International Coaching Psychology Review

International Coaching Psychology Review

The ICPR is published by the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP).

Scheduled publication frequency:

  • Twice a year

Coordinating Editor:

  • Yi-Ling Michelle Lai - United Kingdom
  • Michael Cavanagh - Australia
  • Francine Campone – United States

This publication has adopted a statement of compliance with COPE, as part of its ethical standards of publication.

For more details please see our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement.

Contact Information:

For general enquiries please email the editor at [email protected]

For copyright enquiries and permissions requests please email [email protected]

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Print ISSN: 1750-2764

Online ISSN: 2396-8753

As the original copyright holder you retain various rights to your work even after you assign copyright to the society.

Submission of academic articles, systematic reviews and other research reports which support evidence-based practice are welcomed. The ICPR may also publish conference reports and papers given at the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP) conferences relevant to the International Coaching Psychology Community. Book reviews will be also considered. 


Papers should normally be no more than 6000 words, although the Co-Editor retain discretion to publish papers beyond this length in cases where the clear and concise expression of the scientific content requires greater length.

Peer review

This publication operates policy of anonymous peer review. Papers will initially be desk reviewed by the editorial team, to confirm they meet the scope and focus of the journal. At the sole discretion of the editor/s the paper will be sent to two independent reviewers, drawn from an international list of reviewers with the aim of a review within 21 days. The reviewers will not be aware of the identity of the review and any markings, references etc. will be removed from the paper to ensure the anonymity of the author/s. Authors are asked to remove any information about the authors, including self-citations, acknowledgements, affiliations etc. to ensure a blind review. These can be added following the review if the paper is accepted. 

Online submission process

All manuscripts must be submitted to the editor by email: [email protected]

The submission must include the following as separate files:

  • Title page consisting of manuscript title, authors’ full names and affiliations, name and address for corresponding author. 
  • Abstract. 
  • Full manuscript omitting authors’ names and affiliations. Figures and tables can be attached separately if necessary.
Manuscript requirements
  • Contributions must be typed in double spacing with wide margins. All sheets must be numbered. 
  • Tables should be typed in double spacing, each on a separate page with a self-explanatory title. Tables should be comprehensible without reference to the text. They should be placed at the end of the manuscript with their approximate locations indicated in the text. 
  • Figures can be included at the end of the document or attached as separate files, carefully labelled in initial capital/lower case lettering with symbols in a form consistent with text use. Unnecessary background patterns, lines and shading should be avoided. Captions should be listed on a separate page. The resolution of digital images must be at least 300 dpi.
  • For articles containing original scientific research, a structured abstract of up to 250 words should be included with the headings: Inductiontion, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions. Review articles should use these headings: Purpose, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussions, Conclusions.
  • Overall, the presentation of papers should conform to the British Psychological Society’s Style Guide. Non-discriminatory language should be used throughout. Spelling should be Anglicised when appropriate. Text should be concise and written for an international readership of applied psychologists. Sensationalist and unsubstantiated views are discouraged. Abbreviations, acronyms and unfamiliar specialist terms should be explained in the text on first use.
  • Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Give all journal titles in full. Referencing should follow BPS formats. For example: Billington, T. (2000). Separating, losing and excluding children: Narratives of difference. London: Routledge/Falmer. Elliott, J.G. (2000). Dynamic assessment in educational contexts: Purpose and promise. In C. Lidz & J.G. Elliott (Eds.), Dynamic assessment: Prevailing models and applications (pp.713–740). New York: J.A.I. Press. Palmer, S. & Whybrow, A. (2006). The coaching psychology movement and its development within the British Psychological Society. International Coaching Psychology Review 1(1), 5–11.
  • SI units must be used for all measurements, rounded off to practical values if appropriate, with the Imperial equivalent in parentheses.
  • In normal circumstances, effect size should be incorporated.
  • Authors are requested to avoid the use of sexist language.
  • Authors are responsible for acquiring written permission to publish lengthy quotations, illustrations, etc. for which they do not own copyright.
Brief reports

These should be limited to 1000 words and may include research studies and theoretical, critical or review comments whose essential contribution can be made briefly. A summary of not more than 50 words should be provided.

Publication ethics

BPS Code of Conduct – Code of Conduct, Ethical Principles and Guidelines. Principles of Publishing – Principle of Publishing.

Supplementary data

Supplementary data too extensive for publication may be deposited with the British Library Document Supply Centre. Such material includes numerical data, computer programs, fuller details of case studies and experimental techniques. The material should be submitted to the Editor together with the article, for simultaneous refereeing.

Post acceptance

PDF page proofs are sent to authors via email for correction of typesetting but not for rewriting or the introduction of new material. Corrections at this stage in production due to errors made by an author may incur a fee payable by the author or their institution.


To protect authors and publications against unauthorised reproduction of articles, The British Psychological Society requires copyright to be assigned to itself as publisher, on the express condition that authors may use their own material at any time without permission. On acceptance of a paper, authors will be requested to sign an appropriate assignment of copyright form.

Checklist of requirements

As a general guide we would expect most papers to include the following sections, and approximate word lengths: 

  • Abstract (100–200 words – this should include a sentence or two summarising each of the main sections)
  • Title page: Including title, author name, author affiliations, full contact details, a brief 25-word maximum bio) 
  • Full paper (4500–6000 words, double spaced with number pages and anonymised) including: 
    • Objectives
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • References 
    • Tables, figures, captions and images (suitable for reproduction in black and white) 
Book reviews

We publish reviews of books that coaches, Coaching Psychologists or academics in the relevant fields might use in their practice and teaching; and students in their learning (e.g. textbooks), and those that focus on coaching or Coaching Psychology (e.g. technology and e-learning).

If you are interested in book reviewing for us, please make contact with the Editor.

Call for Papers – General Edition 2022

The ICPR is an international peer review publication focusing on theory, practice and research in the field of coaching.

We welcome a variety of submissions covering topics including:

  • Workplace coaching
  • Health Coaching
  • Team Coaching
  • Coaching Supervision
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Coaching for emotional intelligence
  • Gestalt Coaching
  • Coaching for weight loss

Papers may include:

  • Research studies examining team, board or systemic coaching
  • Theoretical papers connected to team, board or systemic coaching.
  • Cross cultural coaching research
  • Book reviews of revenant books

The submission deadline for the next edition is 28 March 2022.

All queries and submissions should be submitted to the editors via [email protected]

All research submissions will be subject to blind peer review.

Call for papers - Special Edition 2022

Coaching in Education: Special issue of International Coaching Psychology Review

Coaching has a strong educational element, which is evident in practice.

The psychological practice in coaching is guided through selected systematic learning steps to achieve expected coaching outcomes.

Coaching is included in the school curriculum and coaching psychology is emerging as a qualification through taught course/programme in the higher education sectors.

This special issue is calling for papers and short reports on coaching in education (coaching either for staff or students).

This can be empirical evidence-based papers, theory-driven discussion papers, short reports on coaching in education practice, and policy-related reports on coaching in education.

The submission deadline for the special edition is 31 October 2022

Submission deadline: All queries and submissions should be submitted to the editors via [email protected]

All research submissions will be subject to blind peer review.

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