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Author Guidelines


Interpersona welcomes submission of original articles on all aspects of human interactions and relationships, from weak ties to close relationships, from any academic discipline (for details, please see Focus and Scope). Manuscripts will be sent anonymously for review by independent referees and so all material identifying the author should be deleted.

Authors should prepare their manuscripts in APA Style (see the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - APA).

Manuscripts must be submitted in English. 

Manuscript submissions should ideally be 5,000-7,500 words and an Abstract (in English) of 150-250 words.

Each manuscript will be evaluated by the Editorial Board based on its relevance, clarity, originality and suitability for the journal.

Footnotes or endnotes, apart from the opening page Author Note and correspondence address, should not be used. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations (100 words or more) previously published elsewhere.

Figures and Tables should be included in the body of the manuscript, in a place considered adequate by the author(s). These must be elaborated according to the APA Style norms, with the respective legends and titles. Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables.

Authors should also declare (if it is the case) that all ethical local regulations have been fully accomplished and that the manuscript has not been submitted to another journal.

All manuscripts should be submitted preferentially in Word for Windows 6.0 or above.

Book Review Section

Interpersona will include reviews of the most recently published books in the field. Books and suggestions for reviews should be sent to:

Dr. Agnaldo Garcia
Department of Social and Developmental Psychology
Federal University of Espírito Santo
Av. Fernando Ferrari, 514 Vitória/ES




List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section. Here are some examples of basic reference formats:



1. Authored Book


Author’s last name, Initials. (Publication year). Complete title (edition, if not the first). Publication location: Publishing company.

Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior(3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.


2. Chapter in an Edited Book

Author’s last name, Initials. (Publication date). Title of the chapter. Initials and last name of the Editor (Ed.),Complete title of the book (first-final page numbers). Publication location: Publishing company.

Bjork, R. A. (1989). Retrieval inhibition as an adaptive mechanism in human memory. In H. L. Roediger III & F. I. M. Craik (Eds.), Varieties of memory & consciousness(pp. 309–330). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

3. Journal article

Author’s last name, Initials (Publication date). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume, first-final page numbers.

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology24, 225–229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225


4. Dissertation or Thesis

Author’s last name, Initials (Year of defense). Title of work. Indication of the type of work, Institution, Location.

Miranda, R. F. (2009). As mulheres da Ilha das Caieiras: Relacionamento interpessoal e cooperação na formação e funcionamento de uma cooperativa. Doctoral Dissertation. Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória.



5. Citations

Citations in the text should indicate the author’s last name, followed by the publication year between parentheses.  Use “and” whenever referring directly to the name of the authors and use “&” when their names are cited between parentheses.

When a citation refers to a work by three, four or five authors, list all the last names the first time a reference to the work appears, and in subsequent references give only the first author’s name followed by “et al.” and the publication year. If a work has six or more authors, give only the first author’s name followed by “et al.” in the first as well as in all subsequent citations.

The names of all authors should be mentioned in the references. When citing several works between parentheses, order them alphabetically, and not by date. The date mentioned in the text and in the references should refer to the edition used by the author.

Note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening (read more). Please also see PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.



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. Original Research Articles: 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). Prior to acceptance and publication in Interpersona, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites (see Preprint Policy).

  2. Acknowledging and citing previous work: Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in Interpersona. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.

  3. Authorship: All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to Interpersona. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)

  4. Consent for data storage: All authors of the submitted manuscript consent to the storage of their personal data transferred in conjunction with the submission and in accordance with the Journal's Privacy Statement.

  5. File Format: The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.

  6. URLs: Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  7. Text: 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.

  8. Stylistic and bibliographic requirements: The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and PsychOpen Author Guidelines.

  9. Ensuring a Blind Review: If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

  10. Title Page and Abstract:

    1) Is the title no more than 12 words?

    2) Does the byline reflect the institution or institutions where the work was conducted?

    3) Does the title page include the running head, article title, byline, and author note?

    4) Does the abstract range between 150 and 250 words?

  11. Paragraphs and Headings:

    1) Is each paragraph longer than a single sentence but not longer than one manuscript page?

    2) Do the levels of headings accurately reflect the organization of the paper?

    3) Do all headings of the same level appear in the same format?

  12. References:

    1) Are references cited both in text and in the reference list?

    2) Do the text citations and reference list entries agree both in spelling and in date?

    3) Are the references (both in the parenthetical text citations and in the reference list) ordered alphabetically by the authors’ surnames?

    4) Are inclusive page numbers for all articles or chapters in books provided in the reference list?


  13. Notes:

    1) Does the author note include both the author’s current affiliation if it is different from the byline affiliation and a current address for correspondence?

    2) Does the author note disclose special circumstances about the article (portions presented at a meeting, student paper) as basis for the article?


  14. Tables and Figures:

    1) Does every table column, including the stub column, have a heading?

    2) Have all vertical table rules been omitted?

    3) Are all tables referred to in text?



Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with Interpersona agree to the following terms:

Creative Commons License

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Under the CC BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in Interpersona in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of Interpersona are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, Interpersona as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available).

Authors grant the journal right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.


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