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A manuscript is accepted for consideration on the understanding that its content is original and that it is not under consideration, or has been accepted, for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be sent in Word format to e-mail address indicated below. Authors should use the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Washington, APA) as the style guide for the preparation of papers.

The first page of the manuscript should report title, authors' names and affiliations, complete mailing address of the authors (including fax number and e-mail address), a running title and at least three keywords.

Abstract should not exceed 200 words. Theoretical aspects, goals and methods, results and a short discussion should be clearly reported.

The following sections have to be clearly reported in the text (example for an empirical paper):
1. Introduction
2. Aims and hypothesis
3. Methods: Sample, Instruments, Procedure
4. Data analysis
5. Discussion

Editable Tables and Figures should be drawn according to the models indicated and provided (in a limited number) on a separate page, reporting a descriptive title (e.g.: Table 3, Figure III) followed by the legend. Illustrations should be made according to the linked models, and kept modifiable for an editorial work. The approximate location of figures and tables should be clearly indicated in the text.
Decimal point should be used both in the tables and in the text. For descriptive statistics, correlations, inferential statistics, etc., two decimal digits have to be reported. Omit zero before decimal digits when the value cannot be greater than 1 (e.g., correlations and significance level).

Citations should be indicated within the text with the author's name, year of publication and page number, e.g.: Achinstein (1968, p. 32). A letter should be added to the year of publication if there are two references of the same author in the same year: e.g. Orne (1973a). According to A.P.A. norms, in the quotations with more than one author the symbol & should be used if the quotation is enclosed in parenthesis (Estes & Skinner, 1940), otherwise “and” has to be used: e.g. Estes and Skinner (1940).
If a reference has up to six authors, all surnames should be cited the first time the reference occurs (e.g. Wasserstein, Zappulla, Rosen, Gerstman, & Rock, 1994). Subsequent citations should use et al.: Wasserstein et al., 1994. If the authors are more than six, use et al. after the sixth author’s name. For subsequent citations use et al. after the first author's name.

References list should be given at the end of the article in alphabetical order, according to the A.P.A. reference list, as follows:

Achinstein, P. (1968). Concepts of science. Baltimore: John Hopkins Press.

Anisman, H., Remington, G., & Sklar, L. S. (1979). Effects of inescapable shock on subsequent escape performance: Catecholaminergic and cholinergic mediation of response initiation and maintenance. Psychopharmacology, 61 (1), 107-124.

Grossman, H. J. (Ed.). (1973). A manual on terminology and classification in mental retardation (Rev. ed.). Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Deficiency.

Harter, M. R., & Aine, C. J. (1984). Brain mechanisms of visual selective attention. In R. Parasumaran & D. R. Davies (Eds.), Varieties of attention (pp. 293-319). New York: Academic Press.

Lanktree, C., & Briere, J. (1991). Early data on the trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSC-C). Paper presented at the meeting of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, San Diego, CA.

Piaget, J. (1967). Biologie et connaissance, Paris: Éditions de la Pléïade. (Engl. transl., Biology and Knowledge. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971).

Shallice, T. (1972). Dual function of consciousness. Psychological Review, 79, 383-393.

All citations in the text have to be reported in the bibliography, while references not quoted in the text should not be included. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of quotations and should supply complete, correct references. Before submission, authors should check their manuscript carefully for errors.
Do not use a footnote if you can possibly avoid it. Where strictly necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using superscript numbers and placed at the bottom of the page on which they are referred to.

Conflict of Interest, Informed Consent, Human Rights and Copyright statements have to be signed by the first author, according to the instructions included in the linked file.

Correspondence should be addressed to:
Tommasa Zagaria, I.R.C.C.S. Associazione "Oasi Maria SS.”, Via Conte Ruggero 73, Troina, 94018 Italy.
Phone: +39 935 936263 / 936233 / 936111;
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No submission nor processing charge are required.

Following a blind peer review procedure, a “blind” version of the manuscript submitted for publication will be sent to two members of the scientific committee or to external referees. If approved, evaluations will be sent to the corresponding author, normally within three months of the receipt of the manuscript.
Authors could be required to revise the text according to the reviewers’ comments and suggestions.