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Guidelines for authors

Guidelines for authors Guidelines for authors


The Rivista di Psicoanalisi is published quarterly.


It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that papers submitted for publication in the Rivista di Psicoanalisi comply with certain formal requirements, without which they cannot be considered. When submitting his or her work to the Editors, the author must accompany it with a letter in which he/she specifies: a) that the paper is unpublished; b) that it is not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere; c) that it respects professional ethics and standards with regard to author’s rights. Authors may also specify the section of the journal in which they think their work would be best placed.

Before publication the Author must sign a pro forma confirming the transfer of copyright and guaranteeing that steps have been taken to respect privacy. On publication the paper becomes the property of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi. The author may subsequently request authorisation to republish the work elsewhere, “with the permission of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi.”

The text of articles (in Italian, in the case of translations from another language) must be no more than 8.000 words, including footnotes and epigraphs, but excluding abstracts, keywords and bibliography.

The text of pieces submitted to the “Notes” section (in Italian, in the case of translations from another language) must be no more than 5.000 words, including footnotes and epigraphs, but excluding abstracts, keywords and bibliography.

A printed copy of the work should be sent, bearing the author’s name and, in an endnote, the author’s address, and a copy should also be emailed in Microsoft Word® format or, preferably, Rich Text Format (RTF).

Both in articles and in shorter pieces submitted for the “Notes” section, footnotes should be kept to a minimum and numbered progressively.

Quotations, carefully checked for accuracy, should appear between double quotation marks. Added italics should be indicated in parentheses: for example, (italics added), (my italics), (my emphasis), etc. Quotations from foreign authors should be rendered in Italian, using the Italian edition where one is available. The author’s own translations should be indicated in parenthesis: (my translation). Interpolations in the quoted text should be placed in square brackets: for example, “He [S. Freud] meant…” Omissions from the text should be indicated in the following way: […].

Bibliographical references in the text should be shown by placing the author’s surname in parentheses (with the first initial only when two authors with the same surname are cited), followed by the date of the first edition and the page number if a passage is quoted. For example, (Freud, 1921, 315) but (Freud A., 1936, 58). In the case of works from the same year: (Hartmann, 1939a, 46), (Hartmann, 1939b, 161). If there are two authors, both should be named: (Breuer and Freud, 1893-1895, 345). If there are more than two: (Carloni et al., 1981, 184).

The titles of books mentioned in the text should appear in italics.

The titles of articles drawn from journals or books should be placed between double quotation marks. Each bibliographical reference in the text should have a corresponding entry in the concluding bibliography.


The bibliography should be placed at the end of the text and should contain only texts referred to. It must be compiled in alphabetical order and, within works by the same author, in chronological order. Where more than one work by an author that appeared in the same year is cited, these must be differentiated with a letter (Freud, 1925a), both in the text and in the bibliography.

The bibliographical entry for a book should take this form: Musatti C. (1949). Trattato di psicoanalisi. Torino, Boringhieri.

Articles published in collections should be indicated as follows: Wittenberg I. (1975). Depressione primaria dell’autismo. In: Meltzer D. et al., Esplorazioni sull’autismo, Torino, Boringhieri, 1977.

Articles published in journals will follow this model: Servadio E. (1977). Il movimento psicoanalitico in Italia. Riv. Psicoanal., 22, 162-168.

The names of journals are to be indicated with the abbreviations used by the Rivista di Psicoanalisi (for example: Int. J. Psycho-Anal., Int. Rev. Psycho-Anal.).

Freud’s works must be cited in the Standard Edition (S. E.) and in the following manner: Freud S. (1920). Beyond the pleasure principle. S. E.,18.


A summary of no more than 130 words should also be sent with the text, together with a translation of the summary into English and the keywords noted in Italian and English. The English title of the paper is also required.


Submission of news items and book reviews should be agreed upon beforehand with the appropriate Editor. News items and book reviews should not exceed 3,000 words.

All submissions are considered to be in their final form when received, and proofreading is conducted in-house. After submission, papers are anonymised and distributed to three members of the Editorial Board for their opinions. However, the final decision about publication and any requests for changes rest with the Editor-in-Chief.

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