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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced with a space between paragraphs; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the appropriate points within the text, rather than at the end.
  • Quotations from texts of 40 words or over should be indented (i.e.placed as a separate paragraph) without quotation marks. Quotations from participants should similarly be indented if 40 words or over; they should not be in italics.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic (i.e. referencing) requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy.  The journal aims to be an accessible forum that advances the theory and practice of therapy and promotes practitioner orientated research.  In seeking to celebrate the qualitative values of openness, inclusiveness, creativity and respect for diversity, we welcome contributions from diverse methodological and cultural perspectives.

We recommend a word count for articles of approximately 8000 words, including title, abstract, tables, references and any endnotes. (Please discuss any variations with the Editor.)   Given our online format, there is flexibility to offer space for longer appendices.  For example, it might be helpful to provide quotations from participants and other data in the original language of the author/participants.

All submissions need to comply with the following:

  • The author ensures that their research has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner with attention paid to legal requirements and relevant professional guidelines.
  • A separate title page with author details is attached with the following information (which will get published within the article): i. work position/ institution; ii. email address/contact details; iii. authorship declaration statement (confirming authorship and statement that there are no competing interests or interests are transparently declared).
  • The paper starts with a summarising abstract of fewer than 200 words. In the case of empirical research reports, the abstract should clearly state the research aims, methodology, findings and conclusions.
  • For empirical research papers, the standard headings of Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Findings and Discussion (of findings and critical evaluation of methodology) is recommended though not essential.
  • Given the practice orientation of the journal, authors are encouraged to explore critically the relevance to, or implications for, practice in the paper.
  • The author ensures that the source of all cited and reproduced material is appropriately acknowledged and adheres to the particular referencing requirements outlined in the APA Guidelines (6th edition). For example:
    • Journal article:

      Hill, H.R.M., Crowe, T.P., & Gonsalvez, C.J. (2016).  Reflective dialogue in clinical supervision: A pilot study involving collaborative review of supervision videos. Psychotherapy Research, 26(3), 263–278.

      Hamfi, A.G. (1981). The funny nature of dogs. E-journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. Retrieved from http://ojs.lib.swin.edu.au/index.php/fdo

    • Book:

      Rowan, J., & Jacobs, M. (2002). The therapist’s use of self. Buckingham, UK: Open University Press.

    • Chapter:

      Wertz, F.J. (1985). Methods and findings in an empirical analysis of "being criminally victimized." In A. Giorgi (Ed.), Phenomenology and psychological research (pp. 155-216). Pittsburgh,  PA: Duquesne University Press.

    • Translated book:

      Merleau-Ponty, M. (1962). Phenomenology of perception (C. Smith, Trans.). London, UK: Routledge & Kegan Paul. (Original work published 1945)

    • Webpage:

      Victoria Transcultural Mental Health (2017). Working with Interpreters: A resource for service providers engaging with interpreters in transcultural situations. Retrieved from http://www.vtmh-workingwithinterpreters.online/

Review Process

On receipt of the article, the Editor will try to ensure that all references to the author’s identity are removed. The Editor will then send the article to appropriate members of the review panel for a blind review. When review comments have been sent back, the Editor will return these review comments to you (anonymously). Comments will aim to offer supportive guidance and suggesting relevant edits if publication is recommended (without changes or with minor or major edits requested). Decisions to publish will be based on the paper’s relevance, quality, originality, interest and clarity given the remit and readership of the journal.  Reviewers will consider if the research methodology adopted is appropriate and whether the author/s demonstrate sufficient critical thinking, rigour, trustworthiness, and reflexivity. They might also comment on the clarity of the writing and/or suggest further attention is paid to ensure APA referencing guidelines have been consistently followed.


The copyright of content in the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the Journal. Journal articles are published as Open Access under a Creative Commons License which allows free download and use of the articles with appropriate attribution (to both the author and European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy) for educational and other non-commercial use.

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