The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe is published quarterly. Articles can be submitted at any time and the review process is undertaken by two independent reviewers.

The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe’s Editorial board considers for publication:

  • Original Research Reports and Empirical Studies (max. 4.500 words)
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (max. 4.500 words)
  • Scientific Updates (max. 3.000 words)
  • State-of-the-Art Overview (max. 4.500 words)
  • Latest Developments (max. 2.500 words)
  • Letters to the Editor, Commentaries (max. 400 words)
  • Registered Reports

(For further details on the different formats, please refer to the section Article Types.)

Authors must ensure their submission manuscripts comply with PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics. Authors can refer to PsychOpen’s separate ‘Author Guidelines’ page PsychOpen's guidelines for manuscript preparation are based on the  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth or Seventh Edition (APA Style). Note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening.

Manuscript Submission Checklist

1. Main Article File

1.1 Title page containing:

  • Complete title of the manuscript
  • Running head: short title (one line), no more than 50 characters including spaces
  • Names and affiliations of all authors: Institution, City, Country
  • Corresponding author's name and contact address: full postal and email address, telephone number
  • Please include ORCID ID and Twitter handle for all authors, if available.
  • Funding/financial disclosure (if applicable): All sources of funding should be declared.
  • Competing interests (if applicable): Financial and personal relationships of any author with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence the work should be declared.
  • 1-Sentence-Teaser: Please write a statement of the conclusions of your study in one or two sentences, with a maximum of 25 words. Please avoid use of the first person and don't simply write "This study…" Please include interesting information about your paper and do not only rephrase the title.
  • The journal conducts a single-blind review process. Anonymization of manuscripts is not needed.
  • Please note: The title page should be included in the main article file

1.2 Abstract, Keywords and Key messages

  • Structured Abstract (headings as: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion): No more than 250 words
  • Keywords: 5 – 7 keywords or brief phrases separated by commas
  • Key messages/highlights from the paper (up to 4): These should be presented as bullet points of no more than 100 characters (incl. spaces) each and outline what the study adds.
  • Abstract, Keywords and Key messages should be included in the main file.

1.3 Main article body including tables and figures

  • Manuscript (including running head)
  • All figures (including relevant captions)
  • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
  • Acknowledgements (Any significant, non-financial support from other persons or organisations should be acknowledged.)
  • References (APA style, 7th edition)

2. Appendices (if any): Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.

3. Cover letter (mandatory; should be included as an "additional file" during submission)

  • Main contribution of the current report
  • Suggestions for at least 3 potential referees for peer review with contact details
  • Names and affiliations of all authors: Institution, City, Country

4. Format

  • Please include line numbers and page numbers.
  • In general, all parts of the manuscript should be double-spaced (including the abstract; text; block quotations; table and figure numbers, titles, and notes; and reference list (including between and within entries). Do not add extra space before or after paragraphs.
  • The manuscript must be submitted in PDF or MS Word (.docx) format and should adhere to American Psychological Association (APA) style guide, following the latest edition(s) of the Publication Manual of the APA (currently 6th or 7th edition).

5. Final Check before Submission

Depositing of Protocols

In line with responsible and reproducible research, as well as FAIR ( Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability)  data principles, we highly recommend that authors describe in detail and deposit their science methods and laboratory protocols in the open access repository PsychArchives.

Once deposited on PsychArchives protocols and methods will be issued a unique digital object identifier (DOI), which could be then used to link a manuscript to the relevant deposited protocol. By doing this, authors could allow for editors and peers to access the protocol when reviewing the submission to significantly expedite the process.  Furthermore, an author could open up his/her protocol to the public at the click of a button as soon as their article is published.

Further instructions on how to deposite your study protocol on PsychArchives.

Application of Guidelines for Clinical Trials and Review Studies

Clinical trials and intervention studies require the application of the CONSORT statement included and adherence to these guidelines as part of the criteria for publication. The reporting guidelines can be found on the CONSORT website (

The criteria for publication of meta-analyses and review studies is the application of the PRISMA statement as a reporting standard (

Patient Protection in Clinical Trials

Authors are responsible for ensuring that patient anonymity is carefully protected. It must also be stated in the author manuscript that informed consent was granted by the patient. Authors are also responsible for ensuring that guidelines are followed for experimental study with human participants as required by the affiliated institution(s) in which any of the authors are affiliated with, this pertains to all authors.

Transparency and Open Data Policy

The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe (CPE) encourages authors to share data, data analysis scripts, and other materials needed for the reconstruction and replication of the results presented in the paper. Supplementary materials will be made available using the open repository PsychArchives (provided by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology). Authors should include a data accessibility statement, linking it to the repository PsychArchives, which can be published alongside their paper. For more details see Supplementary Material Guidelines.

No Article Processing Charges!

With the help of our publisher Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) Clinical Psychology in Europe (CPE) is an open-access journal, free of charge to authors and readers! Therefore it is important the authors follow these guidelines closely as we cannot cover extensive editing costs. All submitted materials must comply with the Publication of manuscripts is contingent on thorough proofreading and adherence to the stylistic guidelines by the author(s). Submissions may be returned to authors if they do not adhere carefully to the guidelines.