What is Clinical Psychology Forum?
Clinical Psychology Forum (CPF) is the official monthly publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society.
As well as reflecting the diverse and individual views of the Division's membership, CPF also publishes regular updates about DCP policy and business in order to inform its membership.
What are the aims of Clinical Psychology Forum?
Its aims are to provide a platform for the publication of members' views, opinions and comments around the profession of clinical psychology within the UK and to update the membership via the dissemination of articles and commissioned pieces reflecting current and future good practice within clinical psychology.
What type of articles do you consider for publication?
CPF welcomes contributions which are original, innovative, well researched and of interest to the membership of the Division.
We aim to publish a variety of contributions ranging from personal reflections on clinical practice, critiques of current health policy, innovations in service development and audit and research studies.
We look for three forms of quality in an article:
We are Interested in receiving papers that offer something new to the area of clinical psychology. This may for example be a new way of working, a new political or ethical challenge for the profession, novel research methodology, or a new way of applying clinical psychology
Not everything published in CPF is empirical research, however when research is published we expect it to be of a high standard from a methodological and evidential perspective. This applies to audit and evaluation as much as it does to traditional research. Any work of this type must be robust and have the potential to impact on practice.
CPF is a professional publication, therefore we expect contributions to be well written. Any written work should be researched and considered in the context of available literature. It should be succinct, focussed, and respectful in tone and style
How do I know whether my article is suitable?
We are unable to give general advice about the suitability of individual manuscripts: that is the main purpose and function of the review process.
If you believe that your manuscript is particularly unusual and falls outside of the guidance above, please feel free to approach the editor for advice, although in the majority of cases this will mean that it will simply go out for review.
Who can submit articles to Clinical Psychology Forum?
We will consider submissions from anyone who has written an article that meets the above guidance.
We welcome contributions from people who are at any level of their career in clinical psychology.
We also welcome contributions from people who are not psychologists but have a vested interest in clinical psychology and its application.
We particularly welcome contributions from people who have accessed services, and from carers of people who have done so.
May I also submit my article for consideration in other publications?
We do not encourage dual publication and there may be serious copyright considerations if this were to happen.
Please notify us, at the time of submission if you have previously or currently submitted your article to any other publications, as we would not wish to simultaneously review or publish a paper.
However, we do not usually impose restrictions on your published article being printed in other publications as long as an acknowledgement to CPF is included.
Do you have a correspondence page?
We publish correspondence either about articles published within CPF or on issues of general interest to the membership.
We may seek a reply to the letter and if possible will publish it alongside the original correspondence.
We may edit the length of your letter, especially if it exceeds 500 words.
Please note: the decision of the Editor is final.
What format should I use when submitting an article?
We request that articles be compiled using double line spacing, in a reasonably sized, easily readable font (minimum 11pt, maximum 14pt) and that all pages are numbered.
Do you offer guidance on the terminology to use?
Contributors are asked to use language which is respectful and psychologically descriptive rather than medical, and to avoid using devaluing terminology (i.e. avoid clustering terminology like 'the elderly' or medical jargon like 'schizophrenics').
In addition, language should conform to the Society's guidelines on non-sexist or discriminatory terminology.
However, wwe acknowledge that language is context specific and that occasionally authors may wish to justify the use of particular terms commonly adopted within specific contexts. Please include any such qualifications within an accompanying footnote.
Is ethical approval required?
We would obviously wish to know that any studies which are published were conducted ethically and, where appropriate, that ethics approval has been sought.
In the case of experimental or research papers, we would expect acknowledgement usually of an NHS or University Ethics Committee.
Where approval has not been sought, the authors should account for the lack of ethical scrutiny and what steps were taken to ensure that the research was ethically conducted.
Should I include an abstract?
We request that all articles include a summary, maximum 40 words, at the beginning of the paper.
Do I need to include references?
We request that articles include an accurate list of all references cited at the end of the paper.
Please only cite essential references, and ensure no act of plagiarism is committed intentionally or unintentionally.
How long does CPF like papers to be?
We request that articles have a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 2500 words (including references, affiliations, word count, etc.).
Please ensure that the total word count is included at the end of your article.
May I incorporate tables and figures?
Tables and figures may be included in your article, but only if they enhance it.
Note that the CPF is a black and white publication, so please make sure that your tables and figures still make sense when printed in black and white.
May I include my questionnaire?
We ask readers to request a copy of any questionnaires directly from the contact author, rather than include it in the article itself.
