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Author Guidelines

If you are considering writing an article for Therapy Today, you might find it helpful to contact us first to discuss your proposal, and to send us a short summary of the article. We would be glad to offer initial feedback and advice. Please email therapytoday@thinkpublishing.co.uk.

Please email completed articles, as a Word document attachment, to therapytoday@thinkpublishing.co.uk

We do not accept typed or hand-written articles unless they are also in an electronic format.

Please include a contact name, address, daytime telephone number and email address.

You will receive an email confirming that your article has arrived. You should receive a final decision within 12 weeks of receipt of the article. You may be invited to revise and resubmit the article.

The editor's decision as to whether an article will be accepted and published is final.

Once accepted, your article will be published at the earliest opportunity, at the editor's discretion. It will be edited to house style before publication and you will be sent an electronic copy of the proofs to check and approve prior to publication.

Contributor guidelines

Start with a clear idea of the concepts and information you want to convey. Think about your audience - you are writing for over 43,000 counsellors and psychotherapists, at various stages of experience and learning, including students. Your article will need to capture their interest and be relevant to a range of practitioners. Read examples of other articles from the journal to get a feel for the tone and style.

  • Be congruent - write in your own voice about what you know.
  • Be truthful - don't exaggerate or over-state your case.
  • Be plain - complexity doesn't have to be complicated. If something is worth saying, it's worth saying in a way that readers will be able to understand easily.
  • Be concise - don't over-write or over-argue your case.
  • Be interesting - would you want to read what you've written?
  • Back up your arguments - evidence what you say, either from the research, practice or personal experience.

Therapy Today is not an academic journal. If you are writing about a piece of research, present it as a narrative (not in the style of an academic essay). Engage the reader with a lively opening paragraph setting out your argument. Try to include the client's voice wherever possible, either through first-person accounts or by using brief, anonymised case studies to illustrate your points (see 'Client confidentiality' below). Use tables, graphs and figures only if they are essential to illustrate what you are saying.

Word count

Articles should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words maximum (with a maximum of ten references). 

References

Please use Vancouver style - ie numbered in the text in the order in which they appear and listed in numerical order at the end of the article. Please don't format your references as footnotes or endnotes as this makes it harder for us to copyedit the article.

Client confidentiality

Case studies make interesting and valuable reading. If you include a case study in your article, please state in writing that it is either fictitious or a composite or that you have changed identifying details so that the individuals concerned cannot be recognised. If you use an actual case study, please confirm in writing that the client has given informed consent and that their identity has been anonymised.

A client may wish to contribute to the article in their own right and using their own name. If this is the case, please obtain and provide us with their written consent.

If your article includes material about individuals (clients, colleagues or participants in any research or study), please supply written confirmation that you have permission from all concerned to publish the material and that all identifying details have been anonymised.

Any information obtained privately, eg in conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties, must be permissioned by the individuals concerned and referenced.

Copyright

Copyright for the article is retained by BACP unless otherwise agreed with the editor.

You are responsible for obtaining permission for the use of any written or visual material from a third party. This includes, for example, any pictures, tables, diagrams or extracts.

Please provide a brief statement that the article is all your own work and has not been published elsewhere. If the article is co-authored, please provide a statement that all those who have made significant contributions to the work are named as co-authors and that they consent to its publication and to being named as co-authors.

You will be asked to sign a contract setting out these conditions when your article is accepted for publication.

Defamation

Please do not include any material that could be considered defamatory.

Author statement

Please include with your article a short (50 words maximum) biographical statement: for example, current employment, relevant qualifications, research interests etc. You may wish to include an email address or website.

Plagiarism

If Therapy Today receives a written complaint of plagiarism against an author(s), the following procedure will be followed.

We will request full details of the complaint. The complaint will then be put to the author. If the author agrees that the original source of the work has not been acknowledged, we will publish a clarification in the next available issue of the journal, space permitting, or as soon as possible thereafter.

If the author disagrees that the original source of the work has not been acknowledged but we are satisfied that the work has been published elsewhere, is in the public domain and can be identified as such, and the complainant can fully prove it is their work, we will publish a clarification in the next available issue, space permitting, or as soon as possible thereafter. If the complainant cannot provide this evidence, we will take no further action.