Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis (CJP) is published twice yearly by the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, an affiliate of the International Psychoanalytic Association.  CJP is an important peer-reviewed journal in the field of clinical psychoanalysis. The contents of the journal are available on standard academic databases, including the “PEP web” archive (Psychoanalytic Education Project) and our readership is world-wide. In addition to clinical and theoretical papers, CJP accepts contributions in related areas of scientific and humanistic interest, including outcome and technique research, reports on systematic observation of the analytic process, papers related to professional ethics, the history of psychoanalysis, and psychoanalytically-inspired studies of culture, society, and the arts.

Canadian psychoanalytic culture has deep roots in French, British, American, and Latin American psychoanalytic traditions. Reflecting these multi-cultural origins, the CJP publishes in both French and English, and its editorial team is equipped to evaluate submissions not only in French and English but also in Spanish.* Whenever possible, translations of English or French articles will be supplied in the other language on our website. CJP serves as a unique nexus of scholarly exchange between diverse groups of analysts in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

*Spanish manuscripts are accepted for review on the understanding that the author is able to assist with arrangements to translate the text into French or English, if the manuscript is accepted for publication.



Section Policies


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Book reviews

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to CJP are evaluated anonymously in a carefully monitored blind review procedure by three qualified readers working independently from each other and chosen for their expertise in the area covered by the manuscript. Every reasonable effort is made to conceal the identity of the author during the review process.

The responsibility of the reviewers is to evaluate the text critically and to provide constructive suggestions and commentary for the editors and the author.  Contributing authors can expect a detailed and helpful response from the editors, based in part on the reader reports, within approximately four months.