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Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

2016 Impact Factor: 0.395
2016 Ranking: 132/139 in Psychiatry (SSCI) | 9/13 in Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
Official Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association


eISSN: 19412460 | ISSN: 00030651 | Current volume: 65 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly

One of the world’s most respected publications in psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) offers insightful and broad-based original articles, ground-breaking research, thoughtful plenary addresses, in-depth panel reports, perceptive commentaries, plus much more. Included in each issue is the esteemed JAPA Review of Books, which provides comprehensive reviews of and essays on recent notable literature. JAPA provides an important forum for the exchange of new ideas and highlights the contribution of psychoanalytic principles in helping to understand important social problems.

JAPA explores all the important topics you need to stay on top of your profession—from clinical issues and innovations to new methodologies to education and professional development issues to interdisciplinary studies to emerging theories and techniques.

Among the important topics in recent issues are:

  • Child Analysis & Development
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Hermeneutics
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Masculinity In The 21st Century
  • Medication And Psychoanalysis
  • Modern And Postmodern Trends In Psychoanalysis
  • Neuroscience
  • Professional Ethics
  • Psychoanalytic Education and Training
  • Psychoanalytic Technique
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Psychotherapy
  • Research Methodologies
  • Trauma Theory

Published bimonthly, this peer-reviewed publication is an invaluable resource for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals.

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The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) is the preeminent North American psychoanalytic scholarly journal in terms of number of subscriptions, frequency of citation in other scholarly works and the preeminence of its authors.

Published bimonthly, this peer-reviewed publication is an invaluable resouce for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals.

JAPA publishes original articles, research, plenary presentations, panel reports, abstracts, commentaries, editorials and correspondence. In addition, the JAPA Review of Books provides in-depth reviews of recent literature.  

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Editorial Board
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Former Editor, 1953-1972
Former Editor, 1973-1983
Former Editor, 1984-1993
Former Editor, 1994-2003
Former Editor, 2004-2013
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  • Submission Guidelines

    Manuscripts should be submitted via

    Files saved as MS Word are preferred, but conversion from other formats is usually possible. Submit revisions the same way, with a draft number and date clearly indicated on each version.

    Please note that only articles submitted solely to JAPA that have not been previously published in print or electronically will be considered. Manuscripts and disks will not be returned.

    Peer Review

    Manuscripts submitted to JAPA are reviewed by three or more authorities for significance, originality, and validity. Reviewers' comments will be sent to the corresponding author. Please note that JAPA conforms to a blinded peer-review process.


    Careful attention must be paid to the protection of a patient's anonymity in case reports and elsewhere. Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, and dates must be avoided. Also, authors should disguise identifying information when discussing patients' characteristics and personal history.

    Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

    Manuscripts must conform to the style of the journal.

    All identifying information (author name(s), postal address, fax, e-mail address, phone number, as well as any acknowledgments) should be included on the last page of the manuscript itself. Please also include a brief autobiographical statement listing the current professional, academic, and institutional titles, positions and affiliations for all authors. In the case of more than one author, make sure the corresponding author is plainly indicated.

    Begin with a one-paragraph abstract, not to exceed 200 words, summarizing the essential contributions of the paper. Submissions should not exceed forty double-spaced pages in length (about 11,000 words), including the abstract, and should be formatted as follows: 1½-inch margins, left and right; all copy double-spaced, including abstract, references, footnotes, and extracts; footnotes numbered consecutively and located at the bottom of the page of text on which the superscript number appears (initial footnotes referring to the title of the paper or author do not carry a number). All pages of the manuscript are to be numbered. 

    All artwork, including charts, tables, figures, drawings, and photographs, is to be submitted to the publisher either as camera-ready copy or in a format that can be reproduced as a print-resolution graphical file. Final artwork in JAPA will measure no more than 4¼ inches in width and no more than 7 inches in height. The cost for any alteration in artwork will be borne by the author(s). Obtaining written permissions for material such as figures, tables, art, and extensive quotes taken directly—or adapted in minor ways—from another source is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may require.

    For reference style, consult articles in JAPA published after 1996 (from volume 45 on), noting punctuation, italics, use of capitals, small caps, items of information required, and their sequence. Note particularly that inclusive page numbers are required for journal articles and chapters of books.

    Editorial Office Contact

    For questions or information regarding your manuscript, contact:

    Jennifer Mahar
    Managing Editor

    Thank you for your interest in The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

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