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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.
  • Submit MAIN DOCUMENT with NO AUTHORS' NAMES file in WORD (*.doc or *.docx) format
  • Submit a separate file including: full title, a complete list of Authors and their affiliations, corresponding author
  • Submit images and tables as separate files
  • The Submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the Letter to Editor)
  • The submission file is formatted according to APA style 7th ed.
  • All Authors have read, agreed and accepted every part of the submission
  • Data file as well as syntax script and all materials useful for reproducing results or the experimental procedure followed to obtain data and reported in the submission will be made (or are) available upon request for checking or for reproducing results
  • Authors have double checked all references

Author Guidelines


Articles should be in English. 


Ethical standards

"Psychology Hub" only accepts contributions that respect the ethical standards outlined in COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, which can be consulted at


Proposal for publication

The contributions proposed must not have been published before or be simultaneously submitted to other journals. Empirical studies must be accompanied by a letter in which the authors declare that the study has been carried out in compliance with the ethical standards for their research field and privacy regulations. Authors may submit to Psychology Hub or Original scientific articles in all fields of psychology, with preference for empirical research and qualified theoretical contributions; or Research Notes on circumscribed studies, replication studies, development of tools; or Annotated bibliographies consisting in systematic review or meta-analysis.


Articles the Editorial Board considers to be in line with the Journal's scope will be submitted anonymously to review by at least two specialists in the field, belonging to different institutions to those in which the authors work. A single referee will review research notes and annotated bibliographies. The reasoned opinion of the reviewers (whether they approve publication or not) will be sent to the authors (in anonymous form). The authors can provide a list of names (not fewer than three from different institutions) from which the Editorial Board can, at its discretion, choose one of the reviewers.


Editorial standards

Any corrections to articles requested by the reviewers must be made within one month, the deadline set for the authors to send the Journal the modified version.



The articles, complete with bibliographic references, artwork and illustrations (graphs, tables, drawings), and footnotes must not generally exceed 30,000 keystrokes, spaces included. The limit for annotated bibliographies and research notes is 20,000 keystrokes, including spaces.



The articles must be accompanied by a summary (around 1,500 keystrokes, spaces included) and by keywords. The abstract must be written considering the APA (American Psychological Association) standards. To ensure the anonymity of the assessment, the names of the authors (full name and surname), the name of the institutions they work for, and the complete address of the reference author for correspondence must not appear on the title page but on a separate file (author file).



The Word files (.doc or .docx) containing the proposed contributions (Main document with no Authors' names and a separate file containing the Title of the contribution, a complete list of Authors' names and their affiliations, and the name of the Corresponding author) must be uploaded in Psychology Hub site using the following address:

The Editorial Board will not process documents sent via mail.

Artwork and Illustrations

Illustrations, graphs, and tables must be incorporated into the text with related notes, captions, and sources. Pictures and graphs, perfectly legible and in black and white to be directly reproduced, must be provided in high-resolution digital format, respectively, and preferably in .jpg or .tif for the figures and in Word for tables and graphs. All lines should be at least 0.2mm wide. All figures published should not exceed 11cm (base) x 16.5cm (height). Color illustrations are not permitted. The Publisher will ask the authors to contribute to the costs if color is essential. Authors are free to provide illustrative or other material (e.g., procedural details, encoding instructions, etc.), indicating the address for correspondence in a note and sending a copy to the Journal for information (in pdf format) along with the proposal for publication.

Text formatting

Use Garamond 12 with the following margins: upper 2.2cm, lower 2.2cm, and right and left 2.2cm. Page numbers must be placed at the center of the footer. The abstract must be in Garamond 11 and the Reference List in Garamond 10 with a line spacing of 1.5. Italics will generally emphasize terms and phrases (uppercase, bold, or other fonts should not be used for this purpose). Titles of books and works of any type must be italicized; if necessary, the definite article in the title is syntactically related to the context of the sentence. Italics are also used when a classification is given in the text, above all in cases where the italicized term is followed by its definition, to help the reader identify it on the page. This term can be found at the start of the line or within it.


Quotation marks

Citations of words or short passages (a few lines), even if in a language other than the body of the text, are indicated in plain text between chevrons. Longer cited passages (more than five lines) are displayed in a smaller font than the text. Moreover, double quotation marks ("”) must be used: (a) for the titles of newspapers, journals, series, and periodicals in general of any type; (b) inside citations for words that generally require the use of chevrons; (c) for words used in a metaphorical sense.



Numbers must be written in numerals (e.g., "22 March 1963" or "the device in 1.70m long"). Depending on the context and common sense, it will be preferable to write: "He waited for one year" or "He has a twelve-year-old cousin." In English, use a comma to separate groups of thousands. When several pages are indicated, write the number of the first in full and, for the following ones, only the numbers that change (e.g., pp. 15-6, 130-8, 1359-60, 1199-2002).



Round brackets are always used except (a) in the progressive numbering of equations, formulas: e.g. [1.1] E = mc2; (b) within a citation to indicate the words of a person other than the author of the same citation; (c) to indicate the omission of a passage, in which case an ellipsis must be provided within the square brackets [...].



All the footnotes will be in plain text, two font sizes smaller than the body of the text. In the body of the text, footnote references are followed, and not preceded, by punctuation marks; the exception is the exclamation or question mark that, instead, precedes the footnote reference number.


