Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology®

ISSN: 0022-006X
eISSN: 1939-2117
Published: bimonthly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 5.228
Psychology - Clinical : 6 of 111
Description

The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology® (JCCP) publishes original contributions on the following topics:

  • the development, validity, and use of techniques of diagnosis and treatment of disordered behavior;
  • studies of a variety of populations that have clinical interest, including but not limited to medical patients, ethnic minorities, persons with serious mental illness, and community samples;
  • studies that have a cross-cultural or demographic focus and are of interest for treating behavior disorders;
  • studies of personality and of its assessment and development where these have a clear bearing on problems of clinical dysfunction and treatment;
  • studies of gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation that have a clear bearing on diagnosis, assessment, and treatment;
  • studies of psychosocial aspects of health behaviors; and
  • methodologically sound case studies pertinent to the preceding topics.

Studies that focus on populations that fall anywhere within the lifespan are considered.

JCCP welcomes submissions on treatment and prevention in all areas of clinical and clinical–health psychology and especially on topics that appeal to a broad clinical–scientist and practitioner audience.

JCCP encourages the submission of theory–based interventions, studies that investigate mechanisms of change, and studies of the effectiveness of treatments in real-world settings.

Studies on the following topics will be considered if they have clear implications for clinical research and practice:

  • epidemiology;
  • use of psychological services;
  • health care economics for behavioral disorders;
  • theoretical papers;
  • critical analyses and meta-analyses of treatment approaches on topics of broad theoretical, methodological, or practical interest to the field of clinical psychology.

JCCP does not consider manuscripts dealing with the etiology or descriptive pathology of abnormal behavior (which are more appropriate for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology). Similarly, the journal does not consider articles focusing primarily on assessment, measurement, and diagnostic procedures and concepts (which are more appropriate for Psychological Assessment). Editors reserve the right to determine the most appropriate location of a manuscript.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Editor

Arthur M. Nezu
Drexel University

Associate Editors

Anne Marie Albano
Columbia University

Scott N. Compton
Duke University Medical Center

David M. Fresco
Kent State University

Carlos M. Grilo
Yale University

Stefan G. Hofmann
Boston University

Lisa H. Jaycox
RAND Corporation, Arlington, Virginia

Marc S. Karver
University of South Florida

Marguerita Lightfoot
University of California, San Francisco

Candice M. Monson
Ryerson University

Crystal L. Park
University of Connecticut

Jasper A. J. Smits
University of Texas at Austin

Mark B. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University

Michael A. Southam-Gerow
Virginia Commonwealth University

Editorial Assistant

Jessica B. Stern
Drexel University

Editorial Manuscript Coordinator

Lauren Covalucci
American Psychological Association

Consulting Editors

Jennifer Alvidrez
University of California, San Francisco

Patricia A. Aréan
University of California, San Francisco

David Atkins
University of Washington

Jacques P. Barber
Adelphi University

David H. Barlow
Boston University

Christopher Beevers
University of Texas at Austin

Guillermo Bernal
University of Puerto Rico

Charles M. Borduin
University of Missouri

Timothy A. Brown
Boston University

Kate B. Carey
Brown University

Dianne L. Chambless
University of Pennsylvania

Bruce F. Chorpita
University of California, Los Angeles

Andrea Chronis-Tuscano
University of Maryland, College Park

Tammy Chung
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Michael J. Constantino
University of Massachusetts

Janis H. Crowther
Kent State University

Pim Cuiipers
VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

David DeMatteo
Drexel University

Anke Ehlers
King's College London, London, England

Kathleen Ell
University of Southern California

Deborah A. Ellis
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Stephanie H. Felgoise
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kenneth E. Freedland
Washington University School of Medicine

