CAT Journal

Call for contributions for the second issue due for publication in March 2018

Whilst we are open for contributions at any time and have a series of issues in mind we welcome further contributions for the second issue. Our own working deadline for submissions is the end of December 2017.

Print copies and details of the first Issue March 10th 2017.  For more details go to First Issue

About the Journal

“International Journal of Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Relational Mental Health”

Editors:   Katri Kanninen, Ian B Kerr, Steve Potter.

Editorial assistant:  Anna Haigh

Editorial Board:  Current Executive Members of ICATA  ( Elizabeth McCormick,  Iannis Vlachos,  Aisling White,  Fiorani Cristina,  Debby Russell,   Marie-Anne Bernardy,  Jessie Emilion,  Dorota Chmielewska,  Gabriele Stabler,  Mavi Gómez de Ramón Fuster,  Aravella Adamopoulou, Louise Mccutcheon,  Rosangela Caruso)

Editorial and Publishing Consultant: Derek Rodger.

Editorial Advisory Board: (full list to be confirmed but includes) Dr Georges Adamopoulou, Dr Dee Affleck, Hilary Beard, Dr Dawn Bennett, Professor Hilary Brown, Prof Andrew Chanen, Caroline Dower, Prof Luigi Grassi, Dr Jason Hepple, Dr Steve Kellett, Professor Mikael Leiman, Julie Lloyd, Dr Carlos Mirapeix, Dr Frank Margison, Professor Glenys Parry, Dr Mark Ramm, Dr Anthony Ryle,  Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, Dr Lawrence Welch.

ICATA is pleased to announce the launch of a new open-access, on-line, ‘copy-left’ journal entitled ‘The International Journal of Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Relational Mental Health’.  The launch will take place on March 10th in London.

The journal is being launched to meet a perceived increasing need for an international forum and platform to present and publish clinical research as well as developments in the theory and broader application of CAT. The journal will also aim to reach out to closely related fields in the area of relational mental health which is a fundamental aspect of the CAT model. It will have the further aim of promoting integration of relevant and important aspects of relational mental health and psychotherapy more generally.

The journal will aim to publish a range of material including clinical research (both quantitative and qualitative and including case studies), theoretical papers on aspects of the evolving CAT model and related fields, broader and non-clinical applications of CAT theory and practice, papers on teaching and training in CAT, book and article reviews, a ‘what’s on’ CAT- related events section, and a regular editorial section. Submissions will be peer reviewed and the journal will aim at an initial turn-around time of 30 days. It is planned to publish the journal annually in the first instance.

Submissions are invited for the second issue.   these should be received by the end of December 2017


Guidelines to Authors

Contributions and enquiries by email to

Types of Articles

Reports of original work or theoretical contributions up to 20 pages (double spaced, font size 11, including tables, figures and references [single spaced]).  All articles should include an abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the contents of the article. Six key words should be included also which characterise the content of the paper. Only in exceptional circumstances and by negotiation with the editor will longer submissions be considered.

Brief articles
Reports of original work up to 10 pages (double spaced, font size 11, including tables, figures and references).  Brief articles should also include an abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the contents of the article and six key words.

Invited articles
Reviews of theoretical and empirical topics considered to be of relevance and importance to the readership of the journal. Authors may contact the editor to propose titles for such pieces.

Book reviews
These will normally be invited but unsolicited reviews of books or articles considered to be relevant and important to the readership of the journal will be considered. The journal welcomes submission of books to the editors for review.

House style, presentation and format
All submitted articles should include a separate top page with title of the article, author’s, or in the case of multiple authors, authors’ names, designations and affiliations and the telephone number, email address and postal address of the author with whom correspondence should be conducted.

Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form, as a Microsoft Word file (saved in Rich Text Format), with a covering message to the editor via the journal address

The ICATA Journal uses UK English spelling.  Numbers from zero to nine should be written as text; numerals should be used for all other numbers.  Broad division and section headings should be clearly marked in the text. Any quotation marks should be single marks; quotations of more than 40 words should be indented. Notes should be placed at the end of the article as footnotes (this is for ease of allocation to the relevant page foot when placed in its typeset format). Any author acknowledgements should be placed at the end of the article under a heading, Acknowledgements. Statistical tables and other figures should be denoted in the text within the Word file and should be submitted separately as graphic files (.jpg format at 150ppi). Figure captions should be included within the text of the article and the first words of the title should be used as the .jpg filename.


References should be submitted in Harvard style i.e. by name and date within the text and in alphabetical order in the reference list. Multiple references for any author in the text within the same year should be listed as a,b,c etc.
Sample reference:
Odell-Miller, H., Hughes, P. & Westacott, M. (2006). An investigation into the effectiveness of the arts therapies with continuing mental health problems. Psychotherapy Research, 16, 122-139.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from owners of copyright with regard to material or illustrations quoted.


The ethos of the journal is one of ‘open access’ and is ‘copyleft’ i.e. copyright for original published material will rest with the authors. E copies of the article will be furnished to the author or principal author.

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