Aims and Scope

The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe (CPE) has the aim of providing a platform for clinical psychological research in Europe that contributes to advances in clinical psychological science. It is a platform that provides access to cutting-edge psychological research with the objective of covering multiple approaches, topics and conceptual views.

CPE is the Official Academic Journal of the European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPТ). The journal welcomes research conducted both in and outside of Europe and hopes to portray the advances these make to the field of clinical psychology in Europe. By offering an open-access journal that is free of charge to authors and readers, we aim to make research in the field of clinical psychology widely visible.

We aim to publish contributions that reflect the current developments in clinical psychology, this can include stimulating papers that help towards the developments of clinical psychology research and interventions as well as advancements in diagnostics, classification, developments in treatments and improving outcomes. We hope to present the pool of research that can be used to offer practical advice about health care issues and approaches in the field of clinical psychology.

CPE publishes several categories of articles including original research articles, review studies and meta-analyses as well as properly conducted replication studies. At CPE we believe in providing readers with the most up-to-date and cutting edge advances and therefore also provide a platform for authors to submit: scientific updates, short reports on the latest developments in the field and commentaries. All publications are assembled into quarterly issues, which then will be sent to all members of EACLIPT. This procedure will extend the visibility of every single publication even further.

Article Types

Research Article

The majority of the articles published in the journal Clinical Psychology in Europe are research articles. These should aim to present new methods, data, study protocols, concepts or theory. Research articles should follow basic APA format (ensuring the layout as stated above in Manuscript Submission is followed) and ideally not be longer in length than 4,500 words (excluding references and appendices (where applicable)). The Editors retain discretion to publish papers beyond this length in cases where the clear and concise expression of the scientific content requires greater length. In such a case, the authors are requested to contact the Editors before submission of the paper.

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses

The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe also publishes Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses. These papers address a specific question with importance to the respective field and must be based on scientifically sound empirical studies. The review presents a synthesis of relevant studies based on a strict protocol in which methods for identification, categorization, analysis and aggregation of evidence are clearly defined. The manuscripts should comply with standard reporting guidelines (e.g., PRISMA-statement) and should ideally not exceed a maximum of 4,500 words (excluding references, author contribution pages and cover page). 

Scientific Update and Overview

Scientific Updates present clear and concise accounts of recent empirical findings covering a wide scope of research. They are written with the aim of aiding specialists in psychology in keeping up to date in the vastly expanding volume of research that is continually published in the field of clinical psychology. In general, in this short review article authors present developments in recent topics as reflected in the literature. This can include a description of recent trends as well as a provision of their own opinion, providing this does not result in any conclusions to be construed as biased. The Scientific Update should be largely based on recently published articles (ideally during the past 18-24 months) so that it may represent a current standing of the area and introduce the most recent updates. It should not exceed a maximum of 3,000 words (excluding references, author contribution pages and cover page).

State-of-the-Art Overviews reflect a broader view including history, development and present state of scientific development. These papers consider not only the most current research on a given topic, but also literature from the past decade(s). The overview aims to provide a synthesis of previous research, current thinking and perspectives for future research. We also encourage authors to share their current knowledge and summaries of a specific field with the readers of Clinical Psychology in Europe. For example, we welcome the publication of inaugural speeches or keynote lectures, which are characterized by thorough preparation but often remain unpublished. The State-of-the-Art-Overviewshould ideally not exceed a maximum of 4,000 words (excluding references, author contribution pages and cover page). 

Latest Developments

These are intended to provide readers with the latest news in clinical psychological science at a brief glance and bring to the attention of the reader some helpful developments in the field. Authors may want to include short reports on the latest developments that could be deemed useful to the field of clinical psychology and should provide a short description of the tool. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Reports about open-access questionnaires
  • Insights into new internet platforms
  • Insights into new applications.

Questionnaires introduced within these publications can be uploaded to the Electronic Test Archive (provided by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information), which is a collection of psychological assessments that are freely available for research and education. All inventories are published under a  Creative Commons  License (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0), meaning that authors retain ownership of the copyright for their assessment, but grant others permission to use and distribute the unmodified questionnaire for non-commercial purposes provided that the original work is properly cited.
The Latest Developments should not exceed a maximum of 2,500 words (excluding references, author contribution pages and cover page).

Politics and Education

This format shall be used to inform about relevant and recent models in research and occupational politics. Submissions are invited on topics such as models of implementation of clinical psychological work in health care settings, formats of education in clinical psychology/psychotherapy, specific funding schemes, and other societal structures relevant for the field. In addition, also latest political developments of relevance for clinical psychology and psychotherapy are welcome. Please contact one of the editors before submission. The Politics and Education Updates should not exceed a maximum of 2,500 words (excluding references, author contribution pages and cover page). 

Letter to the Editor, Commentary

Short letters or commentaries referring to a specific article or other recent developments are widely welcomed. Ideally these should not exceed 400 words.