Paul J. Frick
University of New Orleans

Mary A. Fristad
Ohio State University

Marvin R. Goldfried
Stony Brook University

Cheryl Gore-Felton
Stanford University

Leslie Greenberg
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

W. Kim Halford
University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia

Nancy A. Hamilton
University of Kansas

Benjamin L. Hankin
University of Denver

Mark L. Hatzenbuehler
Columbia University

Adele M. Hayes
University of Delaware

Kirk S. Heilbrun
Drexel University

Scott W. Henggeler
Medical University of South Carolina

Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood
Columbia University

Jill M. Hooley
Harvard University

Stephen Ilardi
University of Kansas

Rick E. Ingram
University of Kansas

Robin B. Jarrett
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Debra Kaysen
University of Washington

Alan E. Kazdin
Yale University

Christopher A. Kearney
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Philip C. Kendall
Temple University

Cheryl A. King
University of Michigan

Annette M. La Greca
University of Miami

Sharon Lambert
George Washington University

Jean-Philippe Laurenceau
University of Delaware

Huynh-Nhu Le
George Washington University

Elizabeth J. Letourneau
Medical University of South Carolina

Kenneth N. Levy
Pennsylvania State University

Brett Litz
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System

Vanessa L. Malcarne
San Diego State University

Christopher R. Martell
Private Practice

Brian P. Marx
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine

Michael McCloskey
Temple University

Mary McMurran
University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England

Laura Mufson
Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute

J. Christopher Muran
Adelphi University

Frederick L. Newman
Florida International University

Christine Maguth Nezu
Drexel University

Matthew K. Nock
Harvard University

Thomas H. Ollendick
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Susan M. Orsillo
Suffolk University

Michael G. Perri
University of Florida

Armando A. Pina
Arizona State University

Janet Polivy
University of Toronto at Mississauga

Mitchell J. Prinstein
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

C. Steven Richards
Texas Tech University

Patricia A. Resick
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University

Michael C. Roberts
University of Kansas

Paul Rohde
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

M. David Rudd
University of Utah

Sonja K. Schoenwald
Medical University of South Carolina

William G. Shadel
RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jillian C. Shipherd
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System

Stephen R. Shirk
University of Denver

Greg Siegle
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Wendy K. Silverman
Florida International University

Linda Carter Sobell
Nova Southeastern University

Anthony Spirito
Brown University

Bonnie Spring
Northwestern University

Annette L. Stanton
University of California, Los Angeles

Cynthia Cupit Swenson
Medical University of South Carolina

Casey T. Taft
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University

Nicholas Tarrier
University of Manchester, Manchester, England

Steven Taylor
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Maria Testa
Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Jeanne Watson
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

V. Robin Weersing
San Diego State University

John R. Weisz
Harvard University and Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Delia Smith West
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Kamila S. White
University of Missouri-Saint Louis

Deborah J. Wiebe
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Sheila R. Woody
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Claudia Zayfert
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Maria Cecilia Zea
George Washington University

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.

Submission

Please submit manuscripts electronically, either using Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) via the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

If you encounter difficulties with submission, please email Lauren Covalucci or call 202-216-5729.

General correspondence may be directed to the Editorial Office via email.

Masked Review

This journal uses a masked reviewing system for all submissions. The first page of the manuscript should omit the authors' names and affiliations but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted.

Footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors' identities or affiliations should not be included in the manuscript, but may be provided after a manuscript is accepted.

Make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identities.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

Cover Letter

The cover letter accompanying the manuscript submission must include all authors' names and affiliations to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review process. Addresses and phone numbers, as well as electronic mail addresses and fax numbers, if available, should be provided for all authors for possible use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Length and Style of Manuscripts

Full-length manuscripts should not exceed 35 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced.

Instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts appear in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

Authors submitting manuscripts that report new data collection, especially randomized clinical trials (RCTs), should comply with the newly developed APA Journal Article Reporting Standards (PDF, 98KB) (JARS; see American Psychologist, 2008, 63, 839–851 or Appendix in the APA Publication Manual).

For papers that exceed 35 pages, authors must justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., reporting of multiple studies), and in no case should the paper exceed 45 pages total. Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned without review.

