Publication and submission policies

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The Journal of Psychosocial Studies

This is an established International e-Journal dedicated to publishing scholarly articles, works in progress, new ideas and book reviews in the field of Psychosocial Studies.

Edited by Dr Elizabeth Frost, from UWE Bristol and Dr David W Jones, from The Open University.

The Journal welcomes contributions from established researchers, postgraduate students and those just starting their publishing career.

The Journal contains papers focusing on psychoanalysis, philosophy, group relations, politics and sociology, arts-based research and interventions, social practices and cross disciplinary studies. Submissions are welcome.

Editors

Dr Elizabeth Frost (UWE), UK)

Dr David W Jones (The Open University)

Editorial board

Dr Helen Lucey (independent researcher and academic consultant)
Dr Claudia Lapping University College London, UK
Dr Caroline Pelletier University College London, UK
Dr Alastair Roy, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr Chris Scanlon (Group Relations Consultant)
Professor Candida Yates, (Bournemouth University, UK)

Advisory Board

Professor Fred Alford, University of Maryland, USA
Dr Mathew Bowker, Medaille College, USA
Professor Marilyn Charles (USA)
Professor Karl Figlio, University of Essex, UK
Professor Lynne Froggett (UCLAN)
Professor Paul Hoggett, University of the West of England, UK
Professor Lynne Layton, Harvard University, USA
Professor Esther Rashkin, University of Utah, USA
Professor Barry Richards, University of Bournemouth, UK
Professor Michael Rustin, University of East London & Tavistock Clinic, UK

 

Publication policy

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies (JPSS) aims to offer a flexible publishing space for students, practitioners and academics working within or interested in the broad field 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.

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:

Liz Frost – Elizabeth.Frost@uwe.ac.uk  or David Jones David.Jones@open.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.

Word limits

  • ‘Scientific’ papers (academic papers underpinned by research and /or theoretical debate): 4,000- 6,000 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.