Peer Review Policy

The Journal of Clinical Psychology Research (JCPR) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. All manuscripts submitted to the Journal are first reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. Approximately 40% of the reviewed manuscripts are rejected without proceeding to a further peer-review evaluation, as they are considered not to be related to the scope of the journal or do not have the quality to be published. For all other manuscripts, an Editor (or Associate Editor) is assigned from the Editorial Board according to their subject. Manuscripts decided to proceed to peer review are sent to at least two reviewers.

This journal follows a DOUBLE-BLIND procedure. That is, the author(s) of the manuscript do not know to which reviewers the manuscript is sent, and the reviewers assigned to the manuscript do not know which author(s) the manuscript belongs to. The authors, therefore, are requested not to share any self-identifying information or citations in the text (please make sure you remove personal information on your Word document and upload the title page as a separate file to the Additional Files section).

The Editor assigned to the manuscript decides to accept, reject or revise it based on the suggestions or comments from the reviewers. Please note that a decision of revision does not imply or guarantee that the revised manuscript will be accepted. Revised articles are reviewed by the Editor (if necessary, they will be forwarded to the Reviewers again) and a decision of acceptance, rejection, or re-revision is made.

In this journal, the average time from submission to first decision is 60 days and the average time from submission to acceptance is 120 days. Please click for detailed information on journal metrics.

Online Manuscript Submission

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Submission Guidelines

Format and Language

  • The submitted work should be in English or Turkish.
  • There is no page limit for the submitted work to the JCPR.
  • Work submitted for publication must be written in the Microsoft Office Word program (Word 2007 or higher) in A4 paper size, double-spaced, and doc/docs format using a normal, plain font (preferably 11-point Times New Roman for text).
  • All text including references, quotations, figures, graphics, tables, and legends should be double-spaced, all margins should be 2.5 cm (Please note that you can arrange your tables that need to be arranged in larger dimensions by making the page orientation horizontal).
  • All manuscripts should contain title, abstract, keywords, main text, references, appendices, tables, figures, and figure captions, respectively.
  • Abstract, references, appendices, tables, figure captions, and figures should be started on a separate page. Introduction, method, results, discussion, and conclusion and suggestions sections should not be started on a separate page.
  • All pages including references, appendices, tables, figure captions, and figures should be numbered consecutively. Page numbering should be positioned in the upper right corner of each page, with a running head on the left.
  • Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.
  • If you need help with writing in English, you can ask a colleague who is a native English speaker or fluent in English to review your manuscript for clarity or contact the Editor for a support request.
  • If the manuscript is accepted for publication, a Language Editor reviews your manuscript to ensure that your meaning is clear and identifies problems that require your review.

Title Page

  • The title page should include title, running head, all author names and surnames, affiliations (i.e., institution, department), contact information (mail addresses; city, state, country), and all author 16-digit ORCIDs. Contact information (including e-mail and phone of the corresponding author should be written separately.
  • The above-mentioned information of all authors should not be included anywhere other than the title page.
  • Any acknowledgements, author notes, and disclosures/declarations (i.e., funding, potential conflict of interest, informed consent) should also be included on this page.
  • Title of the manuscript should be concise and informative, with a maximum of 15-20 words. Running head should be a maximum of 4-6 words.
  • Title page should not be included in the main text to be submitted via the online submission system; it should be uploaded as a separate file named “titlepage” to the Additional Files section.

Extended English Abstract

  • When the submitted work written in Turkish is accepted to the publication, the corresponding author is asked to upload an extended English abstract in 30 days upon the aceptance.  
  • The extended English abstract should be concise and informative, with a maximum of 1000-2000 words (except Tables, Figures, and References).
  • For original articles, it should include Title (including Short Title or Running Head), Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and References. Any subheadings other than the headings stated above should not be used. For other types of articles (e.g., reviews, case reports), there are no specific titles; the author(s) can determine main or sub-headings according to the content of the article.
  • References to be used in the article should be in accordance with APA-7 format (in the English version) and should be placed at the end of the article. The author(s) should take care to use the references they used in the full text of the article as much as possible in the extended English abstract.
  • If Tables or Figures are preferred to be used, all of these should also be in APA-7 format (There is no obligation to add Tables or Figures).
  • Statements of Compliance with Ethical Principles and Conflict of Interest should not be included in the extended English abstract.
  • It is recommended that the extended English abstract be reviewed by a professional or an expert with a good level of English. In addition, JCPR Language Editors will review the extended abstract before publication, making necessary edits.