The References section should immediately follow a page break.

Brief Reports

In addition to full-length manuscripts, the JCCP will consider Brief Reports of research studies in clinical psychology. The Brief Report format may be appropriate for empirically sound studies that are limited in scope, contain novel or provocative findings that need further replication, or represent replications and extensions of prior published work.

Brief Reports are intended to permit the publication of soundly designed studies of specialized interest that cannot be accepted as regular articles because of lack of space.

Brief Reports must be prepared according to the following specifications: Use 12-point Times New Roman type and 1-inch (2.54-cm) margins, and do not exceed 265 lines of text including references. These limits do not include the title page, abstract, author note, footnotes, tables, or figures.

An author who submits a Brief Report must agree not to submit the full report to another journal of general circulation. The Brief Report should give a clear, condensed summary of the procedure of the study and as full an account of the results as space permits.

Commentaries

JCCP now publishes papers that are commentaries of previously published articles in this journal. Two types of commentaries will be considered:

Brief Comment

A Brief Comment would be written in response to a single article previously published in JCCP. The primary purpose would be to provide a meaningful insight, concern, alternative interpretation, clarification, or critical analysis. It is not intended to be pedestrian in nature (e.g., simply highlighting that a given study is statistically underpowered). Rather, its publication would provide for a richer and more comprehensive understanding of a methodological, conceptual, or professional issue that significantly adds to the literature.

Similar to a Brief Report, Brief Comments should not exceed 265 lines of text including references. This limit does not include the title page, abstract, or author notes. The title of a Brief Comment should include a subtitle reflecting the actual title and year of publication of the article that engendered the comment. For example — "The Importance of Focusing on External Validity: A Brief Comment on Testing the Efficacy of Two Differing Types of Stress Management Interventions for the Treatment of Essential Hypertension (Jones & Smith, 2012)."

Brief Comments should be submitted in a timely manner, no later than 9 months after publication of the original article. Upon acceptance of a Brief Comment, the author(s) of the original paper would be invited to submit a response, whereupon, if acceptable, both the Brief Comment and Response would be published together. Such Responses to a Brief Comment should also not exceed 265 lines of text including references.

Extended Comment

The purpose of this type of article is essentially similar to that of a Brief Comment (i.e., to provide a meaningful insight, concern, alternative interpretation, clarification, or critical analysis), but would be written in response to a series of articles previously published in JCCP or that involves a more extensive and far-reaching conceptual or methodological issue. An example might include describing and analyzing the limitations of a particular statistical or methodological procedure used in several studies previously published in JCCP, provided along with meaningful recommendations.

This type of article should not exceed approximately one half the length of the original paper (note that 1 journal page equals approximately 3–3.5 manuscript pages). Unless permission from the editor is received, no Extended Comment should exceed 20 manuscript pages inclusive of all references, tables, and figures.

Similar to a Brief Comment, where and when appropriate, if such a paper is accepted, the author(s) of the original article(s) will be contacted to write a response, whereupon, if acceptable, both the Extended Comment and Response would be published together. This Invited Response should not exceed approximately one half the length of the Extended Comment.

The title of this type of article need not include a subtitle representing the original article(s). One important review criteria involves the timeliness of the topic and its potential contribution to the scientific literature base relevant to the scope of JCCP content.

Conceptual/Theoretical Papers

Whereas the majority of papers published in JCCP will involve descriptions of quantitatively-based investigations, this journal also considers conceptual articles on topics of broad theoretical, methodological, or practical interest that advance the field of clinical psychology. Examples might include describing a new methodological or statistical procedure, delineating methods of enhancing dissemination of research findings from the lab to real-world settings, or advocating the need to increase the profession's research efforts regarding a traditionally underserved population.

Similar formatting guidelines for submitting a full length research article would apply for these types of papers.

Title of Manuscript

The title of a manuscript should be accurate, fully explanatory, and preferably no longer then 12 words. The title should reflect the content and population studied (e.g., "treatment of generalized anxiety disorders in adults").

