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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

We suggest that you keep this page open in a tab while you submit your article : the submission steps are laid out below, at the bottom of this page.

Research in Psychoanalysis publishes original contributions to the field of psychoanalysis, with special emphasis on articles that engage in an epistemological dialogue with other disciplines. For more on the journal’s editorial line, refer to its Statement of Purpose.
Articles may be submitted in French or in English.

Submission of an article implies that the article has not been published previously, either in part or in whole, and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Only original articles will be considered for publication. If the article is accepted for publication, authors will transfer their copyrights to the journal.

Authors must certify the exactitude of their findings. Research findings cannot be falsified or invented. A third party’s research cannot be used without her/his knowledge and consent, and the third party must be cited.

To verify originality, submitted articles may be checked by originality detection software in order to satisfy the above-mentioned ethical requirements. In the event that an article is found to be plagiarized, in part or in whole, authors will be held legally responsible.

The research presented in a submitted article must be in conformity with the ethical guidelines for clinical psychological research. All clinical research must be shown to respect patient/subject safety and anonymity. Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with the ethical guidelines for clinical psychological research.

The article must demonstrate familiarity with current international research on the subject in question. To this end, the article must contain at least eight references to scholarly articles published over the last 15 years in journals that are indexed in the major databases (PsycINFO, Scopus, PubMed). Any exception to this requirement must be justified by a written commentary.

Manuscript preparation

Authors are responsible for the clarity and concision of their submitted work. Regardless of the language of the submitted article, the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation for that language must be respected. Titles and subtitles should be concise and should clearly express the content and the direction of the article and/or the section. Submitted articles may be up to 5,000 words long (including notes, excluding the abstract and bibliography) and should be formatted as follows:

– in 12-point Times New Roman

– double-spaced

– 25 mm (1 inch) margins.

Please note that, as explained in detail in the “Submission” section below, the manuscript should be submitted first in pdf, then in .doc (Word) format.

Articles should include:

– an introduction that clearly states the article’s objective and the basics of its argument, and that poses a clear and concise question. A brief outline will allow the reader to anticipate the development of the article’s arguments, which will be presented as articulated — and not merely juxtaposed — sections.

– clear and explicit subtitles.

– familiarity with the classic and recent literature on the subject in question, specifying the way in which key psychoanalytic concepts are used and situating them in a particular area of psychoanalytic epistemology.

– a clear definition of the article’s context and an explanation of the author’s methodological choices, with the aim of allowing the best possible understanding by an international readership.

– if clinical material is used, detailed descriptions that allow the reader to appreciate the clinical work and the author’s approach.

– a strong conclusion.

Any tables, figures, photos, or diagrams should be submitted in a separate document.

To facilitate the peer review process, authors must ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Authors should remove all references to themselves from the article. Any reference to the author in the article should be replaced by “(author’s name).” References to the author(s) should also be eliminated from the bibliography; these references will be reintegrated should the article be accepted for publication.

All submissions must be accompanied with a Conflict of Interest statement, wherein the author(s) a/ declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest or, b/ if relevant, explain which relationships could be construed as potential conflict of interests.


Two 200-word abstracts, one in French and one in English, must accompany each submitted article. These abstracts will appear on a separate page, before the article itself. The abstracts should present the article’s objective, its thesis, and the methodology used. The abstracts should provide a clear presentation of the article’s main points and should reflect the article’s content as precisely as possible. They should not contain and tables, figures, or clinical material.


The abstracts should be followed by five keywords. These keywords will be used to index the article in various databases. Since an article’s visibility and accessibility depend on these databases, keywords should be chosen with this in mind.


All citations should be placed in quotation marks, followed by the reference to the author, the date of publication, and the page number. For example: “We have only to understand the mirror stage as an identification, in the full sense that analysis gives to the term” (Lacan, 1977, p. 2).

Any insertions or changes made to a citation should be placed in brackets. For example: “He [Searles] describes different methods” (Racamier, 1980, p. 83).

Italics in the original text should be respected. Ellipses in brackets should be used to indicate an omission in the citation. For example: “ What comes to pass […]: what does not come to light in the symbolic appears in the real” (Lacan, 1966, p. 386).


Footnotes should be kept to a strict minimum and should not include bibliographic references.

Footnotes should be numbered.

Bibliographic references

Bibliographic references should be indicated in the body of the text by the author’s name and the work’s publication date in parentheses. For example: Freud (1927) or (Freud, 1927). In citing a work by two co-authors, both names should be used. For example: “as Abraham and Torok write (1987)” or (Abraham and Torok, 1987). If a work is attributed to more than two co-authors, only the first author’s name should be used. For example: Kaës et al. (1999) or (Kaës et al., 1999).

If the reference to an author follows a citation, the page number should be added to the information in parentheses, after the author’s name and the year of publication. For example: “In moving from the drive to the model of desire, we notice that the two are linked by an analogous problematic” (Green, 1973, p. 231).

