Journal of Psychosocial Studies

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies publishes work that falls within the broad transdisciplinary area of Psychosocial Studies, defined by a commitment to understanding the significance of the links between internal and external worlds. Read more

Frequency: April, August and November

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Aims and scope

Volumes 1-11
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Aims and scope

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies publishes work that falls within the broad transdisciplinary area of Psychosocial Studies, defined by a commitment to understanding the significance of the links between internal and external worlds.

Psychosocial Studies draw on a range of disciplines to explore the interactive relationships between self, culture and society. While often focusing on affect and emotion, they explore the complexities of subjectivity and experience as it is lived and shaped in different contexts and settings. This approach is defined by a commitment to exploration of the links between the internal and external worlds; both the deeply personal and profoundly social.

We are interested in publishing papers that bring a psychosocial perspective that might help us understand a range of contemporary social phenomena. This might be work on family life, welfare practices, criminal justice issues, youth work or cultural products (such as film, art and literature).

As the adopted journal of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS) we especially seek to promote work that is interdisciplinary and considers issues of practice. The Journal of Psychosocial Studies provides space for research and writing that crosses the traditional boundaries between disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and the arts. We also publish work that emerges from and reflects on practice (that might include, for example, social work, education, law, business studies, psychotherapy, group analysis and counselling) that draws on these theoretical frames.

The journal provides both a supportive and an academically rigorous space for new and established researchers to disseminate ideas, and hence stimulate debate in the psychosocial field. We welcome submissions from across the globe. Our strong international Editorial Board ensures that the Journal of Psychosocial Studies provides a publishing platform that transcends international boundaries. All published academic articles undergo our thorough double-blind peer-review process. Please see the instructions for authors to find out how to submit an article.


"The Journal of Psychosocial Studies is an important resource in an era that moves towards simplistic solutions to complex problems."

Marilyn Charles, staff psychologist and team leader, Austen Riggs Center, USA

“A much-needed place to animate and inspire others in the field of psychosocial research and writing — a plenum of innovative ideas about clinical and critical theory, contemporary hermeneutics, and social philosophy.”

Claude Barbre, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA

"The Journal of Psychosocial Studies is the place to read and publish cutting-edge work that challenges the traditional demarcations between the psychic and the social, psychology and sociology, individual and group."

Sasha Roseneil, Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences, UCL, UK

Volumes 1-11

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies has been published by Policy Press from 2019. It is the adopted journal of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS). Only issues from Volume 12 onwards are held on Bristol University Press Digital. Previous issues of the journal are available on the APS website.

Abstracting and indexing

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  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences ERIH PLUS

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Read our instructions for authors for guidance on how to prepare your submissions. The instructions include the following: 

What are we looking for?
How to submit an article
Editorial review process
Copyright and permissions
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
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What are we looking for?

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies provides space for research and writing that crosses the traditional boundaries between disciplinary areas within the social sciences, humanities and the arts. We provide a platform for work that explores the interactions between the world of feelings, subjectivity and experience and the wider social realm in its various contexts and settings. We publish articles from across the globe that contribute to the field of Psychosocial Studies. Articles might include:

Academic articles: These might be based on empirical research, or consist of theoretical contributions or significant reviews of areas of knowledge or practice. Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words long (including abstract, notes and references). Submissions should be anonymised (see instructions below) for double anonymous peer review. Research articles should contribute to advances in knowledge, theory or methods.

Open space: We welcome short submissions (up to 4,000 words in length) for publication in the journal’s Open space section. This provides a space for discussion, dialogue, analysis and reflections on current affairs, events or areas of contemporary concern. We invite literary, poetic and creative forms, including interviews, personal narratives, project proposals, reflections on key thinkers and ideas, and other non-standard submissions. These pieces are reviewed by members of the editorial board. Open space submissions do not carry abstracts. If prompted for an abstract by the online submission system, please enter ‘N/A’. Contributors are encouraged to discuss the suitability of Open space pieces with the editor in advance. Please email

Book reviews: If you are interested in writing a book review for the journal, please contact the editors ( We can accept shorter book reviews of around 750 words or longer review pieces of up to 2,000 words. All reviews/review essays must provide the following information about the books reviewed: Authors, title, year of publication, publisher, page extent, format (i.e. hardback, paperback, e-book etc.), ISBN, price. Book reviews do not carry abstracts. If prompted for an abstract by the online submission system, please enter ‘N/A’.

How to submit an article

All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Psychosocial Studies Editorial Manager website:

Editorial Manager

Manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format, not pdf. New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details.

