Clinical Psychologist

Cover image for Vol. 20 Issue 2

Edited By: Clare Rees

Impact Factor: 0.967

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 63/76 (Psychology); 89/121 (Psychology Clinical)

Online ISSN: 1742-9552

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

Author Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in Clinical Psychologist. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright.

Note that submission implies 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.

Summary of submission requirements

• Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

• The submission system will prompt you to use an ORCiD (a unique author identifier) to help distinguish your work from that of other researchers. This is not essential but highly recommended. Click here to find out more.

• A cover letter should be included in the ‘Cover Letter Field’ of the ScholarOne system. The text can be entered directly into the field or uploaded as a file.

• Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest in the ‘Conflict of Interest’ field in the ScholarOne System.

• Two Word-files need to be included upon submission: A title page file and a main text file that includes all parts of the text in the sequence indicated in the section 'Parts of the manuscript'.

• The main text file should be prepared using Microsoft Word with 1.5 line spacing.

• Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. Digital images supplied only as low-resolution files cannot be used.

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Aims and scope

Clinical Psychologist is the journal of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists. The journal is international in scope, with an aim to keep abreast of local and international developments in the field of clinical psychology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles across a range of topics of broad general relevance to clinical psychologists working in clinical and health settings, including assessment and treatment of psychopathology. An important aim of Clinical Psychologist is to bridge the gap between clinical research and clinical practice by ensuring timely dissemination of high quality peer-reviewed articles. 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.

Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the editor. 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. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board, which reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Ethical Considerations

Human Studies and Subjects

For manuscripts reporting medical studies involving human participants, we require a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study, and that the study conforms to recognized standards, for example: Declaration of Helsinki; US Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects; or European Medicines Agency Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. Images and information from individual participants will only be published where the authors have obtained the individual's free prior informed consent. Non-essential identifying details should be omitted.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

Data policy

The APS encourages data sharing wherever possible, and subscribes to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, which states that “Research data should be made available for use by the other researchers unless this is prevented by ethical, privacy or confidentiality matters.” Authors publishing in the journal are therefore encouraged to make their data, scripts and other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper available via a publicly available data repository, however this is not mandatory. If the study includes original data, at least one author must confirm that he or she had full access to all the data in the study, and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Authorship and Acknowledgements

The author submitting a manuscript must ensure that all authors listed are eligible for authorship. Each author should take responsibility for substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work AND drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content AND final approval of the version to be published AND agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support).

Publication Ethics

The journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Wiley's Ethics guidelines can also be found at


Original Research Articles should not exceed 6000 words, including references, tables, and figures.

Review Articles have an extended limit of 8000 words, including references, tables, and figures.


Wiley Author Resources

Wiley have a range of resources for authors preparing manuscripts for submission available here. In particular, authors may benefit from referring to:

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Manuscript Format and Style

APA Style. Manuscripts should follow the style of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), except in regards to spelling. The APA website includes a range of resources for authors learning to write in APA style, including An overview of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition; free tutorials on APA Style basics and an APA Style Blog.

Spelling. The journal uses Australian spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of The Macquarie Dictionary (3rd ed. Rev.).

Abbreviations. 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.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures.

Title page

The title page should contain:
(i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
(ii) the full names of the authors;
(iii) the author's institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out;
(iv) the full postal and email address, plus telephone number, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent;
(v) acknowledgements.

The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Acknowledgements. Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. See section on Authorship for more detail. Financial and material support should also be mentioned Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Main text

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

The main text of the manuscript should be presented in the following order: (i) abstract and key words (ii) key points (ii) text, (iii) references, (vi) endnotes, (vii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes), (viii) appendices and (ix) figure legends. Figures should be supplied as separate files. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.

Abstract and key words. All manuscripts must have a structured abstract stating in 200–250 words the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract must include the following sections: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusions. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Six key words (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.

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.

Text. The text should be organised into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections identified with subheadings (usually Methods, Results, Discussion).

References. All referencing, endnotes, tables and figures must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Please note APA referencing style requires that a DOI be provided for all references where available.

Endnotes. Endnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep endnotes brief; they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper.

Tables. Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. 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.

Appendices. These should be numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Figure Legends. Figure Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure 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.

Figures. All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals, and cited in consecutive order in the text. Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name.

Preparing Figures. Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions. Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. Click here for information about image manipulation.

Colour figures: Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (eg graphs and charts) and supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white. If you wish to have figures printed in colour in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.

Supporting Information

Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Please note that the provision of supporting information is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


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.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.

UK authors: Note that all papers published in the journal are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).


Accepted article received in production

When your accepted article is received by Wiley’s production production team, you (corresponding authors) will receive an email asking you to login or register with Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication licence at this point.


Once your paper is typeset you will receive emaile notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file. Please note that you are responsible for all statements made in your work, including changes made during the editorial process and thus you must check your proofs carefully. Note that proofs should be returned 48 hours from receipt of first proof.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before your article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Once your article is published on Early View no further changes to your article are possible. Your Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


Access and sharing

When your article is published online:
• You receive an email alert (if requested).
• You can share your published article through social media.
• As the author, you retain free access (after accepting the Terms & Conditions of use, you can view your article).
• The corresponding author and co-authors can nominate up to ten colleagues to receive a publication alert and free online access to your article.

You can now order print copies of your article (instructions are sent at proofing stage).

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Measuring the impact of your work

Wiley also helps you measure the impact of your research through our specialist partnerships with Kudos and Altmetric.


Editorial correspondence should be addressed to Associate Professor Clare Rees at Curtin University.

For queries about submissions, please contact


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.

Updated 27 September 2016