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Authors’ details and acknowledgements

This file should include the title of the manuscript, full names of the authors and their affiliations. The author who corresponds with the journal should also include  telephone number, e-mail address and postal address. It must also include an exact word count of the article.

Acknowledgements: All funding sources should be acknowledged. Intellectual, technical or other support that does not merit authorship may also be acknowledged. It is the author’s responsibility to inform such individuals before the publication and give the opportunity to decline the acknowledgement. Please avoid any promotional statements.



This file should contain the title and the main body of the manuscript. To ensure anonymity in the review process, do not include the names of authors or institution in the abstract or body of the manuscript. Please submit these files in word format; we do not accept pdf files. Please include page numbers.

Abstract: Manuscripts should contain a short abstract of no more than 150 words. Please also include subject categories and between 3-6 keywords.

Manuscripts: Articles should be between 1000 and 2500 words in length (plus abstract, appendices and references). Articles longer than 2500 words will not be considered for publication. As regards  writing styles, authors are reminded that our readership is broad and international and often not English mother tongue.

References: A reference list should appear at the end. It should include only those references cited in the text. References should be arranged alphabetically by author, and chronologically for each author. Publications for the same author appearing in a single year should use a,b,c etc to help identify the corresponding references cited in the text. Please indicate secondary references for any quotes cited by other authors. The names of journals should be given in full. In case of web sites or journals on internet, add the web address and the date of your access.


BOOK: Piaget J. (1962, original edition 1945) Play, dreams and imitation in childhood, London, Heinemann.

BOOK CHAPTER: Aziz-Zadeh L. & Ivry R. B. (2008) The Human Mirror Neuron System and Embodied Representations, in Sternad D. (ed.) Progress in Motor Control, New York, Springer, pp. 355-377.

JOURNAL ARTICLE: Wilson S. M., Saygin A. P., Sereno M. I. & Iacoboni M. (2004) Listening to speech activates motor areas involved in speech production, Nature Neuroscience, 7(7), pp. 701–702 [if the paper is still in press, write “In press” instead of the year of publication];

ONLINE MATERIAL: Accessed April 23, 2014.

In-text references should be cited by giving the author's name, year of publication (Smith, 2001) and specific page numbers after a direct quotation. If there is more than one reference, the list of references  should be in chronological order (Smith, 2005; Peterson, 2014). In case of more than ., the first name should be followed by et al. and the names should be listed in full in the References. Throughout the article authors should be careful in maintaining authorial anonymity; where authors cite their own works in the text, they should cite them as 'author's own' in both text and bibliography until publication (Authors' own, 2007).

Conflict of Interest: Please include conflict of interest declarations in the Acknowledgments section. For "no conflict," please specify: "The authors declare no competing financial interests."

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  • Editorial Board


    Matteo Selvini, Scuola di Psicoterapia della famiglia Mara Selvini Palazzoli, Milano

    Scientific Editors

    Grazia Attili, Sapienza Università, Roma

    Alfredo Canevaro, American Family Therapy Academy, Buenos Aires

    Juan Luis Linares, Università Autònoma, Barcellona

    Marco Vannotti, Cerfasy (Centre de Recherches Familiales et Systémiques), Neuchâtel