An International Journal of Critical Inquiry

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry (EHPP) is the peer-reviewed, official journal of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP). Founded in 1971, the society is an interdisciplinary network of professionals and others concerned with maintaining the highest possible principles and scientific standards in psychology and psychiatry. Because of its many successful efforts on behalf of ethics, justice, and truthfulness in the psychosocial and biomedical sciences, the society has been called “the conscience of psychiatry.” In addition to the journal, the society produces a newsletter and holds an annual conference. Further information about the society may be obtained from

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry (EHPP) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research reports, reviews, essays, commentaries, and case reports examining the ethical ramifications of unjust practices in psychiatry and psychology. As the official publication of the International Society of Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP), it supports ISEPP’s mission to use the standards of scientific inquiry and critical reasoning to address the ethics of psychology and psychiatry.

EHPP invites submissions from a range of disciplines, including health, humanistic, and indigenous psychology, child/adolescent, forensic, developmental, and geriatric psychiatry, social work, mental health counseling, and couple and family therapy. Mental health practices draw on and impact virtually every aspect of our society, including medicine, business, education, law, politics, and media. Thus, we welcome submissions from a broad range of specialties that critically examine the effects of these practices on practitioners, service users, and society as a whole.

EHPP fills a niche untouched by other psychology and psychiatry journals. Past issues have included articles examining the withdrawal effects of Prozac and Paxil, holistic preparation of soldiers for combat, psychiatric medicating of children, marketing tactics of pharmaceutical companies, involuntary psychiatric treatment, brain neuroplasticity, and the benefits of non-pharmacological intervention. EHPP publishes articles that employ both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as well as lived experience accounts and critical analyses. EHPP seeks to provide a space for high quality scholarship, ethical discourse, and the creation of new knowledge that contributes to a more just and humane society. Further information about the journal can be obtained from

Guidelines for Authors

All authors should familiarize themselves with the Springer Publishing Company Journals Policies and Statements ( Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry welcomes unsolicited submissions. Inquiries about potential subjects can be made in advance with the editors. All manuscripts should be original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The usual categories are articles (reviews, theoretical, qualitative and quantitative research, clinical practice, training), essays, brief reports, and book reviews. The manuscript, including abstract, tables, and references, must be double-spaced and prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). The editorial staff reserves the right to reject any manuscript or return it to the author for format, style, or other revisions before accepting it for publication.

In-text citations should follow the author-date system, and should follow APA style. For examples, please see

References should follow APA style, and be sorted alphabetically, then chronologically. For examples, please see

Articles are selected on the basis of fit for the journal, clarity, significance, timeliness, and contribution to the mission of the International Society of Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry. Authors need not be members of the ISEPP. No remuneration is paid for accepted manuscripts.

Manuscript Submission

Please submit manuscripts online via the Editorial Manager System at

Create an account (if you do not already have one) and follow the instructions carefully. Cover letters should be pasted into the window and not attached. Resubmission may be required if these instructions are not followed.

Please upload your submission as a Microsoft Word document only; pdfs will not be accepted.

Submitted manuscripts should include the following two separate documents:

Title Page:
To facilitate a blind review process, the first page of the manuscript should follow this format.

Provide the title of the article, each author’s name and his or her current professional affiliation. At the bottom of the page please provide:

  1. 1. Each author’s name, highest earned degree, current professional or departmental affiliation, and location;
  2. 2. Previous presentations of the paper or grants
  3. 3. Thanks, or acknowledgments
  4. 4. Conflicts of interest;
  5. 5. Full contact information for first author.

Main Document:
Order and content of this file are:

  • • Abstract. Not more than 120 words, italicized, and following APA 6th edition format.
  • • Main Text. Beginning on a new page, following APA 6th edition formatting, including headings.
  • • Notes. Notes should be follow references and should be included sparingly.

Figures and Tables.
Figures and tables, including charts and graphs, should be included only if they add to the meaning of the manuscript. Each figure or table should be a separate file. The author/s should note in the manuscript where a figure or table should be located. Each figure or table should be numbered and numbered locations in the text should correspond to the correct figure or table at the end of the main document.

Type tables with double-spacing in separate files, and provide a title for each. Designate all artwork by placing the citation (Figure 1) or (Table 2) in the text.

Figures should be professionally designed. Use of color images may be used to enhance any art (tables, figures, photos, etc.) featured within your manuscript. Color reproductions can be used, however authors or their institutions must bear the cost for any color reproduction in the print version.

Guidelines for submitting figures/images:

  • • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
  • • Number the illustrations per their sequence in the text.
  • • Line illustrations should be submitted at 900 dpi.
  • • Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • • Save as either TIF or EPS files.
  • • Color art must be saved as CMYK - not RGB.
  • • Black and White art must be submitted as grayscale - not RGB.
  • • PowerPoint or Excel files should NOT be submitted.

Review Process
EHPP will acknowledge receipt of the manuscript via email. Our peer review process entails obtaining blind feedback on your manuscript from two or three experts on the topic. We strive to reach a decision concerning publication as quickly as possible.

If a manuscript is accepted, page proofs will be sent to authors and must be returned within the time frame specified by production managers. Changes at that point will be limited to the correcting of printing errors, spelling, dates, and grammar. Substantive changes such as adding phrases, sentences, and paragraphs are not permitted without the Editor’s approval.

Authors are responsible for the content and accuracy of any statements made in their articles. When reproducing tables or figures, either complete or summarizing printed content, the author is responsible for obtaining permission from the original publisher.

Length and Additional Style Requirements
Manuscripts should be no more than 30 - 35 pages, including references, tables, and figures, formatted for 8 1/2 x 11' paper with 1-inch margins on all sides and using 12-point Times New Roman font. The entire manuscript, including abstract, references, and quoted materials should be double-spaced.

Articles not in the specified format will be returned to authors for revision. The style of EHPP calls for formal usage. Contractions, slang, and abbreviations should be avoided, except when required by the context of the article and denoted by quotation marks. Please use active voice whenever possible.

Return to Journal Page