The International Journal of Play Creative Art Therapies
The launch of this new journal is planned for the Autumn of
2014. Its purpose is to encourage and
disseminate the results of original research carried out by Play Therapy UK
(PTUK) and Play Therapy International (PTI) Registrants, as well as others
working in this field.
Papers will need to meet the high quality standards demanded
by peer reviewed research journals and written in an appropriate style.
This Journal will be published in addition to Play for Life,
which is a practitioners' publication, published by PTUK and PTI, where
articles may be written in a more informal style.
Call for research papers
We would like to invite the submission of research papers
between 3,000-5,000 words on empirical and conceptual research relevant to play
therapy practice and its derivatives such as filial play coaching, sand play
therapy, Theraplay etc.
With this first call for papers we particularly welcome
papers in the following areas:
- Based on your M.A. dissertations
- the historical development of play therapy
- the nature of childhood
- epistemological and methodological issues as applied to
research and practice
- overview and analysis of key theories and concepts used in
play therapy practice, for example:
those drawn from neurobiology and also psychology such as Rogers, Jung, Freud,
Bowlby, Oaklander, Piaget, Erikson, Winnicott.
- analysis of local, national and international policies and
legislation in relation to working with children
- children's culture, rights and participation in therapy
- ethics and values in relation to play therapy
- children's experience of play therapy
- reflective accounts on the implications of using play
therapy in diverse settings like CAMHS teams, domestic violence units or
- photo essays which illustrate specific aspects of play
- examinations of theories as applied to play therapy
practice; explorations of areas of play therapy practice which identify areas
for further research
- research methodology
- effectiveness, efficacy and efficiency
All papers will be refereed by at least two reviewers, one
of whom will be an expert in the subject area of the paper and one will be
someone from the editorial board. The Editor would welcome abstracts of not
more than 150 words emailed to email@example.com
Detailed submission guidelines will be sent to those authors
whose abstracts fall within the remit of The International Journal of Play
& Creative Art Therapies.
See more at: /Research/Research1
(We need to set up a page - The International Journal of
Play Creative Art Therapies and a short text with a link from the above URL)
Play Therapy Research Forum
This section will contain:
- Book reviews - which may also be published in Play for Life;
- Letters including those critiquing papers and stimulating
- Short papers on practitioner experiences which can include
photographs of examples of play Short papers which outline a recent problem in
practice to share with the wider play therapy community;
- Short papers which reflect an ethical dilemma;
All of which should be aimed at stimulating research and/or
These papers should be no more than 1500 words and need not
contain literature reviews but will be reviewed by the Editorial Team to ensure
suitability for publication. Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org for
further information and guidance on submitting an article.
Guidelines for Authors
Submissions to the editor are welcome throughout the year
and all submissions will be evaluated in terms of their relevance, interest and
readability. Papers will be passed to a referee who will then submit feedback
and an editorial decision will be sent to the author.
Papers should be concise with a clear understandable account
of the content. A word count (excluding references and tables) must be provided
at the end of all submissions and an abstract should also be included (100-150
words) detailing the rationale for the article, methods employed and
conclusions drawn. Articles should be emailed to the editor in Microsoft Word
format with the authors name, position and email address appearing below the
- All text should be in justified body text format and double
- Do not include page numbers, section breaks or headers or
- Where possible do not include tables and figures in the main
body of the text. These should be typed on a separate page of the document or
on a separate document. Tables should be in a format that is easy to edit with
font sizes for labels of no less that 8pt.
- Indicate clearly where in the text you would like figures
and tables to be inserted.
- Where possible avoid the use of appendices and footnotes.
- Text should be presented in the following format:
- Title = New Times Roman 16pt bold
- Name, position etc = New Times Roman 12pt
- Section headings = New Times Roman 14 pt
- Sub headings = New Times Roman 12pt bold + italics
- Main body of the text = New Times Roman 12pt
Authors are required to ensure the integrity of their
manuscripts and, where research is being reported, to demonstrate that this
conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines and the PTUK/PTI
Ethical Framework or professional equivalent. Where relevant, an ethics
statement must be included in the Methods section of the paper confirming that
the study has been approved by an ethics committee or has obtained NHS/Local
Authority ethics approval and that all participants have provided either verbal
or written consent.
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it
has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted
simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining
permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources. As an author,
you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure,
table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct
reproduction as well as derivative reproduction (where you have created a new
figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). All
accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of PTUK who
is the publisher.
Authors are asked to pay particular attention to the
accuracy, punctuation and correct presentation of references. In-text
references should be cited by giving the author's name, year of publication
(Smith, 1928) and specific page numbers after a direct quotation. In-text lists
of references should be in chronological order. A reference list should appear
at the end and should include only those references cited in the text.
References should be double spaced, arranged alphabetically by author, and
chronologically for each author. Publications for the same author appearing in
a single year should use a,b,c etc. Please indicate secondary references.
BOOK: Kelly, L. (1988) Surviving Sexual Violence, Cambridge,
BOOK CHAPTER: Bates, J. (1997) Men, Masculinity and Child
Care, in Bates, J, Pugh, R and Thompson, N. (eds), Protecting Children
Challenges and Change, London, Arena.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Wilson, K. and Ridler, A. (1996) Children
and literature, British Journal of Social Work, 26(1), pp. 17-36.
MULTI-AUTHOR ARTICLE: Where there are more than two authors,
the reference within the text should be cited as Smith et al. and the date, but
in the reference list the names of all the authors should be included.