Abstracts and Keywords

  • Abstract should be in both English and Turkish. The submitted work in Turkish should contain an “Abstract” in English. Similarly, the submitted work in English should contain a Turkish “Abstract” (Öz).
  • The abstracts should be between 150 and 250 words, with each starting on a new page and full titles in both English and Turkish.
  • Subheadings (e.g., Introduction, Method), references, and abbreviations should not be included in the Abstract section.
  • In the empirical research articles, an abstract should contain general literature related to the subject of the study, purpose, method (e.g., study design, measurement tools, and age range of the participants), results, and clinical implications. In the review articles, an abstract should contain general literature related to the subject of the study, purpose, method (data sources), and important findings (clinical implications and recommendations for future studies).
  • A maximum of 4-6 keywords and short phrases which can be used for indexing purposes should be given in this section.

Main Text

  • In empirical and meta-analysis research, the main text should include Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion and Suggestions sections. In other article types, the authors can use subheadings suitable for the content of the manuscript. For all article types, conclusions, and suggestions that will guide future studies should be included under a separate section title.
  • On the first page of the main text, the title of “Introduction” should not be given, instead, the full title of the article should be included.
  • In the Introduction part, theoretical work, previous findings in accordance with the subject of the research, the purpose of the research, and/or its hypotheses should be included.
  • The method part should be formed under four subheadings: Sample, Measures, Statistical Analysis, and Procedure.
  • Ethics approval information (i.e., the name of the ethics committee, the number and date of ethics committee decision) must be included in the Procedure or Sample part in the Method section. The same information on ethics approval should be also included under the subheading “Compliance with Ethical Standards” just before the References section (for detailed information, see Compliance with Ethical Standards).
  • In the Results section, significance level and degrees of freedom must be specified in reporting statistically significant results. Non-significant results should be reported without giving statistical values for these results.
  • In reporting the results, the publication principles of the American Psychological Association (see Publication Manual of American Psychological Association-7th Edition) should be taken into consideration. In particular, statistical values such as p, F, and B should be written in italics, and p values are expected to be written clearly (e.g., p = .032).
  • In the discussion section, in addition to discussion of the findings with the previous literature, clinical implications of the findings should also be included. Moreover, the limitations of the study should also be included in this section.


  • This journal follows the publication principles of the American Psychological Association (see Publication Manual of American Psychological Association-7th Edition) as the style and punctuation of the reference. Every researcher who contributes to the manuscript submitted the JCPR should comply with the writing and publication principles stated in this manual and is suggested to refer to this publication. Manuscripts that do not comply with APA style will not be evaluated in the journal.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references in the text. All references used in the text should be also included in the “References.” References section should be started on a new page and the references used should be listed in alphabetical order, in a hanging paragraph (0.5 cm) format.

Tables, Figure Captions, and Figures

  • Tables, Figure Captions, and Figures can be given either in the text or at the end of the text as appendices. If they are given at the end of the text, they should be listed as Tables, Figure Captions, Figures, and Appendices, respectively, after the References section. Each of these sections should be started on a new page.
  • Tables should be prepared by using the Microsoft Word program, with title captions with the initial letters of the words in the capital. A separate page should not be used for the table number and the table caption. Statistical results used in the tables should be expressed with abbreviations.
  • Figures and tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Figure and table captions should be in bold type.
  • Figures should be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The author(s) are suggested to use PowerPoint or online tools (e.g., lucidchart).
  • The number of figures and tables should be a maximum of 5-6.


  • Appendices should be at the end of the text.
  • In this section, the author(s) who submit development or adaptation study of a scale can include the measurement tools regarding these measurement tools.
  • Measurement tools, consent forms, or ethics committee forms used in the manuscript should not be added to this section.

Journal Policies

Compliance with Ethical Standards

All researchers who contribute to the JCPR are obliged to comply with all kinds of research and publication ethics practices in line with the ethical regulations published by the American Psychological Association and the Turkish Psychologists Association. You can access the Ethical Regulations of the Turkish Psychological Association via this link and the Ethical Codes of the American Psychological Association via this link. In addition, as a member of the Committee on Publication (COPE), this journal declares to follow the recommendations of the International Standards of the COPE for Editors and Authors and takes into account in its publications. Please click for detailed information.

In original articles and case reports submitted to the JCPR, Ethics approval information (i.e., the name of the ethics committee, the number and date of ethics committee decision) must be included in the Procedure or Sample part in the Method section as well as under the subheading “Compliance with Ethical Principles” just before the References section. Moreover, an (official) document of ethics approval should be uploaded as a file under the name of “ethicsapproval” via the online submission system (i.e., Additional Files).

