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Scope and Policies of the Journal


The Latin-American Journal for Fundamental Psychopathology [Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental (RLPF)] is the official journal of the University Association for Research in Fundamental Psychopathology (AUPPF), a scientific society that brings together university professors from around the world.


The journal is dedicated to publishing original editorials, articles and book reviews in psychopathology that take subjectivity into account. It also publishes little-known texts that nonetheless constitute important and useful historical sources. Articles and essays resulting from research using the clinical method based on case studies with questions yet to be investigated are especially important for the journal.


The journal is managed by two editors-in-charge, by associate editors who are responsible for the specific sections, as well as by participating editorial and scientific boards.


The "Editorial" is signed by the editors-in-charge or a guest. It may also be submitted by experts in the subject matter. It shall provide scientific content that justifies its indexing, publishing and performance tracking and must include data of authorship, institutional affiliation, references, and contents that has the potential to be quoted.


The editors-in-charge are responsible for the “Articles” section, which only publishes original articles in Portuguese, English, Spanish or French.


The section on “Mental Health” publishes original articles on this theme from different countries.


“Observing Medicine” includes original articles and essays that discuss recent controversial trends in the field of medicine.


“Classics of Psychopathology” includes original articles and essays on clinical and descriptive psychopathology of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century.


“History of Psychiatry” consists of original articles and essays on the subject that are based on relevant historical sources.


“Observing Psychiatry ” consists of original articles on contradictory issues of that field.


“Literature, Psychopathology” contains articles that examine psychopathological aspects of literary works.


“First Steps” publishes articles by starting authors, undergraduate students and specialization course students. Aims to stimulate the scientific spirit, creativity and authorship.


“Book Reviews”. Only critical reviews will be accepted that provide new knowledge and go beyond the simple summary of a work.



The RLPF does not charge any fees for publishing articles.


Form and preparation of manuscripts


1) Objectives


Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental is the official quarterly journal of the University Association for Research in Fundamental Psychopathology and is aimed at publishing scientific papers that may contribute to the advance of knowledge in the treatment and prevention of mental suffering (pathos). It values articles and essays resulting from studies based on the clinical method, i.e., based on clinical cases whose issues instigate theoretical investigation and elaboration.


2) Selection of articles


When selecting articles for publication, the journal evaluates their originality, importance of topic, and the quality of the scientific methodology used, as well as compliance with the journal's editorial norms and regulations. Articles analyzing characters in books or cinema will not  be accepted, nor will those based on impressions or on generic or ideological opinions. All material must have clinical bases in order to be published. Undergraduate, or graduate students may submit articles for publication when presented in co-authorship with their respective advisers. Articles having more than two authors should contain specific information explaining the contributions of each. Preference will be given to articles written by subscribers of the journal.


3) Order of authorship


The author responsible for the integrity of the article as a whole must be mentioned as first author. Advisers, supervisors or persons responsible for writing parts of the article are considered co-authors.

Papers written by master or doctoral students will only be published in co-authorship with their thesis directors, except for those of the “Getting Started” section.


4) Acknowledgments


All contributors, such as readers of early versions and sources of information, and techniques, should receive specific recognition in a note at the end of each article.


5) Evaluation by peer reviewers


All articles to be published are commented on by peer reviewers. Under normal circumstances, the decision to accept an article for publication will be made within two months after the date it was received. Evaluator's opinion will subsequently be sent to the authors, guaranteeing anonymity for the former. The Editorial Board reserves the right to make necessary modifications in order to adapt texts to editorial requirements. If more substantial modifications are necessary the authors will be asked to revise their article.

6) Unpublished texts


The contents of material submitted for publication in Revista Latinoamericana must not have been published elsewhere previously or be in the process of evaluation by any other publication. If the text is accepted for publication in Revista Latinoamericana, it may not be subsequently be submitted for publication elsewhere without the express written approval of the editor of Revista Latinoamericana. All concepts and declarations contained in the text are the sole responsibility of the authors.


