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Instructions for Authors:

***Note to Authors: please make sure your contact address information is clearly visible on the outside of all packages you are sending to Editors.***

Submitting your manuscript to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Papers for consideration should be e-mailed to the Editor, m.marks@iop.kcl.ac.uk

General Guidelines

Please read these Guidelines carefully. Failure to follow them may result in consideration of your paper being delayed. Note especially the referencing conventions used by Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. For all manuscripts, non-discriminatory language is mandatory and sexist, hetero-sexist or racist terms should not be used.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy considers all manuscripts on the condition they are the property (copyright) of the submitting author(s) and that copyright will be transferred to the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS paper is accepted for publication.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, that they have not been published already, and that they are not under consideration for publication, or in press elsewhere. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged all costs which Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy incurs, and their papers will not be published.

Writing your paper

  • Please write clearly and concisely, stating your objectives and intentions clearly and defining any key terms. Your arguments should be substantiated with well-reasoned supporting evidence.

  • For all manuscripts, non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist, hetero-sexist or racist terms should not be used.

  • Abstracts of around 200 words are required for all papers submitted and should precede the text of a paper.

  • Manuscripts should be typed on one single side of A4 or 8 x 11 inch white good quality paper, double-spaced throughout, including the reference section.

  • Accepted manuscripts in their final, revised versions, must also be submitted as electronic word processing files on disk - see 'Electronic Processing'.

  • Authors should include telephone and fax numbers as well as e-mail addresses on the cover page of manuscripts.

  • In writing your paper, you are encouraged to review articles in the area you are addressing which have been previously published in the journal, and where you feel appropriate, to reference them. This will enhance context, coherence, and continuity for our readers.


Abstracts are required for all papers and should be submitted as detailed below, following the title and author's name and address, but preceding the main text.

For papers reporting original research, state the primary aims and objectives and, where relevant, any hypotheses tested; describe the research design and your reasons for adopting that methodology; state the methods and procedures employed, including where appropriate the selection and number of study areas/subjects and the central interventions; state the main outcomes and results, including relevant data; and state the conclusions that might be drawn from these data and results, including their implications for further research or application/practice.

For descriptive enquiries and review essays, state the primary objective of the enquiry or review; the reasoning behind data and literature selection and the way in which the analysis is to be conducted; state the main outcomes and results and state the conclusions that might be drawn including their implications for further research or application/practice.

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words.

Copyright permission

Contributors are required to secure permission for the reproduction of any figure, table, or extensive (more than fifty words) extract from the text, from a source which is copyrighted - or owned - by a party other than Taylor & Francis or the contributor. This applies both to direct reproduction or 'derivative reproduction' - when the contributor has created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source.

The following form of words can be used in seeking permission:


I/we are preparing for publication an article entitled


to be published by Taylor & Francis in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

I/we should be grateful if you would grant us permission to include the following materials:


We are requesting non-exclusive rights in this edition and in all forms. It is understood, of course, that full acknowledgement will be given to the source.

Please note that Taylor & Francis are signatories of and respect the spirit of the STM Agreement regarding the free sharing and dissemination of scholarly information.

Your early consideration of this request would be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

Code of experimental ethics and practice and confidentiality

Contributors are required to follow the procedures in force in their countries which govern the ethics of work conducted with human or animal subjects. The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) represents a minimal requirement.

For human subjects or patients, describe their characteristics. For human participants in a research survey, secure the consent for data and other material - verbatim quotations from interviews, etc. - to be used. Specific permission for any facial photographs is required. A letter of consent must accompany any photographs in which the possibility of identification exists. It is not sufficient to cover the eyes to mask identity.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the confidentiality of patients is maintained. All clinical material used in your article must be disguised so that it is not recognisable by a third party. Where possible and appropriate, the permission of the patient should be obtained. Authors are invited to discuss these matters with the editor if they wish.

Notes on style

All authors are asked to take account of the diverse audience of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Explain clearly, or avoid the use of, terms that might be meaningful only to a local or national audience.

