The International Journal
of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy is the official
publication of the International Society for Existential Psychology
and Psychotherapy. It will be a peer-reviewed, full-text scholarly
journal that provides fast, on-line publications as well as
traditional, hard-copy publication of annuals.
The Purpose and Ethos
IJEPP is dedicated to supporting the international
exploration of all aspects of human existence, especially
the uniquely human capacity of transformation through meaning-seeking
It brings together innovative, original
articles from the wide spectrum of the existential community,
ranging from existential-phenomenological psychology and philosophy
and existential-humanistic psychology, to constructivist psychology
and narrative therapy.
Any attempt to define human existence
in a narrow, dogmatic way inevitably denies its richness and
mysteries. No one school of psychology is large enough to
encompass the various dimensions and levels of existence.
Therefore, the new journal encourages the bridging between
different traditions and cultures and fosters the blazing
of new trails.
For example, it welcomes any form of inquiry
into dialectic, paradoxical psychology, such as strength from
weakness, hope in spite of despair, courage shadowed by fear,
joy mingled with sorrow, the struggle for justice against
oppression, and a sense of awe and transcendence in the midst
of grinding boredom.
These are some of the recurrent, yet understudied,
themes of the human drama being played out in various cultures.
The synthesis of opposing, conflicting forces promises to
move positive psychology towards a more mature and cross-cultural
stage of development.
In short, the new journal sets as its
priority the study of what really matters in life and death,
employing a variety of perspectives and methodologies. The
IJEPP may be considered as home for the positive psychology
of living and dying well - a project that demands critical
analysis and rigorous research, and not be to surrendered
entirely to the best-selling gurus of self-help, "pop"
Another new feature of the IJEPP is that
it provides a premier, integrative forum for cross-fertilization
and synergy between research, philosophy, theory and clinical
applications. It serves as the definitive resource on the
latest developments in the quest for meaning and understanding
of the human condition.
The time is right for the launching of
this new electronic Journal, because psychologists, counselors
and healthcare professionals throughout the world are becoming
increasingly aware of the significance of existential and
spiritual issues not only in treatment and prevention, but
also in enhancing personal growth and community transformation.
IJEPP represents part of a much larger
evolution in scholarly electronic publishing. The advantages
of on-line journals over conventional journals are many; these
include economy, efficiency, and greater accessibility. All
major scientific and professional societies have some form
of on-line journals. In the near future, e-journals will become
the major means of dissemination of scholarly information.
IJEPP will incorporate on-line features
not available in print journals. For example, readers may
post comments on any of the published papers, and comments
will be published chronologically including the commentator's
name and email for additional personal discussions.
The scope of the Journal is broad with
respect to content, types of articles, and theoretical and
methodological orientations. For example, the journal will
publish both experiential and experimental papers. It encourages
theoretical articles as well as clinical case studies. It
appreciates both quantitative and qualitative research methods,
while exploring new approaches in developing the human sciences.
It encourages the development of a new science of dialectical,
paradoxical psychology, which integrates both the negative
and positive aspects of personality and behaviors. The journal
spans several disciplines, including psychology, education,
cognitive sciences, social work, sociology, medicine, philosophy
and theology. It also encourages submission from adherents
of diverse worldviews regarding human nature and the human
condition. It will also publish commentaries and critiques
of previous research and professional publications. Finally,
it seeks to publish authors representing different cultural
traditions and aims at achieving a high level of international
coverage. In short, it serves as a big tent for all those
interested in what makes us human and humane.
Submission of Papers
Prospective authors should send manuscripts
either to the Editor-in-Chief or directly to one of the Editors
responsible for a particular area.
Manuscripts should be prepared according
to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
(5th ed.). All articles must be in plain text (ASCII), Rich
Text Files (RTF), or MS Word files. They may be accompanied
by HTML-accessible figures.
Papers should be submitted via email.
Authors are encouraged to include hyperlinks
to books, articles and websites relevant to their topics.
More detailed instructions for authors
will be made available online at the journal homepage.
We have assembled an impressive group
of Editors and Editorial Board Members, whose specialty and
research areas cover many disciplines and diverse traditions.
They are listed as follows:
Editor-in-Chief Ph.D. C.Psych,
Tyndale University College & Seminary
Managing Editor M.A., Trinity
University of California, Irvine (Personality Research and
Ph.D., Regent's College,
London, UK (Existential-Phenomenological Psychotherapy)
Ph.D., Moscow State University
(Motivational Psychology & Submissions from Russia &
M.D., Ph.D., International
Society for Logotherapy & Existential Analysis (Logotherapy
& Existential Analysis)
Ph.D., Universidad Internacional
del Ecuador, Ecuador (Existential Psychology, Logotherapy
& South America)
Book Review Editor Ph.D., Trinity
(University of Brighton, UK)
(Tyndale Seminary, ON)
(Saybrook Institute, CA)
(University of Windsor, ON)
(Center for Character and Culture, NY)
(University of Rochester, NY)
(University of British Columbia)
(Seattle University, WA)
(Pepperdine University, CA)
(Trinity Western University, BC)
Ph.D. (University of Calgary, AB)
(Trent University, ON)
(Allegheny College, PA)
(Brigham Young University, UT)
(University of Mississippi, MS)
(Saybrook Institute, CA)
(Charles University, Prague)
Peer Review Policy
Neither the Editor nor the reviewer will
impose his or her personal biases on authors. Every effort
is made to ensure that all manuscripts receive constructive,
objective and speedy appraisals, typically within 6 weeks.
While the IJEPP adopts the editorial policy
of being open to innovations and diversity, it will not compromise
the scholarly standards of clarity, depth, originality and
Copyright and credits
All material published in IJEPP is copyrighted
by the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM). Therefore,
upon acceptance of an article, the author assigns to the INPM
the right to publish and distribute the article. However,
with the authorization by the Editor-in-Chief, an author may
republish an article elsewhere, provided that its previous
publication in the IJEPP is acknowledged in all subsequent
publications. In special circumstances, upon agreement with
the Editor-in-Chief, an author may maintain ownership of the
copyright of an article
After the publication of several issues,
the IJEPP will seek to be indexed in Psychological Abstracts,
PsychINFO, PsyLitDatabase, ERICDatabase, Current Contents,
Social Sciences Citation Index, Applied Social Sciences Index
& Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, International Bibliography,
etc. It will also be archived in the National
Library of Canada Electronic Collection, The
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication.
It will also seek membership in the Council
of Editors of Learned Journals.
|Online access only
Online access to IJEPP is freely available
to all members of the INPM. Online access plus annuals is
freely available to all members of the International Society
for Existential Psychology and Therapy.