Manuscripts are submitted via the IJPSP Manuscript Central web site at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hpsp. If you are new to this web site, open a new author account (located at the right side of the web page) and then upload your manuscript according to the web site instructions. You may email regarding any questions or assistance about this process.
Only original manuscripts are considered for publication and are accepted for review on the condition that they are not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Authors are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. Manuscripts should be limited to 7500 words and must conform with the American Psychological Association's (APA) style and formatting guidelines (including the use of Courier or Times Roman font, 12 pitch, with all margins set at 1.25 inches; the first line of each paragraph should be indented 0.5 inches, and ALL TEXT, including abstract, text, quoted passages, footnotes, endnotes, and references, must be double-spaced). The abstract should be no longer than 200 words. The final pages of the article are reserved for references to all works cited in the text. Page numbers and an abbreviated title (running head) should appear in the upper right hand corner of every page. Text references follow the author-date system, e.g., (Smith, 1996), and are cited within the text, not as footnotes or endnotes. Multiple text references are listed chronologically, not alphabetically. Every text citation must have its corresponding reference listing. For more detailed instructions about submission, you may email your request to .
Following the guidelines above, the additional requirement for this type of submission is that it must be limited to 750 words. The contents may cover a wide range of possible topics that are in some way related to psychoanalysis. Examples might be "How my clinical work has changed over time;" "How a particular theoretical perspective is influencing my clinical work;" "Why the seating arrangement at last year's conference bothered me;" "The role of resonance/difference/conflict with my patients in my clinical work;" "The role of enactments: clinical distractions or cutting-edge therapeutic action?" "The relevance of the work of Hunter S. Thompson to psychoanalysis;" "What is a self psychological blind spot?" "Shame: An underestimated affect;" "Modes of relating: pathological accommodation or mutual recognition?" "Reflections on conference presentations that go into overtime;" "How is theory useful?" and so forth.
Poetry submitted to the IJPSP should aim at imaginative expression. The essential gift of the poet, it's been said, is metaphor. In addition poems move differently from prose to approximate music. They employ sundry rhythms and vowels for the matter at hand, for it's also been said that a poem with a tin ear is a contradiction in terms. Finally, poems are said to mean things in ways different from prose. The content may cover enormous or highly focused ground; but good poetry readers generally look for emotionally sensitive and carefully thoughtful treatment of the subject. Rigid ideas, racial bias, religious extremism, and radical politics may work well in theater, movies, and propaganda, but in poetry discernment works better. In fact in brief poems as well as long ones, depth of thought and feeling works best. Contributors therefore should present their best possible expression in a short poem, since space is limited to two, no more than three, double-spaced pages. If the poem generates reader responses, so much the better.