May I use acronyms in my article?
We do accept the use of acronyms, but please spell them out the first time they appear.
What contact details do you require?
We request that articles include the names of all authors, together with their affiliations and job titles. Please ensure that the full postal address of the contact author is given for correspondence.
We normally like to publish an email address and Twitter handle where readers might contact the authors individually.
Additional contact details - email, Twitter, telephone, mobile - would be advantageous. Indeed, an email address is almost essential since reviewers will probably want to contact you that way.
If you have provided a postal address and it is a home address or address that you wish to remain confidential, please can you ensure that this is clearly indicated on your manuscript
How do I submit my article to the CPF?
Please email one copy of your completed article in Word format to [email protected]
What happens when I submit an article?
When your article is received, it will be logged and given a unique identity number.
Each month, all articles registered will be submitted to a reviewer. Each article is then distributed to the reviewer, with a requested turnaround of eight weeks.
The contact author will be notified of the allocated reviewer and also the deadline.
Depending on the view of the reviewer, the article may be accepted, accepted with minor modifications, accepted with extensive modifications or rejected.
We reserve the right to shorten, amend and hold back copy, if needed.
How long does the whole process take?
Timescales vary considerably but on average the whole process, from submission to publication, takes approximately nine to 12 months.
Occasionally, articles may be accepted or rejected with minimal delay. More frequently, however, there is liaison between reviewer and contact author.
Delays may be incurred where protracted dialogue is necessary or where communication is hindered (e.g. annual leave or illness).
Delays have also sometimes been experienced due to unnotified changes of the contact author's employer or contact details.
Final publication also depends on the authors returning a completed copyright form.
What happens if I am asked to resubmit?
If you are asked to resubmit an amended version of your article please ensure that you return the amended version, showing tracked changes, directly to the original reviewer and state in an accompanying letter how you have addressed their concerns. This should also be copied to Sue Maskrey, the Administrator.
The reviewer will then contact you again to inform you whether your resubmitted version is suitable for publication and will copy Sue Maskrey into the decision letter.
Where possible all correspondence should be submitted by email but we would recommend that you retain a hard copy.
What happens if the reviewer is unsure whether to accept or reject my article?
This situation only rarely occurs but the procedure is that the reviewer will request a second opinion from another member of the review team or the Editor.
The contact author is notified of the situation and of the secondary reviewer. The final decision is then communicated by the original reviewer to the author(s).
What are my options if my article is rejected?
Should your article be rejected by the reviewer you will be notified of the reasons directly. Should you disagree with the justification offered you should initially contact the reviewer to discuss.
If, after discussion, an amicable conclusion is not reached, you may contact the Editor for a final decision. You may also wish to consider submitting your article for consideration to an alternative publication.
What if I want to complain about Clinical Psychology Forum?
If you feel that you have been unfairly treated by the editorial process offered through Clinical Psychology Forum or wish to take issue with the journal's published content, please contact the Editor in the first place.
If this is inappropriate or if you complaint has not been satisfactorily dealt with, we suggest that you contact either the Director of the Membership Services Unit or the DCP Chair.
What happens once my article is accepted?
The reviewer will notify you or the administrator. The administrator will then confirm acceptance in writing and request that you complete and return the copyright form submitted. You will also be asked to email an electronic copy of the final, accepted article.
On receipt of both the signed copyright form and e-copy, your article will await publication in the next appropriate edition. There is usually a wait of between three and six months before publication.
You will be notified of pending publication and you will receive a complimentary copy of the edition incorporating your article.
If, in exceptional circumstances, your article remains unpublished beyond six months after acceptance, please notify the administrator.
Do you publish special issues?
From time to time CPF will commission or receive special issues on a particular theme that should be of interest to a large proportion of the readership. These usually take up to a year to organise and will have around eight articles put together by one or two commissioning editors.
If you are interested in compiling a special issue, please contact the Editor with an outline, rationale and names of potential contributors. Following discussion within the collective, we will get back to you and let you know whether you should proceed.
How do I become a reviewer for CPF?
From time to time we will recruit new reviewers. Should you wish to be considered, you may request a copy of the statement of interest form by contacting the administrator.
On receipt of your completed form, the Editor will be notified and your application will be considered at the next six-monthly meeting of the editorial collective.
The usual term of office for the editor or members of the collective is three years, but a second term is considered for appropriate members and preserve within the collective a suitable balance of expertise and experience.