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California Psychologist Submission Guidelines

The California Psychologist (CP) is published quarterly by the California Psychological Association (CPA) and has a circulation of 5,000. It is read by California psychologists, allied medical and other mental health professionals, state and national legislators, members of the media, and interested others.

Information for prospective authors

Length - Feature articles in the CP are two pages (generally 1400 words) plus four to six APA style references and a very brief bio.  Note: length is approximate and subject to formatting and layout constraints. If including any figures or graphs, word count will be proportionately lower.

Content - The Editors invite articles that cover a wide range of topics (i.e., scientific advances, professional practice issues, legislative matters, healthcare climate) that relate to the theme selected for each edition of the CP. Diverse views, critical analyses, theoretical or innovative ideas are also encouraged. Each edition of the CP typically has five, 1400 word articles directly related to the theme along with three to five shorter articles directly related to the interests of one of CPA’s Divisions or programs (e.g., CARE, PHWA, DRN, Ethics.) Additionally, there is a two page (1400 word) psychology and law feature written with both attorney and psychologist involvement. Articles are generally by invitation. If you are interested in writing for a specific edition, be sure to contact the CP Editor well in advance of deadline to indicate your interest.

Style - CP articles are limited in length and serve as the basis for professional continuing education credit, so it is important they be content dense and written clearly and succinctly. Articles (and references) must adhere to the standards outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Present your ideas in an orderly manner so that there is continuity in use of words, paragraph arrangement, and theme development from the opening paragraph to the end of the article. Be alert to wordiness, use of jargon, redundancy, or other cumbersome expressions. Our readers are mostly psychologists; thus, it is unnecessary to define common psychological terms. However, the CP is read by psychologists in all specialties, so be sure to define terms unique to your specialty. 

Cultural Mindfulness - The CPA Board of Directors has adopted a broad approach to defining diversity that includes socio-cultural aspects related to gender, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, disability, language and socioeconomic status. All authors are asked to include an analysis/ commentary on how the relevant socio-cultural issues listed above play a role in the article’s subject matter. If the author is not knowledgeable with the interface of the topic and the relevant socio-cultural issues, we request that they direct readers to the literature that addresses those issues. In the rare case that the topic/subject matter is completely unaffected by these socio-cultural issues, please indicate this in the article. An example of the relevancy of socio-cultural issues: An article focused on parenting issues may include information regarding gay/lesbian couples, or refer readers to literature on this area.

References - All citations must follow APA style guidelines. Long reference lists may be noted at the end of the article and then published on CPA’s website due to space limitations in the CP. 

Author identification - At the end of the article, write a brief (50 to 75 words) bio-sketch of the author(s). Bio-sketches should include name, email address, work setting or affiliation and professional specialty(s). Please refer to recent editions of the California Psychologist for samples.

Resources - If in doubt on the above or on grammar, syntax, or other language use, refer directly to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Sixth Edition (2010).

Editorial Responsibility - The Editor reserves the right to edit publishable articles to CP standards; and to reject any article deemed inappropriate, substandard, biased, inflammatory, or otherwise incompatible with goals of the CPA or the integrity of professional psychology.

How to submit articles

Email submissions - Email as an electronic attachment to Please use our checklist before you submit your article.
We can accommodate products of all commonly used word processing programs.

Author photo - Along with your article submission, include as an attachment a high resolution (300 dpi or higher) digital photo file (e.g., jpeg, bmp or gif). Photos embedded in Word files cannot be used.

Themes and Deadlines - (Note: deadlines subject to change)

2020 Due to Editor Feature Section Theme
Winter 10/5/2019 Mindfulness
Spring 1/7/2020 Convention Preview Issue - Psychology in Action
Summer 5/9/2020 International and Global Psychology
Fall 7/5/2020 Healthcare Disparities


The California Psychologist (CP) is the official publication of the California Psychological Association (CPA), a non-profit professional association of psychologists in California. The California Psychologist is published for and on behalf of the members of the CPA to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting the public interest. The goal of the CP is to foster discussion of topics of clinical and professional interest to psychologists in California.

The California Psychologist reserves the right to unilaterally reject or edit articles  which it deems not to be in the best interests of these objectives, or which by their tone, content or appearance are not in keeping with the goals of the publication. CPA welcomes the submission of articles to the California Psychologist. However, publication cannot be guaranteed, and the publication of an article does not necessarily imply that it represents the position or policy of CPA. CPA is not responsible for any claims made in any published article.

The California Psychologist will not publish any article that is, in the judgment of CPA, discriminatory or disrespectful to any group of people.

Editorial Responsibilities. All submissions to the California Psychologist should be professional in nature, tone, and content. Submissions that contain questionable factual veracity and/or that are potentially libel will be edited to maintain the publication's journalistic standards. The Editors reserve the right to reject or revise submissions for clarity, professionalism, length, and/or libelous potential.

Submissions selected for publication that address or mention a specific person without their consent will be forwarded to the named person for rebuttal, which will be published concurrently with the submission.

Submissions selected for submission that address a previously published article in the California Psychologist will be forwarded to the article's author for rebuttal, which will be published concurrently with the letter.

Space available. The number of pages devoted to articles will vary depending on advertising space used in each issue.

Correspondence to The California Psychological Association and the California Psychologist should be sent to: 

1231 I Street, Ste 204
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel (916) 286-7979, ext 101

Editorial Board:  All articles are reviewed by the CPA Editorial Board for their professional appropriateness for the magazine, and to identify any potential problematic and/or unintended misstatements or omissions in the articles and columns. The Editorial Board consists of six to nine members and includes the CP Editor, CPA's CEO and the Chair or appointed representative from the CPA Ethics Committee.  Past CP Editors and Chapter Publication Editors are frequently members. The current Editorial Board is published on page 3 of every issue of the magazine.


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