Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa is a Department of Education accredited, peer reviewed journal. Manuscripts are independently and anonymously reviewed by at least two reviewers.

The following contributions are welcomed for publication:

  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic work in individual, couple, family, group or organizational settings.
  • Papers applying psychoanalytic understandings to South African history and society.
  • Papers on psychoanalytic theory, controversies, and applications.
  • Clinical or theoretical papers on psychoanalytically oriented community interventions.

Any topical issue or clinical question - for example accounts of recently attended conferences, ethical issues, training, scope of practice, etc.

Thoughts in response to recent papers in the Journal.

Recently published psychoanalytic books dealing with interesting theoretical or clinical issues.

Peer review policy

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa uses a blind peer review process with each manuscript reviewed by at least two reviewers. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible and the editorial team strives for a decision within 10 weeks of submission, although this is dependent on reviewer availability. Where authors are invited to revise manuscripts for re-submission, the editor must be notified (by e-mail to of their intention to resubmit and the revised manuscript should be re-submitted within four weeks, with a brief statement detailing amendments that have been made

Journal style

All manuscripts should be written in English and include an abstract of 150-200 words. Papers should be a maximum of 8000 words (excluding abstract and references). The writing must be of a high grammatical standard, and follow the technical guidelines stipulated by the American Psychological Association 6th edition (APA 6th). Manuscripts on subjects outside of the journal’s specified area of focus and those of poor technical or language quality will be returned without review.

Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript is Word DOC. The text should be one and a half spacing, size 12. PPSA adheres to the APA reference style. Papers or books referred to in the text should be marked in parentheses, e.g. (Greenson, 1967). Quotations should contain page numbers. All references must be listed at the end of the article as follows:

Meltzer, D. (1975). Dimensionality as a parameter of mental functioning: its relation to narcissistic organization. In D. Meltzer, S. Hoxter, and I. Wittenberg, (Eds.) Explorations in Autism: a Psycho-analytical Study. Strath Tay: Clunie Press.
Symington, J. and Symington, N. (1996). The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion. London: Routledge.
Tustin, F. (1994a). Autistic children who are assessed as not brain-damaged. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 20(1), 103-31.

How to submit your manuscript

Please email your submission to Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Please state in your cover letter that your submission is original and that it is not currently submitted/published elsewhere. Please also declare any conflicts of interest that may exist.

Publishing agreement

Submission of a manuscript to PPSA, which results in publication of the manuscript, means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants PPSA the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.

Declaration of conflicting interests

Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to declare any conflicting interests that may exist.


Authors should specify the steps taken to facilitate ethical clearance – that is, the ways in which they comply with all ethical issues pertaining to their study, including obtaining informed consent. The means by which patient confidentiality has been maintained must be outlined. The manuscript must include the name of the institution that granted ethical approval for the research (if applicable).


In order to ensure a blind-review, acknowledgments should be included in the title page and not in the main body of text.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

Funding Acknowledgement

PPSA requires all authors to acknowledge their funding under a separate heading – also on the title page. In cases where no funding was received, please note this as: ‘This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors’. 


Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

Author details 

Provide a brief biography for each author and full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented on the title page and NOT in the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

After acceptance         

We will email a copy of the proofs to the corresponding author for checking before publication.

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editor as follows: