The AANZPA Journal
Since 1992, AANZPA has published an annual journal. The Journal publishes high-quality articles focused on Moreno’s theory and methods and their practical application by practitioners in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Members of AANZPA receive the current issue annually.
The Purpose of the Journal
The Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA Inc.) exists to establish and promote the reputation of the psychodrama method, to set and maintain standards, and to facilitate professional association between its members. The journal aims to assist in the fulfilment of these purposes by the dissemination of high quality written articles focused on psychodramatic theory and methods, and their application by practitioners in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The intention is to deepen theoretical and methodological understanding and broaden application.
Guidelines for Contributors
Contributions to the AANZPA Journal are welcomed by the editor on the following understanding:
- The contributor is either a member or an associate member of AANZPA, or a trainee enrolled in an AANZPA accredited training institute.
- The article is not currently submitted or published elsewhere, nor will be in the future.
- The article is not currently being written, supervised or examined as part of AANZPA’s accreditation process.
- The copyright for all material published is assigned exclusively to AANZPA, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media. AANZPA will not refuse any reasonable request by a contributor to reproduce an article.
As a mark of appreciation, each contributor to the journal receives two copies of the issue in which their article is published.
Articles might focus on one or more of the following areas:
- An exploration of psychodrama’s underlying philosophies, principles and theoretical considerations
- An application of the psychodrama method to a particular field of endeavour, social system or population
- An examination of what psychodrama has to offer, and can learn from, other approaches to the fields of human relationships and human potential
The audience for an article is the AANZPA Journal readership, and thus the ability to role reverse with the readers is essential. Papers typically include case examples or research from the writer’s professional experience and practice. They may include tables, diagrams and other illustrative tools to enhance understanding. The length of an article is not pre-defined, and is negotiated between the contributor and the editor. However, articles typically range between 2,000 and 3,500 words. The AANZPA Journal uses the American Psychological Association (APA) reference system, with some slight variations. To assist the layout process, contributors are asked to use simple, uncluttered formatting free of headers, footers, borders, tabs, footnotes and complicated style types. Endnotes may be added if desired.
As is usual in journal publishing, articles are accompanied by an abstract and keywords section. This assists in the citing and dissemination of AANZPA Journal articles via databases. As well, contributors are asked to provide a short, two-sentence biographical that establishes their professional identity, work, current focus and contact email address. As is usual in journal publishing, articles are accompanied by an abstract and keywords section. This assists in the citing and dissemination of AANZPA Journal articles via databases. As well, contributors are asked to provide a short, two-sentence biographical that establishes their professional identity, work, current focus and contact email address. Although optional, a digital photograph (file type tif /file size 1MB/resolution 300dpi) is appreciated.
The Writing and Editing Process
The writing and editing process for the AANZPA Journal is designed to support contributors and enhance their work, as well as to maintain high quality contributions for the benefit of the Journal’s readership and reputation. The drafting of an article has evolved into a tiered, overlapping process:
- A potential contributor who is motivated to submit a paper enters into a dialogue with the editor focused on their ideas and plans for the article.
- Peer consultation and input is highly valued. As they develop their articles, contributors are encouraged to seek response from and discussion with psychodrama peers and other colleagues in individual fields of endeavour.
- The editor and contributor decide collaboratively on an editorial guide who might best assist the contributor in the development of the article. The editor then approaches the potential guide on behalf of the contributor. The editorial guide provides consistent consultation and coaching to the contributor for the further shaping and content of the article. Guidelines are provided to both parties to support a productive working relationship. The connections that develop amongst contributors, editorial guides and peers are viewed as an important part of the writing process and often result in progressive role development, learning and enjoyment for all parties. An added positive outcome is the building up of the sociometry of AANZPA.
- The deadline date for the completion of the writing and editing process and submission of the article is 31 Oct, at which time the editor undertakes final editing in collaboration with the contributor.