Writing for CPR

CPR is a peer reviewed, quarterly, international journal that is circulated to over 30,000 BACP members and subscribers. It is distinctly different from existing journals in that it promotes writing that is reflexive – authors are encouraged to write about their personal engagement with their research, and their relationship with the intellectual and cultural traditions that inform their work. It is contextualised in that authors are asked to describe the real-world background to their study, in terms of practice setting, client/user experiences, type of intervention, and organisational factors that influenced the study.

The journal is practitioner-orientated as papers are written to be read by practitioners and those whose work shapes practice, such as policy makers, supervisors and managers, and is not just aimed at other researchers. The articles in CPR are of interest not only to accredited counsellors/psychotherapists of BACP, but also to members of those professions who may use counselling skills in their work – nurses, teachers, social workers, probation workers, for example. Members of BACP are also invited to contribute to this journal by submitting papers for review.

CPR welcomes UK and international submissions from counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, or other related professional groups who have something to say about counselling and psychotherapy research, or are reporting on their own research. CPR is interested in submissions across three main categories:

  • Original research into counselling, psychotherapy and the use of counselling in allied professions (e.g. nursing, social work, education, health promotion, health psychology, pastoral care, etc.)
  • Case studies, where systematic and ethical methods of data collection have been applied
  • Critical discussions and reviews of the relevance for practice of existing research studies

CPR is dedicated to connecting research with practice. Pluralist in orientation, the journal recognizes the value of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method strategies of inquiry within psychotherapy and counselling research. It seeks to be relevant both to a core disciplinary constituency and also a broader interdisciplinary readership.

To help authors think about how to approach writing a research paper for CPR, click on this link for a pdf resource.

How to submit papers

Papers must be submitted electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcpr) in a word processing format, preferably Microsoft Word (any versions). PDFs will not be accepted. Two versions must be submitted at the same time, one that contains all author details, and a second that has been anonymised for peer review. Once received, the Editor will consider them initially before deciding whether they are suitable for peer review.

All papers should begin with an abstract, which should be structured using suitable sub-headings, e.g. Aims, Method, Results/Findings, Discussion, Implications for Practice, Conclusions. There should then be 4-6 keywords appropriate for the paper. All papers for CPR should be in the APA style.

All papers should be written in English. Where authors are writing in English as a second language, please take whatever steps to check your paper for spelling/grammar errors if at all possible. Papers should be in a readable font, and be double spaced.

A short report will be 1,500-2,500 words, including references. Longer contributions of 3,500-4,500 words, including references may be published where inclusion of data (e.g., excerpts from interviews) warrant it. Papers that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.

Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: main text; acknowledgements; appendixes (as appropriate); references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); biographical outline. For the biographical outline, authors are asked to provide 2-3 sentences outlining their professional work.

All papers submitted to CPR are subjected to anonymous peer review by at least two UK and/or international reviewers. The Editor will take into consideration their comments and suggestions, but will make the final decision whether or not to accept the submission for publication. The Editor’s decision is final.

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