7) How to send material to the editor


Texts for publication may be written in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English. The material shall be sent to the editors-in-charge of the Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental/Latin American Journal of Fundamental Psychopathology, to:


The following should be sent to the editor a letter requesting publication of the article in Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental


7.1) Letter of presentation


All authors should sign the letter to the editor, with their full street addresses), telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, for contact.


7.2) Ethical aspects


In the letter the authors should describe any possible conflicts of interest (professional, financial, or related to direct or indirect benefits) that might influence the results of the study described. All sources of financing involved in the study or related work must also be mentioned and authors must guarantee that they have respected the privacy and anonymity of the persons involved.


Approval by an Ethics Committee of the institution where the research was carried out must be included when diagnostic or therapeutic interventions were carried out on human beings.


Articles signed by more than two authors must be accompanied by information in the text about the specific intervention carried out by each author.


7.3) Copyrights


All contents of this journal, except where otherwise mentioned, are licensed under a Creative Commons License.



8) Preparation of manuscripts




When publishing scientific articles, Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental observes the American Psychological Association (APA), in 6thEdition format. Articles, including tables and references, must be in Times New Roman 12 format, in double space, on a single side of the paper, and all pages, including the title page, must be numbered, with a maximum of 15 pages containing 2100 characters each. The article should not exceed 30,000 characters (with spaces), abstracts and keywords excluded, which are not part of this count.


Articles must not contain over 30,000 characters with spaces.


Book Reviews


Book reviews must be limited to a maximum of 4,200 characters with spaces.




The first page must show: a) Concise and full title of the article describing the respective topic (superfluous words should be omitted). Reviews must contain the title in German, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese; b) Name of the authors. The names will be published exactly as they have been sent; c) Academic degrees and the institution to which each author is affiliated, with respective full addresses; d) Name of the research group and institution where the research was carried out; e) If the work was funded, the funding agency must be mentioned; f) If the article was based on an academic thesis, the title, year and institution where it was presented must be indicated; g) If the article was first presented at a scientific meeting, the name, place and date of the event should be indicated.


8.1) Footnotes: Footnotes should be of the non-bibliographic type, as short as possible, ordered with Arabic numerals, which must appear immediately after the point or expression to which they refer.


8.1.1) Bibliographic notes must comply with the author/date system, with the page being indicated between parentheses immediately after being mentioned.


Texts should be organized for easy recognition and be well marked by a system of titles and subtitles that reflects this organization.


Minor corrections to the text may be made by the journal's editor or editorial board. When substantial changes are required, authors will be advised and become responsible for making them. Authors should return the revised text within the timeframe indicated in the correspondence.


9) Abstracts and describers

9.1) Articles

On its second page, the article should feature six abstracts of the same content in German, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese. It should not exceed seven lines or 490 characters (with spaces).



Four descriptors, expressions that represent the subject matter, are requested, in German, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, French, English and Portuguese, as well.


10) Acknowledgments


Acknowledgments should be brief and direct, and refer only to persons or institutions that have contributed substantially to the preparation of the article. They must be placed before the references.


11) Structure of texts


11.1) Bibliographic references


All bibliographic references must appear at the end of the article, in alphabetical order by last name. Care should be taken to see that all references mentioned in the text appear in the reference section, with exact dates and names of authors, correctly spelled. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of these references. Personal communications, unpublished papers or work still in progress may be quoted when absolutely necessary, but should only be mentioned in the text or in a footnote, and not be included in the list of references. The list of references must comply with the model shown in the examples below:


11.2) Articles in periodicals (single author)


BERLINCK, M. T. (September of 1999). A dor. Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental, São Paulo, II(3), p. 46-58.


11.3) Articles in periodicals (two authors)


BERLINCK, M. T. and FÉDIDA, P. (June of 1999) A clínica da depressão: questões atuais. Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental, São Paulo, III(2), 9-25.


