Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Psychology | The American Journal of Psychoanalysis - A Palgrave journal

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis
Palgrave Macmillan UK

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

Editor: Giselle Galdi

ISSN: 0002-9548 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-6741 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11231

Palgrave Macmillan UK

Instructions for Authors

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis


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, Ph.D., Editor
The American Journal of Psychoanalysis
329 East 62nd Street
New York
NY 10065
In addition, please prepare your submission in MS Word format and send as an email attachment to the Editor:
E-mail: Galdi.amjpa@gmail.com
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 (of no more than 25 pages, about 7500 words, including references) will be considered for publication and should be submitted to the Editor (see above).
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. bond paper 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 the link below.


References in the text are cited by name(s) and year of original publication of the paper or book. Example: Ferenczi (1929) explored the traumatic impact of early parental neglect on children. Quotations must be reproduced accurately, with name of author, year and specific page citation. Example: “Because we hear our patients' discourse in terms of ‘normal language’, we often fail to recognize the special words our patients evolve in generating their separate and unique discursive patterns” (Ingram, 1996, p. 18).
The Reference List at the end of the manuscript must be double-spaced and arranged in alphabetical order by first author; do not number. Several references by the same author should be listed in chronological order (if the same year, use a, b, c, etc., after the year).
Name(s) of author(s) must be followed by the year of the original publication (in parentheses), the title, the name of the publication, volume number, and beginning and end pages. Publisher's name and city of publication are required for books.
The year of publication of the edition used must be included when different from the original publication year.
Horney, K. (1950). Neurosis and human growth. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. (Original work published in 1950).
Edited book:
Prince, R. M. (Ed.) (1999). The death of psychoanalysis: Murder? Suicide? Or rumor greatly exaggerated? N.J.: Jason Aronson.
Ferenczi, S. (1929). The unwelcome child and his death instinct. In S. Ferenczi: Final Contributions to the problems and methods of psycho-analysis (pp. 102-107). London: Karnac Books 1994.
Journal article:
Ingram, D.H. (1996). The vigor of metaphor in clinical practice. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 56, 17—34.
Advance Online Publication:
Gianotti, P. (2009). A clinical application of the training model. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, advance online publication 4 July, doi:10.1057/ajp.2009.41.

Artwork, tables, figures and diagrams 

Artwork submitted should be on a separate hard copy as well as electronically submitted when instructed by the Editor's office. All tables, figures and diagrams must be discussed or mentioned in the text and numbered in the order in which they are mentioned. Each should have a brief descriptive title and should be understandable even without reference to the text. They should all be typed on separate sheets, not included within the text. All data should be defined in the column heads and all footnotes placed at the end of the table. Note: tables should be created using tabs for columns, not spaces or column formats in Word. All text should be 12pt Times, paragraphs should have a line space between and titles and subheads should have a line space above and below.
Book Reviews and Correspondence: The American Journal of Psychoanalysis welcomes concise reviews (up to 1200 words, including references) of current psychoanalytic books as well as relevant brief responses (up to 1200 words) to papers published in the journal. For Book Reviews and Correspondence 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.

Copyright and Permissions 

Reproducing copyrighted material in articles – clearing permissions

The author bears the responsibility for checking whether material submitted is subject to copyright or ownership rights, e.g. figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data. The author will need to obtain permission to reproduce any such items, and include these permissions with their final submission. Where use is so restricted, the Editor/editorial office and Publisher must be informed with the final submission of the material. Please see further guidance on the use of 3rd party materials below. Please add any necessary acknowledgments to the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper. Credit the source and copyright of photographs, figures, illustrations etc. in the accompanying captions.


It is our policy to ask all contributors to transfer the copyright in their contribution to the journal owner. There are two broad reasons for this:
•ownership of copyright by the journal owner facilitates international protection against infringement of copyright, libel or plagiarism;
•it also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint or reproduce a contribution, or part of it, in either print or electronic form, are handled efficiently in accordance with our general policy which encourages dissemination of knowledge within the framework of copyright.
As an author and contributor you retain many rights. These are detailed at the link below. 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.


