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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis invites contributions from scholars and practitioners in psychoanalysis and related fields. Original work, not previously published in English or considered for publication elsewhere, must be offered for exclusive publication only. The Editor reserves the right to reject any manuscript submitted, whether on invitation or on the initiative of the writer, and to make whatever suggestions for change as deemed necessary for publication.

All submissions should be sent in both hard copy and electronic format.

Please send one hard copy to:
Giselle Galdi, PhD, Editor
American Journal of Psychoanalysis
329 East 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065 • USA

In addition, please prepare your submission in MS Word format and send as an email attachment to the Editor:

The author must retain one copy, as the journal cannot be responsible for manuscripts.

Ethics Policy

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. We expect all prospective authors to read and understand our Ethics Policy before submitting any manuscript to this journal. This policy details the responsibilities of all authors, editors and reviewers working with and for Palgrave Macmillan Journals as well as our own ethical responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, falsification of data, misuse of third party material, fabrication of results and fraudulent authorship. Please note that submitted manuscripts may be subject to checks using the iThenticate service, in conjunction with CrossCheck, in order to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. The iThenticate software checks submissions against millions of published research papers, documents on the web, and other relevant sources. If plagiarism or misconduct is found, consequences are detailed in the policy.

Patient Confidentiality

Maintaining patient confidentiality is the primary responsibility of all authors. When citing case material it is the author’s obligation to fully protect all identifying patient information. Alternatively, the author warrants that the patient(s) gave explicit, written consent to the author to publish the clinical material. For guidelines see: 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. On PEP. Or: 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. On PEP.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Original papers (up to 8,000 words, including references), contributed solely to the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, will be considered for publication. The author should notify the editor if the article has already appeared in a foreign language or has been submitted elsewhere. The journal will not consider for publication in the journal material previously published in English, including the Internet.

All manuscripts will be blind peer-reviewed by three or more editorial board members to maintain the highest quality and to verify relevance, accuracy, and clarity of presentation. Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 in. format with 1 in. margins on all sides of the page.

The title page should include: full names of authors; degrees; academic and professional affiliations; complete mailing address; telephone number; fax number; and the e-mail address of the author to whom proofs are to be sent. All author related information should be removed from the pages that follow the Title Page.

The following page (the first page of the actual paper) should contain the title of the paper and an Abstract of no more than 150 words, which must succinctly describe the author’s main points and the way these points will be conveyed. 4 to 6 Key Words, reflecting the main points of the Abstract, should follow.

Manuscript pages must be numbered consecutively, starting with the first page of the paper and concluding with the References.

Footnotes should be used very sparingly and not for giving references. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbers and should be on the bottom of the relevant page.

The customary Manuscript Style of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis should be used as a guide in preparation of all submissions. In case of uncertainty about format authors should consult articles published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis by visiting our publisher website.


In the Text

References in the text should provide the author’s name and, in parentheses, the year of the original publication of the paper or book. Example: Ferenczi (1929) explored…

If the name of the source is not specifically stated in the sentence, place in parentheses the author’s name, followed by a comma and the year of the original publication. Example: The concept of false self (Winnicott, 1960)…

For two or more publications, use semicolons to separate the names of authors.
Example: In Freud’s lifetime, his views on female psychology were challenged (Horney, 1924, 1926, 1932, 1933; Jones, 1927; Fenichel, 1930)…

Quotations: Whenever material is cited verbatim, give a page reference in parentheses. Example: Balint (1968) writes: “I should like to submit that the theory of primary narcissism has proved self-contradicting and unproductive” (p. 65).

Reference Section

All references cited in the text must be listed in the Reference section.

References should be arranged alphabetically by author and typed double-spaced. The reference list should include only those sources that are cited in the text. Names of journals and titles of books should be italicized, as in recent issues of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.

A journal article should include the volume number of the journal and the page range of the article should be specified. Example: Dupont, J. (2013). Ferenczi at Maresfield Gardens. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 73, 1–7.

A chapter from a book must include the page range of the chapter, as well as the publisher of the book should be listed. Example: Rubins, J. L. (1978). The Berlin Psychoanalytic before the fall. In: J. L. Rubins: Karen Horney: Gentle rebel of psychoanalysis. (pp. 108–142). N.Y.: Dial Press.

Books cited in the text are referenced by listing the name of the author, year of original publishing, title of book, place and name of publisher. If it has been republished, year of republication. Example: Balint, M. (1968). The basic fault. Therapeutic aspects of regression. N.Y.: Brunner/Mazel. 1992.

Book Reviews and Brief Communications

In addition to the main articles, the American Journal of Psychoanalysis welcomes concise reviews (up to 1500 words, including references) of current psychoanalytic books as well as relevant brief responses (up to 2000 words) to papers published in the journal or other timely topics. For Book Reviews and Brief Communications submissions please follow the usual submission procedures.


The corresponding author will be sent an email containing a link to an online PDF proof of the article. Please print a copy of the PDF proof, correct within the time period indicated and return as directed. Authors are requested not to make revisions to the final, edited text, except where the copy editor has requested clarification.


The Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis holds the copyrights to all work published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis. Authors of articles accepted for publication will receive the necessary forms for signature from the Editor’s office.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing through any medium of communication those illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Add your acknowledgements to the typescript, preferably in the form of an “Acknowledgements” section at the end of the paper. Credit the source and copyright of photographs or figures in the accompanying captions.

Authors are fully responsible for statements made in their articles. Published articles do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

The journal’s policy is to own copyright in all contributions. Before publication, authors assign copyright to the Publishers, but retain their rights to republish this material in other works written or edited by themselves, subject to full acknowledgement of the original source of publication.

The journal mandates the Copyright Clearance Center in the USA and the Copyright Licensing Agency in the UK to offer centralized licensing arrangements for photocopying in their respective territories.

American Journal of Psychoanalysis

329 East 62nd Street • New York, NY • 10065 • USA

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