Clinical Psychologist

Cover image for Vol. 18 Issue 3

Edited By: Clare Rees

Impact Factor: 0.429

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 65/74 (Psychology); 105/111 (Psychology Clinical)

Online ISSN: 1742-9552

Associated Title(s): Australian Journal of Psychology, Australian Psychologist

Author Guidelines



Clinical Psychologist is the journal of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists. The journal covers a range of topics of broad general relevance to psychologists working in clinical and health settings, including assessment and treatment of psychopathology. The aim is to publish high quality peer-reviewed articles within this broad scope. Clinical Psychologist publishes state of the art reviews, research papers, brief reports, and clinical case studies. The journal occasionally publishes special issues, guest edited by specialists, devoted to a single topic.


Manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.


Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article. You can also find more information about Search Engine Optimisation on Wiley’s Author Services site here:


Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at Authors must supply an email address as all correspondence will be by email.

Covering letter

Papers are accepted for publication in the journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium. This must be stated in the covering letter that must also acknowledge that all authors have contributed significantly, and are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

Conflict of interest statement

Authors must indicate whether there is a conflict of interest when lodging their submission via the ScholarOne Manuscript submission website. Any potential conflicts of interest will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision but, if the article is accepted for publication, the Editor will consider with the authors whether such information needs to be communicated to the reader.

Author material archive policy

Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is accepted for publication should inform the Editorial Office after acceptance. If no indication is given that author material should be returned, Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material two months after publication.


Research Ethics: Authors must state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that it conforms to the provisions of the Declaration of Helsinki available at Clinical Psychologist retains the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical conduct of either human or animal studies.

Publication Ethics: This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard copyright transfer agreements (CTA) in place for the journal, including terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: CTA Terms and Conditions FAQs

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Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style, and should follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), except in regards to spelling. The journal uses Australian spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary (3rd ed., rev.). The normal length for each article should not exceed 6000 words, including references, tables, and figures. Review articles have an extended limit of 8000 words, including references, tables, and figures. Please state the number of words in your manuscript on its front page. Each manuscript must contain an abstract of approximately 200–250 words.


In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.


Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text with footnotes, (iv) acknowledgments, (v) references, (vi) appendices, (vi) endnotes, (vii) appendices, (viii) figure legends, (ix) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes), and (x) figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

Title page

As articles are double-blind reviewed, material that might identify authorship of the paper should be placed on a title page; this will be detached before the paper is sent to referees. The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote. The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. Do not use abbreviations in the title. A short running title (less than 40 characters) should also be provided.

Abstract and key words

All articles must have a brief, structured abstract that states in 250 words or fewer the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references, and should be structured according to “Background”, “Methods”, “Results” and “Conclusions”. Five key words (for the purposes of indexing) should also be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.


The text should be organised into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections identified with subheadings.

Key points

Authors will need to provide no more than 3 ‘key points’ that summarise the key messages of their paper to be published with their article. The key points should be written with a practitioner audience in mind.


The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks are not appropriate.


All referencing must be according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.


All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Figures should be sized to fit within the column (single column: 80.08mm), intermediate (2/3 column: 111 mm) or the full text width (Double column: 166.51 mm. Figures should be at a resolution of at least 300 dpi and preferably saved in a .TIF, .JPG or .EPS format.

More information about figures is available via Wiley- Blackwell’s web pages for submission guidelines and digital graphics standards at and

Figure and table legends

Type figure and table legends on a separate page. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure or table and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/ explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


Author Services is a Wiley-Blackwell service that provides useful information for authors, enables authors to track accepted articles through the production process, enables authors to gain free access to their published articles and nominate up to 10 colleagues to be provided with free access to their published articles. Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of our ‘Author Services’ website ( for information on such topics as copyright matters, ethics, English-language editing, electronic artwork guidelines, and how to optimise articles for search engines.


The journal offers rapid speed to publication using Wiley- Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at


For submission queries, please contact: Editorial correspondence should be addressed to Associate Professor Clare Rees, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA, 6857, Australia. Email:

Information about the Australian Psychological Society

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing 21,500 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving scientific knowledge and community wellbeing.