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 to inform its membership.
The CPF has a dual editorship with the Clinical Psychology Editor [email protected] leading on content issues and the Managing Editor [email protected] leading on the reviewing and proofing processes.
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?
Please see the Guidelines for contributors for a full answer to this question as there is a variety of submission types possible.
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, please feel free to approach the Clinical Psychology Editor for advice.
Who can submit articles to Clinical Psychology Forum?
We will consider submissions from anyone who has written an article that meets our 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 if 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 Clinical Psychology 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.
Please follow the BPS general guidelines for formatting and references.
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, we 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, apart from reflective pieces and correspondence, 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. See the BPS author guidelines for the style of references required.
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 3500 words (including references, affiliations, word count, etc.). This will depend on the type of paper – again check with the contributor guidelines.
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.
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 email 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.
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 within 1 month of receipt.
Each article is then distributed to one or more reviewers (as they become available), with a requested turnaround of four weeks. Typically, your submission should get to a reviewer within 4 months of submission.
Depending on the view of the reviewers, 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 months.
Occasionally, articles may be accepted or rejected with minimal delay.
Delays have also sometimes been experienced due to unnotified changes of the contact author's employer or contact details, which is why we ask for a non-work email as well as a work one.
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 to the Managing Editor, showing tracked changes, and state in an accompanying letter how you have addressed the concerns of the reviewer.
The Managing Editor will then contact you again to inform you whether your resubmitted version is suitable for publication.
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 Clinical Psychology Editor.
What are my options if my article is rejected?
Should your article be rejected you will be notified of the reasons directly. Should you disagree with the justification offered you should initially contact the Clinical Psychology Editor to discuss.
The Clinical Psychology Editor will make the 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 Clinical Psychology Editor in the first place.
If this is inappropriate or if your 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 Managing Editor will notify you and request that you complete and return the copyright form submitted.
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 one and four months before publication. You will be sent proofs of your submission to check, we would appreciate it if this was done within 4 -6 working days.
After publication you will receive a complimentary copy of the edition incorporating your article as a complete PDF of the final published issue plus the final PDF of your article. This is usually sent out within 1 month of the publication date. A note telling you of your retained rights will be sent at this time.
Do you publish special issues?
From time-to-time CPF will commission or receive suggestions for special issues on a particular theme that might be of interest to a large proportion of the readership. These usually take up to a year to organise and will have around eight to fifteen articles put together by one or two guest editors.
If you are interested in compiling a special issue, please contact the Clinical Psychology Editor with an outline, rationale and some names of potential contributors. Following discussion with the DCP Publications committee, we will get back to you and let you know how to proceed. The Managing Editor will work with you to set a realistic timetable.
How do I become a reviewer for CPF?
We are always keen to recruit new reviewers. Should you wish to be considered, you may contact the Managing Editor. The only requirements are that you are at least 5 years post qualification and a current member of the DCP, guidance will be given to those new to reviewing.