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Author Guidelines


- Sending the manuscript to the web application in pdf (not in word)

- Sending the manuscript in English or Spanish. If sent in Spanish and is accepted for publication the author will be translated into English. The printed version will have all articles in English and the online version, at the request of the author may also have the Spanish version.

- 200 euros (+ tax) charged to the author by publishing costs, once accepted and before publication






1.1. Type of manuscripts

Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia] publish manuscripts in all areas of psychology. Manuscripts must be original and have not been published totally or partially in other journals.

Authors can submit to this journal: (a) Original manuscripts for publication, and/or (b) to propose a special issue. See details in the section of Structure and organization of the different types of manuscripts.

1.2. Copyright information:

  • The copyright of this journal is to the “Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Murcia” (Murcia University Press).
  • Authorization is required for the use and reproduction of printed material from: Servicio de Publicaciones. University of Murcia., 30071, Murcia (Spain). Fax No: + 34868 884 111. E-mail: Web:
  • Once a manuscript has been accepted, it means that the author or authors transfer copyright to the publisher.
  • In all cases the Editorial Team understands that the opinions expressed by authors are their exclusive responsibility.

1.3. Commitment of authors:

 The authors accept the following commitments when a manuscript to this journal is submitted.

  • The person submitting the manuscript acts in representation of all authors.
  • Neither the manuscript nor any version or translation of it has been published in any other media or journal.
  • The manuscript has not been submitted to any other publication or journal, and will not be sent during the process of evaluation in Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia].

Breach of any of these commitments will result in the automatic removal of the manuscript.



2.1. Presentation format and publication charge for authors

2.2. Structure and organization of the manuscripts:
Empirical studies
Experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational studies
Meta-analysis studies
Systematic reviews
Psychometric studies
Methodological papers
- Qualitative studies
- Theoretical studies
- Special issues

2.3. Previous changes in manuscript file, before uploading to journal website



2.1. Presentation format and publication charge for authors 

  • Language: Manuscripts may be submitted in English or Spanish, but all manuscripts accepted will be published in English in print version. In the online version they can be published simultaneously in English and Spanish, whenever the authors so request.
  • Journal style for manuscripts: APA style, from Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010 (
  • Style for empirical manuscripts: The authors of empirical work must follow the recommendations in Statistical Methods in Psychology Journals: Guidelines and Explanations, from Wilkinson and the APA Task Force on Statistical Inference, published in the journal American Psychologist (1999, 54,594-604) which is available on They must report confidence intervals and measures of effect size for all statistical results.
  • Digital format: The paper will be sent for evaluation as a PDF document. If accepted for publication in the journal, you will send the final version in Microsoft Word for Windows, in order to facilitate the layout of the printed edition.
  • Maximum length of work: it should not exceed 8000 words including all sections listed below according to the type of contribution.
  • Number of files: Four files must be created: the manuscript (without evidence of authors or affiliations), and three complementary files: cover letter to the Editor, a list of experts on the subject of the manuscript that can act as referees, and a file of identification data (authors, affiliation and correspondence).
  • Charge for authors: Once the manuscript is accepted, authors will receive instructions to pay 200 euros (+ tax) for costs of printing and publishing (for manuscripts submitted after March 24, 2015). The manuscript will not be published until the author has made the payment.


2.2. Structure and organization of the manuscripts

Each manuscript submitted to Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia] must have a specific structure. Manuscripts that do not meet these conditions will be returned directly to the authors without possibility of continuing the review process.

Empirical studies.-Each manuscript should clearly present the problem statement, objectives, design and the method used, the results and discussion of the results, ending with the most relevant conclusions for psychological practice; in addition, the conclusions should include the limitations and future prospects of the study.


Experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational studies.- This type of study should include the following sections: Introduction, Methods (Design, Participants, Instruments, Procedure and Statistical Analysis), Results, Discussion and Conclusion, and References. Tables and figures must follow the APA format and they will be presented in separated pages at the end of the text after the references pages.

Special care should be taken in the Participants and Results sections. Where the authors must fully describe the sample/s used in the study and specify whether it was incidental or random. If missing data have occurred, they should specify their percentage and how they have treated the missing data; e.g., dropping cases or using some method of imputation.

A study only provides information on the gender variable (% of male and female) and age (mean and standard deviation) can hardly pass the filter of Editorial Team for later review.

Any work that lacks a Statistical Analysis section with and explanation of the method used and the statistical criteria to evaluate the goodness of fit of the models used will not be published. Statistical Analysis Section should not go in the Procedure section or Results.

The presentation of statistical results should clearly include the name of the test, degrees of freedom, p-value that was significant, the confidence interval and statistical effect size (e.g., Cohen's d, ω2, among others). For questions about the type of research designs one can consult a recently published in our journal, in


Meta-analysis studies.- A meta-analysis is a quantitative review of the literature in order to answer a clearly formulated questionas determining the effect of a treatment, or prevention training program, find risk factors (or protection) getting a disorder, and generally to estimate relationships between variables and moderating variables. A key topic has to do with the search engines used to retrieve papers that include the required information, which are essential to the proper use of this technique. Therefore, authors should explicitly specify the databases used and how it has made finding work (keywords). The search must be comprehensive, incorporating more recent works, and should present the results obtained in terms of a flow chart according to the PRISMA statement (

The structure of a meta-analysis should be: Introduction, Method (study selection criteria, search procedures for studies, coding of variables, index / s of effect size and statistical analysis), Results, Discussion and Conclusion, and References. The references used directly for the meta-analysis are highlighted with an asterisk (*) in the list of references.


