Psychological Injury and Law accepts original research, reviews of past research, theoretical studies, and practical articles. When warranted, the Editors will solicit other papers such as critical commentaries, debates, exchanges, replies to published articles, and case studies. In addition, suggestions for book reviews will be accepted.

Papers will be evaluated for their importance to the field, scientific rigor, practical implications, potential impact, suitability for the journal, and clarity of writing. The primary determinants of editorial decisions are based on whether the paper enlarges the understanding of important psychological issues in psychological injury and law and related matters pertaining to psychological injury, or whether the paper promotes better use of mental health expertise by the legal profession and the courts.

Manuscripts must be professionally prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010. Manuscripts must be copyedited for bias-free language (see chapter 2 of the Publication Manual). Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned to the author without review, and with recommendations for changes needed to complete the submission process.

Individuals who are interested in serving as Guest Editor for a special issue for Psychological Injury and Law should submit the following to the Editor-in-Chief at the below address: 2-page description of the content of the proposed content; names of committed and potential contributors and the subject of their manuscript; projected number of pages; proposed submission date; current Curriculum Vitas for all participants.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief’s Office via the journal’s web-based online submission and peer-review system at:

Inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and other such general topics should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief:

Gerald Young, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

Glendon College, York University

2275 Bayview Avenue

Toronto, Ontario

M4N 3M6 Canada

Fax: (416) 247-3463

The online system offers easy straightforward log-in and submission; supports a wide range of submission file formats [such as Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, and LaTeX for manuscripts; TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, PPT, and Postscript for figures (artwork)]; eliminates the need to submit manuscripts as hard-copy printouts, disks, and/or e-mail attachments; enables real-time tracking of manuscript status by author; and provides help should authors experience any submission difficulties.

Manuscripts should be checked for content and style (correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; accuracy and consistency in the citation of figures, tables, and references; stylistic uniformity of entries in the References section; etc.), as the typesetter is instructed to follow (accepted) manuscripts as presented. Page proofs are sent to the designated author for proofreading and checking. Typographical errors are corrected; authors' alterations are not allowed.


Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, is required. Upon commencement of typesetting, the contact author will receive an e-mail directing him/her to a webpage where the transfer-of-copyright form can be signed online. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

For manuscripts reporting data from a data set that has been published previously (or is being considered for publication), the Author should include a statement in the cover letter describing the other research using the same data base, and provide the necessary references. Authors are required to submit copies of any papers under review, in press or previously published, whose content closely related to that of the manuscript in question and that might be perceived as constituting duplicate publication. It is the position of the Editorial Board of Psychological Injury and Law that Authors may prepare more than one manuscript deriving from a single data set, on the assumption that the papers report meaningfully different aspects of the data. It is the responsibility of the authors to consult with the Editor or Associate Editors to clarify the acceptability of a given submission.

Upon final acceptance, Authors are required to obtain and provide to the Editor-in-Chief all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic format any copyrighted work, including, for example, test materials (or portions thereof) and photographs. In addition, Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from copyright owners for illustrations, adaptations, or quotes of more than 300 words.

Conflict of Interest

All submitted work must clearly state any sources of potential conflict of interest, the source of funding, if any, the type of work typically undertaken (e.g., plaintiff or patient-related, defense or third-party payor-related, or both) by author(s), and that in the research or practice conducted pertaining to it, all professional requirements and ethics had been followed. All professional links that the author(s) may have with advocacy representatives, liaisons, pharmaceutical companies, test companies, or other commercial ventures or organizations related in any way to the submission in question must be acknowledged.

Manuscript Style

Type double-spaced using generous margins on all sides. The entire manuscript, including quotations, references, figure-caption list, and tables, should be double-spaced. Number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals, with the title page being page 1. In order to facilitate masked (previously termed "double-blind") review, leave all identifying information off the manuscript, including the title page and the electronic file name. Appropriate identifying information is attached automatically to the electronic file. Upon initial submission, the title page should include only the title of the article.