Specific points of style for the text of articles, research reports, case studies, reports, essay reviews and reviews follow:

  1. We prefer US to 'American', USA to 'United States' and UK to 'United Kingdom'

  2. We use conservative British, (not US), spelling, e.g. colour, not color; behaviour (behavioural), not behavior; programme, not program; [he] practises, not practices; centre, not center; organization, not organisation; analyse, not analyze, etc

  3. Single 'quotes' are used for quotations rather than double "quotes", unless the 'quote is "within" another quote'. Quotes longer than 40 words should be separated from the main body of text and indented from the text in a new paragraph.

  4. Punctuation should follow the British style, e.g. 'quotes precede punctuation'

  5. Punctuation of common abbreviations should follow the following conventions: e.g. i.e. Note that such abbreviations are not followed by a comma or a (double) point/period

  6. The em-dash should be clearly indicated in manuscripts by way of a clear dash (-) or a triple hyphen (---)

  7. We are sparing in the use of the upper case in headings and references, e.g. only the first word in paper titles and all subheads is in upper case; titles of papers from journals in the references and other places are not in upper case

  8. Apostrophes should be used sparingly. Thus, decades should be referred to as follows: 'the 1980s (not the 1980's) saw . . .' Possessives associated with acronyms (e.g. UNICEF, WHO) should be written as follows: 'UNICEF's findings that ...'

  9. All acronyms for national and international agencies, examinations etc. should be spelled out the first time they are introduced in the text or references. Thereafter the acronym can be used if appropriate, e.g. 'The work of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the early 1980s ...'. Subsequently, 'The WHO studies of health ...', in a reference (World Health Organization (WHO) 1989a)

  10. The preferred local (national) usage for ethnic and other minorities should be used in all papers

  11. Material to be emphasized (italicized in the printed version) should be underlined in typescript rather than italicized. Please use such emphasis very sparingly.

Mathematics and statistics

Special care should be taken with mathematical and statistical scripts, especially subscripts and superscripts and differentiation between the letter 'ell' and the figure one, and the letter 'oh' and the figure zero. If your keyboard does not have the characters you need, it is preferable to use longhand, in which case it is important to differentiate between capital and small letters, K, k and x and other similar groups of letters. Special symbols should be marked in the text and highlighted in the margin. In some cases it is helpful to supply annotated lists of symbols for the guidance of the sub-editor and the typesetter.

For simple fractions in the text, the solidus / should be used instead of a horizontal line, care being taken to insert parentheses where necessary to avoid ambiguity, for example, (n-1). Exceptions are the proper fractions available as single type on a keyboard.

Full formulae or equations should be displayed, that is, written on a separate line.

The solidus is not generally used for units: ms-1 not m/s.

Equations should be numbered serially by chapter (1.1, 1.2, etc.) on the right hand side of the page. Short expressions not referred to by any number will usually be incorporated in the text.

Braces, brackets and parentheses are used in the order {[( )]}, except where mathematical convention dictates otherwise (e.g. square brackets for commutators and anticommutators)

Citations in text

We insist on use of the author-date system, e.g., (Aggleton 1997).

  1. 'Ibid' (and the like) are not used when repeating citations. Simply repeat the original citation verbatim, e.g. (Orwell 1945)

  2. Citations should be included in prefatory material to quotes (wherever possible) rather than placing them at the end. Thus, for example, 'Orwell (1945: 23) reduces the principles of animalism to seven commandments, namely, ...' is preferred to 'Orwell reduced the principles of animalism to seven commandments, namely, ...(Orwell 1945: 23)'

  3. Multiple citations within parentheses should be divided by a comma, not a semi-colon, and there should be no use of '&' within such multiple references. References to works published in the same year should be cited as, e.g. (Smith 1991a, b).

  4. Multiple citations within a text should be ordered by date, not alphabetically by author's name, e.g. (Smith 1902, Jones and Bower 1934, Brown 1955, 1958a, b, Green 1995)

  5. 'et al' may be used in references within the text when a paper or book has three or more authors, but note that all names should be given in the reference itself

  6. Page spans in references should be given in full, e.g. 'Sedgewick (1935:102-103; emphasis added) outlines them as follows'.

Notes on tables and figures

Artwork submitted for publication will not be returned and will be destroyed after publication, unless you request otherwise. Whilst every care is taken of artwork, neither the Editor nor Taylor & Francis shall bear any responsibility or liability for non-return, loss, or damage of artwork, nor for any associated costs or compensation. You are strongly advised to insure appropriately.