11.4) Articles in periodicals (three or more authors)


Canongia, A. I. et al.  (October of 2001). A participação da enfermagem e do alunato nos grupos com pacientes psicóticos: um encontro fundamental. Pulsional Revista de Psicanálise, São Paulo, XIV(150), 27-31.


11.5) Articles without author's name


Editorial (October of 2001). Pulsional Revista de Psicanálise, São Paulo, XIV(150), 3-4.


11.6) Books


BERLINCK, M. T. (2000). Psicopatologia Fundamental. São Paulo: Escuta.


11.7) Chapters of books


BERLINCK, M. T. (1991) A histeria e o psicanalista. In: BERLINCK, M. T (org.). Histeria. São Paulo: Escuta, p. 29-47.


11.8) Dissertations


Marin, I. S. K. (2001). Subject and violence in contemporary times. PhD Thesis, Program of Post-Graduate Studies in Clinical Psychology, University of São Paulo - PUC-SP, São Paulo, SP.


11.9) Papers presented at congresses


MAGALHÃES, M. C. R. (1995). Haverá psicanálise no século XXI ou A psicanálise tem futuro? Congresso O século da psicanálise, Salvador, BA, out.


11.10) Articles in periodicals in electronic format


BERLINCK, M. T. and GAMA, C. A. P. (2002). Agorafobia, espaço e subjetividade. Psychiatry On-Line Brazil, n. 7, January. <> Acess in: January, 30.


Any other type of reference should comply with the American Psychological Association (APA) Norms.


Should the list of references fail to comply with the respective rules and regulations, the article may be rejected without review of its contents.


11.11) Ancient work, reedited at a later date


Freud, S. (1976). Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. In: Standard Brazilian Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (pp. 117-196). Rio de Janeiro: Imago. (Original published in 1905).


11.12) Institutional authorship


American Psychological Association (1994). Publication Manual (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.


11.13) Personal communication


May be a letter, an e-mail, a phone call, or a personal communication. Quote the text only; provide the initials and the surname of the author, and the date. Do not include into the references.



Submission of manuscripts


Procedures for processing manuscripts


Immediately following receipt by Revista Latinoamericana, manuscripts they are sent to an outside evaluator for comments, accompanied by the letter and guideline shown below. After this guideline has been filled out and returned by the outside evaluators, a copy is sent to the author for suggested changes.

Revista Latinoamericana’s system of evaluating articles by anonymous outside consultants follows the policies in effect by the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) (São Paulo State Foundation for Support to Research (Fapesp)). The outside consultants have access to the authors' names but the names of consultants themselves are kept confidential. Once each year the journal publishes a complete list of the consultants who sent comments of texts published in that volume.


Letter to outside evaluator

Date . . . .






Dear sir or madam:


I am enclosing the article entitled........ for your detailed opinion. It has been submitted for publication in the Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental.


Your comments should be presented on the attached form and returned to us within four weeks. Should you not be able to meet this deadline, please inform us as soon as possible.


Even if you decide not to use the form provided, each of the questions on it should nevertheless be explicitly addressed in your comments.


Due to the great number of articles received by the journal and our constant search for excellence, I would ask that your opinion be as rigorous as possible. I would also ask that you pay special attention to the pertinence, or relevance, of the article since, as you know, the journal is addressed to questions in the area of fundamental psychopathology and not to psychoanalysis, psychology, psychiatry or any other field. The question of mental suffering must therefore be present. The question of interfaces among disciplines or types of knowledge dedicated to mental suffering are also considered important. The journal gives special importance to articles based on the clinical method and that show originality in the ideas expressed. Therefore, repetitive articles or those consisting of bibliographic reviews or related to simple information are not usually considered for publication.   


If for some reason you are unable to prepare an opinion, we would appreciate receiving suggestions as to the name and address of some other ad hoc evaluator for this article.


Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution.


