How to contribute
We are always interested in hearing from individuals who would like to get involved with Contemporary Psychotherapy, and are keen to extend the reach of our contributor base. Papers and reviews which could be received as controversial are very much welcomed, subject to the usual editorial review process. Similarly viewed is content that engages in an in-depth, psychotherapeutically-informed manner with issues we are facing on the contemporary global stage.
Contributors have the opportunity to have their own profile page on the Contemporary Psychotherapy website, which can be linked to their personal website/Twitter/Linkedin page.
If you are interested in contributing an article or a review for an upcoming edition of the journal, or have ideas for other forms of contribution, please do get in touch and complete as much of the form as possible - we will need information from you at some stage and the more you can provide with a submission, the less email traffic we have on things not directly related to your work. As a team we actively work to support our contributors, and understand that the thought of writing itself, or of making pieces public, can be anxiety provoking. We want to help mitigate some of this difficulty, so do get in touch, and we will be sure to provide support through a process which can be daunting.
If you are interested in working on the Editorial Panel, please do get in touch as we are a voluntary group and will welcome anybody who can potentially add value.
Please note that submissions which do not meet our guidelines, or come substantially over the word limit, may be returned to contributors for adjustments before going through the editorial process. Although we are unable to accept pieces that are significantly above the word limit we may be able to publish pieces in two parts. Potential two-part articles will need to be submitted by the author as two separate articles before they can be edited, and discussed with the editorial board. The decisions of the editorial board are final. Contemporary Psychotherapy is not able to compensate authors financially for contributions.
We are in the process of updating our submission guide for both articles and reviews, and will publish an updated version here once it is ready.
- To submit an article please go to our Contact page, select the “I would like to submit an article/review” option and complete all the relevant fields. You will be asked to submit your article as a Word™ document through this form.
- As part of the form you will be asked to provide key words (for Google to understand the gist of your article), a short author biography, a profile photo and any social media handles.
- A new form will need to be completed for each article submitted.
- All articles and reviews must be original and must not infringe any existing copyright or any other rights of any third party.
- Preference will be given to original work; previously published work can only be accepted if accompanied by the original publisher’s explicit consent; simultaneous submissions will not be accepted. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that case material, where applicable, preserves client confidentiality and that publication is subject to appropriate consent.
- References should conform to the Harvard referencing system; the accuracy of referencing is the responsibility of the author.
- Articles should be approximately 2,500 words in length, excluding references. We are unable to accommodate footnotes or endnotes.
- All submissions will be considered; inclusion and editing to ensure consistency with publication policy will be at the editors’ discretion.
- Electronic images and graphics– eg tables and diagrams – can be accepted in .jpg format only and will need to be uploaded with the article on our Contact page. Please ensure that you include the appropriate photo/image credit and ensure that images are licensed for public use. When reviewing photos and graphics for potential publication, Contemporary Psychotherapy editorial staff will focus on the overall impression conveyed, the creativity of motifs and the implementation of ideas, as well as on technical quality and artistic language.
- To submit a review please go to our Contact page, select the “I would like to submit an article/review” option and complete all the relevant fields. You will be asked to submit your review as a Word document through this form.
- As part of the form you will be asked to provide key words (for Google to understand the gist of your review), a short author biography, a profile photo and any social media handles.
- A new form will need to be completed for each review submitted.
- Contemporary Psychotherapy welcomes reviews across a broad range of issues, from those to do specifically with psychotherapy and counselling to more general topics given a contemporary, integrative psychological perspective.
- Reviews should comprise 500-1,100 words.
- You don’t have to be an expert or possess any special qualifications and we particularly welcome lively and honest opinions.
- While we wish to encourage originality, we should appreciate it if you would bear in mind the following guidelines:
- Choose books that are likely be of interest to the integrative practitioner, whether working in psychotherapy/counselling or in related areas such as education or social services. We also welcome film/DVD/exhibition reviews that deal with therapy or psychological issues.
- Reviews in Contemporary Psychotherapy serve two main purposes:
- To inform readers of the existence of a title.
- To evaluate and comment on content and approach so that readers can decide whether a title is likely to be interesting, relevant or useful.
- Aside from a general description of content we believe readers are interested in:
- Readability: How well a book is written.
- Structure: How information is organised and presented.
- Innovation: Whether the book breaks new ground or takes a new approach.
- Recommendation: Your assessment of the overall value of the book/film etc.
- Electronic images and graphics– eg tables and diagrams – can be accepted in jpeg format only and will need to be sent with the article from the Contact page. Please ensure that you include the appropriate photo/image credit and ensure that images are licensed for public use. When reviewing photos and graphics for potential publication, the Contemporary Psychotherapy editorial team will focus on the overall impression conveyed, the creativity of motifs and the implementation of ideas, as well as on technical quality and artistic language.