Journal of Latina/o Psychology
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The Journal of Latina/o Psychology is committed to publishing scholarly writing on research, practice, advocacy, education, and policy relevant to Latino communities. The journal publishes empirical, theoretical, methodological, and applied research.
We are particularly interested in manuscripts that contribute to knowledge of Latina/o psychology through research, methodological innovation, and inquiry; develop and advance theories pertinent to Latinas and Latinos; promote education and training of psychologists to work with Latinas and Latinos; address issues of social justice and advocacy in Latina/o communities; promote the application of research and training to advancement of policy related to Latino individuals and communities; and use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method approaches.
We encourage articles on topics such as
- immigration and its impact
- health and wellness
- mental health issues
- Latina/o identity
- multigenerational families
Esteban V. Cardemil
Michigan State University
University of Houston
The University of Texas at Austin
Edward A. Delgado-Romero
The University of Georgia
Omar G. Gudino
University of Denver
Amy L. Ai
Florida State University
Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla
IKERBASQUE. Basque Foundation for Science
Iván C. Balán
New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University
Mayra Y. Bámaca-Colbert
The Pennsylvania State University
Palo Alto University
University of Arkansas
Miguel Ángel Cano
Florida International University
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley
Noe Ruben Chavez
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michigan School of Professional Psychology
William Paterson University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Rick A. Cruz
Utah State University
Montclair State University
Miguel E. Gallardo
Universidad Loyola Andalucía
Norma S. Guerra
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Martin J. La Roche
Boston Children's Hospital at the Martha Eliot & Harvard Medical School
Henriette W. Langdon
San Jose State University
Huynh-Nhu Mimi Le
George Washington University
Ana Cristina Lindsay
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Vera A. Lopez
Arizona State University-Tempe
University of Texas, Austin
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Brian W. McNeill
Washington State University
University of California, Riverside
Alliant International University
Rachel L. Navarro
University of North Dakota
Selena T. Nguyen-Rodriguez
California State University at Long Beach
Texas A&M University
Antonio E. Puente
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Jorge I. Ramírez García
Oregon Research Institute
University of Connecticut
Sam Houston State University
Andrea J. Romero
University of Arizona
University of Arizona
Ester R. Shapiro
University of Massachusetts at Boston
V. Scott Solberg
Pennsylvania State University
University of Arizona
Loyola University Chicago
Ada M. Wilkinson-Lee
University of Arizona
University of Houston
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Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not meet these guidelines may be returned to the author(s) for revision before peer-review.
To submit to the Editorial Office of Esteban V. Cardemil, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).
Esteban V. Cardemil
Department of Psychology
General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.
Accepted manuscripts must include a Spanish language translation of the abstract.
In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply email addresses and fax numbers for use by the editorial office and later by the production office. The majority of correspondence between the editorial office and authors is handled by email, so a valid email address is important to the timely flow of communication during the editorial process.
Masked Review Policy
Journal of Latina/o Psychology has a policy of masked review for all submissions. Authors will be asked to upload a separate title page with all author information, and should omit any reference to the authors' identity from the manuscript itself.
Full-length manuscripts reporting on qualitative or quantitative studies should not exceed 35 pages, inclusive of the cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures. Margins should be at least 1 inch on all sides and type should be a standard, 12-point font (Times New Roman).
The journal may consider brief reports. A brief report may be a study with preliminary findings that need further expansion or replication, or an extension of prior published research. A brief report may not exceed 20 pages inclusive of the cover page, abstract, main text, references, tables, and figures. Other formatting guidelines are the same as those for a full-length manuscript.
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Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS)
Authors should review the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. Updated in 2018, the standards offer ways to improve transparency in reporting to ensure that readers have the information necessary to evaluate the quality of the research and to facilitate collaboration and replication. The new JARS
- Recommend the division of hypotheses, analyses and conclusions into primary, secondary and exploratory groupings to allow for a full understanding of quantitative analyses presented in a manuscript and to enhance reproducibility;
- Offer modules for authors reporting on N-of-1 designs, replications, clinical trials, longitudinal studies and observational studies, as well as the analytic methods of structural equation modeling and
- Include guidelines on reporting on registration (including making protocols public); participant characteristics, including demographic characteristics; inclusion and exclusion criteria; psychometric characteristics of outcome measures and other variables; and planned data diagnostics and analytic strategy.
JARS-Qual are of use to researchers using qualitative methods like narrative, grounded theory, phenomenological, critical, discursive, performative, ethnographic, consensual qualitative, case study, psychobiography, and thematic analysis approaches. The guidelines focus on transparency in quantitative and mixed methods reporting, recommending descriptions of how the researcher's own perspective affected the study as well as the contexts in which the research and analysis took place.
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Abstract and Keywords
All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.
Public Significance Statements
Authors submitting manuscripts to the Journal of Latina/o Psychology are required to provide 2–3 brief sentences regarding the public significance of the study or meta-analysis described in their paper. This description should be included within the manuscript on the abstract/keywords page. It should be written in language that is easily understood by both professionals and members of the lay public.
When an accepted paper is published, these sentences will be boxed beneath the abstract for easy accessibility. All such descriptions will also be published as part of the Table of Contents, as well as on the journal's web page. This new policy is in keeping with efforts to increase dissemination and usage by larger and diverse audiences.
Examples of these 2–3 sentences include the following:
- "A brief cognitive–behavioral intervention for caregivers of children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant reduced caregiver distress during the transplant hospitalization. Long-term effects on caregiver distress were found for more anxious caregivers as well as caregivers of children who developed graft-versus-host disease after the transplant."
- "Inhibitory processes, particularly related to temporal attention, may play a critical role in response to exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The main finding that individuals with PTSD who made more clinical improvement showed faster improvement in inhibition over the course of exposure therapy supports the utility of novel therapeutic interventions that specifically target attentional inhibition and better patient-treatment matching."
- "When children participated in the enriched preschool program Head Start REDI, they were more likely to follow optimal developmental trajectories of social– emotional functioning through third grade. Ensuring that all children living in poverty have access to high-quality preschool may be one of the more effective means of reducing disparities in school readiness and increasing the likelihood of lifelong success."
To be maximally useful, these statements of public health significance should not simply be sentences lifted directly from the manuscript.
They are meant to be informative and useful to any reader. They should provide a bottom-line, take-home message that is accurate and easily understood. In addition, they should be able to be translated into media-appropriate statements for use in press releases and on social media.
Prior to final acceptance and publication, all public health significance statements will be carefully reviewed to make sure they meet these standards. Authors will be expected to revise statements as necessary.
List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.
Examples of basic reference formats:
- Journal Article:
Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
- Authored Book:
Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Chapter in an Edited Book:
Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
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When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.
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The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.
For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:
- $900 for one figure
- An additional $600 for the second figure
- An additional $450 for each subsequent figure
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