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.

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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. Examples:


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.