Reference list

The so-called American system is used in bibliographic references in the body of the text: the author's surname (without the given name) and date of publication (separated by a comma). An indication of the page number (preceded by a comma) is used if a citation is given. If there are more than three authors, the abbreviation et al. is used after the first surname. Instead, in the reference list, the authors are all indicated by surname and initial of the given name with a period. If more than one work with the same date is indicated for the same author, the year will be shown (in the body of the text and the reference list) with a letter in plain text (a, b, c, etc.) based on the alphabetic order of the titles.

At the end of the text, the bibliographic references are listed in alphabetical order following the APA standards (7th edition); in practice, depending on the nature of the works indicated, follow the examples listed.


Articles in journals

Grano, C., Lucidi, F., Crisci, B., & Violani, C. (2013). Validazione italiana della Revised Scale for Caregiving Self- Efficacy: un contributo preliminare basato su un campione di caregiver di familiari con Alzheimer. Rassegna di Psicologia, 30(3), 9-30. 


Articles of journals in the process of publication

Cannoni, E., Di Norcia, A., Federico, F. (in press). The bicycle drawing test: mechanical reasoning and visual-spatial abilities. Rassegna di Psicologia



Cannoni, E. (2003). Il disegno dei bambini. Rome: Carocci. 


The Italian version of a foreign book:

Miller, P.H. (2011). Teorie dello sviluppo psicologico. Quinta edizione. Bologna: il Mulino. (Original edition published in 2011). 


«Edited by» books 

Damon, W., Lerner, R. M., & Eisenberg, N. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of Child Psychology, Social, Emotional, and Personality Development (Vol. 3). Hoboken (NJ): John Wiley & Sons. 


Papers and Conferences/Conventions:

Baiocco, R., Ioverno, S., & Laghi, F. (October 2013). Suicidal ideation in gay and lesbian young adults: the role of internalized sexual stigma. Paper presented at 6th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Chigaco, USA. 


Contributions to a collection or anthology

Harter, S. (2006). The Self. In Damon, W., Lerner, R. M., & Eisenberg, N. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of Child Psychology, Social, Emotional, and Personality Development (Vol. 3) (pp. 505-571). Hoboken (NJ): John Wiley & Sons. 

The DOI must be indicated at the end of the reference of each article, using the doi format: (i.e., without http://) 

The ISSN must be indicated at the end of the reference of each book.


Draft copies

Authors will correct draft copies, making the corrections directly in the pdf file sent by the Publisher. The draft copies to fix will be sent to the lead author, requesting that they return it as soon as possible and keep modifications to a minimum (in general, the only acceptable changes are the correction of misprints). Drafts not returned within five days following receipt will be considered null and void, and the editorial office will publish the article as technically correct.



Excerpts are available in a pdf file. This file will be sent to the authors that request it from the Publisher.


Commitments linked to the publication

Acceptance of an article implies that the authors undertake not to publish the work or parts of the same elsewhere, either in the present or future, without the Publisher's written permission. The Publisher will consult the Management of the "Psychology hub" and the authors before proposing reprinting articles in other publications.


Original Article

Original articles are original and scientifically sound experiments providing new empirical evidence. Authors are expected to accurately and consistently motivate their research hypotheses by considering up-to-date empirical evidence present in the literature or considering the relevant theories. The Materials and Methods sections should ensure the reproducibility of the presented work. The analysis strategy should allow the reader to clearly understand which and how each result support or not the advanced hypotheses.

All original articles should include an Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions (optional) sections and must not generally exceed 30,000 keystrokes, spaces included.

Please refer to the Authors' guide for specific instructions and templates.

Research Note

Research Notes are brief reports of short, observational studies that report preliminary results or a short complete study or research that extends previously published research or preliminary results of a new experimental paradigm. Brief reports usually contain two figures and/or a table; however, the Materials and Methods sections should be detailed to ensure the reproducibility of the presented work.

The structure is similar to that of an article, and the limit for research notes is 15,000 keystrokes, including spaces.

Annotated bibliographies

The journals is interested in publishing annotated bibliography, systematic review, and systematic quantitative meta-analysis focusing on main topics in psychology.

Annotated bibliographies are a comprehensive analysis of the existing literature within a field of study, identifying conflicting results, understudied topics, or problems. We expect Annotated bibliographies to be critical and constructive and provide recommendations for future research. No new, unpublished data should be presented. The structure can include an Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Relevant Sections, Discussion, Conclusions, and Future Directions, with a suggested 25,000 keystrokes, including spaces.

Systematic qualitative review articles present a detailed investigation of previous research on a given topic that uses clearly defined search parameters and methods to identify, categorize, analyze, and report aggregated evidence on a specific topic. The structure of systematic reviews should include a Methods section. Preferably Systematic reviews should follow the PRISMA checklist and include a completed PRISMA flow diagram as part of the main text or Supplementary Materials. Authors are encouraged to register their review protocols before data extraction in public registries like PROSPERO. The suggested length of the manuscript is 25,000 keystrokes, including spaces.

Systematic quantitative meta-analysis articles, like systematic reviews, combine pertinent study data from several independent and systematically selected studies to develop a single conclusion to reach greater statistical power. The structure of systematic quantitative meta-analysis includes Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Systematic quantitative meta-analysis adheres to the PRISMA checklist, and preferably, Authors are invited to register their review protocols before data extraction in public registries like PROSPERO. The suggested length of the manuscript is 25,000 keystrokes, including spaces.