Editorials are discussions related to a specific article or issue written by an editor or other member of the publication staff or invited experts.

Registered Report

Registered Reports are a form of empirical journal article in which methods and proposed analyses are pre-registered and peer-reviewed prior to research being conducted. This format of article is designed to minimize bias and to reward best practice in adhering to the deductive science. It eliminates a variety of questionable research practices, including low statistical power, selective reporting of results, and publication bias, while allowing complete flexibility to conduct exploratory (unregistered) analyses and report serendipitous findings. Most important with Registered Reports is that a significant part of the manuscript will be assessed prior to data collection. Highest quality submissions will then provisionally be accepted for publication.

Authors of Registered Reports initially submit a Stage 1 manuscript including a description of the key research question and background literature, hypotheses, experimental procedures, analysis pipeline, a statistical power analysis (or Bayesian equivalent), and the results of any pilot experiments (where applicable) that motivate the research proposal. Following assessment of the protocol by editors and reviewers, the manuscript will then be either offered in-principle acceptance (IPA) or rejected. With IPA in hand, authors conduct the experiment adhering exactly to the peer-reviewed procedures. Authors of Registered Reports are expected to register their accepted protocols in a recognized repository at the point of Stage 1 acceptance, either publicly or under temporary private embargo until submission of the Stage 2 manuscript. We recommend to register on PsychArchives, the public and freely accessible ZPID repository for psychological science. The Stage 2 manuscript, when submitted, must state the publicly accessible URL of the registered protocol. After completion of the study, the authors will submit their finalized Stage 2 manuscript that includes the Introduction and Methods from the original submission plus the Results and Discussion. The Results section includes the outcome of the pre-registered analyses together with any additional unregistered analyses in a separate section titled "Exploratory Analyses". Authors are encouraged to share their data and data analysis scripts on PsychArchives. Pending quality checks and a sensible interpretation of the findings, the final manuscript will be published regardless of the results. A published Registered Report will thus appear very similar to a standard research report but will give readers confidence that the hypotheses and main analyses are free of questionable research practices.  

Author Guidelines

As a PsychOpen journal, authors must also ensure their submission manuscripts comply with PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics. Authors can refer to PsychOpen’s separate ‘Author Guidelines’ page https://www.psychopen.eu/author_guidelines/.

PsychOpen's guidelines for manuscript preparation are based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (APA Style).

The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe continually publishes with accumulated issues published quarterly. Articles can be submitted at any time and the review process is undertaken by two independent reviewers.

The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe’s Editorial board considers for publication:

  • Original Research Reports and Empirical Studies
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses
  • Scientific Updates
  • Latest Developments
  • Letters to the Editor, Commentaries
  • Registered Reports

Manuscript Submission Checklist

1. Title page containing:

  • Complete title of the manuscript
  • Running head: short title (one line), no more than 50 characters including spaces
  • Names and affiliations of all authors: Institution, City, Country
  • Corresponding author's name and contact address: full postal and email address, telephone number
  • Funding/financial disclosure (if applicable): All sources of funding should be declared.
  • Competing interests (if applicable): Financial and personal relationships of any author with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence the work should be declared.
  • 1-Sentence-Teaser: Please write a statement of the conclusions of your study in one or two sentences, with a maximum of 25 words. Please avoid use of the first person and don't simply write "This study…" Please include interesting information about your paper and do not only rephrase the title.

2. Abstract, Keywords and Key messages

  • Structured Abstract (headings as: Background, Method, Results, Conclusion): No more than 250 words
  • Keywords: 5 – 7 keywords or brief phrases separated by commas
  • Key messages/highlights from the paper (up to 4): These should be presented as bullet points of no more than 100 characters (incl. spaces) each and outline what the study adds.

3. Main article body including tables and figures

  • Manuscript (including running head)
  • All figures (include relevant captions)
  • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)

4. Acknowledgements (if applicable)

  • Any significant, non-financial support from other persons or organisations should be acknowledged.

5. References: APA style (6th Edition)

6. Appendices (if any): Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.

7. Cover letter (mandatory; should be included as an "additional file" during submission)

  • Main contribution of the current report
  • Suggestions for at least 2 potential referees for peer review with contact details
  • Names and affiliations of all authors: Institution, City, Country

8. Format

  • Please include line numbers and page numbers.

Conditions for Submission

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items. (Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors.)

Original Research: The submission must not have been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration whilst under consideration at CPE.

Research Acknowledgements:Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in CPE. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.

Authorship:All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter (and additionally will be named in Step 3 of the submission process). All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to CPE. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lie entirely with the authors.)

Copyright:No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license. Author manuscripts are published under the principles of open access and licensed under a CC-BY license. This means authors are free to share and distribute the material in any format, including through web-platforms such as Researchgate.com. 

