Instructions to contributors

The Journal welcomes manuscripts from contributors who are aware of their own influences and assumptions, the impact of countertransference upon their work, whatever form it takes, and the ability to connect the internal world of individuals and groups with societal and global processes.

Procedure for submissions: Before submitting your manuscript to the journal, please view the final checklist for Phoenix journal articles here to ensure your submission follows house style. All manuscripts should be submitted via PubKit, our automated submission platform at: PubKit

Notes for Contributors
– Contributors should indicate in their email the specific category outlined in the journal’s Aims and Scope (Scientific Papers, Accounts of Interventions, etc.) under which they wish their contribution to be considered.
– We encourage submissions that continue an ongoing conversation throughout the Organisational & Social Dynamics journal and recommend that authors make this evident in their argument.
– While there is no standard length for contributions, and the journal specifically welcomes shorter pieces which may be of a non-academic style (polemical, socioanalytical and/or experiential, for example), major papers should normally be between 6,000 and 8,000 words.
– Manuscripts must be submitted in English, and double-spaced throughout. Manuscripts must include an abstract and keywords. The keywords refer to those identifiers which are useful in searching their and other databases for citations relevant to the article in question.
– Unless an exception is explicitly noted, with an appropriate explanation, submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors to OPUS will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication.
– Since reviewing is on an anonymous basis, authors should omit their name(s) from all manuscript pages. Author name(s), date of submission, email and postal address(es) should, therefore, be provided within the submission process on ScholarOne and on a separate cover page with the emailed submission.
– All artwork must be submitted in high-resolution digital format. Resolution of 600 dpi for black and white artwork, and 300 dpi for photographs or shaded matter (greyscale). Preferred format is TIFF, but we can accept JPEG or EPS. Each table and figure should be given a title and should be presented on a separate manuscript page at the end of the paper, and the position of figures or tables in the text should be indicated.
– In the text, reference citations should appear as follows:
‘Edelman (1973) argued…‘;
‘Lenin and McCartney (1964) indicated that…’ or
‘A number of contemporary critiques (Maron, 1999; Peters, 1998) illuminate…’
– Footnotes should be avoided in the text. References should be collated into a reference list at the end of the paper, in the following style:
Harre, R. (1979). Social Being. Oxford: Blackwell.
Bion, W. R. (1946). The leaderless group project. Bulletin of the Meninger Clinic, 10(3): 77-81.
Turquet, P. (1974). Leadership: the individual and the group. In: G. Hibbard, J. Hartmann and R. Mann (Eds), Analysis of Groups. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Full details on the Publisher’s House Style can be found here.

Author Declaration: Authors are also asked to complete and send with their manuscript an Author’s Declaration confirming confidentiality, originality, and copyright. A copy of this Declaration can be downloaded here.

Processing of Manuscripts and Production
– Once reviewers have made their recommendations about a contribution, the editors will make a final judgement whether to reject or accept, or to accept, subject to minor or major revisions.
– Once accepted, manuscripts are copyedited and scheduled for publication. Authors will be notified of the year and issue number, as soon as it has been determined.
– Page proofs will be sent to the designated (first) author in PDF format by email. The proofs should then be returned within the scheduled time requested (usually no more than seven days). With rare exceptions, only printer’s errors and authors’ minor typographical errors will be corrected.
– First-named authors receive a PDF file and one complimentary copy of the issue.