Guidelines for Contributing Authors Manuscripts

The Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health accepts only original material that is not under consideration by any other publications. Articles should be word-processed and transmitted electronically to the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to edit manuscripts for length, clarity, and conformity with the journal’s style. The author should retain his/her copy. American spelling should be used. The paper should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words with a 100–word abstract and at least three keywords. (See further guidelines for submitting a manuscript in the current APA Publication Manual (2009), specifically, “Author Responsibilities” (pp. 228-231)

The journal is interested in publishing theoretical and empirical articles utilizing data gained from clinical work, experimental research, case studies, and self-report.

Among the areas of special interest are:

  • Psychological factors that affect conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and the post-partum period;
  • The reciprocal mechanisms of interaction between the pregnant mother and her unborn and sentient child and the mother and her newborn;
  • The influence of the family, society, and the environment on the pregnant mother and her unborn child;
  • Evidence-based measures that will improve the emotional well-being of mothers, fathers, and newborns;
  • The psychological effects of medical technology during conception, pregnancy, labor, and delivery on all parties concerned;
  • Methods of prevention and intervention/resolution of prenatal and perinatal traumas with children and adults;
  • Interfaces between prenatal and perinatal psychology and medicine, genetics, developmental psychology, anthropology, ethics, and the law.

Illustrations, Figures and Tables

  • All illustrations and tables should be included separately from the manuscript (in a separate document) and should be clearly identified in Arabic numerals, showing which is the top of the illustration if this is not obvious. Legends for illustrations, which should be referred to as “Figures,” should also be included with the figures. Tables must supplement the text without duplicating it. They should include an appropriate title.
  • Lettering within an illustration, figure or table should be no smaller than 8 points and no larger than 10 points, and prepared at a resolution sufficient to produce a high-quality image, that is, using computer-generated, professional-level graphic software.
  • Illustrations should either be black-and-white glossy photographs or India ink drawings. Color illustrations will only be shown on the digital version. They will be converted to black and white in the print version

APA Style

  • Formatting and referencing must follow APA style. References should be limited to work cited in the article, rather than being a bibliography of the topic.

American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
 

Email submissions to: journal.editor@birthpsychology.com