Ethical Practice: In the case of empirical research: The study received appropriate ethical review and clearance, thus meeting all ethical standards for research. Where applicable, authors must state the name of the review board in which approval was granted by.

Manuscript Format:The manuscript must be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or an MS Word-compatible format and should adhere to American Psychological Association (APA) format, following the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the APA (currently 6th edition).

Peer Review:All contributions will be initially assessed by the editors for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable will typically be reviewed by two or more independent reviewers, however the minimum is one independent reviewer. The journal conducts a single blind review process. Anonymization of manuscripts is not needed. Authors are required to suggest at least three reviewers of their work and likewise can rule out max. two reviewers they might think unsuitable. Editorials, letters, and commentaries are assessed by the editorial team only and are screened with respect to the level of scholarship, reliability of information provided, and interest to the scientific community. They exclusively express the opinion of the author/s.

Citations and References: Citations in text and the reference list should conform to APA style (6th Edition).
Note: Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Authors bear responsibility for the accuracy of all references and quotations. References should be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References.

Tables and Figuresshould comply with the APA specifications. Please ensure all abbreviations are clear to the reader and explained in the appropriate figure or table caption.

Depositing of protocols

In line with responsible and reproducible research, as well as FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) data principles, we highly recommend that authors describe in detail and deposit their science methods and laboratory protocols in the open access repository protocols.io.

Once deposited on protocols.io, protocols and methods will be issued a unique digital object identifier (DOI), which could be then used to link a manuscript to the relevant deposited protocol. By doing this, authors could allow for editors and peers to access the protocol when reviewing the submission to significantly expedite the process.  

Furthermore, an author could open up his/her protocol to the public at the click of a button as soon as their article is published.

Stepwise instructions:

  1. Prepare a detailed protocol via protocols.io.

  2. Click Get DOI to assign a persistent identifier to your protocol.

  3. Add the DOI link to the Methods section of your manuscript prior to submitting it for peer review.

  4. Click Publish to make your protocol openly accessible as soon as your article is published (optional).

  5. Update your protocols anytime.

Application of Guidelines for Clinical Trials and Review Studies

Clinical trials and intervention studies require the application of the CONSORT statement included and adherence to these guidelines as part of the criteria for publication. The reporting guidelines can be found on the CONSORT website (www.consort-statement.org).

The criteria for publication of meta-analyses and review studies is the application of the PRISMA statement as a reporting standard (http://www.prisma-statement.org/).

Patient Protection in Clinical Trials

Authors are responsible for ensuring that patient anonymity is carefully protected. It must also be stated in the author manuscript that informed consent was granted by the patient. Authors are also responsible for ensuring that guidelines are followed for experimental study with human participants as required by the affiliated institution(s) in which any of the authors are affiliated with, this pertains to all authors.

Transparency and Open Data Policy

The journal Clinical Psychology in Europe (CPE) encourages authors to share data, data analysis scripts, and other materials needed for the reconstruction and replication of the results presented in the paper. Supplementary materials will be made available using the open repository PsychArchives (provided by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information). Authors should include a data accessibility statement, linking it to the repository PsychArchives, which can be published alongside their paper.

No Article Processing Charges!

With the help of our publisher Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) Clinical Psychology in Europe (CPE) is an open-access journal, free of charge to authors and readers! Therefore it is important the authors follow these guidelines closely as we cannot cover extensive editing costs. All submitted materials must comply with the https://www.psychopen.eu/author_guidelines/. Publication of manuscripts is contingent on thorough proofreading and adherence to the stylistic guidelines by the author(s). Submissions may be returned to authors if they do not adhere carefully to the guidelines.

Note that submissions are subject to plagiarism screening (read more). Please also see PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with the journal Clinical Psychology in Europe (CPE) agree to the following terms:

Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0).

Under the CC-BY license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors grant others permission to use the content of publications in CPE in whole or in part provided that the original work is properly cited. Users (redistributors) of CPE are required to cite the original source, including the author's names, CPE as the initial source of publication, year of publication, volume number and DOI (if available).

Authors may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but any such subsequent publication must include a notice that the manuscript was initially published by CPE.

Authors grant CPE the right of first publication. Although authors remain the copyright owner, they grant the journal the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit their article or portions thereof in any manner.

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Clinical Psychology in Europe (ISSN 2625–3410) is being published by PsychOpen GOLD operated by Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID), Trier, Germany. The title's owner is the European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment (EACLIPT).

Web Services

The following web services can be used to automatically retriev metadata of published articles:

OAI-PMH - oai_dc: https://cpe.psychopen.eu/oai.php?verb=ListRecords&set=cpe&metadataPrefix=oai_dc

OAI-PMH - mods: https://cpe.psychopen.eu/oai.php?verb=ListRecords&set=cpe&metadataPrefix=mods

RSS for metadata: https://cpe.psychopen.eu/rss.php

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