About the Journal

Focus and Scope

1) Interpersona aims at promoting scholarship in the field of interpersonal relationships based on different methodologies and stemming from several disciplines, including Psychology, Family Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Studies,  Economics, Management Science, Biology, Health Sciences, History, and others. Interpersona aims at contributing to the collective construction of an Interpersonal Relationship Science.

2) Manuscripts examining a wide range of relationships, including close or intimate relationships and weak or temporary ties, are welcome. Some examples are indicated below:

  • Biology - Biological foundations of human relationships: physiological and neurobiological phenomena related to interpersonal interactions. The evolutionary foundations of interpersonal relationships including comparative and animal studies of social interactions.
  • Psychology and Family Studies: close or intimate relations including romantic relationships, family relationships and friendship. Family relationships encompass spouses, parents and children, siblings, and other relations among nuclear and extended family members.
  • Social Sciences: Human relationships in traditional cultures. Personal relationships and the social tissue. Personal relationships in communities, associations, social movements, political parties and organizations, neighborhoods, non-governmental organizations, religious associations, civil associations, scientific associations, sport clubs, and so on. The interpersonal structure and dynamics of social groups and movements. Relationships and human rights, social and social change. Interpersonal intercultural cultural relations and relationships in politics and diplomacy.
  • Communication Studies - Interpersonal communication. Personal relationships and mass media. Communication technology, social networks, internet and relationships.
  • Environmental Sciences - Demography and human relationships. Environment and relationships:  micro, meso and macro dimensions.
  • Health Sciences and Education: interpersonal relationships in medical practice, nursing, physiotherapy, and  others. Relationships, health and mental health. Relationships in education. Relations with classmates and teacher-student interactions.
  • Economics: the relational foundations of economic activity: human relationships in industry, agriculture, commerce, and services. Interpersonal  aspects of business and consumption, financial and job markets. Human relations and micro-economics. Personal relationships and economic  behavior.
  • Management Science - Interpersonal relationships at workplace with coworkers, clients, and others. Personal relationships in teams and organizations. Management of interpersonal relations.
  • Law Studies - Critical appraisals of laws regulating different aspects of personal relationships in different countries. Legal issues and legal regulation of personal relationships.
  • History and Arts – Interpersona publishes historical studies of interpersonal relationships and scientific analyses of human relations in painting, dancing, music, sculpture, literature, and so on as well as the ways relationships affect art production.

3) In addition to original empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research, theoretical or methodological contributions, integrative reviews, meta-analyses, comparative or historical studies, and critical assessments of the status of the field are welcome as submissions.

4) Interpersona is a totally free access journal and readers may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles without any charge. All papers are peer-reviewed by members of the editorial board or ad-hoc reviewers under the supervision of an editor. The journal aims at reporting primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community. Interpersona is a scientific and scholarly periodical that publishes research or review papers in full text having as primary target public researchers in the area.

5) All Interpersona content is available in full text with no charge. All submitted papers are reviewed by at least two referees before being accepted for publication.

Types of articles accepted by Interpersona

The journal Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships publishes original articles related to all aspects of humans relations and adopts the publication norms of the sixth edition of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010). The authors who intend to submit manuscripts to Interpersona  should follow the norms described in the APA manual.

In accordance with the norms of the APA, the journal Interpersona accepts manuscripts that fit in one of the following categories:

1. Empirical Studies: Reports of original research with primary or secondary data sources. They typically consist of distinct sections that reflect the stages in the research process and that appear in the following sequence: introduction (development of the problem under investigation, including its historical antecedents, and statement of the purpose of the investigation); method (description of the participants, instruments, materials/equipments and procedures used to conduct the investigation); results (report of the findings and analyses); and discussion (summary, interpretation, and implication of the results). Manuscripts should be submitted preferentially  in English and should ideally be 5,000-7,500 words (including abstract, figures, tables, and references), with an abstract (in English) of 200-250 words.

2. Literature Reviews: Critical evaluations of material that has already been published. This category also includes research syntheses and meta-analyses. The purpose of this type of article is that the authors integrate, and evaluate previously published material considering the progress of research toward clarifying a problem. The authors are expected to: (a) define and clarify the problem; (b) summarize previous investigations to inform the reader of the state of research; (c) identify relations, contradictions, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature; and (d) suggest the next step or steps in solving the problem. There is no predefined structure for this type of article, so the authors have to find a coherent format for their text. It is fundamental that the text has an organizing principle: it should not be a mere compilation of previous investigations. Manuscripts should be submitted preferentially  in English and should ideally be 5,000-7,500 words (including abstract, figures, tables, and references), with an abstract (in English) of 200-250 words.

3. Theoretical Articles: In theoretical articles, authors draw on existing research literature to advance theory. Authors of theoretical articles are expected to trace the development of theory to expand and refine theoretical constructs or present a new theory or analyze existing theory, pointing out flaws or demonstrating the advantage of one theory over another. In this type of article, authors customarily examine a theory’s internal consistency and external validity. The sections of a theoretical article, like those of a literature review, can vary in order of their content. It is fundamental that there is a propositional element in the text. Manuscripts should be submitted preferentially  in English and should ideally be 5,000-7,500 words (including abstract, figures, tables, and references), with an abstract (in English) of 200-250 words.

4. Methodological Articles: This type of contribution present new methodological approaches, modifications of existing methods, or discussions of quantitative and data analytic approaches to the community of researchers. In this case, the use of empirical data serves only as an illustration of the approach. Manuscripts should be submitted preferentially  in English and should ideally be 4,000-5,000 words (including abstract, figures, tables, and references), with an abstract (in English) of 200-250 words.

Book Review

A critical review of a recent published book which provides an orientation to the reader about its characteristics and its potential use. It is fundamental that this is not merely a summary or review of the chapters of the book, but essentially a critical review. This type of contribution is limited to 6 pages, including all its elements. No abstract required.

Peer Review Process

All papers submitted are peer reviewed. The peer review adopts the system of double blind review, which preserves the identity of both the authors and of the reviewers. Upon evaluation of a manuscript, the Editorial Board and, only when necessary, ad hoc reviewers suggest modifications and recommend or not its publication. The decision of acceptance of an article for publication which will analyze the original version, the suggestions indicated by the reviewers and the changes submitted by the author.

Authors have three weeks to resubmit reviewed versions together with a letter to the editor reporting all changes made in the text, as well as justifying those not fulfilled. Authors will be notified of the decision of publishing or not their paper. Manuscripts not accepted may be resubmitted after substantial reformulation.

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  3. With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

All manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers usually from different countries.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Interpersona also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.


International Center for Interpersonal Relationship Research - Federal University of Espirito Santo

Av. Fernando Ferrari, 514 - Goiabeiras
29075-910 Vitoria, ES

Journal History

Interpersona was founded in 2007 by the Brazilian/Spanish researcher Agnaldo Garcia, in order to make knowledge about human relationships accessible to a wider international readership and to foster the publication of research in the field conducted all over the world.

The support of an international Editorial Board was fundamental for reaching readers in more than 90 countries and publishing articles from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, North, Central, and South America.

The decision to transfer Interpersona to PsychOpen, taken in 2012, was motivated by sharing the same principles and values, i.e. to foster the free and open exchange of information, to improve the visibility of relationship research, and to optimize the international reception and citation of knowledge about personal relationships.