The ethical rules and principles include the following:

  • All manuscripts submitted to this journal should be original and should not have been published elsewhere in any form or language (partially or in full) unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work.
  • The manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • Author(s) are responsible for the opinions expressed in the manuscripts.
  • A single study should not be split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time.
  • Results should be presented clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (‘plagiarism’). The authors should cite all scientific work used in the text.
  • Before a manuscript is submitted, all authors should approve the final version of the manuscript.
  • All authors are responsible for the accuracy of the study’s findings.
  • The order of the authors should be determined before the article is submitted. Please note that any change request in authorship should be explained in detail and that changes to authorship cannot be made after acceptance of a manuscript.
  • For each article published in the JCPR, researchers are obliged to keep the data of the study for 5(five) years. If deemed necessary, the data and analysis files can be requested from the authors.
  • Authors are obliged to report a potential conflict of interest (e.g., institutions that fund the study).
  • All authors are requested to include information regarding informed consent if the study involved human participants.

Reviewers or Editors are obliged to reject the article if they suspect that these ethical rules are not followed and withdraw the article if the article has been published. Withdrawal of the article means that the article continues to appear online but is flagged as being withdrawn for ethical reasons.

All articles published in the JCPR can be cited only by using appropriate referencing. Individuals or organizations that cite and publish erroneous information in the content of the quoted articles are responsible before the law.

Plagiarism Policy

iThenticate – Plagiarism Detection Software is used by the JCPR to detect plagiarism in scientific studies. The software has comprehensive academic content directly related to the evaluation of academic publications. Each document uploaded to iThenticate is compared with documents in a large database. In this database, there are more than 90.000 important newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and books, as well as more than 17 billion web pages and archives. iThenticate controls databases with over 30 million content from more than 70,000 scientific journals and over 86 million articles from more than 150 publishers. Publisher partners include major publishers such as CrossRef, Gale, Emerald, ABC-CLIO, SAGE Reference, Oxford University Press, IEEE, Elsevier, Nature Publishing, Ovid, Taylor & Francis, PubMed, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Wiley, and EBSCOhost. Authors who submit their work to the JCPR are deemed to have declared that they have not committed ethical violations. The works of authors found to have plagiarized through the iThenticate program are not included in our journal. The report on this issue is sent to the author(s) and (if deemed necessary) to the relevant institutions and organizations.

Open Access Policy

The JCPR is an open-access journal. In this context, JCPR became a party to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI). According to the BOAI, Open Access means “free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.” The detailed information can be found via this link

Copyright Transfer Policy

Copyright Transfer is intended to ensure that information is protected and distributed under copyright law. The copyright for printed or electronic copies of the articles accepted to be published in the JCPR is transferred to the Association of Clinical Psychology Research. After the acceptance of the manuscript, “the JCPR Copyright Transfer Form” must be filled in and signed on behalf of all authors by the corresponding author of the manuscript, and sent to

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Publication Charge Policy

This journal does not charge any “submission or processing fee” from the authors for manuscripts submitted or accepted. JCPR does not also make a payment to authors for accepted or published articles. In addition, for the articles accepted for publication, a DOI is assigned, with charging no fee.

Post-Acceptance Process

Upon acceptance, the following steps will take place respectively: (1) DOI assignment; (2) Turkish and English language editing; (3) Adaptation of the manuscript to journal format and typesetting; (4) Proofreading and (5) Publishing online under “Articles in Press.”

Copyright Transfer Form

The copyright for printed or electronic copies of the articles accepted for publication is transferred to the Association of Clinical Psychology Research. After the acceptance of the manuscript, the “JCPR Copyright Transfer Form” must be signed by the corresponding author and uploaded to the online submission system (See Copyright Transfer Policy).

Language Editing

The text must be written in a good and understandable language for Editors and Reviewers to accurately evaluate your work. If you have written your article in English, you can seek help from a native English speaker/colleague or use professional English Language Proofreading services (Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in this journal).

After your article is accepted for publication, it will be reviewed by the JCPR’s Language Editors in terms of clarity, grammar, and spelling and necessary corrections will be made, which is followed by typesetting.

Proof Reading

The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables, figure captions, and figures. Substantial changes in content (e.g., new results, corrected values, title, and authorship) are not allowed without the approval of the Editor. The time provided to the author(s) for proofreading is 7 days.

Online First

Accepted articles will be published online (without a volume and issue) after receipt of the corrected proofs, with an assigned DOI. Articles published online are placed in the queue for publication.