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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.***


When submitting a paper the author must confirm: a) that the paper – or its main argument and content – has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. If accepted for publication in IFP the paper should not be republished in any other journal without the editors’ and publisher’s written consent. b) that to the best of his or her knowledge publication does not involve any break of confidentiality or professional ethics (see below).

When the manuscript has more than one author it should be accompanied by a covering letter from the corresponding author, stating that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors.



All manuscripts must be submitted in English. English or American spelling is accepted if used consistently throughout the manuscript. Authors from non-English-speaking countries should enlist the help of a colleague who is proficient in English and in psychoanalysis to read and amend the paper. The quality of the language is the author's responsibility. All manuscripts will undergo editorial copy-editing before printing, but language editing can only be undertaken to a limited extent. The name of the translator should appear at the end of the main text, whenever a paper has been translated into English from another language.

Electronic Manuscript and Paper Copies

Manuscripts are preferrably received via e-mail to the address: ifp@se.tandf.no If sending a paper version of the manuscript by regular mail, an electronic copy on diskette or cd MUST be included. Manuscripts without electronic version will not be accepted for publication. If you send your manuscript via e-mail, please do not send paper copy as well. Please note that Taylor & Francis can receive files from any word processing system; however, styled Microsoft Word files are preferred.

Keep illustrations as separate files, e.g. high resolution EPS, TIF or PDF files. For details please contact the editorial office or go to our website, Instructions to Authors.

The electronic manuscript should be accompanied by a covering letter along with a clear indication of the computer platform and version of word processing system used. Please use this simple guideline for preparing the electronic manuscript.

  1. Be consistent. The same elements should be keyed in exactly the same way throughout the manuscript.
  2. Do not break words at the end of lines. Use a hyphen only to hyphenate compound words.
  3. Enter only one space after the full stop at the end of a sentence.
  4. When emphasizing words please use the italic feature of your word processor software.
  5. Do not justify your text; use a ragged right-hand margin.
  6. Use a double hyphen (--) to indicate a dash in text.
  7. Do not use the lowercase l for 1 (one) or the upper case O for 0 (zero).
  8. The space bar should only be used as a word separator. Use TAB when identifying paragraphs or separating columns in tables.

Please observe that Taylor & Francis can receive files from any word processing system; however, styled Microsoft Word files are preferred.

Keep illustrations as separate files, e.g. high resolution EPS, TIF or PDF files. However, Taylor & Francis can handle various application formats. For details please contact the editorial office or go to our website, Instructions to Authors.

Manuscript Style

Double space the entire manuscript – even the reference list. Leave an all around margin of at least 3 cm. Organise the manuscript with each of the following parts starting on a new page: Title page, abstract page, main text, references, tables, illustrations, autobiographical notes . Type the page number in the upper right-hand corner of each page, starting with the title page.


The Title Page should include a) the full title, b) a short running title of no more than 50 characters, c) the name of the author(s), d) the name, address, telephone, fax number and e-mail address of the corresponding author, to whom the proofs are to be sent.

The Abstract Page should carry the title only (not the author’s name) and an abstract, not exceeding 200 words, giving a short summary of the essential contents of the paper. The abstract should be followed by 5-6 key words (avoid words already used in the title).

The Main Text should be broken up by headings and subheadings whenever appropriate. Papers originally written for oral presentation must be adapted to a style suitable for publication. It is essential that quotations correspond exactly with the original text. For quotations from Freud’s works, use the Standard Edition.

Mark long quotations in the text by separate paragraphs; indenting from the left hand margin. Short quotations (one or two sentences) can be integrated in the text and indicated by quotation marks. Use three dots to indicate omissions in the original text. Mark insertions into the original text by square brackets.

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Incorporate notes in the text, within parentheses, whenever possible.

Acknowledgements should be placed right after the main text before the references.

Tables and Figures should be submitted on separate sheets (not incorporated in the text). In the main text, mark where tables and figures should be inserted. Figures should be professionally drawn, but computer-drawn figures are also accepted provided they are of high quality.

Photographs and other illustrations should be unmounted and of high quality, suitable for printing. Indicate figure number on the back of all illustrations, and provide figure legends on a separate sheet .

References. The Vancouver system must be applied (see http://www.icmje.org/ under Articles in journals etc). More than 25 references should be avoided. Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Observe the order of data and punctuation carefully. Do not use italics or capitals in article or book titles (See examples below). Identify references in the main text by arabic numerals within parentheses (1) (2) (3) etc .

Papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as (in press). Information from papers in manuscript but not yet accepted should not be listed as references but cited in the main text as "unpublished observation(s)" or "personal communication".

For abbreviations of journal titles; please consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, accessible at www.nlm.nih.gov   For Freud's works the relevant dates should be given with reference to the Standard Edition. A few examples of the reference style is given below:


•  Calef V, Weishel EM. Some clinical consequences of introjection: gaslighting. Psychoanal Q 1981;50:44-46.
(List all authors when six or less; seven or more, add et al).
•  Gay P. Sigmund Freud: a life for our times. New York: Anchor Books; 1988. p 19-23.
Article in book
•  Brazelton TB, Kosalowski B, Main M. The origins of reciprocity: the early mother infant interaction. In: Lewis M, Rosenblum LA, eds. The effect of the infant on its caregiver. New York: Wiley; 1974 p.123-9.
Reference to Standard Edition
•  Freud S. Totem and taboo (1913). London: Hogarth Press; 1962 SE 13. p 159-61.

Autobiographical Notes

Manuscripts should be accompanied by a brief autobiography, including the following information: academic degree, membership and position in psychoanalytic society, major publications.

Submittal Form

Please print out the submittal form, fill in and send it together with your diskette and printed copies to the Editorial office: Taylor & Francis Attn. Mona Serenius Box 3255 SE-103 65 Stockholm, Sweden
E-mail: authorqueries@tandf.co.uk

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