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Author Guidelines


Psychoanalytic Discourse is a quarterly international journal devoted to cross-disciplinary debate among theoreticians, clinicians, cultural scholars, and literary critics working within the psychoanalytic framework.  The journal is an independent peer review publication that strives to speak to the informed reader in psychoanalysis and is open to contributions from different schools and academic disciplines. Psychoanalytic Discourse publishes both submitted and invited manuscripts. Authors retain copyrights to their work and may publish their papers elsewhere. We invite scholarly and research papers that offer new ways of understanding the unconscious dimensions of human behavior. The journal honors not only diversity of theoretical perspectives, it encourages submissions of empirical work with diverse methodological orientations.

Manuscript submission


Manuscripts should be submitted online or through email to editors. For online submission, authors should first register in the journal site at Submissions must include an abstract, a reference list, and any notes, tables, or figures mentioned in the text.  


Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Words and APA formats. As part of the blind peer review process, authors will need to upload a blinded manuscript without a title page, as well as a separate title page with the authors' institutional affiliations, acknowledgments, and contact information for the corresponding author. An abstract of 150 to 200 words should be included without the name of the authors. Reviews take from three to five months.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have followed the basic ethical standards in the execution of their research, and maintained the complete confidentially of any patient that may be the subject of their paper. The journal is not responsible for the authors’ violation of the ethical standards of academic honesty.

Manuscripts should not exceed 8500 words and must conform with the American Psychological Association's (APA) style and formatting guidelines. Text references should follow the author-date system, e.g., (Smith, 1996), and are cited within the text, not as footnotes or endnotes. Multiple text references are listed chronologically, not alphabetically. Every text citation must have its corresponding reference listing.

Examples of basic reference formats:

Journal Article:

Kirshner, L. (1991). The concept of the self in psychoanalytic theory and its philosophical foundations. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn. 39:157-183.

Modell, A.H. (2007). The sense of agency and the illusion of the self. Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory

Authored Book:

Freud, S. (1905). Fragment of an analysis of a case of hysteria. Standard Edition 7:1-122. 

Lacan, J. (1954-1955). The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book II. The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, transi. S. Tomaselli & J. Forrester. New York: 1988.

Chapter in an Edited Book: 

Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D.

Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing(pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Shuttleworth, J. (1989). Psychoanalytic thought and infant development. In Closely Observed Infants, ed.

L. Miller, M. Rustin, M. Rustin, & J. Shuttleworth. London: Duckworth, pp. 22-51.


Submission Fees: Psychoanalytic Discourse is a nonprofit journal with the ambition of encouraging good analytic work. It is an open online journal and we do not charge readers for its access. However, for unsolicited submissions, we do charge a nominal fee, which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to receiving, reviewing, and responding to submissions.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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