If the paper reports a randomized clinical trial (RCT), this should be indicated in the title. Note that JARS criteria must be used for reporting purposes.

Abstract

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

Manuscripts published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology will include a structured abstract of up to 250 words.

For studies that report randomized clinical trials or meta-analyses, the abstract also must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by JARS or MARS (Meta-Analysis Reporting Standards) guidelines, respectively. Thus, in preparing a manuscript, please ensure that it is consistent with the guidelines stated below.

Please include an Abstract of up to 250 words, presented in paragraph form. The Abstract should be typed on a separate page (page 2 of the manuscript), and must include each of the following sections:

  • Objective: A brief statement of the purpose of the study
  • Method: A detailed summary of the participants (N, age, gender, ethnicity) as well as descriptions of the study design, measures (including names of measures), and procedures
  • Results: A detailed summary of the primary findings that clearly articulate comparison groups (if relevant), and that indicate significance or confidence intervals for the main findings
  • Conclusions: A description of the research and clinical implications of the findings

Public Health Significance Statements

Authors submitting manuscripts to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology are required to provide 2–3 brief sentences regarding the public health significance of the study or meta-analysis described in their paper. It should be written in language that is easily understood by both professionals and members of the lay public.

Examples are included below. This description should be included within the manuscript on the abstract/keywords page.

When an accepted paper is published, these sentences will be boxed beneath the abstract for easy accessibility. All such descriptions will also be published in the back of each issue, as well as on the journal’s web page. This new policy is in keeping with efforts to increase dissemination and usage by larger and diverse audiences.

Examples of these 2–3 sentences include the following:

"This study strongly suggests that (description of a given psychosocial treatment) is an effective treatment for anxiety, but only if it is of mild to moderate severity. For persons with severe anxiety, additional treatments may be necessary."

"When treating individuals of (name of a particular ethnic minority group) who are experiencing PTSD, this study demonstrated the importance of taking into account cultural factors, especially those that involve one’s spiritual beliefs."

“This study highlights the importance of directly including one’s family in treatment when helping adults diagnosed with cancer overcome their depression.”

Keywords

Please supply up to five keywords or short phrases.

Participants: Description and Informed Consent

The Method section of each empirical report must contain a detailed description of the study participants, including (but not limited to) the following: age, gender, ethnicity, SES, clinical diagnoses and comorbidities (as appropriate), and any other relevant demographics.

In the Discussion section of the manuscript, authors should discuss the diversity of their study samples and the generalizability of their findings.

The Method section also must include a statement describing how informed consent was obtained from the participants (or their parents/guardians) and indicate that the study was conducted in compliance with an appropriate Internal Review Board.

Measures

The Method section of empirical reports must contain a sufficiently detailed description of the measures used so that the reader understands the item content, scoring procedures, and total scores or subscales. Evidence of reliability and validity with similar populations should be provided.

Statistical Reporting of Clinical Significance

JCCP requires the statistical reporting of measures that convey clinical significance. Authors should report means and standard deviations for all continuous study variables and the effect sizes for the primary study findings. (If effect sizes are not available for a particular test, authors should convey this in their cover letter at the time of submission.)

JCCP also requires authors to report confidence intervals for any effect sizes involving principal outcomes (see Fidler et al., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2005, pp. 136–143 and Odgaard & Fowler, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2010, pp.287–297).

In addition, when reporting the results of interventions, authors should include indicators of clinically significant change. Authors may use one of several approaches that have been recommended for capturing clinical significance, including (but not limited to) the reliable change index (i.e., whether the amount of change displayed by a treated individual is large enough to be meaningful; see Jacobson et al., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1999), the extent to which dysfunctional individuals show movement into the functional distribution (see Jacobson & Truax, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1991), or other normative comparisons (see Kendall et al., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1999).

The special section of JCCP on "Clinical Significance" (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1999, pp. 283–339) contains detailed discussions of clinical significance and its measurement and should be a useful resource (see also Atkins et al., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2005, pp. 982–989).

