Information for Authors

Ruth Livingston, Ph.D. <br />Editor-in-Chief
Don Greif, Ph.D. <br />Editor-in-Chief

Contemporary Psychoanalysis is dedicated to the publication of significant contributions to the understanding of personality, behavior, and the psychoanalytic process. Manuscripts that are original, innovative, and challenging in the field of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice are solicited. The William Alanson White Institute and the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society represent the interpersonal frame of reference in psychoanalysis; however, this journal welcomes all points of view. Psychoanalytic research and empirical studies are also welcome.


Manuscripts are accepted for exclusive publication in Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Only original material, heretofore unpublished in any form and not under simultaneous review by another journal, is eligible for publication in Contemporary Psychoanalysis.


Manuscript Submission

Contemporary Psychoanalysis receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its Editorial Manager site located at Editorial Manager allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication among authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. Editorial Manager technical support can be accessed at If you have any other requests, please contact Don Greif and Ruth Livingston, Editors-in-Chief, at

Submitted articles that have passed preliminary screening for topicality and readability will undergo blind peer review. Accepted manuscripts are subject to editing. Submitted articles will not be returned.


The first page of the manuscript should contain the title and subtitle (if any) of the article; names and primary affiliations of all authors; contact information—address, phone and fax number, and email address—for each author (the first author is the one with whom the editors will communicate). To facilitate blind review, only the title page should contain this identifying information.


The second page of the manuscript should include the article title and subtitle, if any; an abstract of 100–150 words; and a list of 6 key words for use in indexing. Figures and tables must be "called out" in the text (e.g., Figure 1; Table 1). Figures must be accompanied by their captions (e.g., Fig. 1: Description of Figure. Source:). Tables must be accompanied by their titles (e.g., Table 1: Title. Source:). Figures should be contained in the text and submitted as .jpg, .pdf, or .eps electronic files and should be no more than 41/2" wide; tables may be typed directly onto the page.


Confidentiality: It is the author's responsibility to eliminate any information about patients that may be identifying, and obtain patients' permission to publish, even if disguised.


Permissions: The author must obtain permission from the copyright holder for the use of any literary extract or poem used in its entirety. Permission must also be obtained for the use of scholarly extracts of more than 500 consecutive words.


Text Citations: All text citations must have corresponding reference entries. Citations that are part of the narrative should contain author's name followed by publication date in parentheses, e.g., "Stern (1997) wrote about . . . " Works by different authors whose citations follow the narrative should be listed in chronological, not alphabetical, order and be contained in one set of parentheses, a comma separating author's name from date and semicolons separating each citation: e.g., "Some authors have written . . . (Mitchell, 1997; Blechner, 2001)."; works published in the same year by an author should be differentiated by a, b, c, etc. added to the publication date (e.g., Smith, 1998a, 1998b, 1998c).


References: The reference list should include only works cited in the text; all text citations must have their corresponding references. Works by a single author should be listed chronologically, the earliest entry being first. Contemporary Psychoanalysis follows the citation and reference style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association). The journal's dictionary of authority is Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Please note the examples below for the format of various types of entries. Journal names should be written out in full.


Blechner, M. J. (2001). The dream frontier. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.


Bromberg, P. M. (1998). Standing in the spaces: Essays on clinical process, trauma, and dissociation. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.


Crowley, R. M. (1971). Notes on Sullivan's approach to the science of man. Contemporary Psychoanalysis,8, pp. 64–71.


Freud, S. (1905/1953). Three essays on the theory of sexuality. Standard Edition, Vol. 7, pp. 125–245.London: Hogarth Press.


Greenacre, P. (1971). Comments on aspects of the theory of the ego. In J. B. McDevitt (Ed.), Separation individuation(pp. 69–89). New York: International Universities Press.


Mitchell, S., & Black, M. (1995). Freud and beyond: A history of modern psychoanalytic thought. New York: Basic Books.


Winnicott, D. W. (1962/1965). Ego integration in child development. In The maturational processes and the facilitating environment (pp. 56–63). New York: International Universities Press.