Submission Guidelines

Before you submit an article to our magazine, to which you are cordially invited, we advise you to carefully study the guidelines described below. This can save you a lot of work during the process of writing your article.

Formal guidelines

Every article opens with a summary of a maximum of 100 words (in Dutch), and closes with an English translation of this summary. Following the Dutch summary you give one to three keywords through which your article can be located on our website after publication. Below the English version the same keywords are translated. If preferred, the editors can arrange for an English translation of summary and keywords.

The preferred length of an article is about 6000 words.

In principle, every article is submitted in Dutch. When the original is submitted in English, the editors will arrange for a translation. In both cases the submission has to be original and previously unpublished.

Use a consistent spelling, and avoid foreign words when there are good alternatives available in Dutch. Avoid abbreviations, please write in full when possible.

Submit tables and graphics on a separate sheet, with their titles and subscripts. Preferably they are also present in the full text, to ensure proper placement.

References to literature: indicate the author(s) and year of publication, and page numbers if necessary, in the body of the text, in parentheses:

  • as a direct reference : (Rogers 1959)
  • as an indirect reference: in the literature (Tillich 1955)
  • more than one publication in the same year: Wexler (1974a)
  • two authors: Hall en Gardner (1980)
  • multiple authors: Swildens, De Haas, Lietaer & Van Balen (1991), when recurring: Swildens e.a. (1991)
  • in a quote: Rogers (1978) says on this subject: '...', (pp.48). You can choose between a direct quote or a translation by the author. A translation is preferred. In both cases it is necessary to mention the page of origin.

The literature used in the article is listed at the end in alphabetical order. You start with the last name of the author, followed by his initials, and the year of publication in parentheses. The titles of books and magazines will be printed cursively. Examples:

  • Rice, L.N. & Greenberg, L.S. (1990), Fundamental dimensions in experiëntial therapy: New directions in research. In: G. Lietaer, J. Rombauts & R. van Balen (Eds.), Client-centered experiëntial psychotherapy in the nineties, pp. 397-414. Leuven: Leuven University Press.
  • Rogers, C.R. (1951), Client-centered therapy: its current practice, implication and theory. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Swildens, J.C.A.G, Haas, O.P. de, Lietaer, G. & Balen, R. van (Red.) (1991), Leerboek gesprekstherapie. De cliëntgerichte benadering. Amersfoort/Leuven: Acco.
  • Swildens, J. (2005), Zelfpathologie en de postmoderne mens. Uitdagingen voor de persoonsgerichte gesprekstherapeut: een inleiding. tijdschrift Persoonsgerichte Experiëntiële Psychotherapie, 43 (2), pp.85-100.


If an article has been published by us, and you wish to republish it somewhere else, you must mention the original source in a footnote.

Information on the author

Each article should be accompanied by information about the author. Preferably: name, specialization, work address, mailing address, and specific areas of interest.


Each submission must be sent to the office of the tPeP:

Guidelines on content

This part will talk more about content, about the path from idea to article. You have an idea that you want to work out. This idea might find its origin in your practice, or in a piece of literature you just read. Or it is possible that you are assigned to elaborate on a subject closer after a scientific meeting or convention, or a specific (extracurriculair) course.


Try to formulate your idea in a finished form. What do you want to say, and why, and how would you communicate this to your colleagues? Try to keep your language as simple as possible. Plan different steps when the subject at hand is a little more complex. What is the main statement, what ideas can be deducted from there, and how would you prove that? This first part is almost the most important. The article will practically write itself if you have a clearly developed vision; you can follow the inherent logical structure. Give your article a concise and striking title, and in a short introduction indicate the subject and what to expect in the article.

Step 2

After you have formulated your position in its logical cohesion, you place it in the background of scientific literature, and maybe experiences from your practice. While describing the theoretical background, it is important that you tell a coherent story in which various writers find their place. It cannot be a simple listing of various points of view. It is less interesting to know that you have read a lot, than to read a logically well developed theory. Organize your article with concise sub-headings. At this stage, experiences from the practice can be indicated in a general way. They should be worked out as a case only at the next phase.

Step 3

What are your own conclusions from the theories in the background, and how are you going to prove your points? Where do you agree with whom, and how and why does your opninion differ? In this line of argument you can of course bring in your case-histories as an illustration, never as proof. The reader will understand that the author will always choose those illustrations that support his point. Alter the description or the information in such a way that the anonimity of your clients is guaranteed.

Step 4

State your conclusion in the terms of the starting hypothesis. It is not necessary that the hypothesis has been proven true; it is enough that is has been closely examined.

Step 5

Make a list of the literature that has actually been used to write the article, according to the formal guidelines above. That is more scientific than those endless listings that exist solely to boast. The list of literature should just like the article be a reflection of your scientific position.