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Author Guidelines

Categories of Manuscripts

Accepted manuscripts fall into four categories: (a) Articles (no more than 20 pages single space including references, tables and diagrams), which can include research reports of qualitative or quantitative data, theoretical developments, integrative and critical literature reviews and methodological contributions; (b) Program evaluation/Brief Report (no more than 10 pages including references, tables and diagrams) which may include innovative professional experiences, policy issues, training, or data from preliminary or pilot studies: (c) Book reviews. They should consider the book’s merits and its contributions to psychology in the Americas: (d) Students articles which will follow the same criteria as regular articles, with the exception that the editor and the editorial board will help students through the process. The journal will also publish articles, which have received the Student Research Prize of the SIP (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels) and the presentations of Interamerican Prize awardees, which are not published in the Congress Proceedings. It will also publish Special Issues and Special Sections. Guidelines for these should be requested from the Editor.

Editorial Process and Decision Making

Manuscripts cannot be submitted to any other professional or academic journal simultaneously with the RIP. They must not have been published partially or in their entirety in any other publication. Each manuscript will be submitted anonymously to the Editorial Board. The authors must make every effort to eliminate clues or suggestions from the manuscript that may identify them. The Editorial Board members will make suggestions regarding publication to the Editor, who will be responsible for final decisions regarding publication and will communicate them to the authors, with whatever changes need to be made, if any.

Editorial Style

The RIP will strictly follow the guidelines of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (6th Edition, 2009).
1. Each article must include two abstracts (125 words) one in the language in which the article was written and another in one of the four official languages of SIP (Spanish, English, Portuguese, French).
2. The title page must include a footnote containing information about how the reader may communicate with the author/s. This information, as well as the author’s name, should not appear on any other page of the manuscript. Please make sure that the title page is not part of the manuscript and it is upload as a supplemental file. This will help with the blind review process.
3. The title length should be around 12 words.
4. The use of footnotes is not encouraged.
5. All sources cited in the manuscript should be included in the reference list and vice-versa.
6. The title page should include 3-5 keywords that will allow the article to be indexed in databases.

Writing Style

The RIP/IJP encourages the use of inclusive language regarding gender, ethnicity, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and other sociodemographic characteristics. The Editor suggests the use of the term ‘participants’ instead of ‘subjects.' The procedures used to obtain informed consent from participants should be described. Their sociodemographic characteristics should be presented as explicitly as possible. Regional and technical terms should be avoided.


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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work [SPECIFY PERIOD OF TIME] after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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