the domains of research, the methods, and the authors of 2070 articles published during the last four decades of the 20th century in eight portuguese journals of psychology (análise psicológica; cadernos de consulta psicológica; psicologia; psicologia, educa？？o e cultura; psicologia: teoria, investiga？？o e prática; psychologica; revista de psicologia e de ciências da educa？？o; and revista portuguesa de psicologia) were classified and compared with the thematic and methodological orientations of the articles indexed in psycinfo database. the study main conclusion points to an underrepresentation of core psychology contents (basic psychological processes), whereas general psychology/psychometrics and applied psychology were the primary fields of research. simultaneously, there is a focus on literature review and synthesis at the expense of empirical research. these trends are the major distinguishing characteristics relative to international standards, as they are documented in the records of psycinfo. the 2070 articles were signed by 3193 authors. the contributions of men were higher than those of women, despite the quasi-parity in the nineties. internal strategies of publication - a typical feature of low intensity scientific communication networks - were predominant, though marked by signs of a progressive culture of cooperation, expressed in the systematic increase of co-authorship.