PUBLICATION POLICY OF THE JOURNAL OF PSYCHODRAMA, SOCIOMETRY, AND GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY
Materials in the following areas will be considered for publication:
- Research Articles focusing on theoretical underpinnings for any particular methodological approach or research in the field or focusing on the relationship of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy to related fields that can be useful to lay, academic, or applied communities. These could include empirical studies, literature reviews, and theoretical or methodological articles. Any research study involving the collection of data from human subjects requires an Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval. If you do not have academic affiliation, you can contact your local public university IRB board and inquire about their application process.
- Case Studies focusing on an in-depth investigation of the use of psychodrama, sociometry or group psychotherapy with a single individual or group. The aim is to "show" rather than "tell." (See suggested outline for writing a case study in the following.)
- Practitioner's Corner articles describing a particular process that uses psychodramatic, sociometric, or group psychotherapeutic approaches with a particular treatment or other population. The aim of these articles is to share unique approaches, applications, and adaptations of psychodramatic, sociometric, or group psychotherapeutic methods for specific groups. It may focus on a tool, technique, or idea.
- Spontaneity/Creativity which could include a poem, brief prose or picture that is related to a psychodramatic, sociometric, group psychotherapy, or personal growth experience.
- Book Reviews relevant to psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS, BOOK REVIEWERS, AND OTHER CREATORS
should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting your manuscript, please submit a cover letter and title page separate from your manuscript. Your manuscript should not contain your name or affiliation, only the article contents (title, abstract, 4-5 keywords, main text, references, and figures/tables). This ensures a speedy and efficient blind peer-review.
Your title page should include your name, credentials, affiliation, and title.
Articles must be original. Articles that overlap with material previously published by the author, or submitted elsewhere, should be declared to the Editor when submitted to this Journal. Any potential conflicts of interest, IRB approvals, or funding sources should also be disclosed at the time of submission. All manuscripts, including references, should be in accordance with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual, 7th Ed. Manuscripts should be limited to 25 pages, 8.5 x 11 paper, double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point Times Roman or similar font, except under unusual circumstances. This page limit should include figures, tables, explanatory footnotes and references.
Articles should include a title page; abstract and key word page; main text; references; and figures, tables, and drawings. The abstracts and key words assist in the citing and dissemination of journal articles via databases. It is understood that spontaneity/creativity contributions may not include the foregoing sections. Clinical material should be presented only with the written consent of the people to whom they refer to or with the protection of their identities http://www.apastyle.org/manual/related/vandenbos.pdf and this should be indicated in the text. Normally manuscripts will be evaluated within three months.
Please contact us at Journal@asgpp.org to inquire about writing a book review. Book reviews should be limited to 800 to 900 words (main text, references, figures, tables, and drawings) and otherwise follow the guidelines listed above. Book reviews are subject to editing; and not all will necessarily be published.
SUBMISSION CHECK LIST
- Submitted to email@example.com
- Manuscript (without your name/affiliation)
- Title page (name/credentials/affiliation/titles)
- Cover letter
- In accordance with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual, 7th Ed. (See their checklist at http://www.apa.org/pubs/authors/manuscript-check.aspx or on p. 241)
- Limited to 25 pages, book reviews three pages
- One inch margins
- 12 point Times Roman or similar font
- Clinical material presented only with the written consent or protection of identities
SUGGESTIONS FOR AUTHORS, BOOK REVIEWERS, AND OTHER CREATORS
Editors will be editing for content and APA standards; their role is not one of insuring organization and readability. Role-reverse with your potential readers and read what you submit from that point of view of those likely to be in your audience. The more your submission is readable, organized and engaging, the easier editing process for everyone involved. Edit what you have created several times before you submit it. Ask yourself:
- Have I clearly stated what I am doing for the reader?
- Is my submission well organized visually?
- Does my submission follow the checklist on the submission guidelines?
- Have I edited each part of my submission several times before submitting it?
- Would I like to read what I am submitting; is it engaging and pleasurable to read?
If you would like help with the writing process, contact Jacqueline Fowler firstname.lastname@example.org. Jackie is available to help those who are looking for writing support, and for whom English is a second language. She will assist in a variety of ways and is an invaluable resource for writers. She will also try to connect writers with mentors, co-creators, and co-authors when possible and appropriate.
General Manuscript Writing, Organizational, and Technical Tips
Several of the following links were selected and taken directly from this resource. http://www.psychology.org/links/Resources/Writing/Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) APA 7th Edition Guide - https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html
Case Study Format with Suggested Components:
- Abstract - a brief summary of the major points of the study as well as a short list of key words
- What did you propose to do?
- What was your plan?
- What were your objectives?
- Description - How did you do it?
- What were the challenges and or roadblocks?
- Were there any surprises?
- How well did you meet your objectives?
- Did you meet or exceed your expectations?
- If you did not succeed, why?
- Summary and Recommendations
- Summarize what you learned from this experience.
- What would you recommend to others who would like to replicate your efforts?
- What would they need to be prepared for?
- What needs to be improved?
- Follow APA format.
Writing Book Reviews:
A helpful article describing how to write book reviews (How to Write a Scholarly Book Review for Publication in a Peer-Reviewed Journal: A Review of the Literature) can be found at https://meridian.allenpress.com/jce/article/24/1/57/53069/How-to-Write-a-Scholarly-Book-Review-for
THE EDITING PROCESS: WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE THE BLACK BOX
- Articles must be submitted directly to email@example.com.
- An acknowledgment will be sent via email that the submission was received.
- Articles will then be forwarded to an Executive Editor and a Consulting Editor for peer-review.
- A decision will be made by the editors with feedback from blind peer-reviewers to accept, reject, or require revisions for the manuscript.
PUBLICATIONS ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT
The Editors and Journal team are committed to preserving the academic integrity of the Journal by upholding the highest academic, professional, legal, and ethical standards of publishing. In an attempt to fulfill this purpose, we have adopted the guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) and expect adherence to these guidelines by journal authors, reviewers, and editors. These guidelines can be found at https://publicationethics.org/core-practices and include suggestions related to conflicts of interest, false/fabricated data, plagiarism, unethical research, informed consent, and authorship roles.
If you suspect any misconduct on part of the Journal’s editors, reviewers, or authors, or would like to submit a complaint, we encourage you to contact our editorial leadership, Executive Council, and/or the ASGPP Professional Standards Committee to help explore and address the incident of misconduct.
ABE-certified psychodrama practitioners and trainers are expected to uphold the APA Code of Ethics which is adopted by the American Board of Examiners in Sociometry, Psychodrama, and Group Psychotherapy. For further information related to ethics, we encourage you to review the APA code of ethics, Section 8: Research and Publications - https://www.apa.org/ethics/code.