Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Psychiatry | Psychoanalytic | Psychotherapy and Mental Health issues
One of the world’s most respected publications in psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) offers insightful and broad-based original articles, ground-breaking research, thoughtful plenary addresses, in-depth panel reports, perceptive commentaries, plus much more. Included in each issue is the esteemed JAPA Review of Books, which provides comprehensive reviews of and essays on recent notable literature. JAPA provides an important forum for the exchange of new ideas and highlights the contribution of psychoanalytic principles in helping to understand important social problems.
JAPA explores all the important topics you need to stay on top of your profession—from clinical issues and innovations to new methodologies to education and professional development issues to interdisciplinary studies to emerging theories and techniques.
Among the important topics in recent issues are:
- Child Analysis & Development
- Gender and Sexuality
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Masculinity In The 21st Century
- Medication And Psychoanalysis
- Modern And Postmodern Trends In Psychoanalysis
- Professional Ethics
- Psychoanalytic Education and Training
- Psychoanalytic Technique
- Psychoanalytic Theory
- Research Methodologies
- Trauma Theory
Published bimonthly, this peer-reviewed publication is an invaluable resource for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals.
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association is available electronically through SAGE Journals at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/APA
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The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) is the preeminent North American psychoanalytic scholarly journal in terms of number of subscriptions, frequency of citation in other scholarly works and the preeminence of its authors.
Published bimonthly, this peer-reviewed publication is an invaluable resouce for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals.
JAPA publishes original articles, research, plenary presentations, panel reports, abstracts, commentaries, editorials and correspondence. In addition, the JAPA Review of Books provides in-depth reviews of recent literature.
|Mitchell Wilson||San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, USA|
|Sarah Ackerman||Private Practice, Hanover, NH, USA|
|Phil Blumberg||Columbia University, USA|
|Anne Erreich||New York University School of Medicine, USA|
|Jane V. Kite||Private Practice, Cambridge, MA, USA|
|Stephen H. Portuges||Private Practice, Oakland, CA, USA|
|Gregory Rizzolo||The Institute for Clinical Social Work|
|Lynne Zeavin||New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute|
|Anne Adelman||Private Practice, Chevy Chase, MD, USA|
|Jennifer Stuart||Private Practice, New York, NY, USA|
|Rachel Boue-Widawsky||Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, USA|
|Ricardo Ainslie||The University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Christine Anzieu-Premmereur||Columbia University, USA|
|Kim Bernstein||Private Practice New York, NY, USA|
|Andrew Celenza||Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, USA|
|Giuseppe Civitarese||Private Practice Pavia, Italy|
|Lena Ehrlish||Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, USA|
|Charles Fisher||San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, USA|
|Henry Friedman||Harvard Medical School, USA|
|Francisco Gonzalez||Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, USA|
|William Gottdiener||John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA|
|Lee Grossman||SF Center for Psychoanalysis, USA|
|Anton Hart||Private Practice, New York, NY, USA|
|Leslie Keith||Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, USA|
|Riccardo Lombardi||Roman Psychoanalytic Institute, Italy|
|Alfred Margulies||Cambridge Health Alliance, USA|
|Henry Markman||University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, USA|
|Alistair McKnight||Cambridge, MA, USA|
|Don Moss||Private Practice New York, NY, USA|
|David Pauley||Private Practice Ann Arbor, MI, USA|
|Seth Pitman||Austen Riggs Center, USA|
|Peter L. Rudnytsky||University of Florida, USA|
|Michelle Stephens||Rutgers University System Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice|
|Beverly Stoute||Emory University, USA|
|Alan Sugarman||University of California, San Diego, USA|
|Tom Wooldridge||Golden Gate University, USA|
|Lynn Yonack||Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute|
|Daniel Butler||University of California Santa Cruz, USA|
|Jyoti Rao||San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, USA|
|Luis Ripoll||Icahn School of Medicine and New York Psychoanalytic Institute|
|Hannah Zeavin||University of California at Berkeley, USA|
|Morris N. Eagle||Adelphi University, Garden City, USA|
|Susannah Heschel||Dartmouth College, USA|
|Jonathan Lear||University of Chicago, USA|
|Bonnie E. Litowitz|
|Peter J. Loewenberg||University of California Los Angeles, USA|
|Bonnie J. Buchele|
|Julio G. Calderon|
|David E. Cooper|
|William C. Glover|
|Erika Schmidt||Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, USA|
|Beverly Stoute||Emory University, USA|
|Mitchell Wilson||San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, USA|
|M. Jane Yates|
|Harold P. Blum, 1973-1983|
|John Frosch, 1953-1972|
|Steven T. Levy, 2004-2013|
|Bonnie E. Litowitz, 2014-2018|
|Arnold D. Richards, 1994-2003|
|Theodore Shapiro, 1984-1993|
|Jennifer Mahar||Origin Editorial, LLC, USA|
Editorial Guidelines for Original Papers
The editors at JAPA offer the following guidelines for authors regarding Original Paper submissions.
1. Does your submission clearly and concisely state the proposal or argument in your manuscript?
2. Have you done a thoughtful and targeted review of the literature that is pertinent to your thesis?
3. Does your submission state the new contribution you hope your work will make to our discipline?
4. Have you anticipated criticisms or alternative interpretations of your argument and the data you have assembled?
If you are struggling with answering any of these questions, we encourage you to return to the current draft of your text for further work.
