Articles for Review

Articles that are Currently Available for Review

All the articles published in the IJP are double-blind, peer-reviewed (whereby the reviewer is unaware of the author's name; and the author is unaware who has reviewed their article) by two different people. There is a fuller description of the "double-blind peer-review" process here.  There is a sample of the IJP Reviewers' Form - with guidelines and instructions on the back - here

We have a team of professional reviewers to look at the articles that have been submitted for publication: these people are all either members of our Editorial Board; or the International Advisory Board; or any other psychotherapist professionals with particular specialisations (like research); and ... we also ask all our published authors to join in with our peer-review process. 

We would also be delighted to accept - as reviewers and book reviewers (see here) - any trainee psychotherapists from European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes (EAPTI) and from Masters & Doctoral training courses in psychotherapy - and if you are not so sure about reviewing - we have written guidelines about how to review a book for a professional journal.

So, if you would like to join our team of reviewers and review one of these articles below, please contact our Assistant Editor: Marzena Rusanowska: 

if you know of anyone who might be interested in becoming a peer-reviewer of articles for the IJP: please ask them to contact Marzena Rusanowska.

(N.B. We like all our reviewers to submit a few professional details about themselves and their interests so that we can 'best fit' them to the available articles.)

Articles Currently Available for Review (January 2022)

(288) Religious Involvement and Mental Health


The association between religion and mental health has been a controversial topic for researchers. The majority of the studies with good experimental and statistical design found that higher religious involvement is positively linked to psychological well-being. However, there are mediating factors that play a role in this association including self-esteem, self-efficacy, meaning in life, social support, fear of death, social support, interpersonal forgiveness, and core self-evaluation. Religious involvement involves a wide range of religious practices and beliefs. Researchers investigated religious involvement through different religious variables such as church attendance, non-organizational religiosity, subjective religiosity, and religious commitment which indicates how religious beliefs influence a person's decisions and lifestyle. The construct of mental health has been examined utilizing the constructs of psychological well-being (an indicator of positive mental health) and depression, anxiety, suicide, and drug abuse (indicators of mental disorder) which are the most frequently and thoroughly studied outcomes with significant findings in the literature

 Keywords: Religious involvement, religious participations, religion, mental health, mental disorders, psychological wellbeing, psychological issues, mediating factors

c. 5500 words: 2 Reviews needed

(289) Does the location of motivation matter? A pragmatic concern in clinical work


This theoretical paper presents arguments for the significance of the location of motivation in the practice of clinical psychology. Identifying the externality and internality of motivation is argued to be clinically relevant in assessing psychopathology as this can potentially resolve comorbidity issues and improve diagnostic reliability. Furthermore, psychotherapeutic interventions can be tailored to the location of motivation. Extrinsically motivated pathological behaviors can be addressed through behavior-based approaches, while intrinsically motivated behaviors need more long-term and in-depth therapeutic approaches. Lastly, prognosis can be assumed when the location of motivation has been identified - with extrinsically motivated behaviors having better prognosis than intrinsically motivated behaviors. Some directions for future research include testing the validity and reliability of motivation-based diagnosis, evaluating the effectiveness of matching the location of motivation with type of psychotherapy intervention, and comparing the effectiveness of motivation-matched interventions and disorder-based interventions.

Keywords: motivation, diagnosis, psychopathology, psychotherapy

c. 5050 words: 2 Reviews needed