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 12,000 words max excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 6 tables and/or figures; max 60 references): Articles that report original empirical investigations.

Methods and Tools (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 12,000 words max excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 6 tables and/or figures; max 45 references): Articles that validate instruments used to study the outcome and process in psychotherapy.

Case Studies (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 10,000 words max excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 6 tables and/or figures; max 45 references): Reports describing observations on single psychological cases.

Reviews (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 10,000 words max excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 6 tables and/or figures; max 60 references): Articles that provide systematic overviews, evaluations and interpretations of research in a given field of health psychology.

Minireviews (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 3500 words max excluding references, figures and tables; max 4 tables and/or figures; max 25 references): Mini Reviews offer a succinct and clear summary of a specific topic, allowing readers to get up-to-date on new developments an/or emerging concept.

Perspectives ( unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 3500 words max excluding references, figures and tables; max 4 tables and/or figures; max 20 references): Perspectives propose a viewpoint on a specific field or discipline, and discuss/describe current advances or future directions.

Short communications (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 3000 words max excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 4 tables and/or figures; max 20 references): Articles that fall short of the criteria for full original articles. These may include, but are not limited to studies that have a limited sample size or duration.

New Researchers (unstructured abstract 250 words max; text 2000 words max excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 4 tables and/or figures; max 25 references): Articles authored typically by researchers within 3 years of PhD completion or 3 years of full time employment.

Book Reviews (no abstract required; text 2000 words max excluding references, figures and tables; max 1 table and/or figure; max 15 references): Reviews of published books.

Letters to the Editor (no abstract required; text 500 words max excluding references, figures and tables; max 2 tables and/or figures; max 10 references): Letters to the editor will be considered for publication. Typically, letters will contain information critical to health psychology research or in relation to recently published data.

Editorials (no abstract required; text 2500 words max excluding references, figures and tables; max 2 tables and/or figures; max 25 references): Invited by the editor only.

References
References should be prepared strictly according to the APA style.
To ensure the correct citation format, please check your references here: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/.

Manuscript style and content
Authors are advised that publication in Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome requires references, symbols and abbreviations to be in line with the manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. To support the preparation of articles for submission in Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, authors are encouraged to review the American Psychological Association Guide for New Authors. Authors should pay particular attention to the readability of articles, in particular the methods and results sections of Research Articles and Short Communications.

Ethical considerations
Articles that report on research involving either human or nonhuman animal participants should indicate whether approval was gained by an institutional board. Research involving nonhuman animal participants should also indicate whether guidelines for the care and use of animals were adhered. Articles that report on research in healthcare settings should likewise indicate whether NHS approval or equivalent from an appropriate committee was gained. All research should meet the provisions of the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.



Peer review policy

All manuscripts submitted to our journal are critically assessed by external and/or in-house experts in accordance with the principles of peer review (http://www.icmje.org/#peer), which is fundamental to the scientific publication process and the dissemination of sound science. Each paper is first assigned by the Editors to an appropriate Associate Editor who has knowledge of the field discussed in the manuscript. The first step of manuscript selection takes place entirely in-house and has two major objectives: i) to establish the article’s appropriateness for our journals’ readership; ii) to define the manuscript’s priority ranking relative to other manuscripts under consideration, since the number of papers that the journal receives is much greater than it can publish. If a manuscript does not receive a sufficiently high priority score to warrant publication, the editors will proceed to a quick rejection. The remaining articles are reviewed by at least two different external referees (second step or classical peer review). Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Uniform Requirements established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (http://www.icmje.org/#prepare).

Authorship: all persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship according to the ICMJE criteria (http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html). Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should only be based on substantial contributions to i) conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and to ii) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and on iii) final approval of the version to be published. These three conditions must all be met. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Any part of an article critical to its main conclusions must be the responsibility of at least one author. Authors should provide a brief description of their individual contributions.

Obligation to Register Clinical Trials (http://www.icmje.org/#clin_trials): the ICMJE believes that it is important to foster a comprehensive, publicly available database of clinical trials. The ICMJE defines a clinical trial as any research project that prospectively assigns human subjects to intervention or concurrent comparison or control groups to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a medical intervention and a health outcome. Medical interventions include drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, process-of-care changes, etc. Our journals require, as a condition of consideration for publication, registration in a public trials registry. The journal considers a trial for publication only if it has been registered before the enrollment of the first patient. The journal does not advocate one particular registry, but requires authors to register their trial in a registry that meets several criteria. The registry must be accessible to the public at no charge. It must be open to all prospective registrants and managed by a non-profit organization. There must be a mechanism to ensure the validity of the registration data, and the registry should be electronically searchable. An acceptable registry must include a minimum of data elements (http://www.icmje.org/#clin_trials). For example, ClinicalTrials.gov (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov), sponsored by the United States National Library of Medicine, meets these requirements.

Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research: when reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the committee responsible for human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 (as revised in 2008). In particular, PAGEPress adopts the WAME policy on Ethics in Research (http://www.wame.org). Documented review and approval from a formally constituted review board (Institutional Review Board - IRB - or Ethics committee) is required for all studies (prospective or retrospective) involving people, medical records, and human tissues. When reporting experiments on animals, authors will be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

 

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. 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). While the manuscript is undergoing the peer review phase, the authors will not submit the manuscript to another journal without notifying the editor.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. We fight plagiarism: please understand that your article will be checked with available tools for discovering plagiarism.
  5. Please read this advice and download associated files. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors has recently published in all ICMJE journals an editorial introducing a new “Disclosure Form for Potential Conflict of Interest”, with the aim to establish uniform reporting system, which can go over the existing differences in current formats or editors’ requests. We at PAGEPress Publications welcome this initiative as a possible uniforming, standardizing way to have this important disclosure authorizing the publications of manuscripts. We are therefore asking you to duly fill in the “Uniform Format for Disclosure of Competing Interests in ICMJE Journals” and upload it on the Web site of the PAGEPress journal your work is involved with or email it back to us, in mind to allow PAGEPress to peer-reviewing your work. The document is in Adobe format, it includes instructions to help authors provide the requested information and the completion procedure is user-friendly. Kindly note that the format have to be completed and signed by each author of the work. We remain waiting for the completed form to proceed with publication. Please be informed that if this Disclosure Form is missing, we will not be able to publish your work.
  6. Authors are kindly required to suggest at least two potential reviewers (name, affiliation and e-mail) for their manuscript in the "Comments to the Editor" field (Step 1. Submission Process).
 

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