Publication and submission policies

Publication policy

The Journal of Psycho-Social Studies (JPSS) aims to offer a flexible publishing space for students, practitioners and academics working within or interested in the broad church of psychosocial studies.

The journal is seeking to publish material that falls within one of the following 5 categories

  • Scientific papers (academic papers underpinned by research and /or theoretical debate )
  • Speaking out (lectures, views, debates)
  • Accounts of interventions (from psychosocial practices)
  • Creative pieces (poetry, commentaries on film/literature etc.)
  • Book reviews

The principle here is inclusive rather than exclusive, and we would also consider other types of material. Possible disciplinary bases might be sociology, group relations, psychoanalysis, philosophy, politics, social policy, contextual studies, literature and psychology. But work which pushes back - even crosses - the edges of traditional academic and practice boundaries is particularly welcome, as is writing which brings new perspectives to established ideas.

We would very much welcome work from postgraduate students, practitioners in social work, psychotherapy, counselling and community work, people new to academic writing, and also academics wishing to contribute to the development of a resource for (and we hope discussion of) psychosocial studies. Copyright will remain with the author, as you may later wish to submit your work to the print journals working in a similar field, for example, ‘Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society’.

Please get in touch with the editors if you wish to discuss ideas or work in progress which may be suitable for publication.

Submission guidelines

Guidelines

We very much welcome work from students as well as practitioners and academics. As the categories below demonstrate, a range of kinds of work will be considered.

All manuscripts should be sent as e-mail attachments to:

Helen Lucey - H.Lucey@bath.ac.uk and/or Liz Frost - Elizabeth.Frost@uwe.ac.uk

Manuscripts must be written in English, and can not have been published, nor be currently under consideration, elsewhere. However, upon publication, copyright will remain with you the author, as you may later wish to submit your work to the print journals working in a similar field, for example, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society.

Word limits

  • ‘Scientific’ papers (academic papers underpinned by research and /or theoretical debate): 4,000- 8,000 words
  • Speaking out (lectures, views, debates): 1,000 - 3,000 words
  • Accounts of interventions (from psychosocial practices): 1,000 - 3,000 words
  • Book reviews: 1,000 words
  • Creative pieces (poetry, commentaries on film/literature etc.): flexible – please discuss with one of the editors

Please stick to these limits. All manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form as a Word compatible file. They should also have a word count and a short description of the category within which they fit.

Review

All submissions will be read anonymously by a minimum of two members of the editorial panel, and as such are subject to academic peer review.

Pieces seeking to move outside the boundaries of traditional ‘scientific paper’ form, or from students and new writers will be reviewed in the same way as more traditional formats and against the same criteria of:

  • Relevance to psycho-social studies
  • Coherence
  • Clarity
  • Interest
  • Length.

Feedback will be sent by the editors to the authors as soon as possible.

Please get in touch with the editors if you wish to discuss ideas or work in progress which may be suitable for publication.

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