Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea, ISSN 2316-2449, is a publication of the Brazilian Society for Phenomeno-Structural Psychopathology (Sociedade Brasileira de Psicopatologia Fenômeno-Estrutural – SBPFE). The journal is published semiannually with the objective to disclose studies oriented by the phenomenological perspective in psychopathology, psychiatry and psychology. Its scope comprises the entire range of phenomenological movement in its structural, existential, descriptive or transcendental aspects, as well as its philosophical basis. Its overall aim is to enhance and deepen knowledge – in the clinical sphere – of human existence in its relations with itself, with the others, with temporality and spatiality. The journal is open access and it is published exclusively online.


The journal accepts original studies (unpublished) in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. The manuscripts are evaluated according to its originality, relevance, and topicality, as well as the quality of the research. When a manuscript is submitted, the authors guarantee that the study has not been previously published and is not being analyzed by any other journals. In case the publication is duplicated or the manuscript is simultaneously submitted to another journal, it will be disregarded and the authors might be punished.
All the manuscripts are reviewed by the editors and, if approved, they are sent to the Editorial Board for peer review. Nonetheless, the final decision on the approval is up to the editors. Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea adopts the double blind system of evaluation, guaranteeing the anonymity of both authors and reviewers during the whole process of analysis.
The manuscript’s content and the opinions expressed, as well as the veracity of the information and references mentioned, are of exclusive responsibility of the authors.


The manuscripts submitted to evaluation must meet all the guidelines of the journal regarding both the scope and the form and presentation of the text.
Initially, the manuscripts are evaluated by the editors regarding the adequacy of the article to the guidelines and the editorial scope of the journal. The papers that are not suitable will be rejected and the authors will be informed of the reasons. The studies approved by the editors are sent to the Editorial Board – at least two reviewers with expertise in the subject – for a technical report (peer review). The editor may request the contribution of invited experts as ad-hoc consultants. The reviewers may suggest changes or corrections, request clarifications, and make recommendations.
The comments of the reviewers will be sent to the authors in order to guide the restructuring of the text. The authors may reply with justifications or clarifications on aspects of the manuscript, and the new version will be sent to a new round of evaluation by the reviewers. This process may be repeated a few times until the manuscript is considered adequate for publication. The decision on accepting the manuscript or not will be based on the reports from the reviewers, ad-hoc consultants, and the editors’ analysis. The authors will be notified about the acceptance, the rejection, or the need for changes in the paper by e-mail. The authors of the manuscripts accepted for publication will receive instructions regarding the editorial procedures. The editors reserve the right to introduce minor alterations on the final version of the paper during the editing process, in order to meet the journal standards. The studies undergoing evaluation must not be submitted to other publications until the authors receive a notification on its acceptance or rejection for publication on the Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea.


The journal Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea follows the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) ( regarding authorship, conflicts of interests and researches involving human beings.
The number of approval in the Research Ethics Committee and the statement that all the subjects involved (or their legal guardians) have signed the Free and Informed Consent (Resolution MS/CNS/CNEP nº 466/12 of December 12th, 2012), in case of studies involving human beings (as well as surveys of medical reports or documents from an institution), are required and must be mentioned in the text.


The journal Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea publishes the following types of manuscripts:
Original article: intended for psychological, psychopathological, philosophical, essayistic reflection, or yet for the dissemination of original and unpublished ideas. Empirical studies of diagnostic or clinical nature are also accepted.
Review article: consists of critical and systematic evaluation of the literature, published material on a specific subject, and updates on the theme.
Brief communication: short communication of original research, with the intent to present preliminary results.
Case report: presents cases or experiences with unique characteristics of interest for professional practice, describing its aspects, history, conducts, and more.
Book review: critical analysis of printed or online-published books.
Letter to the editor: constructive, objective and educative critics of published materials, or discussions regarding specific current subjects.
Communication presented in event: groups information presented and discussed in scientific events of the area.


The authors are free to define the titles of the manuscript’s sections, as long as they present the following items: introduction on the subject, development and conclusion.


Formatting: the text must be formatted in Microsoft Word, paper size ISO A4 (212x297mm)
Font: Times New Roman, size 12
Text alignment: justified
Space between lines: 1.5
Margin: 2.5 cm each side
Indentation and spacing: zero
Paragraph indentation: 1.25 cm
Maximum length: 7000 words
Titles: bold, unnumbered. Must be brief and avoid the use of acronyms.
Subtitles: indicate hierarchy, when applicable, using italic. Do not number.
Abstracts: maximum 150 words.
Keywords: minimum 3, maximum 5.
In-text citations: must be nominal, presenting the name(s) of the author(s) and the respective year of publication, according to the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th edition, 2012).
References: must be presented according to the guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th edition, 2012). To verify the adaptation of the guidelines, click here.
Figures and tables: must be presented within the body of the text, in Times New Roman font, size 10. Include brief title and legend, when necessary. Must be created in Microsoft Word or sent in editable format.
Appendix: they are necessary to the comprehension of the text, and might be presented as lists, protocols, forms, tests, etc. Must be sequentially numbered, according to the sequence they appear on the text.
Abbreviations and acronyms: must follow the complete name when cited for the first time in the text.
Footnotes: when present, must be identified with an asterisk (*).
Funding: institutions that have provided support and/or funding for the execution of the research must be cited, stating the process number, when applicable.
Acknowledgement: include acknowledgement of people or institutions that have effectively contributed to the execution of the research.


The presentation of the manuscript must have the following format:
1. Identified cover page, including: title of the study in Portuguese (or in the original language of the study) and in English; full name of each author, with their professional/academic relationship and e-mail.
2. Unidentified cover page, including:
– Title in Portuguese (or in the original language of the study) and in English;
– Abstract in Portuguese with maximum of 150 words, followed by keywords (maximum 5);
– Abstract in English with the same length of the one in Portuguese, and the respective keywords;
– Text, followed by the references of the cited studies.


A permission letter signed by all the authors must be sent along with the manuscript, addressed to the editors. The letter must inform the submission of the manuscript, authorizing the editorial process and guaranteeing that it regards original and unpublished material, and that it is not being considered for publication in other journals. Any conflict of interests must also be informed.


The manuscript must be sent by e-mail to