Call for Submissions

Information for Contributors
To best reflect the spirit of openness at NIP, we are interested in articles that are innovative and creative, address controversial subjects, and compare different theoretical perspectives. We encourage work that reflects an emphasis on integration of clinical and theoretical material, of diverse analytic techniques, of various psychotherapeutic paradigms and of analytic with non-analytic techniques.  

We also invite submissions of poetry, essays, fiction and memoirs relating to themes of psychoanalysis, as well as letters to the editors. Please see below for more information about submitting creative works.

Manuscript Submissions
Manuscripts may be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word format (.doc) to

Only original manuscripts will be considered. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that they have not been submitted elsewhere. Printed manuscripts will not be returned.

Manuscript Preparation
All components of the manuscript, including abstract, text, quoted passages, footnotes and references must be double spaced, 25 lines on a page, 60 characters to a line, printed in a nonproportional (Times New Roman 12-pt) typeface. An abstract of 150 words should be included. The first page of the article should contain the author(s) name(s), title of the article, mailing and email addresses and a bio, of up to three lines, containing your current affiliations and positions held. The final pages at the end of the paper are reserved for a list of references to all works cited in the text.

In the manner of most psychoanalytic journals, text references follow the author-date system, e.g. (Grant, 2001) 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 on the reference page at the end of the article, and the reference list should contain publication information only about sources cited in the text. Quotations must be cited by their source page numbers in parentheses, e.g. (p. 120).

In submitting clinical material to Psychoanalytic Perspectives for publication, the author affirms that s/he is familiar with and has followed the guidelines of his or her discipline(s) pertaining to the confidentiality of such material. The author confirms that publication would not involve any breach of confidentiality or professional ethics. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright holders to reprint substantial passages from previously published works.

The editors, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) and the NIP Professional Association (NIPPA) assume no responsibility for any statements in the papers printed.

Creative Literary Arts

Psychoanalytic Perspectives is the first psychoanalytic journal to offer a Creative Literary Arts section devoted to short stories, creative non-fiction and poetry. These pages are dedicated to recognizing pieces that are tied both strongly and loosely to themes inherent in psychoanalysis.

It is important to cultivate creative space within this journal for many reasons. Creativity is an important part of our work and daily lives. Through these pages, we carve out a domain where artistic expression is both valued and appreciated. Creativity exists in everyone and this section celebrates the threshold where creativity and psychoanalysis intersect.

The Creative Literary Arts section is open to therapists and others interested in publishing in a psychoanalytic journal. Recent issues of Psychoanalytic Perspectives have included creative works by Thomas Ogden, Robert Stolorow, Bonnie Zindel and Rachel Newcombe.

Submissions should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word format(.doc) to   Short stories and essays should not exceed 12 pages when single spaced. We do not consider material that has been previously published.

Private Lives

Pieces submitted to the Private Lives section of Psychoanalytic Perspectives should describe an emotionally engaging and compelling experience from your personal life. Subjects can vary from childhood to adult experiences, phantasmal or historical. The story must depict something moving or memorable in a narrative format.

The Lives section of the New York Times Magazine represents the kind of writing appropriate for this section. Examples include such experiences as first love, a death, a moment that defined your career, an experience that altered your life or loss of a loved one.   Pieces should be in narrative form, with the arch of a creative nonfiction story.

Submissions should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word format (.doc) to:  The length is expected to be at least 12-14 double-spaced pages, or no more than 14 pages.

Submissions are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.