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The Graduate Student Journal of Psychology (GSJP)

Instructions for Authors

Scope of the journal 
The GSJP includes original empirical research articles, case studies, theoretical articles, and brief reports in the areas of adult and child psychopathology, psychotherapeutic process, community mental health, multiculturalism, assessment, child development, ethics, and professional development. 

Acceptable types of articles 

  • Empirical papers. GSJP publishes original research articles. Original research articles should highlight the significance and novel contribution of the work. Authors should incorporate a meaningful discussion of the clinical and/or policy implications of their work throughout the manuscript, rather than simply providing a separate section for this material. The translation of research into practice must be evidenced in all manuscripts. All research involving human participants must describe oversight of the research process by the relevant Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and should describe consent and assent procedures briefly in the Method section.
  • Brief reports. GSJP also publishes brief reports. Manuscripts submitted as Brief Reports should not exceed 3,400 words, exclusive of references and figure captions. There should be no more than 2 figures or tables and no more than 30 references.
  • Theoretical articles. GSJP publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to research and practice that are of major importance for the study and practice of clinical and counseling psychology. Preference is given to manuscripts that advance theory by integrating prior work.  Manuscripts devoted to surveys of the literature are acceptable only if they can be considered as a major contribution to the field, documenting cumulative evidence and highlighting central theoretical and/or methodological issues.
  • Case studies. GSJP publishes original and interesting case reports that contribute significantly to counseling and clinical psychology knowledge.

Preparing your manuscript for submission 
Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Manuscripts should be written in bias-free language (see chap. 2 of the Publication Manual).   

Length of Manuscript
Manuscripts for GSJP can vary in length; typically they will range from 15 to 30 double-spaced manuscript pages, with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Manuscripts should be of sufficient length to ensure theoretical and methodological competence but concise enough to enhance readability.   

General Manuscript Style
Manuscripts should be double-spaced at standard 8" x 11" paper dimensions, using a Times New Roman 12 pt. font size. Margins should be set at one inch. The right margin should not be justified. The entire paper (text, references, tables, figures, etc.,) must be double spaced.  

Title. The title of a manuscript should be accurate, explanatory, and preferably no longer then 12 words. The title should reflect both the content (e.g., psychological disorder, personality trait, mental health intervention) and the population studied (e.g., children, low-income population, medical patients). If possible, the title should also reflect the methodology of the article (e.g., randomized clinical trial, review, meta-analysis).   

Abstract. All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.  
Main text. Please check abbreviations. Nonstandard abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention, with the abbreviated form appearing in parentheses. Thereafter, they should be used without definition. Standard APA abbreviations, available at, do not need to be defined.

References. References and in-text citation should follow the recommendations of the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition). In brief, references should be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section. List references alphabetically at the end of the paper. Footnotes should be avoided. References should include (in this order): last names and initials of all authors, year published, title of article, name of publication, volume number, inclusive pages, and digital object identifier (doi). Below are some examples of basic reference formats (adapted from Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition American Psychological Association

Journal Article:
Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology24, 225–229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Authored Book:

Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Chapter in an Edited Book: 
Bjork, R. A. (1989). Retrieval inhibition as an adaptive mechanism in human memory. In H. L. Roediger III & F. I. M. Craik (Eds.), Varieties of memory & consciousness (pp. 309–330). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Book review:
Schatz, B. R. (2000, November 17). Learning by text or context? [Review of the book The social life of information, by J. S. Brown & P. Duguid]. Science, 290, 1304. doi:10.1126/science.290.5495.1304

Newspaper article: 
Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

Newspaper article (electronic version): 
Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Tables and Figures.
All tables and figures should be included in the manuscript file that is submitted. Tables and figures follow the Reference section and must be in a .doc version (e.g., Word) instead of .pdf, .jpeg, etc. Please check that all tables and figures are numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text. Also, check that they are cited in the text. Original color figures will not be printed in color.