Author Guidelines & Manuscript Submission

The ACP uses Scholastica for manuscript submission, editorial control, peer review, and publishing. Authors will need to establish a Scholastica account in which they can submit their manuscript and communicate with editors.

Authors are expected to read the instructions to authors section when preparing manuscripts for submission. The set of guidelines for preparing and submitting manuscripts to ACPA are detailed below and are available on the Scholastica webpage for author submissions:


In general, feature, literature reviews, theoretical and conceptual, and clinical research manuscripts should have a maximum word limit of 1500 – 3000 words (excluding references and tables).

All persons meeting criteria for authorship must be listed on the manuscript. The corresponding author will assume responsibility for acting on the behalf of all co-authors but all authors assume responsibility for the content of the submitted manuscript.

An Author Agreement and Checklist is provided to authors, and all authors are required to sign the agreement, to confirm originality and that the manuscript conforms to the submission process and author instructions.

A statement indicating ethics approval was obtained from a recognised institutional ethics committee must be included where manuscripts contain data collected from individuals or third party databases (Indicate which institutional and the protocol number).  For case studies, where appropriate a statement confirming the client’s approval to report the case is included.

Case studies and related manuscripts must not include descriptions or data that could potentially identify the individual, family members or related others on whom the case is based.


  • Be appropriate for a clinical psychology audience.
  • Include reference to the latest evidence-based best clinical practice/research.
  • Should be written in a scholarly style and expected to make important and substantive contribution to clinical practice and theory.
  • Contain original work of relevance or interest that has not been previously published elsewhere including on the Internet.
  • Are not currently under peer review or have been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Remain impartial, but offer a critical analysis of the topic.
  • Must not contain statements or comments that are pejorative, racist, sexist, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or deliberately misleading.


Plagiarism is unacceptable. Authors should ensure that their work is appropriately referenced and acknowledgements made. Permission from the copyright owner must be obtained for use of any figures previously published elsewhere.

Manuscript preparation

Submitted manuscripts should use Australian-English spelling and ensure that in-text citations and reference list are formatted according to the latest APA style. It is recommended that Endnote is used to simplify management of citations. Manuscripts may be returned or rejected if there are significant omissions, gaps or errors in referencing.

Manuscripts should be prepared in Times Roman 12-point font using 2.5 cm. margins (top, bottom, left and right) and justified.

Manuscripts containing any and all copyrighted material published in other sources, must be accompanied by a statement confirming that the author/s have obtained written permission from the copyright owner.

Manuscript types and parameters

Type Description Word length Reference Limit Abstract Review type

Letters and Comments

ACP welcomes letters to the editor and commentary on past papers. Letters will be published that add value or perspectives to areas in clinical psychology or on past ACP papers. Publication of a commentary on past papers will be raised with authors in the first instance, who will be invited to reply to that commentary. Both will be reviewed by the Editorial Board regarding suitability for publishing. 250 Letters: minimum of 1

Comments: minimum of 3

N Editorial only
Articles Articles, reviews and theoretical perspectives, provide an overview of topics of interest and practical application to clinical psychologists. They should not contain original research or results of studies. They may contain results of program evaluation insofar as they demonstrate the clinical uptake and application of a program, but that the methodology of the program evaluation is not the focus of the paper. 3000 Maximum of 50 Y Editorial, then peer
Opinions Opinions provides a platform for authors to creatively raise address contemporary issues in clinical psychology and encourage constructive discussion between clinical psychologists. The paper may be controversial, but should still be scholarly and academically well-argued; authors should demonstrate how and why they have come to their opinion. 2000 Minimum of 5 Y Editorial, then peer
Student Papers Student papers, including ‘PhD Spotlight’ allow students to showcase their thesis topic, literature, proposal and method in a summarised form. The paper should not include any unpublished data. 2000 Maximum of 40 Y Editorial, then peer
Book reviews Book reviews are short and considered summaries and critiques of books relevant to clinical psychology practice. They should evaluate the style, content and contribution of the book to the field of clinical psychology. They should not include any unpublished data 500 Minimum of 3 N Editorial only


In general, submissions should contain the following information and structure:

  • Title page (Acknowledgements and source of any financial/grant support obtained). The title page must list all authors including full names and affiliations.
  • The corresponding author should be listed at the bottom of the title page and include full postal address, telephone numbers and email addresses.
  • The Please include a separate page with title. A brief Abstract with a word limit of 150-200 words. The Abstract should indicate the aims and objectives of the manuscript and its implications for readers.
  • At least four keywords.
  • Body text (with heading/subheadings where appropriate).
  • Table(s) with caption(s) that explain the content of the Table/s.
  • Figure/s with caption(s) that explain the content of the Figure/s.
    Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an acknowledgement in a separate Funding paragraph.

A brief biography of 50-100 words length for all authors should accompany manuscripts inclusive of qualifications, affiliations and email addresses.

Opinion Pieces

ACP publishes perspectives and opinions on various aspects of clinical psychology, such as the merits and deficits of psychological theories. The intention of such pieces is to allow authors to creatively address contemporary issues in clinical psychology and encourage constructive discussion between clinical psychologists. However, the tone and style of the piece should still be scholarly and academically well-argued; authors should demonstrate how and why they have come to their opinion. As such, a minimum of five references is required. Opinion pieces are subject to the same review processes as other articles.

Opinion pieces are a maximum of 1500 words.

 Review Process

All manuscripts will undergo review by the Editorial Board in the first instance, then go on to peer review if considered to meet the aims of ACP. All articles are single-blind peer reviewed in a formal approval process.

The Editorial Board may also return papers to authors where there are gaps in the scholarly standard of the paper, such as referencing errors.

While ACP does request, and greatly appreciates, submissions from authors, the Editor reserves the right to include or reject written works at any point in the publication process.


The Editor disclaims any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of any content published in the Australian Clinical Psychologist.


Copyright with all papers rests with authors unless otherwise stated.

Please contact the Editor with any questions: