Revista de Psicopatología y Psicología Clínica  -  Spanish Journal of Clinical Psychology  


1. The Revista de Psicopatología y Psicología Clínica (RPPC) accepts original manuscripts written in Spanish or English language related to psychopathology and clinical psychology. Although a major focus is on research articles, the journal also accepts reviews, shorter communications, case reports and book reviews. Editorials and monographic numbers are the initiative of the editorial committee.

2. The submission of an article implies that the work described represents original material, has not been published previously, is not being considered for publication elsewhere, its publication having been approved by each author and by the responsible authorities of the institution where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, and in any language.

3. Opinions expressed in a manuscript are entirely the responsibility of the authors. Clinical manuscripts will protect patient privacy. Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, and dates will be avoided. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included (e.g. figures), the author must obtain prior written permission from the copyright owners and duly credit the source in the article.

4. Submission to the journal. Authors may submit their articles by e-mail or via web ( Electronicsubmission must be in Word (Windows) format. The manuscript should be addressed to the Editor (Professor Bonifacio Sandín, UNED,Facultad de Psicología, Juan del Rosal 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain. E-mail:

5. Presentation of the manuscript. Authors must revise their article for a correct use of Spanish or English. Italics are not to be used for expressions of Latin origin, for example: in vivo, et al., per se. Use decimal points (in English) and commas (in Spanish); whilst keeping the 0. Manuscripts should not be edited (e.g., no bold types, no capital letters; italics can be used). Abbreviations must be defined at their first mention, and be consistent throughout the article. Statistics should be given in italics (e.g., N, N, r, DT, F, p, etc.). All pages to be numbered consecutively.

6. The manuscript should reflect the following data (in the order given):

6.1. First page (in the order given): a) title, b) author names and affiliations, c) affiliation addresses, d) full postal address including country and e-mail address of the corresponding author, e) acknowledgements, and f) short title.

6.2. Second and third pages may comprise: a) title, b) abstract (maximum length 150 words), c) keywords (between 3 and 8). These sections should be written both in Spanish (second page) and English (third page).

6.3. The following pages to contain the manuscript that should be divided in sections (in research papers: introduction, method, results, discussion and references), with the use of headings. Any subsection will be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. The headings are to be used for internal cross-referencing: no general referring to 'the text'. Tables and figures should be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Footnotes are to be used sparingly, and numbered consecutively throughout the article (e.g., “Footnote 1”). The position of footnotes should be indicated in the text and the footnotes themselves presented separately at the end of the article.

7. General style, references and citations in the text should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). Details concerning style can also be found at: It is recommended to consult a recent issue of the Journal as to layout and conventions.

7.1.References. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of bibliographic citations. Authors should ensure that all references listed are cited in the text, and vice versa. Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Manuscripts that are in press may be cited as such in the reference list.

7.2.Citing and listing of web references. The full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. If the URL includes authors’ names, then these should be included in the reference list. If authors are not included in the list, they must be cited in the text with superscripts and listed separately (e.g., after the reference list).

7.3.Tables and figures. Results should be presented in the simplest way. Tables are to be numbered as per their appearance in the text. Footnotes to tables should be placed below the table body and indicated with superscript lowercase letters. Vertical rules are to be avoided, so are three-dimensional figures. Tables should be used sparingly and data presented in tables should not duplicate results described elsewhere in the text. Tables should be preferred to figures. The manuscript may not include more than 6 tables and 6 figures.

8. Manuscript length: research papers: limit 8.000 words (preferred length 4.000 to 5.000); review papers: limit 10.000 words (preferred 5.000 to 7.000); short communications and case studies: limit 4.000 words; book reviews: limit 2.000 words. This limit includes the abstract, main text, and references, but not the title pages, tables and figures.

9. Reviewing process. The Editorial Board will determine if a submission falls within the scope and requirements of the journal and warrants a full peer review. Subsequently manuscripts are peer reviewed. The review will be blind, both for reviewers and authors. Every effort will be made to get feedback to the author within 3 months of reception. If the manuscript needs modification, the authors may present the modified manuscript within 90 days, with a reply to the reviewers’ comments, explaining each of the modifications. Authors are informed about the Editor’s decision after the review process has been completed.

10. Once the manuscript has been accepted it will be published. The publisher will supply proofs to the corresponding author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors occurred during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs is required, preferably by urgent mail and within 7 days of receipt. The published paper reflects the dates of reception and of acceptance. A PDF copy of the manuscript can be ordered (, free of charge for authors that are members of the AEPCP or RPPC subscribers.

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