ISSN 0718-4808 online version
ISSN 0716-6184 print version


Scope and policy

Terapia Psicológica is oriented to promote the diffusion of knowledge and scientific evidence that contributes to the progress of the discipline. Empirical works from all areas and specialties of Clinical Psychology (assessment, treatment, prevention, etc.) will be published. Theoretical reviews carried out under PRISMA methodology will eventually be accepted, as well as articles dealing with variables related to mental health and clinical psychology (based on this viewpoint). Manuscripts may be submitted in Spanish or English. Three issues are published each year.

Articles submitted must be unpublished and not in the process of publication or review in another journal. All papers must follow the format of the current version of the American Psychological Association (APA) publications manual; papers that do not follow this format will be returned for review.

Original articles and short reports will be published. Once the manuscript is received, it will be reviewed by the editors to determine whether the content, form and writing, style, and formal aspects of presentation conform to the requirements of the journal. If the manuscript meets these requirements, the author will be informed of the identification number assigned to his or her manuscript, so that he or she can pay the review fee, equivalent to US$50 or its equivalent in Chilean pesos. In case of rejection, for whatever reason, this amount will not be returned.

Once the payment of the fee has been confirmed, the manuscript will be assigned to two peer reviewers, who will review the quality of the manuscript, indicating whether it is accepted intact, with modifications or rejected. In case of doubts regarding this evaluation, the manuscript will be sent to a third evaluator, to define if the article is accepted with modifications or rejected.

If accepted, the rest of the processing fee must be paid:

  • SCPC member author : US$ 300 or the equivalent in national currency.

  • Non SCPC member author : US$ 600 or the equivalent in national currency.


  • Deposit or bank transfer.

Payment details in Chile:

  • Name: Sociedad Chilena de Psicología Clínica.
    ROUTINE: 70.779.900-5
    Current Account: 0430015-7
    Bank: Santander

Data paid from abroad:

  • Beneficiary Name: Sociedad Chilena de Psicología Clínica
    ROUTINE: 70,779,900-5
    Current Account: 0430015-7
    Name of the bank: Banco Santander Chile
    Swift code bank: BSCHCLRM


  1. To make your payment official and register it, send a copy of the transfer made to the email (, indicating also the number assigned to his manuscript.

  2. Specify in the email subject the name of the article and the first author.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts will have a maximum extension of 30 pages, double spaced, in font Times New Roman 12. The cover page will include the title of the manuscript, the names of the authors, their institutional affiliation, ORCID number and an e-mail address (which will be published in the article). In the second page the tittle will appear (without the authors), followed by the abstract (in English and Spanish) that will not exceed 150 words, and a maximum of five key words that will reflect the main points of the manuscript.

Following the APA style, empirical articles must include the following sections: introduction, method (participants, instruments, procedure, etc.), results, discussion, and references. Theoretical articles must include a clear and organized structure that includes the introduction, and discussion sections, as well as their corresponding references.
Figures and tables included in the text must be numbered in their orden of appearance, and they must be included each on separate pages. These must be presented as they would show in the final article, in terms of their shape and size. It must be indicated in the text, the place where the Table or Figure should appear (with the sentence “Insert Figure …/ Table … about here”).

References in the the text must be cited using the author´s last name and the year of publication, in compliance to one of the following formats: “… according to Barlow & Hoffman (1997)” or “… according to research in anxiety, to date is known… (Barlow & Hoffman, 1997)”. If a reference has one or two authors, the authors must be cited each time they appear in the text. If a reference has between three and six authors, all of them have to be cited the first time they appear in the text, and subsequently the first author will be cited adding the latin abbreviation “et al.” Example: Hayes et al., 2001. If a reference has more than six authors, from the first and subsequent times that it is cited, it will always have the last name of the first author, followed by the abbreviation “et al.”, and the year of publication.

All of the references used and cited in the manuscript must be sorted alphabetically by the first author´s last name or the title (if it doesn´t have an author), in the last section of the manuscript, followed by the year of publication in parentheses (from older to recent dates), the title of the source, volume, pages, place of publication and editorial (when it corresponds). End notes must be avoided.

Specifically, the required format is as follows:


Last name of the author followed by the initials of the name, year of publication (in parentheses), title of the book (in italics), and edition. Place of publication (followed by a colon), and editorial.

Example: Buss, D.M. (1994). Evolution of human desire: Strategies of human mating. New York: Basic Books.

Book Chapters:

Last name of the author followed by the initials of the name, year of publication (in parentheses), title of the chapter. In: initials of the name followed by the last name of the authors of the book (indicating if they are editors, “eds.”, compilators, comps.”, etc.), title of the book (in italics), edition, and the pages of the chapter. Place of publication (followed by a colon), and editorial.

Example: Barlow, D.H. & Hoffman, S.G. (1997). Eficacy and disemination of psicological treatements. En: Clark, D.M. & Fairburn, C.G. (eds). Science and Practice of cognitive behaviour therapy (pp. 95-117). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Last name of the author followed by the initials of the name, year of publication (in parentheses), title of the article, name of the journal and volume (in italics), initial and last page numbers.

Example: Flórez-Alarcón, L. (2000). El proceso psicológico de la promoción y de la prevención. Avances en Psicología Clínica Latinoamericana, 18, 13-22.

To further inquire on the information not included here, authors must review the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (information available at

Articles that do not comply with these requirements will not be considered in the peer review process.

When a manuscript is received a confirmation will be sent to the first author. If the manuscript is accepted for review, this will be done within a maximum period of 150 days, within which we will respond about its acceptance. If changes are required, the authors will have up to two months to do so. After this period, the manuscript will be considered as a new article to begin the review process.

Once the manuscript is accepted for publication a final copy of the article must be sent by e-mail.

The editorial committee may include modifications to the manuscript in order to format the articles for publication.

Once an article has been accepted for publication, it is implicit that all the authors yield their publication rights to the journal.

The opinions expressed in the articles, are the authors exclusive responsibility, and they do not necessarily represent the thinking the Chilean Society of Clinical Psychology.

Sending of manuscripts

Authors must send an electronic version of the manuscript with a presentation letter, specifying the author´s name, and e-mail addressed to:

For information, please write to Sociedad Chilena de Psicología Clínica, e-mail:

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