Prof. Manoel Tosta Berlinck, Ph.D.



Guideline for evaluators' opinions


Please mark your answers to the questions below and provide written comments.


1.Editorial line: Does the text fall into the category of psychopathology that takes subjectivity into consideration?                   

                   (   ) yes    (   ) no

If not, please suggest reformulations as part of your comments.


2. Title: Does the title clearly and sufficiently reflect the contents of the article?

                        (   ) yes           (   ) no


3. Abstract: Does the abstract give clear, precise and sufficient information about the article?

                        (   ) yes           (   ) no


4. Keywords: Are they four in number, as required, and germane to the article?

                        (   ) yes           (   ) no


5. Pertinence: Is the topic treated in the article pertinent for publication in the journal?

                        (   ) yes (   ) no


6. Method:


            6.1. Is the approach taken in the text predominantly:


clinical (based on cases or fragments of cases)? 

            (   )  yes  (   ) no


medical, based on evidence or proof?  (   )  yes  (   ) no


                        c)         epidemiological?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        d)        historical?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        e)        sociopolitical?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        f)         theoretical?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        g)        philosophical?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        h)        artistic?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        i)          ideological (based on judgment of values without empirical                                    foundation)?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        j)  other? (please specify) 


            6.2. Are there clear, precise and succinct indications in the texts as to the path taken toward the conclusions?


                         (   )  yes  (   )  no     


            6.3. Is the path taken predominantly inductive (in other words, does it start off with observations and then move to the general and abstract) ? Or is it predominantly deductive, moving from the general and abstract toward the conclusions?


                         (   )  inductive  (   )  deductive


            6.4. What relationships with time govern the text?


                        6.4.1. Is the path hurried?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.4.2. Is the path governed mainly by mechanical time-worn phrases?  (   )  yes  (   )  no            


                        6.4.3. Is the path taken based on a problematic situation that shows a discrepancy between what is and what should be (or was hoped for)?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.4.4. Does the text provide a clear and precise distinction between judgments of reality and judgments of value?  (   )  yes  (   )  no   


            6.5. If the text is clinical, are there clear and precise references to the singularity of the case in the way each patient is received and treated, in view of the particularities and contingencies that have conducted their lives?  (   )  yes  (   )  no            


                        6.5.1. If the text is clinical, is the account of a fragment of a case used as grounds for the metapsychological arguments?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.5.2. If the text is clinical, is the account of the case fragment used to illustrate or exemplify the theory?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


            6.6. Which of the following systems of classification does the psychopathology discussed predominantly follow:


                        6.6.1. Medicine of the soul?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.6.2. Descriptive psychiatry?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.6.3. That used by the American Psychiatric Association (disorders described in the DSM) ?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.6.4. That used by the World Health Organization (CID) ?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.6.5. Psychoanalysis?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.6.6. Some other (please specify) 


            6.7. If the text is clinical, is the relationship predominantly based on:


                        6.7.1. Medical semiology?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.7.2. Anthropological observation?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.7.3. Interdisciplinary semiology of mental health? 

(   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.7.4. Transference/countertransference?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


                        6.7.5. Other (please specify) 


            6.8. If the text is clinical, was any intervention involved? 

(   )  yes  (   )  no 


                        6.8.1. If yes, is the method of intervention predominantly:


               Medication?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Out-patient (health center; psycho-social treatment center; day hospital) ?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Hospital admission?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Behavioral?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Experimental?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Pedagogical?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Educational?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Interpretative?  (   )  yes  (   )  no


               Other (please specify) 



7. Language: Does the article comply with the requirements of 1) objectivity, 2) style, 3) conciseness, and 4) correctness of the language to adequately represent the author's thought?

                        1) objectivity: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        2) style: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        3) conciseness: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        4) correctness: (   ) yes (   ) no


                        If not, please suggest changes.


8. Logical sequence: Does the article have a logical sequence – 1) identification, 2) description, 3) argumentation, and 4) conclusion – that properly represents the author's thought?