The bibliographic references used in the article should be compiled in a bibliography at the end of the article, in alphabetical order (of authors’ names) and in chronological order, in the case of multiple works by one author. Publications from a single author from the same year should be differentiated by letters (a, b, c…) following the date.

The bibliography should contain only works cited in the article.

The bibliography should include the location of publication and the name of the publisher.

If the cited edition is not the original edition, the date of the first publication should follow the author’s name, with the publication date for the cited edition placed at the end of the reference.

Only the first word in a title should be in capital letters.

The title of an article should be followed by the name of the periodical in italics, the number of the volume, and the numbers of the first and last pages of the article.


Author, A. B. (year of publication). Title. Location: Publisher. Edition cited, date.

Author, A. & Second Author, B. … & Sixth Author, et al. (year of publication). Title. Location: Publisher.

Author, A. (year of publication). Title [Title in the language of the original publication]. Translator, A., translator. Location: Publisher. Edition cited, date.

For example:

Aulagnier, P. (1979). Les destins du plaisir. Paris: PUF, 2009.

Laufer, M. et Laufer, M. E. (1984). Adolescence et rupture du développement, une perspective analytique [Adolescence and developmental breakdown, a psychoanalytic view]. Gibeault, M., translator. Paris: PUF, 1989.

Chapter in an edited book:

Chapter Author, A. (year of publication). Chapter title. In Book Author, A. (Ed.), Book Title (pages of the chapter). Location: Publisher, date.

For example:

Fédida, P. (2001-2002). Humain/déshumain, l’oubli, l’effacement des traces, l’éradication subjective, la disparition. Dans André, J. (Ed.), Humain/déshumain Pierre Fédida, la parole de l’œuvre (pp. 11-126). Paris: PUF, 2007.

Multi-author book:

Principal Author, A. (Ed.) (year of publication). Book title. Location: Publisher. Edition cited, date.

For example:

Chouvier, B. (Ed). (2002). Les processus psychiques de la médiation. Paris, Dunod, 2004.


Author, A. (year of publication). Article title. Periodical title, volume number, pages. DOI for Internet reference.

For example:

Vanier, A. (2016). Totem et tabou, un mythe clinique. Recherches en psychanalyse, n°21, pp. 54-62.

Potier, R. & Putois, O. (2014), Editorial. Recherches en psychanalyse, n°18, pp. 101-103. DOI: 10.3917/rep.018.0101.

Submitting your article

All articles should be submitted online, by clicking on “Submit a paper” on the Homepage.

A/ To submit an article, you must first create a profile on the submission platform.

Clicking on “Submit a paper” on the Homepage redirects you to the Submission section.
If the “Submissions” page opens in French, select “English” in the “Langue” menu (right-hand side of the screen). From then on, the whole Submission interface will be in English.

Il you already have a profile on the submission interface, click on “Login”; if not, click “Register”.
If creating a profile, in the « register » section, enter your personal information (including affiliation), your email adress, a username and a password. You can also, if interested, indicate that you would be interested in becoming a manuscript reviewer for the journal. Click on « register ».

If you already have an account but have forgotten your login ID and/or password, you can click on « Login » and select « Forgot your password ? ». After entering your email, you will receive indications to reset your password in order to login.

Click on « Make a new submission »

B/ Then, you must follow the submission procedure :

Select the appropriate article type (Original articles, Invited articles, Literature review, etc.) and the submission language. Tick the boxes on the brief submission checklist; they sum up the conditions to which submissions must comply in order to be considered by the journal. You may also add comments for the sole use of the reading committee, if you wish to add specific information pertaining to one of these conditions. Save and continue.

A dialog box then opens. Select the relevant type of article (“Article component”) to be uploaded – by default, choose “Article Text”. You may then either Upload it from your hard drive, or drag-and-drop it.
The file should be in pdf format. Also, it should have been fully anonymized prior to submission ; for more information, you can click on the “Ensuring a Blind Review” link.
Clicking on “Continue” will lead you to tab #2 (“Review details”), where you can modify the Submission title. From time to time, it is necessary to just add a space at the end of the submission title so as to be able to “Continue” – if it is the case, just click “Edit” by the Submission title and add a space at the end of the title. You will then be able to click “continue”.

This will lead you to tab 3 (“Confirm”), where you can click “Complete”. From time to time, the system says that your file hasn’t been uploaded – but it is not the case : as the dialog box closes after clicking “Complete”, you will see the name of your submission with its number. You can then “Save and continue”.

This will take you to the “Metadata” tab. Information regarding authors, title and abstract (both in English and French) are required – thus when you click on the box to fill it, a corresponding “Français” box appears below. You may also, if you wish, add extra information as to the subjects and disciplines, as well as a few keywords. Please report the 5 article keywords here. Click on “Save and Continue”.
You are then taken to the “Confirmation” tab. Click “Finish submission”. After a last confirmation in a dialog box, your submission is complete.

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