Dreaming is a multidisciplinary journal, the only professional journal devoted specifically to dreaming.

The journal publishes scholarly articles related to dreaming from any discipline and viewpoint.

This includes

  • biological aspects of dreaming and sleep/dream laboratory research
  • psychological articles of any kind related to dreaming
  • clinical work on dreams regardless of theoretical perspective (Freudian, Jungian, existential, eclectic, etc.)
  • anthropological, sociological, and philosophical articles related to dreaming
  • articles about dreaming from any of the arts and humanities

All papers undergo peer review.

Starting in 2004; formerly published by Kluwer Academic/Human Sciences Press

Editorial Board


Deirdre L. Barrett, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Founding Editor

Ernest L. Hartmann, MD

Senior Editors

Kelly Bulkeley, PhD
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California

Clara E. Hill, PhD
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

J. Allan Hobson, MD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Charles W. Stewart, PhD
University College London, London, England, United Kingdom

Inge Strauch, PhD
Psychologisches Institut der Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Consulting Editors

John S. Antrobus, PhD
City University of New York, New York, New York

Roseanne Armitage, PhD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kathryn Belicki, PhD
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Mark T. Blagrove, PhD
Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Rosalind D. Cartwright, PhD
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Mary-Therese Dombeck, PhD, DMin, RN
University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, New York

G. William Domhoff, PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz, California

Jayne I. Gackenbach, PhD
Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Ramon M. Greenberg, MD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Harry T. Hunt, PhD
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Tracey L. Kahan, PhD
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

David Koulack, PhD
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Barry J. Krakow, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stanley C. Krippner, PhD
Saybrook University, Oakland, California

Donald L. Kuiken, PhD
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Stephen LaBerge, PhD
The Lucidity Institute, Palo Alto, California

Peretz Lavie, PhD
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Monique Lortie-Lussier, PhD
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Tore A. Nielsen, PhD
Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Edward F. Pace-Schott, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Helene Sophrin Porte, PhD
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Michael Schredl, PhD
Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit, Mannheim, Germany

Alan B. Siegel, PhD
University of California, Berkeley, California

Robert Stickgold, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Barbara H. Tedlock, PhD
State University of New York, Buffalo, New York

Katja Valli, PhD
University of Turku, Turku, Finland University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden

Erin J. Wamsley, PhD
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

Calvin Kai-Ching Yu, PhD
Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong

Managing Editor

John Woodford

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Manuscript Submission

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.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in rich text format (.rtf), via the Manuscript Submission Portal

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Deirdre Barrett, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Dreaming
Harvard Medical Annex
120 Beacon Street
4th Floor
Somerville, MA 02143

Phone: 617-503-8446
Fax: 617-503-8540

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply email addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Manuscripts will be reviewed by editors and referees in the author's field.

Manuscripts should be checked for content and style (correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; accuracy and consistency in the citation of figures, tables, and references; stylistic uniformity of entries in the References section; etc.), as the typesetter is instructed to follow (accepted) manuscripts as presented.

Page proofs are sent to the designated author for proofreading and checking. Typographical errors are corrected; authors' alterations are not allowed.

The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors, and order forms with the current price schedule are sent with proofs.

For further information, contact Deirdre Barrett, PhD, Editor-in-Chief.


Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced in 12-point type with generous margins on all sides.

Provide a title page that includes the title of the article, author's name (with degree), author's affiliation, and suggested running head. The affiliation should consist of the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author's name.

The suggested running head should be fewer than 50 characters (including spaces) and should consist of the article title or an abbreviated version thereof.

For office purposes, the title page should include the complete mailing address and telephone number of the one author designated to review proofs.


Tables should be numbered and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be on a separate page. Center the title above the table, and type explanatory footnotes (indicated by superscript lowercase letters) below the table.

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.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

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.


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.

Abstract and Keywords

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.


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.
  • 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.


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


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
  • Children's Dreams and Nightmares

    Special issue of the APA journal Dreaming, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2005. Includes articles about REM dreaming in the transition from late childhood to adolescence; influence of gender and age; trauma, dreaming, and psychological distress; children's interpretation of auditory messages in divine dreams; and earliest remembered dreams.

  • Anthropological Approaches to Dreaming

    Special issue of the APA journal Dreaming, Vol. 14, No. 2/3, June/September 2004. Includes articles about dreaming in a number of different cultures around the world.