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Author Guidelines

This journal accepts articles and original submissions that have not been published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The author must upload the article in Word format along with the article metadata within the platform, using the 5 step submission process.

The review accepts articles in Italian and English. Manuscripts should conform to the editorial conventions set by the American Psychological Association (APA, Manual Style, 6* edition), and have a maximum length of 8.000 words with spaces (including notes and bibliographical references). The notes must be placed at the closing of any article (before bibliographical references) and not as footnotes.

For further details and examples, please refer to

Any contributions which exceed 8.000 words due to technical reasons (i.e. large attachments, questionnaires, etc.) can only be submitted on line: the author must undertake to send a reduced version with a maximum of 8.000 characters for the print edition.

The file must be in Word format. Images, photographs, drawings must be in .jpg

All submissions should be organised as follows:

1. The anonymous submission file (step 2 of the submission process).

The first page should contain:

1.1. A heading which will appear on every page of the document

1.2. The title

1.3. An abstract in both English and Italian (150 words each)

1.4. Five keywords in English and five keywords in Italian.

If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review must be followed.

The file, in Word format, must contain the main text of the article including notes, bibliographical references, appendixes, tables, images, charts and artwork.

2. The submission metadata (step 3 of the submission process).

The following informations must be provided within the platform:

2.1. Name, surname, institutional affiliation, country, email and a brief biographical note about the author or authors which is no longer than 75 words. If the article has more than one author please indicate the name of ONE author who will act as a contact.

2.2. Title

2.3. An abstract (150 words)

2.4. Five keywords, separated by semicolons.

If submitting an article in Italian, all metadata must be provided both in English and Italian language, using the "Form language" tool to switch between languages.



- Font & Dimensions: Garamond 12 pt. (for the main text)/ 10 pt. (for the endnotes);
- Page Layout: default margins of Word, justified text, with single-spaced lines and no indent for paragraphs;
- Figures: max. 20, jpeg format, low resolution. Send the numbered figures also in a compressed file.

Translations and quoting from translations
When quoting from a translation or a previously published book, please use the following format.
In the text
As Author claimed “children need a secure base” (Author’s name, original data/data of the work you
are referring to, page number of the quote). If the quote is translated in English by the author of the
article, add “auth. trans.” as in the example: As Rossi stated “children need a secure base” (Rossi,
1980/1995, p. 55, auth. trans).

In the reference list
List the work you are referring to and provide the name of translators: Provide also the reference to the original work as in the following: Rossi, M. (1995). Title (N. Name & N. Name, Trans.). Location:Publisher. (Original work, Title. Location: Publisher, 1980).
For ancient works, use the following format as in the example provided by APA Manual Style 6th ed.
Laplace, P. S. (1951). A philosophical essay on probabilities. (F. W. Truscott & F. L. Emory, Trans.).
New York, NY: Dover. (Original work published 1814)
Note: When you cite a republished work, like the one above, in your text, it should appear with both dates: Laplace (1814/1951).

Any element which might reveal the identity of the author should be removed from the file (name, surname, thanks, etc). They may be restored to the article at a later stage.

The present Author Guidelines can be downloaded in PDF here.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  3. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  4. If submitting an article in Italian, metadata will be provided both in English and Italian language in the 3rd step of the submission process, using the "Form language" tool to switch beetween languages.

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