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Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Official Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

eISSN: 19412460 | ISSN: 00030651 | Current volume: 68 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

One of the world’s most respected publications in psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) offers insightful and broad-based original articles, ground-breaking research, thoughtful plenary addresses, in-depth panel reports, perceptive commentaries, plus much more. Included in each issue is the esteemed JAPA Review of Books, which provides comprehensive reviews of and essays on recent notable literature. JAPA provides an important forum for the exchange of new ideas and highlights the contribution of psychoanalytic principles in helping to understand important social problems.

JAPA explores all the important topics you need to stay on top of your profession—from clinical issues and innovations to new methodologies to education and professional development issues to interdisciplinary studies to emerging theories and techniques.

Among the important topics in recent issues are:

  • Child Analysis & Development
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Hermeneutics
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Masculinity In The 21st Century
  • Medication And Psychoanalysis
  • Modern And Postmodern Trends In Psychoanalysis
  • Neuroscience
  • Professional Ethics
  • Psychoanalytic Education and Training
  • Psychoanalytic Technique
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Psychotherapy
  • Research Methodologies
  • Trauma Theory

Published bimonthly, this peer-reviewed publication is an invaluable resource for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals.

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The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) is the preeminent North American psychoanalytic scholarly journal in terms of number of subscriptions, frequency of citation in other scholarly works and the preeminence of its authors.

Published bimonthly, this peer-reviewed publication is an invaluable resouce for psychoanalysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals.

JAPA publishes original articles, research, plenary presentations, panel reports, abstracts, commentaries, editorials and correspondence. In addition, the JAPA Review of Books provides in-depth reviews of recent literature.  

Mitchell Wilson San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, USA
Associate Editors
Anne Erreich New York University School of Medicine, USA
Jane V. Kite  
Katie Lewis Austen Riggs Center, USA
Stephen H. Portuges  
Gregory Rizzolo Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, USA
Donnel B. Stern William Alanson White Institute, USA
Lynne Zeavin The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
JAPA Review of Books Editors
Associate Book Review Editor for Foreign Books
Rachel Boue-Widawsky Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, USA
Editorial Board
Katie Aafjes-van Doorn Yeshiva University, USA
Sarah Ackerman Harvard University, USA
Rodrigo Barahona  
Alison Brown Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, USA
Daria Colombo Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Todd Dean  
Henry J. Friedman Harvard Medical School, USA
Michael Garfinkle Icahn School of Medicine, USA
Jill Gentile NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, USA
Karen Gilmore Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, USA
Axel Hoffer Harvard Medical School, USA
Wendy Katz Columbia University, USA
Daniel Knauss Austen Riggs Center, USA
Riccardo Lombardi  
Kay Long Yale University, USA
Chris Lovett Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, USA
Elizabeth Lundbeck Harvard University, USA
Kevin Meehan LIU – Brooklyn, USA
Pamela Meersand Columbia University, USA
Humphrey Morris  
Kerry Kelly Novick Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, USA
Eslee Samberg Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Erika Schmidt Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, USA
Golan Shahar Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
R. Dennis Shelby  
Michael Shulman Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, USA
Joyce Slowchower Hunter College, USA
Alan Sugarman San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, USA
Richard Tuch The New Center for Psychoanalysis, USA
Lynne Zeavin The New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Kathryn Zerbe Oregon Health Sciences University, USA
Editorial Associates
Leslie Keith  
Laura Sheehi George Washington University, USA
Matthew Steinfeld Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Advisory Board
Morris N. Eagle Adelphi University, Garden City, USA
Susannah Heschel Dartmouth College, USA
Jonathan Lear University of Chicago, USA
Bonnie E. Litowitz  
Peter J. Loewenberg University of California Los Angeles, USA
Administrative Board
Former Editors
Managing Editor
Jennifer Mahar Origin Editorial, LLC, USA
Manuscript Editor
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    Please note that only articles submitted solely to JAPA that have not been previously published in print or electronically will be considered. Manuscripts and disks will not be returned.

    Editorial Guidelines

    The editors at JAPA offer the following guidelines for submitting authors. If you are struggling with answering any of these questions, we encourage you to return to the current draft of your text for further work.

    1. Does your submission clearly and concisely state the proposal or argument in your manuscript?

    2. Have you done a comprehensive review of the literature that is pertinent to your thesis?

    3. Does your submission state the new contribution you hope your work will make to our discipline?

    4. Have you anticipated criticisms or alternative interpretations of your data?

    Peer Review

    Manuscripts submitted to JAPA are reviewed by three or more authorities for significance, originality, and validity. Reviewers' comments will be sent to the corresponding author. Please note that JAPA conforms to a double-blinded peer-review process.


    Careful attention must be paid to the protection of a patient's anonymity in case reports and elsewhere. Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, and dates must be avoided. Also, authors should disguise identifying information when discussing patients' characteristics and personal history.

    Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

    Manuscripts must conform to the style of the journal.

    All identifying information (author name(s), postal address, fax, e-mail address, phone number, as well as any acknowledgments) should be included on a title pageuploaded separately into our submission system. Please also include a brief autobiographical statement listing the current professional, academic, and institutional titles, positions and affiliations for all authors. In the case of more than one author, make sure the corresponding author is clearly indicated.

    Begin with a one-paragraph abstract, not to exceed 200 words, summarizing the essential contributions of the paper. Submissions should not exceed forty double-spaced pages in length (about 11,000 words), including the abstract, and should be formatted as follows: 1½-inch margins, left and right; all copy double-spaced, including abstract, references, footnotes, and extracts; footnotes numbered consecutively and located at the bottom of the page of text on which the superscript number appears (initial footnotes referring to the title of the paper or author do not carry a number). All pages of the manuscript are to be numbered. 

    All artwork, including charts, tables, figures, drawings, and photographs, is to be submitted to the publisher either as camera-ready copy or in a format that can be reproduced as a print-resolution graphical file. Final artwork in JAPA will measure no more than 4¼ inches in width and no more than 7 inches in height. The cost for any alteration in artwork will be borne by the author(s). Obtaining written permissions for material such as figures, tables, art, and extensive quotes taken directly—or adapted in minor ways—from another source is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may require.

    For reference style, consult articles in JAPA published after 1996 (from volume 45 on), noting punctuation, italics, use of capitals, small caps, items of information required, and their sequence. Note particularly that inclusive page numbers are required for journal articles and chapters of books.

    Editorial Office Contact

    For questions or information regarding your manuscript, contact:

    Jennifer Mahar
    Managing Editor

    Thank you for your interest in The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

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