Discussion of Clinical Implications

Articles must include a discussion of the clinical implications of the study findings or analytic review. The Discussion section should contain a clear statement of the extent of clinical application of the current assessment, prevention, or treatment methods. The extent of application to clinical practice may range from suggestions that the data are too preliminary to support widespread dissemination to descriptions of existing manuals available from the authors or archived materials that would allow full implementation at present.

Randomized Clinical Trials: Use of JARS Guidelines

JCCP requires the use of JARS guidelines for randomized clinical trials, consistent with the recommendations and policies established by the Publications and Communications Board of the American Psychological Association. JARS offers a standard way to improve the quality of such reports, and to ensure that readers have the information necessary to evaluate the quality of a clinical trial.

Manuscripts that report randomized clinical trials are required to include a flow diagram of the progress through the phases of the trial. When a study is not fully consistent with JARS guidelines, the limitations should be acknowledged and discussed in the text of the manuscript.

For follow-up studies of previously published clinical trials, authors should submit a flow diagram of the progress through the phases of the trial and follow-up. The above checklist information should be completed to the extent possible, especially for the Results and Discussion sections of the manuscript.

Authors of RCTs should also describe procedures to assess for treatment fidelity (also known as treatment integrity), including both therapist adherence and competence. Where possible, results should be reported regarding the relationship between fidelity and outcome found in the investigation.

Meta-Analyses of Randomized Clinical Trials: Use of MARS Guidelines

JCCP requires the use of the APA MARS guidelines for meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials. MARS offers a standard way to improve the quality of such reports, and to ensure that readers have the information necessary to evaluate the quality of a meta-analysis.

Manuscripts that report meta-analyses of randomized clinical trials are required to include a flow diagram of the progress through the stages of the meta-analysis. When a study is not fully consistent with MARS, the limitations should be acknowledged and discussed in the text of the manuscript.

MARS guidelines are included in the JARS guidelines (PDF, 98KB)

Nonrandomized Trials

For nonrandomized designs that often are used in public health and mental-health interventions, JCCP requires compliance with JARS.

Failure to comply with JARS or MARS can result in the return of manuscripts without review.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.

Tables

Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

References

List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • 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.

Figures

Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure

Permissions

Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Advances in Data Analytic Methods

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 82, No. 5, October 2014. The articles include novel approaches to modeling multiple outcomes, exploring predictors of treatment outcome, testing causality, assessing potential bias resulting from missing data, and designing adaptive interventions using methods adapted from control engineering.

  • Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Health Psychology (April 2013)

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 81, No. 2, April 2013. Includes articles about cultural and translation research considerations in behavioral medicine and clinical health psychology, as well as use in asthma, multiple sclerosis, smoking cessation, HIV/AIDS, cancer, obesity, and hepatitis C.

  • Impact of Childhood Psychopathology Interventions on Subsequent Substance Abuse

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 70, No. 6, December 2002. Includes articles about measuring risks and outcomes; community studies; review of the evidence base for treatment of internalizing and externalizing disorders; and policy implications and recommendations.

  • Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Health Psychology

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 70, No. 3, June 2002. Focusing on behavioral medicine and clinical health psychology, topics include sociodemographic diversity; cost-effectiveness; smoking cessation; obesity; exercise; immune function; heart disease; hypertension; cancer; diabetes; HIV/AIDS; arthritis; headache; chronic pain; asthma; renal disease; irritable bowel syndrome; reproductive health; organ transplant; genetic testing; emotional disorders; and somatoform disorders.

  • Behavioral Medicine

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 60, No. 4, August 1992. Includes articles about the role of behavior theory in behavioral medicine; the development of behavioral medicine; and behavioral and psychological treatment of obesity; smoking; chronic pain; headache; cancer; HIV/AIDS; insomnia; Type A behavior; gastrointestinal disorders; arthritis; diabetes; and asthma.