Authors Guide


Articles should be in English. 

Ethical standards

“Psychology Hub” only accepts contributions that respect the ethical standards set forth 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 set forth for their field of research and with regulations concerning privacy.


Articles that the Editorial Board considers to be in line with the scope of the journal will be submitted in anonymous form to review by at least two specialists in the field, belonging to different institutions to those in which the authors work. Research notes and annotated bibliographies will be reviewed by a single referee. 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, may 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 of the article. 


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


The articles must be accompanied by a brief summary (around 1,500 keystrokes, spaces included) and by keywords. The abstract must be written bearing in mind 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 must be sent as attachments by email to the Editorial Office of Psychology hub at Authors are advised to keep a copy of the files sent because the Publisher will not be liable for loss of or damage to the original files sent to the Journal. 

Artwork and Illustrations

Illustrations, graphs and tables must be incorporated in the text with the related notes, captions and sources. Illustrations and graphs, perfectly legible and in black and white so that they can 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. In any case, all figures published should not be larger than 11cm (base) x 16.5cm (height) Colour illustrations are not permitted. If colour is absolutely essential, the Publisher will ask the authors to contribute to the costs. 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 with the proposal for publication.

Text formatting

Use Garamond 12 with the following margins: upper 2.2cm, lower 2.2cm, right and left 2.2cm. Page numbers must be placed at the centre of the footer. The abstract must be in Garamond 11 and the Reference List in Garamond 10 with line spacing 1.5. Italics will generally be used to emphasise 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 italicised; 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 italicised term is followed by its definition, to help the reader identify it in 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 that of the body of the text are indicated in plain text between chevrons. Longer cited passages (more than 5 lines) are indicated in smaller sized font compared to that of 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 on common sense, it will be preferable to write: “He waited for one year”, “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 that of 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; that is: 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 with surname and initial of the given name with period. If more than one work with the same date is indicated for the same author, the year will be indicated (in the body of the text and in 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 in accordance with the APA standards (sixth 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/or visual-spatial abilities. Rassegna di Psicologia


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

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 in 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 that will be sent by the publisher. The draft copies to correct will be sent to the lead author, requesting that they return it as soon as possible and that they keep modifications to a minimum (in general, the only acceptable changes are the correction of misprints). Drafts that are not returned within 5 days following receipt will be considered null and void and the article will be published as technically corrected by the editorial office. 


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

Commitments linked to publication

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