The International Journal of Psychotherapy welcomes original contributions from all parts of the world, on the understanding that their contents have not been published previously. (Previously published articles need a special permission from the IJP editors and a clear reference and any appropriate permissions from the previous publication attached.) Articles should not have been submitted elsewhere for publication at the same time as submission to the IJP. All submissions will be sent to independent referees for peer-review.
Manuscripts (or submissions) should be in the form of:
Long articles, which should not exceed 5000 words, or
Medium articles (2000-3000 words), or
Short reports & reflections for rapid publication (1000-1500 words).
Book reviews should be about 750-1000 words.
News Items can be 100-400 words.
In exceptional circumstances, longer articles or variations on these guidelines may be considered, however authors will need a specific approval from the Editors in advance of the submission. (We allow a 10%+/- margin of error on word counts.)
Author Information: The submission must contain a 'front' page with all the authors' contact details, postal address + e-mail address; plus, Author's Biographical Information: author's name, professional titles, place of work, main activity, postal and e-mail, tel/fax numbers, website, etc. all in no more than about 300-400 words maximum, and then any other necessary statements about sponsorship, sources of funding, connections to industry, etc. All the following pages should not contain any information that specifically identifies the author(s).
Permissions: The author is required to obtain all necessary permissions to reproduce copyrighted material (including pictures and diagrams) in their article. These should be attached to the submission.
The authors should make their submission as an attached document in Microsoft Word format, emailed to: The IJP
, or via this website:- You can also now submit an article or news item or comment via this website, here
(Please also send us an e-mail informing us of details of your submission here
) as a check).
Submissions: All submissions must be in Microsoft Word in a .doc or .docx or .rtf format (not PDF). The submission should begin with the title, and underneath it the author(s)' name(s) without any titles, degrees, or letters. The text should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, with normal setting (no paragraph spacing, etc.). The document's language setting should be 'English UK'.
Abstract & Key Words: Underneath the title and author's name, the article should continue with an abstract of no more than 150 words and about 4 to 6 key words. These will be translated - at the IJP's expense - into French, German & Russian. The author can supply a translation of the Abstract in their own mother-tongue, if they wish.
Mother-tongue articles: The IJP is happy to print a version of the published English-language article in the author's "mother-tongue" in the same issue. When submissions are made in the author's mother-tongue, a final proof of such version is to be submitted by the author, in good time, at their own expense and risk, as we have no means of checking all the languages submitted. The responsibility for any mistakes in this version is solely that of the author's.
Revisions, proofs and suggestions for changes will be sent to the author at various times after submission. Suggestions for revisions / changes are at the joint discretion of the author and the editor. Once the article has been sent to the printers for proofing, it may not be revised or withdrawn without the consent of the IJP editor. Pre-printer's proofs are sometimes supplied, on request, for final checking and making essential typographical corrections. Revisions and proofs must be returned with corrections, by e-mail, within the times set for receipt. Failure to do this may jeopardise the publication of the article in the forthcoming issue.
Postal Versions: If you send your manuscript by post, make sure your contact address information is clearly visible on the outside of the envelope. You must also include an electronic version on a CD-ROM, or memory stick, with the article on it in MSWord .doc format.
Translations: Submissions must be made in good literary English: poor English translations will be rejected. If the English version of the article has been made from the author's mother-tongue, please ensure the translation is a proper one, done by a competent, natural English-speaker. The author's own translations are usually insufficient. Parallel submissions of the same article, both in English and also in the mother-tongue of the author, are warmly welcomed.
Editors: The editors' decisions are final. We have to be, and are legally, totally responsible for what is published in the Journal.
Copyright: It is a necessary condition of publication that authors assign the copyright of that particular version of their article, including the abstract, to the Journal and publisher, the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). Submission of the article and subsequent acceptance of the submission constitute that contract. Subject to any agreed revisions, the editors and publisher has the absolute right to sell this version of the exact published format - in hard copy or electronically. Further publication of this version (exact published format) is always possible with the permission of the IJP editors on behalf of the publisher. The author retains the natural copyright of their original material and ideas, and the copyright to any previous or subsequent (significantly different by about 25%) versions of the article. The author can always use a copy of their article - in original or in exact published format - on their own website, for single persons, or for free download, and for their own personal use. Multiple copies of the published article, copies made available for training or academic course material, or copies of the published article made available for sale, are subject to the express written permission of the IJP editors and a small permission fee may be charged.
Copies: After publication, a complete printed copy of the relevant issue of the journal will be sent free of charge to the author. The author needs to ensure that their home address is on file with the Editor, to ensure postal delivery. Extra copies of the issue can be ordered. A PDF version of the author's article can also be supplied, on request, for personal or website use.
Illustrations: Please ensure that all illustrations / photos, etc. have a proper copyright assigned to the author. The author is totally responsible for arranging this, including the payment of any fees. Any copyright permissions etc. need to be attached to the article. Illustrations should be sent as a separate file: with an indication in the text where the illustration should go: the positioning of this may be varied by the editor or printer, so as to accommodate the illustration on a particular page. Colour illustrations must be converted into either black and white or grayscale before submission. We do not print in colour.
The author must
list references alphabetically at the end of the article or on a separate sheet(s), using the Harvard-APA Style. The list of references should refer only to those references that appear in the text. Bibliographies and literature reviews are unacceptable. Details of the common Harvard-APA style can be sent to you on request, or are available on various websites. In essence, the following standard form is used, with exact capitalisation
, italics and punctuation. Here are three basic examples:
(1) For journal / periodical articles (titles of journals should not be abbreviated):
FAIRBAIRN, W.R.D. (1941). A revised psychopathology of the psychoses and neuro-psychoses. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 22, pp. 250-279.
(2) For books:
GROSTEIN, J. (1981). Splitting and projective identification. New Jersey: Jason Aronson.
(3) For chapters within multi-authored books:
RYLE, A. & COWMEADOW, P. (1992). Cognitive-analytic Therapy (CAT). In: W. DRYDEN (Ed.) Integrative and eclectic therapy: a handbook. Philadelphia: Open University Press: pp. 75-89.