If you want to contribute to the journal, feel free to contact us to discuss this.


ISSUE #1 – “The past, present and future of ISTDP”
Deadline for ideas: August 1st, 2023.
Deadline for draft: September 1st, 2023.
Publication: February 2024

ISSUE #2 – 
Deadline for ideas: March 1st 2024
Deadline for draft: May 1st 2024
Publication: September/October 2024

ISSUE #3 – 
Deadline for ideas: September 1st 2024
Deadline for draft: December 1st 2024
Publication: March/April 2025


We will publish original articles relevant to the scope and aims of the journal. We are a hybrid-content journal. That means that we aim to include a wide variety of articles, not just the more traditionally academic or research-oriented articles that you may see in other journals. We aim to publish work spanning from rigorous empirical efficacy studies all the way to short personal reflections.

We focus on ensuring that all papers we publish are of high quality, compelling, robust and valid in terms of content, methods, analysis, and ethics. We aim to provide a thorough assessment which will consider:

  • the soundness, validity and creativity of your topic, clarity of your objectives, conciseness of your argument;
  • how do you place your theme into context, including the depth of your literature review;
  • the presentation of alternative views,
  • the clarity, precision, and conciseness of your writing to eliminate wordiness and redundancy, and
  • the language quality, accuracy, coherence, organization and readability of your writing.

The Editorial Board might accept your manuscript as it is, request revisions in terms of format or content, or reject the paper due to unresolvable concerns. We aim to make our first decisions on your manuscript within 60 days of submission.

At the bottom of this page, you can find complete guidelines for publication, including patient consent forms.


Currently, we manage three different types of articles:

  • Standard type: This is the standard scientific article of the journal. These articles should hold a high academic quality throughout. Within this rubric, we publish original research, theory, and review (Max 10000 words). These articles should have the following format: 1) Abstract, 2) Introduction, 3) Relevant subsections, 4) Discussion. 
  • Case type: This is the standard clinical article of the journal. These articles zoom in on the clinical work. Within this rubric, we publish contemporary accounts of transcribed sessions and case studies (Max 8000 words). These articles should have the following format: 1) Abstract, 2) Introduction, 3) Relevant subsections, 4) Discussion. Case articles require a “Patient consent to publication form” to be filled out by the patient, see the bottom of this page for the form.
  • Viewpoint type:  This is a shorter format that allows authors to provide briefer communication about theory, clinical observations, debate and more. These articles are either more scholarly or more of a reflective kind (Max 3000 words). In the latter case, abstract, literature review and references can be held to a minimum. These articles should have the following format: 1) Abstract, 2) Relevant subsections.


– Case studies
– Articles based on transcripts
– Theory discussion and/or development
– Original research
– Research reports
– Qualitative studies
– Debate & critique
– Interviews
– Personal perspectives
– Learning ISTDP trajectories
– Reflections
– Observations
– Local reports (work places, cities, countries)
– Book reviews
– Arts (poems, comics, drawings, memes etc.)
– Letter to the editor
– Others


Articles typically consist of 3-10 pages, Times New Roman, 12pt, single row spacing (i.e. 1500-10000 words).


When your article is accepted, the Journal needs a 6-8 sentence biography of yourself written in third person singular and a good quality portrait picture of yourself at least 1000 pixels in width and height. If the article is a longer interview with you, an additional 3-4 professional photographs at least 2500 pixels in size may be used.


All academic articles we publish will be submitted to a peer review process with at least two anonymous peer-reviewers. You can find the criteria used for the peer reviews below (“Resources”). If the article includes descriptions of a real case or a real session transcript, written informed consent by the patient(s) should be obtained. See separate consent form (“Resources”). If the article includes original prospective research on human subjects, all relevant permits by local ethics/review boards should be obtained and reported in the article.


  • JCI Author guideline version 2.6 (pdf)
  • JCI Review guideline version 2.1 (pdf)
  • JCI Patient consent to publication form (pdf)


  • JCI Qualitative study guideline 1.0 (pdf)