Editorial Standards

The Revista Costarricense de Psicologia (Costa Rican Journal of Psychology) accepts for publication original and unedited papers, which are not being considered for submission in other publication media. The submission format for papers is in Microsoft Word sent for pre-approval to the Journal’s Editor via e-mail (editorial@rcps-cr.org), with a copy to the Director (director@rcps-cr.org), observing closely the Journal’s paper format criteria

In order to be accepted for the review process (with all submission criteria completed), all authors are asked to submit an academic resume of no more than two pages each. Additionally, the first author submits a signed cover letter addressed to the Journal’s director and the Affidavit (complete, print, sign and scan), declaring that the paper is original and unedited, that it fulfills international investigation and ethical standards and is written according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010, ). In the cover letter, the first author transfers the copyright to the Journal, this in the event of the paper’s acceptance.

Upon completion of all submission criteria, the author will be given a manuscript ID, when the paper is ready to enter into the review process. The flowchart of the editorial process is shown here, the journal regulations are shown here.

The Editorial Board submits the paper to two peer reviewers (double-blind) who help to determine the suitability of the paper in accord with the Journal’s objectives. In case of two contradictory dictamina, the Board may ask a third peer for his/her criterion. In the review process, all authors and all reviewers remain anonymously (double-blind).

In the case that the dictamen indicates a partial acceptance with a recommendation to restructure the paper, the authors will be given 30 days to return the restructured paper. The Journal will review the restructured paper and within the following three months, the Editorial Board will communicate its acceptance or rejection. The authors have the right to appeal.

As considered necessary, the Editorial Board may have the paper reviewed by one or two additional peers. Independent of its acceptance or rejection, the submitted documentation will not be returned.

The paper must be prepared with strict adherence to the recommendations of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010, ). The order of presentation of the information is as follows:

Title page (running head, title, author’s byline, date and author note), abstract, corpus of the text, references, appendices, tables, figures, on separate pages and in this order (with just one table or figure per page), and numbered sequentially.

The Journal accepts papers with a maximum extent of 30 pages (double-spaced) including references, tables, images, annexes, and so forth, typed on letter-sized paper with margins of at least one inch (2.5 cm), flush-left style alignment, in 12 point Times New Roman font.

The title of the paper must contain a maximum of 12 words (no abbreviations) and the abstract (Abstract Guide) between 150 and 250 words typed in a single paragraph, and followed by five to eight keywords.

The paper must be prepared carefully and cleanly and in alignment with the APA’s guidelines for headers, paragraphs, numbering, tables, abbreviations, orthography, mathematics, statistics and units of measurement, etc. The Journal emphasizes the importance that submitted papers strictly follow the APA’s recommendations on text citations, references in the text, and the reference list.

For empirical research (quantitative or qualitative), the Journal follows the generic format of the APA: title, abstract and keywords, introduction, method, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, appendices.

In the case of theoretical articles, the journal adheres to the format recommended by the German Society of Psychology (Deutsche Gesellschaft for Psychologie e.V., DGPs, ): title, abstract and keywords, introduction, preface, corpus of the text, topic 1, topic 2, topic n, discussion (optional), references, and appendices.

Grammar and sentence constructions intrinsic to the English language must be observed within a proper format.

The Costa Rican Journal of Psychology offers the following checklist to evaluate preliminarily your article before send it us. Note this guideline is born from the evaluation form used by peer experts, it will let you have a general idea of the basic criteria for the subsequent evaluation.


  1. The guide has three sections:
  • Section A. Initial evaluation: It refers sections that are included in all the articles to be sent must meet mandatory in this case would be Title, Abstract and Introduction.
  • Section B: This section is divided into two -mutually exclusive- parts (if you complete Subsection B1 then you should not complete the Subsection B2 and vice versa):
    • Subsection B1 corresponds to criteria for empirical articles’ evaluation
    • Subsection B2 is linked to criteria for theoretical articles’ revision
  • Section C. Final evaluation: as Section A, this section criteria that any article must have, in this case Discussion, References and the General Appreciation of the text.

2. Complete the guide as objectively as possible before sending us the document, mark with a check (√) into the boxes on the right column to verify that your manuscript meets that criterion; in some cases, by the peculiarities of the article, you could be fulfilled the criterion as “not applicable”, then use the “N/A” nomenclature in the check box.

For further information please refer to emails asistente@rcps-cr.org or editorial@rcps-cr.org

This checklist follows the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Washington: Author..



The Costa Rican Journal of Psychology ensures the publication of articles with original and unpublished content, so it performs an analysis during the initial review of the articles it receives, in order to detect plagiarism.

During the initial review of each article sent for publication, the document will be submitted to an analysis through Plagiarisma.net online platform to determine its degree of originality, which allows to determine whether the article enters or not in the peer review process.



The editor-in-chief of the RCPs proceeds to perform the originality analysis of the article as follows:

1. The article is uploaded into Plagiarisma.net, which performs a search and comparison of the content of the articles with different articles, works, books, theses, e-mail addresses, among others, hosted on the Internet, and determines a percentage of originality of the manuscript.

2. Based on the results obtained regarding the degree of originality of the article, it will be determined whether or not it enters the peer review process. For this purpose, the following will be considered:

• Articles with a range of originality less than or equal to 50% will be rejected
• Articles with a range of originality between 51% and 69%: the authors will be asked to review the article to analyze and improve the originality of the manuscript
• Articles with a range of 70% up to 100% originality will enter the peer review process
• Articles already published in other media will be rejected

3. The editor-in chief will inform to the authors, via email, the results of the degree of originality together with the corresponding editorial decision, according to the criteria indicated in point 2.

4. In the case of articles in which the authors are asked to review the degree of originality, once the manuscript has been received, it will be uploaded again in Plagiarisma.net, to make a new analysis of the originality level of the article; If its level increases to a range greater than or equal to 70%, it will enter the peer review process; in case of a lesser or equal level of originality is obtained with respect to the first analysis performed, the article will be rejected.

The Costa Rican Journal of Psychology invites authors of articles to review the degree of originality of their manuscripts through online platforms such as the one indicated above, prior to their submission, to determine if this criterion should be improved or maintained.

Self-archiving of the articles published in the Costa Rican Journal of Psychology, in its electronic page and indexes, databases, platforms among others in which it is subscribed, is done once the journal number to which it belongs is published, in PDF format.

The Costa Rican Journal of Psychology keeps a digital file of the articles published in its numbers through an account in DROPBOX, external hard drives, as well as the articles are uploaded to different Indexes, platforms and databases.

Since 1917, the Costa Rican Journal of Psychology incorporates a digital object identifier (DOI) in each article published in its different numbers.