What is the International Journal of Psychoanalysis?


The International Journal of Psychoanalysis is an academic journal in the field of psychoanalysis. The idea of the journal was proposed by Ernest Jones in a letter to Sigmund Freud dated 7 December 1918. The journal itself was established in 1920, with Jones serving as editor until 1939, the year of Freud’s death.


The International Journal of Psychoanalysis incorporates the International Review of Psycho-Analysis, founded in 1974 by Joseph Sandler. It is run by the Institute of Psychoanalysis. For the last 95 years, the IJP has enjoyed its role as the main international vehicle for communication about psychoanalysis, enjoying a wide international readership from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, and Latin America. Past Editors of the International Journal have included Ernest Jones, James Strachey, Joseph Sandler, and David Tuckett. In 2015 the IJP had around 9000 subscribers.

Dana Birksted-Breen is the current Editor in Chief of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. In 2012, she integrated the four regional boards into one large Editorial Board currently composed of over 100 members. There are five Associate Editors from four different geographic regions: Alessandra Lemma (UK), Jorge Canestri (Europe), Lucy LaFarge (North America), Beatriz de León de Bernardi (Latin America), Georg Bruns (representing no region); an Executive Editor, Gráinne Lucey (London); and Editors of specific sections, such as Education, The Analyst at Work, Psychoanalytic Controversies, Book Reviews, and Film Essays.

In recent years, the IJP has worked to strengthen dialogues between different psychoanalytic cultures. 2015 saw the launch of the Spanish edition of the journal – IJP en español. In 2013 the journal established the online open peer review, multi-language site IJP-Open (www.ijp-open.org). With the IJP Annuals (www.annualsofpsychoanalysis.com), each year papers from the journal are selected and translated into eight different languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, and Turkish, with plans to launch a Chinese Annual in 2017.

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