Corresponding authors will receive a PDF of their article. This PDF offprint is provided for personal use. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to pass the PDF offprint onto co-authors (if relevant) and ensure that they are aware of the conditions pertaining to its use.
The PDF must not be placed on a publicly-available website for general viewing, or otherwise distributed without seeking our permission, as this would contravene our copyright policy and potentially damage the journal’s circulation. Please visit link below to see our latest copyright policy.

Read this Journal on Springerlink

For authors and editors

  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    The American Journal of Psychoanalysis is an international psychoanalytic quarterly founded in 1941 by Karen Horney. The journal's purpose is to be an international forum for communicating a broad range of contemporary theoretical, clinical, professional and cultural concepts of psychoanalysis and for presenting related investigations in allied fields. It is a fully peer-reviewed journal, which welcomes psychoanalytic papers from all schools of thought that address the interests and concerns of scholars and practitioners of psychoanalysis and contribute meaningfully to the understanding of human experience. The journal publishes original papers, special issues devoted to a single topic, book reviews, film reviews, reports on the activities of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Center, and comments.
  • Instructions for Authors

    Instructions for Authors


  • Rights and Permissions
  • Artwork Guidelines (pdf, 76 kB)
  • Copyright Information

    Copyright Information


    Copyright Information

    For Authors

    Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as – tacitly or explicitly – by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

    Author warrants (i) that he/she is the sole owner or has been authorized by any additional copyright owner to assign the right, (ii) that the article does not infringe any third party rights and no license from or payments to a third party is required to publish the article and (iii) that the article has not been previously published or licensed. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors. Transfer of copyright to Springer (respective to owner if other than Springer) becomes effective if and when a Copyright Transfer Statement is signed or transferred electronically by the corresponding author. After submission of the Copyright Transfer Statement signed by the corresponding author, changes of authorship or in the order of the authors listed will not be accepted by Springer.

    The copyright to this article, including any graphic elements therein (e.g. illustrations, charts, moving images), is assigned for good and valuable consideration to Springer effective if and when the article is accepted for publication and to the extent assignable if assignability is restricted for by applicable law or regulations (e.g. for U.S. government or crown employees).

    The copyright assignment includes without limitation the exclusive, assignable and sublicensable right, unlimited in time and territory, to reproduce, publish, distribute, transmit, make available and store the article, including abstracts thereof, in all forms of media of expression now known or developed in the future, including pre- and reprints, translations, photographic reproductions and microform. Springer may use the article in whole or in part in electronic form, such as use in databases or data networks for display, print or download to stationary or portable devices. This includes interactive and multimedia use and the right to alter the article to the extent necessary for such use.

    Authors may self-archive the Author's accepted manuscript of their articles on their own websites. Authors may also deposit this version of the article in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 12 months after official publication or later. He/she may not use the publisher's version (the final article), which is posted on SpringerLink and other Springer websites, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the Author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Springer's website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: "The final publication is available at link.springer.com".

    Prior versions of the article published on non-commercial pre-print servers like arXiv.org can remain on these servers and/or can be updated with Author's accepted version. The final published version (in pdf or html/xml format) cannot be used for this purpose. Acknowledgement needs to be given to the final publication and a link must be inserted to the published article on Springer's website, accompanied by the text "The final publication is available at link.springer.com". Author retains the right to use his/her article for his/her further scientific career by including the final published journal article in other publications such as dissertations and postdoctoral qualifications provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication.

    Author is requested to use the appropriate DOI for the article. Articles disseminated via link.springer.com are indexed, abstracted and referenced by many abstracting and information services, bibliographic networks, subscription agencies, library networks, and consortia.

    For Readers

    While the advice and information in this journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date of its publication, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

    All articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article (e.g., as offprints), as well as all translation rights. No material published in this journal may be reproduced photographically or stored on microfilm, in electronic data bases, video disks, etc., without first obtaining written permission from the publisher (respective the copyright owner if other than Springer). The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

    Springer has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service to offer a variety of options for reusing Springer content. For permission to reuse our content please locate the material that you wish to use on link.springer.com or on springerimages.com and click on the permissions link or go to copyright.com, then enter the title of the publication that you wish to use. For assistance in placing a permission request, Copyright Clearance Center can be connected directly via phone: +1-855-239-3415, fax: +1-978-646-8600, or e-mail: info@copyright.com.

    © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC

Alerts for this journal


Get the table of contents of every new issue published in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Additional information