Manuscripts should not exceed 55 pages in length; however, longer manuscripts may be considered. Commentaries and other short articles may be up to 25 pages in length. Presentation of case studies, case law, book reviews, and brief reports should average 5-15 pages.

An additional title page should be uploaded as a separate submission item and should include the title of the article, author's name (with degrees), and author's affiliation. Academic affiliations of all authors should be included. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author's name. This title page should also include the complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the one author designated to review proofs.

An abstract of about 120 words is to be provided.

A list of 3−5 key words is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.

Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals and cited in numerical order in the text. Photographs should be high-contrast and drawings should be dark, sharp, clear, and professional. Artwork for each figure should be provided on a separate page appended to the end of the manuscript. Each figure should have an accompanying caption. The captions for illustrations should be listed on a separate page.

Tables should be numbered (with Arabic numerals) and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be typed on a separate page. Center the title above the table, and type explanatory footnotes (indicated by superscript lowercase letters) below the table.

For statistics, effect sizes should accompany major results. In addition, authors may want to use prep rather than p values (see the article by Killeen in the May 2005 issue of Psychological Science, Vol. 16, pp. 345-353). Thus, typical statistical reports would follow formats like these: t(50) = 2.68, prep = .95, d = 0.76; F(1, 30) = 4.69, prep = .90, n2 = .135; or B = .61, prep = .99, d = 1.56. When relevant, bar and line graphs should include distributional information, usually confidence intervals or standard errors of the mean.

List references alphabetically at the end of the paper and refer to them in the text by name and year in parentheses. References should include (in this order): last names and initials of all authors, year published, title of article, name of publication, volume number, and inclusive pages. The style and punctuation of the references should conform to strict APA style – illustrated by the following examples:

Book Butcher, J.N., Dahlstrom, W.G., Graham, J. R., Tellegen, A., & Kaemmer, B. (1989). Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory: Manual for administration and scoring (2nd ed). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Contribution to a Book

Gatchel, R., & Kishino, N. (2006). The influence of personality characteristics on pain patients: Implications for causality in pain. In G. Young, A. W. Kane, & K. Nicholson (Eds.), Psychological knowledge in court: PTSD, pain, and TBI (pp. 149-162). New York: Springer Science+Business Media.

Journal Article

Gatchel, R. J., Peng, Y. B., Peters, M. L., Fuchs, P. N., & Turk, D. C. (2007). The biopsychosocial approach to chronic pain: Scientific advances and future directions. Psychological Bulletin, 133, 581-624.

Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.


Articles and abstracts must be in American English, but the journal accepts additional abstracts in other languages of the author’s choice (for instance in the author’s first language, if not English or the journal's official language). Such abstracts are optional. Authors would need to supply such abstracts themselves, certify that they are a faithful translation of the official abstract, and they must be supplied in Unicode (see for details), especially if they are using non-roman characters.

Such abstracts in other languages will carry a disclaimer: "This abstract is provided by the author(s), and is for convenience of the users only. The author certifies that the translation faithfully represents the official version in the language of the journal, which is the published Abstract of record and is the only Abstract to be used for reference and citation."

No Page Charges

The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors. Upon the commencement of typesetting, the contact author will receive an e-mail directing him/her to a webpage that provides reprint ordering information, including the current price schedules and where reprints can be ordered online.

Springer Open Choice In addition to the normal publication process (whereby an article is submitted to the journal and access to that article is granted to customers who have purchased a subscription), Springer now provides an alternative publishing option: Springer Open Choice. A Springer Open Choice article receives all the benefits of a regular subscription-based article, but in addition is made available publicly through Springer’s online platform SpringerLink. After acceptance and upon commencement of typesetting, the contact author will receive an e-mail directing him/her to a webpage that provides Springer Open Access ordering information, including the current price schedule, and where Springer Open Access can be ordered online. Payment must be received in full before publication or articles will publish as regular subscription-model articles. We regret that Springer Open Choice cannot be ordered for published articles. For more information, please visit

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