Book Reviews: There is particular information about 'Writing a Book Review' and 'Becoming a Book Review Editor': here.
Response Times: Authors should receive an initial acknowledgement of their submission within a few days. There may be a second response shortly after this if the article is considered to be unsuitable, or if it needs some immediate revisions (before going into the peer-review process), or if it is decided that it is better suited elsewhere.
Once the article has been accepted initially, it is then sent out to peer-review. Authors should receive a fairly definitive response within about 3-4 months (16-17 weeks). Our reviewers are all volunteers. If you do not hear anything within this time-frame, please ask!
As our editorial and production processes are currently all manual, an article can sometimes get 'stuck', 'overlooked' or 'mislaid': this is our problem, not yours: and, if needs be, we will apologise sincerely. However, we might also need your reminders.
Reviewer's Categories: Acceptance, Revision or Rejection? There are several criteria that the reviewers may identify:
- Acceptance - just as it is: or Acceptance with only minor revisions: The first category is quite rare, but very welcome. The second category covers about 50% of all submissions. This means that the author has to make (or agree to) relatively minor revisions, usually 'suggested' by the editor and/or the reviewers. If this is done, there is rarely the need for a second peer-review process. There may be a time factor indicated (i.e. within two or three weeks) if the article is to meet its deadline for the next issue.
- Major revisions needed: This is not a rejection - but neither is it an acceptance! If the article is suitably revised, it is considered that it will become a viable and useful contribution to the Journal. However, the author needs to take the editor's and reviewers' points into serious consideration, and to revise and then re-submit the article. A revised article will not be considered for publication until it has been re-submitted. It may need to go through a second peer-review process, if one of the original reviewers was negative. The article should be re-submitted within one or two months. About 10% of submissions, fall into this category.
- Rejection: This article may not be considered 'suitable' for the Journal - by one particular reviewer. If the other reviewer supports publication, then a third review will be sought. If two (or more) reviewers, as well as the editor, decide that the article does not make a sufficiently relevant contribution, or otherwise fails to meet standards of quality, the article will be "rejected" and the reasons will be given. About 10% of submissions, fall into this category. An alternative journal will be suggested if the article is considered 'good enough' for publication elsewhere.
Copyright: It is a necessary condition of publication that authors assign the copyright of that particular version of their article, including the abstract, to the International Journal of Psychotherapy (IJP) and to the publisher, the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). Submission of the article, and the subsequent acceptance of the submission, essentially constitute that contract. Authors will not be asked to sign a copyright agreement.
Subject to any agreed revisions, the editors and publisher have the absolute and indefinite right to sell this version - this version of the exact published and formatted article - in hard copy, or electronically, with no time limits.
Further publication elsewhere - as in a chapter of a book, or as a seminar paper, or as a handout - of this (exact published format) version is nearly always possible with the express permission of the IJP editors, on behalf of the publisher (EAP).
The author always retains the natural copyright of their original material and ideas, and the exclusive copyright to any previous or subsequent versions of the article (as long as they are significantly different - usually by about 10%-15%).
The author can post a copy of their article - in its original form or in its published format - on their own website, available for single persons, or as a PDF download, and they will be sent a PDF copy of the printed article to be available for their own personal use.
Multiple copies of the published article; or copies made available for seminars and lectures; or as training or academic course material; or copies of the published article made available for further sale; are all subject to the express written permission of the IJP editors and publishers (EAP); and a small permission fee will usually be charged. There is more (and similar) information here.
Plagiarism: With the general increase in material that is now easily available and copyable, this has - to a general extent - led to an unfortunate increase in 'plagiarism'. The IJP has developed a document, "Advanced Writing Awareness" about plagiarism (see here), and we have also started to subscribe to, and use, 'grammarly' - a computer program to detect plagiarism (which also proof-reads articles and helps to check and correct over 250 types of different writing 'issues').
Mentoring: Most published authors are happy to receive - and give - some advice and assistance to other authors: however, if you need more than some initial help, then consider asking someone who you know and respect to become a "mentor" for you. In such a case, they may (or may not) make a nominal charge for this, or may (or may not) ask to share in the publication credits.
Corrections: After the review process, you will receive your article back (once it has been re-formatted) for inclusion in the Journal, along with the reviewers' comments and with the Editor's various comments and corrections. This is your main (and only) chance to make any corrections, additions or amendments to your article. We need that you will take into account the reviewers' remarks as well as those of the Editor. You will be asked to re-submit a final version within a particular time-frame. This version is what will be published. Please do not consider making any changes or corrections after this point. If you 'require' us to make any further changes, you may be charged for these.