Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy (PCSP) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal and database. It provides innovative, quantitative and qualitative knowledge about psychotherapy process and outcome, for both researchers and practitioners.

 

Section Policies

Articles in Japanese

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Articles in English

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English: Introduction

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English: Commentaries on and Author Response to Murase's Narrative Case Study of "Mr. R"

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English: Commentaries on and Authors' Response to Muto & Mitamura's ACT Case Study of "Taro"

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Japanese: Introduction

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Japanese: Commentaries on and Author Response to Murase's Narrative Case Study of "Mr. R"

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Japanese: Commentaries on and Authors' Response to Muto & Mitamura's ACT Case Study of "Taro"

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Standard peer review is employed in PCSP.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of it content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.

Rutgers University Libraries Statement

Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy (PCSP) is the first freely available, open access scholarly journal to be published by Rutgers University Libraries. All articles in PCSP are available free of charge, in full text, to both individuals and institutions.

High impact, open access or low-cost journals — published by societies, university libraries, university presses or independent publishers — can provide researchers with the broadest exposure to research results without the significant barriers presented by expensive journals. Academic libraries have a strong interest in actively promoting such publishing models as they seek to provide their community of users with the resources they need to advance scholarship and scientific research. It is in this spirit that Rutgers University Libraries have developed a re-useable, open-source framework or platform for publishing journals. The framework includes the technological infrastructure to support peer-review and other editorial processes and publishing on the Web. Our model relies on a unique partnership between the journal editor and the Libraries. The editor and his or her team assume responsibility for peer-review and copy-editing. Authors retain copyright for their articles. The Libraries provide the technological infrastructure and support for launching, maintaining, and preserving (archiving) the journal. Upon publication, each journal article is assigned a persistent identifier for citing and long-term access, and each article is digitally preserved in the Rutgers University Libraries Digital Repository.

Why are the Rutgers University Libraries undertaking this new role? First, academic libraries like those at Rutgers understand fully that the current model for the dissemination of scholarship cannot be sustained. Second, the mission and roles of the academic library are being transformed through the application of technology, and that technology can be used to transform the process of publication. Third, journal publishing complements the Libraries' key role in supporting scholarship within the academy. Finally, the Libraries have a traditional role in the preservation of scholarly materials, and they can offer the continuity and perpetual access to digital materials that cannot be readily matched by other sources.

The Libraries' electronic publishing framework has been developed using open-source components from PKP (Public Knowledge Project) and FEDORA (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture). Our objective is to minimize start-up costs while maximizing our ability to sustain and evolve the platform as technology and user needs change. The complete platform, including RUL enhancements, will be made available to other academic institutions interested in journal publishing, under an open-source license. For more information, please contact the Systems Administrator, Scholarly Communications Center, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, NJ.