Systematic reviews.- A systematic review is a synthesis of research on a particular aspect important of psychology and on which there is sufficient information either qualitative or quantitative to conduct the review. In this sense, except in the presentation of results, follow the same course of action in the meta-analysis. In this case, databases used to compile studies and keywords that allow their inclusion in the study will be of special interest. Authorswill present the results of the search in a flowchart of the PRISMA statement (see above). The sections that must appear in a qualitative systematic review are: Introduction, Method (Criteria for selecting studies for search and coding of variables), Results, Discussion and Conclusion, and References. The references used directly for the review are highlighted with an asterisk (*) in the list of references.

If the systematic review is about psychometric properties of a psychological scale, the study may include a study of the quality of these psychometric properties with a scale built ad hoc for this study or using any other method (e.g., COSMIN group


Psychometric studies.- Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia] regularly publish studies about psychometric validation of new scales or adapted to Spanish or other languages. The structure of a psychometric study must be: Introduction (including objectives and rationale for validation), Method (Participants, Instruments, Procedure, and Statistical and Psychometric Analysis), Results, Discussion and Conclusion, and References. If the study includes an exploratory factor analysis, it is advisable to consult two recently published papers in our journal:, and

For a study of the adaptation of a scale, it must clearly explain the back-translation process used. Manuscripts should contain evidence of empirical validity (concurrent, convergent and discriminant) with other scales. If clinical diagnostic criteria or performance (cut scores) are included, preference will be given to those studies that provide evidence of the sensitivity and specificity, and provide psychometric norms.


Methodological papers.- Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia] supports the presentation of methodological studies that show through theoretical and mathematical developments and/or simulation, properties of some procedures for which there are not available a solution directly implemented. These studies will be clearly highlighting the need for the study, the problem solving and its possible implementation for psychological practice. Given the eminently practical orientation of this journal, methodological studies that do not involve a clear improvement of the procedures used to date will not be accepted.


Qualitative studies.- Works involving the use of qualitative methodologies are also welcome in Annals of Psychology. In this case, we will follow the same pattern of an empirical study, but should take special care in collecting the data, the coding system used, ensuring a review of the category system by external researchers to own study, description of the group of participants, and the use of appropriate data for such statistical techniques, where appropriate, such as interrater reliability coefficients and methods based on chi-square test for qualitative data.


Theoretical studies.- Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia] also publish theoretical studies related to an essential aspect of any area of psychology with special relevance or practical utility for professionals. The theoretical studies will be commissioned by the editorial team, and exceptionally will be accepteddepending on the quality of the study in the opinion of the editorial team. This study must be organized in: Introduction (review objective approach to the subject), Development of theoretical content, Conclusions and References.


Special issues.- Annals of Psychology will publish annually (within a regular issue) a monographic issue with a maximum length of eight studies of which at least 4 will be empirical (experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, systematic review and meta-analysis). The proposal should include the title, a summary of its main objectives and contents, name (and contact) of the coordinator of the special theme, an index of manuscripts, indicating authors (contact address) and titles. The Editorial Team will consider the proposal and will take decision to accept or reject this monograph. If accepted, the manuscripts must follow the rules for original manuscripts presented above.


2.3. Previous changes in manuscript file, before uploading to journal website

- Fit the manuscript to specific format and style of the journal.

The first page should appear left justified:

• The job title (lowercase except the first letter, without italics or bold)

• An abstract (not exceeding 200 words) and its equivalent (summary) in Spanish.

• Between 4 and 8 keywords, separated by a semicolon. The abstract in Spanish must contain the same keywords (Palabras Clave) translated to Spanish. To maximize the visibility of the study, authors must be very careful in choosing keywords, in such a way that keywords must appear in the title, abstract, and the text of the study. This will facilitate the search for the study in the usual search engines.

In the text:

• The titles or headings are not numbered. The first level (Introduction, Methods, Result, Discussion and Conclusions, and References) will be justifiedto the left and in bold). The second level (Participants, Procedure, etc.) will be indented 1 cm, in bold. The third level are indented 1 cm.,in italics.

• The text is preferably in size 12 Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing with no space before and after. Before and after each title there is a space.

• Notes should preferably include footnotes. Only in justified cases will the end of the text, before the list of references.

Tables and figures:

Tables and figures, and their corresponding titles and legends, will be presented on separate pages after references. They will be numbered in sequential order from 1 and must always quote the immediately preceding text, with uppercase t and f in the first letter of Table or Figure (e.g., Table 1, Figure 1, …).

The title of the table must be written above. The title of the figure must be written below  the figure. Tables should follow APA style (no visible vertical lines).