Editorial Guidelines for Essays
JAPA publishes different forms of writing that fall under the category Essay: memoir, auto-theory, long and short-form pieces. Essays do not presume to offer original research and therefore are not categorized as Original Papers.
Key features of an Essay include:
1) In-depth creative exploration of a question, concept, or theme germane to psychoanalysis.
2) Relevant scholarship that supports or enhances the paper's argument or theme.
3) Writing that is well-organized and compelling.
Manuscripts submitted to JAPA are read for significance, originality, merit of argumentation, and quality of writing by three or more reviewers from the JAPA Board. A decision letter and reviewers' comments will be sent to the corresponding author. Please note that JAPA conforms to a double-anonymized peer-review process. We strive to come to a decision about a manuscript within six-eight weeks of submission.
Authors must take appropriate measures to preserve confidentiality and protect patient anonymity within the ethical framework of the psychoanalytic profession (or of their own profession, if other than psychoanalytic). The publication of clinical material continues to be essential to the growth of individual analysts as well as to the advancement of the analytic profession as a whole. Yet, the need to communicate our clinical experiences complicates the ethical requirement to preserve the confidentiality of the clinical encounter. There exist several time-honored approaches to preserving confidentiality and to protecting the anonymity of the patient (and the privacy of anyone else involved), while maintaining the scientific integrity of a clinical publication: disguise, patient consent, the use of composites, the use of short clinical vignettes or of thumbnail sketches that can bring the clinical material alive while avoiding detailed disclosures entailed in traditional case presentations.
Each approach has advantages and disadvantages. The method of preserving confidentiality must be chosen by the author on clinical considerations, and therefore tailored to the individual case (for a discussion of the specific set of issues generated by each approach see Gabbard, G. O. 2000. Disguise or Consent: Problems and Recommendations Concerning the Publication and Presentation of Clinical Material. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 81, 1071–1086; Kantrowitz, J. L. 2004. Writing about Patients: I. Ways of Protecting Confidentiality and Analyst's Conflicts over Choice of Method. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 52: 69-99; and Kantrowitz, J. L. 2006. Writing About Patients. Responsibilities, Risks, and Ramifications. New York: Other Press).
Authors are encouraged to carefully consider these alternatives when they prepare their manuscripts, and to give precedence to clinical concerns. If extensive clinical material is used, the author should include a clear statement regarding the method used to protect the confidentiality and anonymity of those discussed. This statement should appear in a footnote on the first page in your paper in which clinical material is mentioned.
Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
Manuscripts must conform to the style of the journal.
JAPA uses a double-anonymize peer-review process. All identifying information (author name(s), postal address, fax, e-mail address, phone number, as well as any acknowledgments) should be included on a title page uploaded separately into our submission system. Please also include on your title page a brief autobiographical statement listing the current professional, academic, and institutional titles, positions and affiliations for all authors. In the case of more than one author, make sure the corresponding author is clearly indicated. Please also supply at least 5 well-chosen key words on your title page; these key words should also be included in the Abstract.
All identifying information should be anonymized within the manuscript including in-text citations and author references. There should be no identifying information in your uploaded text.
Begin with a one-paragraph abstract, not to exceed 200 words, summarizing the essential contributions of the paper. Submissions should not exceed forty double-spaced pages in length (about 11,000 words), including the abstract, and should be formatted as follows: 1½-inch margins, left and right; all copy double-spaced, including abstract, references, footnotes, and extracts; footnotes numbered consecutively and located at the bottom of the page of text on which the superscript number appears (initial footnotes referring to the title of the paper or author do not carry a number). All pages of the manuscript are to be numbered.
All artwork, including charts, tables, figures, drawings, and photographs, is to be submitted to the publisher either as camera-ready copy or in a format that can be reproduced as a print-resolution graphical file. Final artwork in JAPA will measure no more than 4¼ inches in width and no more than 7 inches in height. The cost for any alteration in artwork will be borne by the author(s).
JAPA is primarily a black and white print journal but color printing is available for a fee. The first color image is $800 and each figure thereafter is $200 each.
The author is responsible for obtaining written permissions for material such as figures, tables, art, and extensive quotes taken directly—or adapted in minor ways—from another source, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may require. Please provide your permission by uploading it to the submission system.
For reference style, consult articles in JAPA published after 1996 (from volume 45 on), noting punctuation, italics, use of capitals, small caps, items of information required, and their sequence. Note particularly that inclusive page numbers are required for journal articles and chapters of books.
Galatzer-Levy, R.M. (1995). Psychoanalysis and dynamical systems theory: Prediction and self similarity. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 43:1085–1113.
Geertz, C. (1973). The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books.
Manuscripts should be submitted via https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/japa.
Files saved as MS Word are preferred, but conversion from other formats is possible. Submit revisions the same way, with a draft number and date clearly indicated on each version. IMPORTANT: Your original files are available to you when you upload your revised manuscript. Please delete any redundant files before completing the submission. Your text and figure file(s) will be converted into HTML so that they can be easily viewed with a browser on the Internet. They will also be converted into a .PDF document so that they can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. The files in the .PDF document will be presented in the order specified. Please submit a cover letter detailing how your submission conforms to the editorial guidelines below.
Please note that only articles submitted to JAPA that are not under review at another journal, and that have not been previously published in print or electronically will be considered.
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