Psychotherapy magazine FSS MUNI

Practice - Inspiration - Confrontation

Instructions for contributors of the Psychoterapie journal

Length of contributions

For sections Theory, Practice and Research in psychotherapy we accept contributions with the maximum length of 18 standard pages (32 400 characters including spaces), research studies may have a maximum length of 23 standard pages (41 400 characters including spaces). The maximum length includes abstracts in Czech and English and bibliography. 

For section Discussion, we accept contributions with the maximum length of 8 standard pages (14 400 characters including spaces)

Reviews of books are accepted to the maximum length of 5 standard pages (9 000 characters including spaces).

The contributions need to include

  1. Title in Czech (or Slovak) and title in English
  2. Key words in Czech (3-5) and key words in English
  3. Abstract up to 1000 characters long in Czech and English
  4. A description of each author’s role (see “Roles of Authors”)
  5. List of bibliography (see “Instructions for References”)
  6. The most important professional information on authors up to 500 characters long

Add author note in English and in Czech to all authors’ names. The following format must be used: Name of the Institution (in case of academic institution Department name, University name OR in case of non-academic institution Name of the Institution), City, Country and e-mail contact. This information will be published along with your contribution.

All the contributions except for short news and reviews are reviewed. The review process is anonymous; the contributions are reviewed by two reviewers. The editorial office has the right to refuse a contribution before review process for not abiding to instructions for authors.

Instructions for formal aspects of the contributions

The editorial office accepts original contributions in Czech, Slovak or English which fit the scope of the journal. The contributions are accepted in an electronic form in the MS Word format sent as an attachment to the email address of the editorial office psychoterapie [at]

A page usually consists of 30 lines (line spacing 2) per 60 keystrokes and font size 12. Important: Use the „enter “key to separate paragraphs only. Pages must be numbered. To emphasize chapter division, two degrees of structuring can be used (for example 1. Therapeutic approach, 1.1. Previous research).

All figures, tables and graphs and other supplements must be sent separately; do not format them into the text, only indicate their placement in the text.

Roles of Authors

Before the list of references at the end of the article, describe each author’s contributions to the article and possible Conflicts of Interests (e.g., financial support). If there is no conflict of interest, state "no conflict of interest". You can add the Notes at the end of this section (e.g., acknowledgements).

Examples of the Roles of Authors description:

Research study: The first author and the second author conducted the data collection and analysis and participated in writing the Method and Results chapters. The third author did the literature review and participated in writing the Introduction and Discussion chapters. All authors contributed to the article and agreed with its final version.

Theoretical or practice study: The first and the second author conducted literature review and participated on writing the chapters 1 (Introduction), 2 (Theoretical Conceptualization), and 5 (Summary). The third author wrote the comments from practice sections (chapters 3 and 4). All authors contributed to the article and agreed with its final version.

Instructions for references

The formatting of sources cited in your text and the References section need to comply with the following requirements. The list of bibliography needs to be arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names. Sources in the text need to be referred to by author’s last name and the year of publication; if you use more works by a single author written in one year, distinguish them by lower case letters (2007a, 2007b). In case of two authors, state both authors. If the work has three or more authors, only the name of the first author needs to be stated, then the abbreviation “et al.” is used after the first author’s name. Sources from the Internet can be referred to; always state the internet address and the date of download (search).

References to books need to use the following format: Author1, Author2, and Author3. (Publication year). Book title, subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher.

References to journal articles need to use the following format: Author1, Author2, and Author3. (Publication year). Article title. Journal Title, Volume(Number), pages.

Examples of references in the text

Reference to work by a single author
Rogers (1998) claims that… OR it is claimed by existential psychotherapists (Yalom, 2006) OR (compare to Yalom, 2006) OR (see Yalom, 2006)

Reference to work by multiple authors
two authors: Fonagy and Target (2005) deal with...
three and more authors: Lambert et al. (2001) state that…

Reference to several sources
Multiple authors agree on this fact (Polsterová, 2005; Yalom, 2006).

Direct reference (the page on which the extract is in the original work must be stated):
It is important to recall that “the founders of gestalt therapy had personal experience… with acting and expressive movement” (Mackewn, 2004, p. 165).

All references used in the text must be included in the final Bibliography section.

Do not include books or articles which are not mentioned in the article.

Reference examples in chapter LITERATURE

Book (state also the subhead)

Fonagy, P., Target, M. (2005). Psychoanalytické teorie: perspektivy z pohledu vývojové psychopatologie. Praha: Portál.

An article in journal

Libiger, J. (2003). Placebo: klamání nemocného nebo nástroj poznání? Psychiatrie, 7(4), 290–300.

Rosenzweig, S. (1936/2002). Some implicit common factors in diverse methods of psychotherapy. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 12(1), 5–9.

Seligman, M. (1995). The effectiveness of psychotherapy: The consumer reports study. American Psychologist, 50(12), 965–974.

State both publication years (e.g., Rosenzweig, 1936/2002) only if it is important to emphasize the year of first publication.

Book chapter or an article in conference proceedings

Polsterová, M. (2005). Gestalt terapie: vývoj a využití. In J. Zeig, (Ed.), Umění psychoterapie (pp. 516–533). Praha: Portál.

Ethical Aspects

When reporting on experiments involving human beings, state whether the study was approved by the (local) ethical board prior to implementation. Where experiments involving animals are the case, state whether the constitutional and national regulations and guidelines for the breeding and experimental use of animals were observed or attach a statutory declaration proving that consent was granted by the ethical board.

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal's instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article. (see the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") -- February 2006