All references are inserted in the text (not footnotes) and alphabetically arranged at the end under the heading "References." All appointments will be subject to the rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) in its Publication Manual (6th ed., Washington, 2010). These rules must be followed precisely and the originals will be returned for corrections if all are not met.

- Fit the manuscript and PDF file for peer review:

Delete any information that can identify the authors. To verify that no data on "author" and "subject" (that should not see the sender of the study, to preserve anonymity), locate the file using Windows Explorer, locate the mouse over the file name and when it appears in data box, make sure that it is not the author's name. Then, in this case with the cursor over the file, right click, go to Properties, then to summary and there removing that data (if any).


Create four files for upload to the web, after the manuscript as "additional files" (see paragraph 3)

a) Letter to the Editor. A word model here

b) File with a List of expert referees. Prepare a separate pdf file that is named "referees.pdf" with a list of possible referees (2 to 5 referees, other than the same center or institution of the author, mentioning name, workplace and e-mail). Editorial Team may or may not use this list to review the work. In case of conflict of interest with possible referees, you can submit a list of referees that should not evaluate the work. We will later how to upload it to the web.

c) File with identification data of the manuscript: A pdf file with the title, authors (full name and surname), contactaddress, and acknowledgments,). We will later how to upload it to the web.

d)Authors Declaration of Conflicts of Interest. A word model here


Authors should upload their original work (which has not been sent to other journals for publication) to the journal website (, following the instructions in

All correspondence concerning the publication of articles in Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia] should be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to:

Only in justified cases, by post to: Anales de Psicologia, Editor-in-chief, University of Murcia. Faculty of Psychology. Campus of Espinardo., 30071-Murcia (Spain). Fax: +34868884111.



Acknowledgement and sent to referees: The system itself active magazine website acknowledgment. Then, the Editorial Team will review the format, style and editorial policy; the study may be returned for corrections or rejected. Manuscripts that violate APA rules will be returned immediately to the authors. Compliance with these standards is the responsibility of the authors and therefore the journal will not detail the breaches. Once the manuscript has been rectified, the study can be reevaluated until it meets standards.

The manuscript will be reviewed in advance in accordance with the use of Standard English. If the authors are not native English Speakers, the use of native translators is recommended. At the request of the authors, the journal will provide contact with independent translators that will ensure correct English. The cost of the translation or revision of works into English shall be borne by the authors. Regardless of the quality of the manuscript, this may be rejected if it does not use simple and correct English.

Once past the filters of format and quality of the study and the English used (maximum one month), the  study will be sent to two referees/experts on the topic of the original study, and alsoin its methodology in case of empirical studies; the study may be returned for corrections or rejected.


Method of review: The referees are external and selected by the Editorial Team; referees will be issued a proposal about the quality of the study; if necessary they will suggest appropriate corrections. The screening method used is double-blind (anonymous author and referees), a member of the Editorial Team being responsible for establishing contact between both. If thestudy is acceptedfor review, the final report will be issued within a period of six months. Referees can obtain an accreditation certification upon request).


Results of the review: The result of the evaluation process may be: (a) Acceptance of the article, (b) acceptance conditional on the implementation of corrections, (c) requiring corrections and further review, and (d) rejection. Any of these reports, with the rationale necessary, will be sent to the authors by e-mail. In case of corrections, authors will have until three months to carry out corrections; after this time if the journal has not had a response, the manuscript will be definitely rejected. If the manuscript is accepted for publication in Annals of Psychology [Anales de Psicologia], an acceptance certificate will be sent to the authorsandwill be publishedas scheduledinthe journal.

When the journal has an excess of manuscripts under review, with the consequent danger of undue delay even from the date of acceptance or publication, the Editorial Team can make an initial selection process (in one or two months after the reception of the work) according to criteria such as: relevance to the editorial policy, central topics in psychology, novel or original contribution, or authors do not have any previous article under review in the journal.


Monitoring the process: The authors can follow the evaluation process on the website of the journal (OJS system with their username and password,


Publication and reprints of the manuscript: Before sending the manuscript accepted to press, authors will receive proofs to the last spelling correction. Once the article is published, the author will receive a reprint in the web edition of the journal in pdf format (which retains shape and pagination of the paper publication).


Copyright Notice

The works published in this journal are subject to the following terms:
1. The Publications Service of the University of Murcia (the publisher) retains the property rights (copyright) of published works, and encourages and enables the reuse of the same under the license specified in paragraph 2.

© Servicio de Publicaciones, Universidad de Murcia, 2016

2. The works are published in the online edition of the journal under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (legal text). You can copy, use, distribute, transmit and publicly display, provided that: i) you cite the author and the original source of publication (magazine, editorial and URL of the work), ii) are not used for commercial purposes, iii ) mentions the existence and specifications of this license.

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3. Conditions of self-archiving. Is allowed and encouraged the authors to disseminate electronically pre-print versions (version before being evaluated) and / or post-print (version reviewed and accepted for publication) of their works before publication, as it encourages its earliest circulation and diffusion and thus a possible increase in its citation and scope between the academic community. RoMEO Color: Green.


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Online ISSN: 1695-2294 - Print ISSN: 0212-9728