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, including all electronic publications, 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.


Please prepare your manuscript in Microsoft Word or Word-compatible format and send as an email attachment to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Giselle Galdi:

E-mail: galdi.amjpa@gmail.com

The author must retain a copy, as the journal cannot be responsible for manuscripts.

Original papers (up to 10,000 words, including references), contributed solely to the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, will be considered for publication. The author should notify the editor if the article has already appeared in a foreign language or has been submitted elsewhere. The journal will not consider for publication in the journal material previously published in English, including the Internet.

All manuscripts will be double 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. format with 1 in. margins on all sides of the page, Times New Roman, 12 and submitted in MS Word format.

The Title Page should include: full name(s) of author(s); 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 8 Key Words, reflecting the main points of the Abstract, should follow.


AJP Manuscript Style

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 http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ajp/about.html


In the text

References in the text should provide the author’s name and, in parentheses, the year of the original publication of the paper or book. Example: Ferenczi (1929) explored…

If the name of the source is not specifically stated in the sentence, place in parentheses the author’s name, followed by a comma and the year of the original publication. Example: The concept of false self (Winnicott, 1960)…

For two or more publications, use semicolons to separate the names of authors.

Example: In Freud’s lifetime, his views on female psychology were challenged (Horney, 1924, 1926, 1932, 1933; Jones, 1927; Fenichel, 1930)…

Quotations: Whenever material is cited verbatim, give a page reference in parentheses. Example: Balint (1968) writes: “I should like to submit that the theory of primary narcissism has proved self-contradicting and unproductive” (p. 65).


Reference section

All references cited in the text must be listed in the Reference section.

References should be arranged alphabetically by author and typed double-spaced. The reference list should include only those sources that are cited in the text. Names of journals and titles of books should be italicized, as in recent issues of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.

A journal article should include the volume number of the journal and the page range of the article should be specified.

Example: Dupont, J. (2013). Ferenczi at Maresfield Gardens. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 73, 1–7.

A chapter from a book must include the page range of the chapter, as well as the publisher of the book should be listed. Example: Rubins, J. L. (1978). The Berlin Psychoanalytic before the fall. In: J. L. Rubins: Karen Horney: Gentle rebel of psychoanalysis. (pp. 108–142). N.Y.: Dial Press.

Books cited in the text are referenced by listing the name of the author, year of original publishing, title of book, place and name of publisher. If it has been republished, year of republication. Example: Balint, M. (1968). The basic fault. Therapeutic aspects of regression. N.Y.: Brunner/Mazel. 1992.

Footnotes should be used sparingly and not for giving references. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbers and should be on the bottom of the relevant page.

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, so that neither the patient(s) nor anyone else could identify the patient(s). 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.

The Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis holds the copyrights to all work published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis. Authors are fully responsible for statements made in their articles. Published articles do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

Authors of accepted papers receive a PDF offprint of their article. This PDF offprint is provided for personal use and must not be placed on a publicly available website for general viewing, or otherwise distributed without seeking our permission.

In addition, a complimentary hard copy of the issue in which the paper appears will be mailed to the author.

Book Reviews and Brief Communications: The American Journal of Psychoanalysis welcomes concise reviews (maximum 2,000 words, including references) of current psychoanalytic books as well as relevant brief communications (up to 3,000 words). For Book Reviews and Brief Communications submissions please follow the usual submission procedures.