Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Editor's Corner

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Editor's Corner

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The journal is now eight years old! In that time, it has grown to be an increasingly influential and cited publication outlet. With its incorporation into the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy as its official journal, it has become more widely read throughout the world than before.

With the completion of the seventh year of publication, I asked Walter Buboltz, Editorial Assistant, to prepare a content analysis of the first seven years. His analysis can be seen in the first article in this issue. I was pleased to see that the two major areas represented were cognitive models and science and cognitive therapy with specific disorders, two of the topics which I have emphasized as Editor.

What types of manuscripts are appropriate for submission to the journal? Although we have published, and will continue to publish, empirical research, these studies should have definite implications for the practice of cognitive psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in case studies illustrating the practice of cognitive therapy in a variety of settings with a variety of disorders. Although outcome data need not be available to make a case study interesting and valuable, a manuscript will be stronger and more valuable with such data. I would encourage the submission of such articles.

Second, I am interested in more articles describing the international practice of cognitive therapy. These can be of two types. In order to fulfill the international mission of the journal, I particularly welcome regular submissions from authors outside of North America. In addition, there is a place for informative pieces describing certain aspects of cognitive therapy in other countries which will be handled outside of the regular peer review process. Simply send such articles to me and I will accept them or suggest revisions, as seems appropriate. Manuscripts for this In the Field section should be approximately 7-10 pages in length.

Third, I continue to be interested in theoretical statements, although the journal seems to be attracting such articles already. Such manuscripts can have a heuristic value and encourage others to conduct research to investigate specific aspects of the theory.

Fourth, although the journal has not attracted many integrative papers, I would like to encourage the submission of more. …

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