Preparing your anonymised manuscript

Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:

  1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract (up to 250 words), up to five key words/short phrases, and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.
  2. A fully anonymised manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any acknowledgements, funding details or conflicts of interest that would identify the author(s). References to the author's own work should be anonymised as follows: 'Author's own, [year]'. Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.
  3. If you have any figures and tables, these must be uploaded as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where they should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate.

All authors should comply with the Bristol University Press/Policy Press ethical guidelines.

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.

Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version.

Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted non-anonymised manuscript

A cover page including:

  1. Title: short and concise running title and, if necessary, a (short) informative subtitle;
  2. Author names and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required);
  3. Abstract: no longer than 250 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, findings and take-home message;
  4. Up to five keywords;

The main manuscript including:

  1. The non-anonymised text of your article: no longer than 7,000 words for academic articles, 4,000 for Open space articles, and 2,000 words for book reviews.
  2. Funding details: list any funding including the grant numbers you have received for the research covered in your article as follows: ‘This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].’
  3. Conflict of interest statement: please declare any possible conflicts of interest, or state ‘The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’ if there are none.
  4. Acknowledgements: acknowledge people who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting the data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text.
  5. Figures and tables: should be submitted as separate files. Figures should ideally be in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file format. Please indicate where figures and tables should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure/Table X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  6. Supplementary data: We recommend that any supplementary data is hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and is cited as a reference in the article. Short supplementary items can be included as appendices to the article.

Editorial review process

All submissions are first desk-reviewed by the editor(s) who will assess whether the manuscript fits the aims and scope as well as the quality standards of the journal. Papers that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through double anonymous peer review by at least two referees. The Journal of Psychosocial Studies aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission.

Please also read our Journals editorial policies.

Copyright and permissions

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies is published by Policy Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the author(s) grant(s) Policy Press the exclusive right and licence to publish the article. Copyright remains with the author(s) or other original copyright owners and we will acknowledge this in the copyright line that appears on the published article.

Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. The journal contributor agreement can be downloaded here.

Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Bristol University Press. General information on rights and permissions can be found here.

To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in the Journal of Psychosocial Studies, please email Policy Press: For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.


  • British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
  • Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
  • Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).


Download the Endnote output style for Policy Press and Bristol Univesity Press journals.

Policy Press uses a custom version of the Harvard system of referencing:

  • In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets.
  • List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text.
  • Book and journal titles should be in italics.
  • Website details should be placed at the end of the reference.
  • Spell out all acronyms in the first instance.

Example of book reference:
Dorling, D. (2010) Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press.

Example of journal reference:
Williamson, E. and Abrahams, HA. (2014) ‘A review of the provision of intervention programmes for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the UK’, Journal of Women and Social Work, vol 29, no 1, pp 178-191

Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication:
Hester, M. (2012) ‘Globalization, activism and local contexts: Development of policy on domestic violence in China and England’, in MT Segal, EN Chow and V Demos (eds) Social production and reproduction at the interface of public and private spheres, London: Emerald, pp 273-294.

Example of website reference:
Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse?

Editorial Management Board


Liz Frost, University of the West of England, UK
David W. Jones, Open University, UK

Consulting Editors

Lynn Chancer, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA
Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Paul Hoggett, University of the West of England, UK
Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University, Canada
Candida Yates, University of Bournemouth, UK

Regional Editors

Matthew H. Bowker, Medaille College, USA
Steffen Krueger, University of Oslo, Norway

Editorial Board

Helen Lucey, Freelance, UK
Ali Roy, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Claudia Lapping, University College London, UK
Gail Lewis, University of London, UK
Luis Jimenez, University of East London, UK
Chris Scanlon, The Tavistock Institute, UK
Caroline Pelletier, University College London, UK

Editorial Advisory Board

Fred Alford, University of Maryland, USA
Marilyn Charles, Austen Riggs Centre and Harvard, USA
Lynn Froggett, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Lynne Layton, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and Harvard Medical School, USA
Belinda Mendelbaum, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oliver Decker, University of Leipzig, Germany
Michael O'Loughlin, Adelphi University, USA
Carla Penna, University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tim Corcoran, Deacon University, Australia
Henning Sallen Olesen, University of Roskilde, Denmark
Birgit Volmerg, University of Bremen, Germany
Barry Richards, University of Bournemouth, UK
Harriet Neilsen, Centre for Gender Research Oslo, Norway
Marina Mojovic, Group Analytical Society/Counsulting Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Ian Miller, Psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice, Ireland
Honey Obeoi Vahali, Centre for psychotherapy, Ambedkar University, India
Thomas Leithauser, Emeritus Professor Bremen, Germany
Linda Lunguaard Andersen, University of Roskilde, Denmark
Jill Bennett, University of New South Wales, Australia
Lisa Saville Young, Rhodes University, South Africa
Lisa Farley, York University, Canada

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