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LIBERABIT is a semi-annual publication of the Professional School of Psychology from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru. The journal presents papers in reference to the academic and professional environment in various areas of psychology; these papers must be original, unpublished, and can be written in Spanish, English or Portuguese.
It is necessary to specify what is the contribution and the relevance of investigation. Also, the papers proposed must have been led by a psychologist and in the list of authors must appear only those that have contributed intellectually to the development of the research.
The contents of Liberabit in the preparation and presentation of papers are based on the scientific communication rules proposed by the American Psychology Association (APA) in its handbook for scientific publications (6th edition in English and 3rd in Spanish).
The papers that are sent to the journal for publication may correspond to one of the seven types that are outlined below:
1. Empirical Study. Provides original information of a completed research. Also, it considers studies that report secondary data analysis; provided that it reflects results not included or considered in other publications. The development of the paper must maintain the following order:
2. Literature Review. Presents an organized and systematized review of the status issue or problem study, i.e., a synthesis of the previous investigative results is presented. Also, it includes the meta-analysis referred to a quantitative review of what is reported by studies done on the same topic.
3. Theoretical Article. Presents advances in theory – perspectives and theoretical constructs are also discussed. Different theoretical perspectives are compared, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of one over the other and vice versa.
4. Methodological Article. It presents a new methodological approach in psychology or an alternative version to an existing one. You can also describe strategies for data analysis; even bibliometric studies are considered.
5. Case Study. It reports individual, group, organizational, or community case results. This type of paper presents a problem for private study and the strategies for dealing with it. It has theoretical and practical implications.
6. Brief report. These are the progress and preliminary results of research already completed. 7. Letter to the editor. Contains critical analysis of any article published in the Journal. The content must contribute to the scientific discussion of the item in question
Submission of papers.
The papers proposed for publication must be sent through the OJS platform available at:
The author(s) must be registered and follow all the appropriate steps; in addition, they must send a letter of introduction with the job title and name of the author(s) addressed to the director of the journal. You must send it to the following email:
The author(s) commits not to submit to other journals or media the complete or partial papers submitted to the Liberabit journal. The only manuscripts subject to review will be the ones not in the process of simultaneous revision by other national or international journals.
The withdrawal of the paper will be requested in writing with a document addressed to the director, and may be done after the response of the same. Originals will not be returned, nor will be considered those that fail to comply with the rules set forth by the journal.
It is suggested that the authors cite articles published in LIBERABIT that are related to the themes of their manuscript, in order to increase the index of citation.
Next is the detailed order for submitting a paper on the OJS system.
1. The author must register in the system and allow himself the role of author and reader.
2. Once you has accessed the platform, you must login under the role of AUTHOR.
3. To begin the sending process, click on CLICK HERE.
4. Then continue with the five steps that follow:
Paper Arbitration System
The arbitration system is performed in two stages: (a) It is verified that the article meets the formal aspects; the co-editor or members of the Scientific Advisory Committee do this sifting. Failure to comply with the rules set forth – the manuscripts are returned to the authors to make the necessary adjustments. (b) It is evaluated the content and scientific contribution of the paper – for which it is sent to two members of the Scientific Committee, double-blinded (the arbitrators do not know the identity of the authors, and vice versa).
After the evaluation, the paper is considered:
If the arbitrators point out comments on the manuscript, these must be resolved by its author(s) in a period of no more than 30 days; if there is no response once the time has passed, the paper shall be considered as new and on the waiting list.
The accepted and edited paper is forwarded to the author(s) for review, and should be returned accompanied by a conformity letter in order to carry out the publication of the corresponding number of the Liberabit journal during the following 30 days. The main author will receive a printed copy and the sponsors a record of publication of the article.
General Structure of the paper
The extension of the work must not exceed 7,000 words – including references which represent between 15 to 20 pages, A4 size. The type of letter should be Times New Roman, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing, and 2.5 cm margins per side.
The following format must be respected, and care should be taken to maintain anonymity:
On the first page…
In the following pages...
With tables and figures you must follow the APA format, and indicate the source – if be the case. If the working material is subject to author’s rights, or copyright; it is the author(s) responsibility to process the corresponding permit in writing.
References cited in the text
The Cite has as its main function – to denote to the reader – where the concept or idea used in the paper comes from. You can cite in different ways:
• Author and year cited in the text
• Author not cited in the text
• Author cited in the text
Next are some examples according to the number of authors:
1. Papers with only one author
2. Papers with two authors
When a cite (paper in Spanish) has two authors, the last name of both authors should always appear separated by the conjunction "and"; followed by the year of publication.
In cites from Spanish papers, the conjunction “y” is always used inside or outside parentheses. When the paper is in English, “and” is used in the citing, and when the text is in Portuguese is used “e”.
3. Papers with multiple authors
When a paper has three, four, or five authors, you must put all the last names in the first citation; in the subsequent citations, you should only place the last name of the first author followed by et al., and the year.
For example, the first cite in the text:
Following citations in the text:
When an appointment has six or more authors, the last name of the first author is positioned from the beginning, followed by et al., and the year of publication.
4. Some considerations in the use of cites
When citing different authors inside or outside parentheses, they are sorted alphabetically separated by a semicolon (;).
When the cite corresponds to an agency or institution, the first time you must type the full name and the abbreviation in parentheses; in the subsequent cites, place only the acronyms.
For example, the first time:
World Health Organization (WHO), 1985...
When a cite is textual and does not exceed 40 words, it is placed between quotation marks within the same paragraph of the text; the page number(s) goes in parentheses.
If the cite exceeds 40 words, it should be placed in a separate paragraph, without quotation marks; and the paragraph with a hanging indent of five spaces; the page number(s) goes in parentheses.
List of references
A list of references is included at the end of the text, i.e., the sources of the concepts or ideas. Only the references that were cited in the text should be mentioned. Below are some characteristics of the references:
Below are a few examples:
1. Periodical publications
To be considered are magazines, newsletters, newspapers, etc. The order is as follows:
When there are two authors:
From three to seven authors:
More than seven authors:
. Article with DOI
The digital object identifier (DOI) allows access to electronic publications information, if the reference has it, it should be included at the end. If the job does not have an assigned DOI but was recovered online, you must provide the uniform resource locator (URL).
. Press article
. Journal paper on the Internet
Included are reference books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, electronic books, chapters within a book, etc. The format used is the following:
. Book with DOI or URL
Chapter within a consultation book
. Monograph or limited circulation book from an electronic database
3. Conference and symposium proceedings
The summary of conclusions, agreements or conferences summaries, or symposia can be published in print or electronically.
For example, collaboration in a symposium:
4. Doctoral Thesis or master's degree
They can be recovered from institutional or personal files, previously unpublished or published on the web.
For example, unpublished thesis:
For example, thesis from an institutional database:
Ethical principles on publications and research
LIBERABIT subscribes the ethical principles on publication and research established by the scientific community, which can be reviewed at the following addresses:
American Psychological Association Ethical Principles:
Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors (March 2011):
We highlight the following considerations:
1. Responsibilities of the authors:
The violation of the ethical norms of publication will give place to following sanctions, which are detailed according to severity order:
2. Responsibilities of reviewers:
3. Responsibilities of the editors:
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