  1. Tables and figures should be valuable, relevant and visually attractive. Tables and figures must be referred to in the text and numbered in order of their appearance. Each table and figure should have a complete, descriptive title; and each table column an appropriate heading.

    Tables and figures should be referred to in text as follows: figure 1, table 1, i.e. lower case. 'As seen in table [or figure] 1 ...' (not Tab., fig. or Fig)
  2. The place at which a table or figure is to be inserted in the printed text should be indicated clearly on a manuscript:

    [Insert table 2 about here]

  3. Each table and/or figure must have a title that explains its purpose without reference to the text

  4. All figures and tables must be on separate sheets and not embedded in the text. Original copies of figures should be supplied. All figures should allow for reduction to column width (130 mm) or page width (160 mm). Please avoid figures that would require landscape reproduction, i.e. reading from bottom to top of page. Photographs may be sent as glossy prints or negatives

    Please number each figure on the reverse in pencil

    Do not type the caption to a figure on that figure; the legends to any illustrations must be typed separately following the main text and should be grouped together.


Any acknowledgements authors wish to make should be included in a separate headed section at the end of the manuscript. Please do not incorporate them into notes.

Book reviews

  1. The following header material should appear in all reviews in the following order (note also the punctuation):

    Practicing Desire by Gary W. Dowsett (Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 1996) 322 pp., 12.95 (pback), ISBN 0-8047-2712-0

  2. Page references within reviews should be given as follows: (p. 337) or (pp. 36-37).


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy uses the following conventions for references:.

  1. Reference to a book:

    Boffin, T. and Gupta, S. (1990) Ecstatic Antibodies: Resisting the AIDS Mythology (London: Rivers Oram Press) Aggleton, P., Davies, P. and Hart, E. (eds) (1997) AIDS: Activism and Alliances (London: Taylor & Francis)

  2. Reference to a chapter in a book:

    Ragin, C.C. and Hein, J. (1993) The comparative study of ethnicity: methodological and conceptual issues. In J.H. Standfield and R.M. Dennis (eds.) Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods (London: Sage, 254-272)

  3. Reference to an article in a journal:

    Crawford, J., Turtle, A. and Kippax, S. (1990) Student-Favoured Strategies for AIDS Prevention. Australian Journal of Psychology, 42, 123-137

  4. Technical reports and unpublished literature:

    Coxon, A.P.M. (1986) Homosexual behaviour, Project SIGMA Working Paper No.9, Social Research Unit, University College Cardiff

    Kay, H. (1989) Constructing the epistemological gap: Gender relations in social research. Paper presented a the annual conference of the British Sociological Association (University of Plymouth)

  5. Reference to a newspaper or magazine:

    Watney, R. (1998) Tell No Lies. Sexual Politics, 16 January, 32

  6. References to an Internet source:

    Give the universal resource locator in full: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/tcru

  7. Reference to a personal communication:

    Mane, P. (1996) Personal communication

  8. Reference to a case in law:

    In text, italicize names of plaintiffs and defendants:

    Miranda v. Arizona 1974

  9. Reference to government legislation:

    US Congress, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1956) The Mutual Security Act of 1956, 84th Congress, second session, report 2273

    US Congress, House Committee on Banking & Currency (1945) Bretton Woods Agreements Act: Hearings on HR 3314, 79th Congress, first session, report 452

    United Kingdom Parliament, Committee on the Working of the Monetary System [Radcliffe Committee] (1960) Principal Memoranda of Evidence, vol. 2, Cmd 1958

    United Nations General Assembly, Secretariat for Economic Affairs (1951) Methods of Financing Economic Development in Less Developed Countries, report II B 2.

Other points to note

  1. References to multi-authored books and papers should be fully spelled out in the references, i.e. et al should not be used. The '&' should not be used except for publisher's names

  2. References to chapters in edited books must include the page references for any chapter being cited. Such references should include the full page span (e.g. 212-252, not 212-52). Note that a single editor is indicated by (ed.) with a point/period, and multiple editors by (eds) without a point/period.

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