The Neuropsychologist has been established to encourage division members to publish and share resources that relate to the clinical practice of neuropsychology. The aim is to provide a forum for discussion about issues relevant to neuropsychology, notification of events, updates on the work of the DoN, conference reviews, book reviews, test user experience reports, audit and service evaluations, research updates, student news, and information on and critiques of health and education policy, training and professional standards. On occasion specific issues will be themed and papers invited under set topics.
Scheduled publication frequency:Two issues a year (Electronic only)
Editor: Jessica Fish
Assistant Editor: Steven Kemp
Editorial team: Emily Bennett, Emma Matthews, Blanca Poveda, Stephen Roundhill
Information for contributors
Submissions that do not obviously fall into one of the categories below should be discussed with the Editor ahead of submission.
Submitted articles should be of relevance to neuropsychology or neuropsychological practice. Articles could include guidelines for practice, the results of service evaluations, or debate about policy or practice. Articles should be as short as is consistent with clear presentation of the subject matter, and will normally be 1000-2500 words in length. If you feel an article of over 2500 words is justified then please state the reasons in an accompanying email so that this request can be considered. All articles should include an abstract or summary of no more than 75 words at the beginning of the paper.
2. Short notes or papers
Papers of up to 1000 words in length, on empirical findings or research in progress will also be considered for publication. These papers also require a 75 word abstract.
3. Debating points
Submissions are sought from authors who wish to write thought-provoking pieces designed to inform and stimulate current debate.
4. Student submissions
Research findings from by postgraduate students are welcome, as long as the research is relevant to the field of neuropsychology. Please follow the guidance provided for refereed papers when submitting contributions of this nature.
5. Practice Exchange
Papers from qualified or pre-qualification-level staff (i.e. assistant or trainee psychologists working in neuropsychological services) will be encouraged. Such contributions should outline the nature of the activity, and the issues raised, and any conclusions relevant to the clinical practice of neuropsychology. Research on the effectiveness of interventions, service evaluations or audit-based studies would be examples of practice-based activity that will be welcomed.
6. Book reviews
Book reviews of up to 1000 words are welcome, and contributors are encouraged to contact the editor about the book in question before preparing the article. Book reviewers should offer fair and valid criticisms and avoid being defamatory, and authors of reviewed books have the right of reply.
7. Test user experience reports
Test reviews are also welcomed, and should also be restricted to a word count of 1,000. As with book reviewers, test user experience reporters should offer fair and valid criticisms and avoid being defamatory, and test authors have the right of reply.
8. Conference and CPD event reviews
Conference reviews relevant to field of neuropsychology are welcomed. Please discuss such submissions with the Editor prior to submission. These should usually be approximately 500 words in length and be informative regarding the main learning points taken home from the event. Please include the name, date, and location of the event in your review, and wherever possible include a small selection of accompanying photographs to be included alongside the text, with the photographer’s name and permission to use the image.
9. A day in the life…
We feature a regular article comprising of an interview and ‘Day in the Life’ of a professional neuropsychologist. This is to promote awareness of the profession and the range of possible careers within neuropsychology. If you are happy to be interviewed by one of our editorial team about your daily practice please get in touch with the editorial team.
The review process
All articles submitted will undergo initial editorial review to determine if the article is within The Neuropsychologist’s aims and scope, and that it is of adequate relevance, readability and interest. If an article is considered not to meet these standards, the corresponding author will be contacted and feedback will be provided. Articles meeting the initial suitability criteria will be double-blind peer reviewed by 1–2 independent reviewers. Reviewers are asked to comment on clarity, economy of expression, the article’s critical and analytical stance, and originality. Articles that are research-oriented will be assessed by the usual criteria for academic rigour. This includes consideration of the study design, methodology, replicability, analysis, and conclusions. On receipt of these reviews, the Editor will decide whether or not to publish the article, and detail any required revisions. Re-submissions will either be reviewed by the editor or original reviewer(s) on a case-by-case basis.
- All submissions should be sent to [email protected]
- The corresponding author should retain a copy of all submitted files.
- All contributions should be submitted in word (.doc) or equivalent compatible format with 1.5 or double line spacing, and with numbered pages.
- The first page should be a title page including the full title, the complete author list along with affiliations, and the contact details for the corresponding author(s), including email and phone number. The author details will be removed ahead of peer review.
- All full and short articles will be reviewed blind, so please avoid the inclusion of identifying information in the main body of the article.
- Authors should abide by the BPS Guidelines for the Use of Non-Sexist Language which are contained in the booklet Code of Conduct, Ethical Principles and Guidelines, which can be obtained from the Society’s office or website.
- Tables should be given on separate pages at the end of the document with clear indication in the text where they should be inserted. Each should have a self-explanatory title and should be comprehensible without reference to the text. They should be referred to in the text by Arabic numerals. Data given should be checked for accuracy and must agree with mentions in the text.
- Figures, i.e. diagrams, graphs or other illustrations should add new information to the article and should not duplicate information given elsewhere in a different form. Captions should be listed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.
- Ensure that all image files are submitted in high resolution format (i.e. at least 600dpi, but the higher the better) with an accompanying caption. As we are a digital-only publication, colour figures may be used without charge.
- Please ensure reference lists are in APA style, and that they are complete and accurate. In particular, ensure that all journal titles are given in full, and that reports and websites cited are included in the reference lists and include all necessary information.
For details, please consult APA Style Manual, but an example of four common sources is given here:
For Journal Articles: Banyard, P. & Duffy, K. (2014) Student representations of psychology in the UK. Psychology Teaching Review 20(2) 110–120.
For books: Richardson, J.T.E. (2000) Researching student learning. Approaches to studying in campus-based and distance education. Buckingham: SRHE & Open University Press.
For chapters: Norton, L., Kahn, P, Van Arendsen, J. & Waiters, D. (2001). Reflective thinking about the study of psychology, mathematics and music at degree level: Does it change over the first year? In C. Rust (Ed.), Improving student learning strategically (pp.120–131). Oxford: The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development.
For Internet Articles: Lovell, A. (7 February,2003). More students, less funding. worse learning? Retrieved 25 March, 2005, from The Higher Education Academy website: www.heacademv.ac.uk/resources.asp?process=full_record§ion=generic&id=474
- Authors need not be members of the Division of Neuropsychology but non-members are encouraged to join. Details may be obtained from the membership section of the Division webpage: (www.bps.org.uk/don) or by contacting the membership team at [email protected].
- Please note that all contributions must be provided in English.
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