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Annual Editors' Report to Members for 2008

Paulo P. P. Machado, Managing Editor
Clara E. Hill, Co-Editor
January 18, 2010

Editors, Associate Editors, Book Review Editors, Editorial Board
Paulo P. P. Machado and Clara E. Hill were the Editors-in Chief (Machado being Managing Editor). J. Christopher Muran replaced Clara E. Hill as Editor-in-Chief beginning January 1, 2010. Franz Caspar, Jeffrey A. Hayes, and Wolfgang Lutz were Associate Editors (Mark Evans stepped down during 2008). Shelley McMain and John Ogrodniczuk will become Associate Editors. Jeffrey A. Hayes stepped down at the end of 2009. Book Review Editors were Henning Schauenburg and Karla Moras. Eighty-five people served as Advisory Editors (on the Editorial Board).

Published Articles
During 2009 Psychotherapy Research published 67 papers [61 original articles, 32 of these included in special sections, 4 book reviews, 2 invited papers (Presidential Address, Career Award paper)]. There were four special sections (couples and families, the real relationship, psychotherapy research methods double issue, and interdisciplinary dialogues).

Sources of Support
During 2009, the editorial offices of Psychotherapy Research received substantial institutional support from Taylor & Francis, SPR, the University of Minho, the University of Maryland, as well as from the institutions of the associate editors, book review editors, and reviewers.

Submissions and Acceptance Rates
Detailed figures relating to the flow of the manuscripts, their origin, editorial decisions and the acceptance rates for the respective years are summarized in the Appendix.

The number of new submissions has been steadily increasing since 2003 (2003: 99, 2004: 97, 2005: 134, 2006: 149, 2007: 153, 2008: 161, 2009: 222). Similarly, the number of revisions had increased over time and decreased last year(2003: 88, 2004: 138, 2005: 116, 2006: 139, 2007: 147, 2008: 170, 2009: 120).

The number of submissions (N=220) is new submissions, it does not include revisions, but it counts resubmissions (as a result of a reject and resubmit) as new manuscripts. We are working with T&F in order to have the system recognize resubmissions as revisions, but at the moment they are counted as new submissions.

The acceptance rate can be reported in different ways, if we consider the 222 papers submitted in 2009 the distribution of the editorial decisions was as follows:

Manuscript Decision

# Manuscripts


Accept as is



Accept with Major Revisions



Accept with Minor Revisions









Reject & Resubmit






If we look at the distribution of the final decisions on manuscripts in 2009, 67 papers were accepted for publication (acceptance ratio of 31.5%) this reflects unique submissions with a final decision of accept divided by the number of unique submissions with a final decision (213).

Review Lag and Publication Lag
The average time from submission to decision was 46 days in 2009, so the average authors got a decision back about their manuscript in less than 2 months after submitting it for review (this figure includes both new manuscripts and revisions). This figure is about the same as it was in the last couple of years.

Publication lag (time from acceptance by action editor to appearing in print) used to be over 200 days (2008: 224 days, 2007: 331, and 2006: 341 days).

Once accepted for publication papers are published online on iFirst is Taylor & Francis' proprietary early-online-publication system, which makes new knowledge available to researchers in the shortest possible time. The publication lag for articles (acceptance to appearance online publication - iFirst) is 70 days or less. Once manuscripts are published online on iFirst they are ready to be printed in a regular issue. Time to print depends on backlog and organization of special issues.

We are very pleased that the publication lag now seems to be under control and papers are coming out relatively quickly.

Abstracting and Indexing
Psychotherapy Research is included in the following abstracting and indexing databases:

  • Scopus
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Psychological Abstracts
  • PsycINFO
  • PsycLIT
  • Innovations & Research

Special Sections

Publication of the following special sections is planned for 2010 or later:
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy for Couples and Families
  • Narrative and Psychotherapy
  • Neurosciences and Psychotherapy
  • Personality Disorders

Impact Factor
ISI reports that the journal's impact factor was 1.579 for 2008, as compared with 1.95 for 2007 (0.930 for 2006,1.017 in 2005, 0.825 in 2004, 1.255 in 2003, 2.328 in 2002, 0.951 in 2001).

Note: The ISI impact factor looks backwards only two years, whereas the half-life of citations to articles in PR is 6.3 years (i.e., the average number of years in which 50% of the articles are still being cited). We are thinking of ways to increase the impact factor (publishing early when possible, publishing review articles early in the year), but of course the primary way to increase the impact factor is to publish more articles that people want to cite.

Relations with Publisher
The relationship with Taylor & Francis has been very good from the beginning and promises to remain excellent in the future.

Circulation and income
The journal is sent to all SPR members as a part of their membership dues. Membership in SPR is now over 1,000, so subscription rates are good. In addition, there are individual and institutional subscribers (9,201 EBSCO libraries participate). In 2007, 98% of the subscribers renewed their subscriptions.

2006 2007 2008 2009
Institutional 177 184 186 183
Personal 17 20 12 12
SPR members 992 1056 1199 1173
Total 1186 1260 1397 1368

Online sales agreements
Taylor & Francis has a direct agreement with INASP, providing full-text access to the majority of Taylor & Francis/Routledge journals in approximately 700 libraries in developing countries at a significantly reduced rate. INASP is a not-for-profit organization that aims to establish links with libraries in developing countries in order to enable electronic access to academic research content, and encourage web literacy skills to allow users to make the most of these resources.

HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) is a further subject specific philanthropic access arrangement for developing nations. This is designed to disseminate content as widely as possible free of charge, or at a significantly reduced rate, depending on the countries and arrangements concerned. Through this scheme, Taylor & Francis/Routledge journals are available in a further approximately 3,340 libraries across developing nations.

Title inclusions in the developing countries arrangements vary according to libraries and subjects covered.


The full text of articles published in the journal is now available on-line for all previous issues (in downloadable PDF format) to SPR members, individual subscribers, and members of institutions whose library subscribes to the journal. The journal web page includes a translation of abstracts in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Chinese (in addition to English).

Visit the SPR site: site offers in addition instructions to authors, calls for papers, and a copy of this annual report to members.

Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewers
Members of SPR who are willing to act as ad hoc reviewers of manuscripts submitted to the journal are asked to create a personal account in Manuscript Central, including the role of a reviewer. Also send an email to the Editors letting us know of your interest.

Message to SPR Members
We believe that the journal has dramatically increased in its quality and visibility over the 16 years that we have been publishing it. We are eager to continue making it better so that it is the premier journal for psychotherapy research, reflecting the energy and enthusiasm that the SPR membership has for psychotherapy research. You can help to promote the journal. You can:

Read your journal.
Cite it when you write.
Submit your best work.


Appendix: Submissions and Editorial Decisions 2004 – 2009

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