                        1) identification: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        2) description: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        3) argumentation: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        4) conclusion: (   ) yes (   ) no


9. Literature: Does the article mention significant references that may contribute to clearer understanding and specification of the topic treated?

                        (   ) yes (   ) no


                        If not, please indicate the lacunas in your comments


10. Contents: 1) Are the main ideas presented in the article innovative in character? 2) Are the assertions related to facts or evidence, and is the pertinent information accurate?

                        1) innovative in nature: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        2) accuracy of assertions: (   ) yes (   ) no


                        If not, please comment on the limitations you see in the article.


11. Grounds: Does the article present arguments related to the topic?

                        (   ) yes (   ) no

                        If not, please indicate the limitations.


12. Conclusion: 1) Are the conclusions relevant for the advance of knowledge in the field of psychopathology? 2) Are recommendations made for possible lines of subsequent research?

                        1) relevant conclusions: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        2) possible lines of research: (   ) yes (   ) no

                        If not, please make recommendations for changes in the conclusions.



13. Ethical aspects:


            13.1. In the letter of presentation do the authors mention any possible conflicts of interest (professional, financial or involving direct or indirect benefits) that might influence  the results of the research?


                         (   ) yes  (   ) no


            13.2. Do the authors mention sources of financing involved in the research and article?


                         (   ) yes  (   ) no       


            13.3. Do the authors assert respect for the privacy and anonymity of the persons involved?


                         (   ) yes  (   ) no


            14. Compliance with form: Is the text in accord with the journal's "Instructions for Authors"?


                         (   ) yes  (   ) no       


            15. Originality: does the text represent any original contribution or is it a repetition of what has already been published?


                         (   ) original contribution  (   ) repetition of material already published



            16. Final opinion:


                        (   ) Should be published, with priority. No need for revision.

                        (   ) Should be published. No need for revision.

                        (   ) Should be published, but needs revision.

                        (   ) Should not be published.



Comments for revision

            Please write legibly, without signing.

            Do you object to having a copy of this evaluation sent to the author?

                        (   ) yes (   ) no


If you do not think the article should be published as is, please indicate changes that might make it publishable. Please take into special consideration the contribution that the article could make to the advancement of knowledge.


Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental

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01233-001 São Paulo, SP, Brazil

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Instrucciones a los autores

Instructions for authors

Instructions aux auteurs






Please verify that  your evaluation contains the following, in this order:


Personalized cover sheet (see Item 6)

            - Title of the article in Portuguese and English

            - Names of author(s)

            - Keywords

            - Authors' academic titles and institutional data

            - Full address (street, postal code, city, state, country, telephone number and e-mail)


Abstract (see Item 7)

Abstracts in German, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, French, English and Portuguese, including four keywords in those languages. It is extremely important that abstracts have a maximum length of seven lines or 490 characters with spaces.



Declaration of cession of copyrights (see Item 5.3).



Make sure that all authors mentioned in the text are listed in the references, with date, place, publisher and page number, when such is the case (for example, in references to journals).


Preparing files for electronic publication

Run the spell checker over the text and verify page numbering.

Save articles in standard formats of the program used, preferably in a commonly used format. If you are using a very recent version of a program, please avoid saving in the most sophisticated form.

Figures not produced electronically should be sent in photograph quality with maximum size of 10x13cm. Figures with images should be recorded in Adobe PhotoShop 6.0 or higher. Please do not save in .BMP or zipped formats. We prefer the non-zipped .TIF format.

When a scanner is used to reproduce figures, please use resolutions of at least 300 DPI in Drawing or Grayscale modes.


When sending the revised version to the journal

Enclose a letter to the editor reiterating your interest in publication and describing the changes made. If there is disagreement with the recommendations of the outside evaluator, explain and justify your position.

Please send us the text by e-mail, according to the Instructions for Authors.