2015, Vol. 1(1): 1-2



Editorial for the inaugural issue


Helena Espírito-Santo, PhD (1), Sónia Guadalupe, PhD (2)


(1) Department of Research & Development., Miguel Torga Institute; E-mail: espirito-santo@ismt.pt.

(2) Department of Research & Development., Miguel Torga Institute; E-mail: guadalupe@ismt.pt.








As publishers, it is our privilege to announce the launch of the first Portuguese edition of the Portuguese Journal of Behavioral and Social Research (PJBSR). The PJBSR arises from a process that involved many wills that have crossed and builded together.

From the coupling of our perspectives, the PJBSR honors the scientific and educational tradition of Miguel Torga Institute in its 78-year history and the mission of the recent Department of Research & Development.

This publication lies at the intersection of two complex and related sciences. "Behavioral" is a broad term that refers to what people do and to the underlying psychological processes, regulatory, risk or resilience, including attention, learning and memory, sensation and perception, emotion and cognition, motivation and personality. "Social" is also a broad term and concerns the ways people relate to each other in micro and macro social contexts, including in small groups, families, communities, institutions and organizations, populations, cultures and society and its processes. The combined domain of behavioral and social sciences is dedicated to describe, analyze, and understand the processes associated with the behavior, disease and health, social (dis)advantage, processes of (ex)inclusion, and social issues as lived by individuals and populations, as well as studying the intersections between the two levels.

The aim of the PJBSR is, therefore, the publishing of original research articles with quantitative methodologies and review articles in the areas of Behavioral and Social Sciences, submitted by experts and researchers, national and international, for the dissemination of production of knowledge in these fields or in its intersection. Its purpose is to promote reflection on the challenges of contemporary societies from studies focused on people and their recursions in populations and social contexts of particular interest, either because of the social relevance of the issues, either by the intervention possibilities opened up by research. The PJBSR welcomes the relevant research based on the perspectives from the different disciplines of social and behavioral sciences; as well as studies concerning models, methods, and therapeutic and social intervention techniques in the various areas.

As the PJBSR intends to support the community, it is an annual digital publication (with two numbers), part of the Open Journal System, following the Open Access policy, and being published in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Open access involves advantages widely recognized for the development of science, for the visibility of the studies, and to the increase of the impact of research. The mission of PJBSR is the dissemination of knowledge, having no profit. We hope that all potential authors take advantage of the PJBSR open access policy, contributing together to the increase of its scientific impact.

As publishers of PJBSR, we assume responsibility for prior refereeing of the received articles, as well as the indication of the editorial team for each issue that integrates the reviewers and contributors. In this regard, we also assume responsibility for our decisions, stating that we will follow editorial independence governed by scrupulous acceptance of manuscripts, that we will concern with the quality of writing, methodological correction, adequacy of statistics, pursuing of ethical guidelines for human studies, and with the application of transparent criteria which will be communicated to the authors.

This first issue features authors of the Miguel Torga Institute, with reviewers from two continents and several Portuguese universities. The editors want to express their thanks to all the authors and reviewers for their valuable work and dedication to the quality of research, including the authors who sent us papers that could not be published because of editorial policy that restricts publication to quantitative studies.

A total of eight articles were submitted to this first issue, and each paper was reviewed by at least two reviewers specialized in the area of the study. By the end of the evaluation and review process, we selected five articles for publication. We hope that all our readers will appreciate and enjoy the articles that comprise the first issue of PJBSR, being of particular interest to psychologists, social workers, sociologists, and all professionals interested in the behavioral and social research.

Two of the papers reflect on relevant methodological aspects, being a contribution in the direction of future research and publications. Two other papers are dedicated to highly relevant topics for those who study and for those who work with socially disadvantaged populations and their caregivers, as well as for those who develop their work with teenagers or in educational settings. The latter presents an essential contribution to the research and therapeutic work.

To conclude this editorial, we encourage authors to submit their review papers and their original empirical papers of a quantitative nature to our editorial process, because the success of PJBSR depends on the quality of work and commitment of all.


Coimbra, February 13, 2015

The editors