Round Table: Discussion by Editors of Major Psychoanalytic Journals on their Perspectives of Current and Future Trends in Psychoanalysis
Editors Convene at the Waldorf:
the sixth annual meeting of the Council of Editors of Psychoanalytic Journals

Joseph Reppen

[Joseph Reppen sent this paper, that appeared in The American Psychoanalyst, 2003, 37, 2: 28, as a background for his discussion at the Round Table of Editors of Major Psychoanalytic Journals held on June 15, 2003, at the Annual Meeting of the Rapaport-Klein Study Group]


The sixth annual meeting of the Council of Editors of Psychoanalytic Journals took place during the 2003 winter meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. The Council, which has been a thriving and growing organization since its inception, is an important venue for the discussion of matters relevant to the editing of psychoanalytic journals. Founded and chaired by Joseph Reppen, Ph.D., the Council now numbers 71 journal members that include the major psychoanalytic journals worldwide.

Membership includes journals from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Israel, South Africa, India, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. In short, the journals of the major psychoanalytic centers of the world. A broad ideological spectrum is in evidence with contemporary Freudian, Kleinian, Adlerian, Horneyan, and Jungian journals represented. There are journals whose primary emphasis covers such subjects as infant, child, and adolescent psychoanalysis; gender issues; relational, intersubjective, and interpersonal psychoanalysis; group analysis; psychohistory and the history of psychoanalysis; as well as the application of psychoanalysis to literature and the arts. The latest journal to appear is Israel Psychoanalytic Journal, which was represented at the Council by its editor, Moshe Halevi Spero.

Discussions over the past few meetings have included the important subject of privacy and confidentiality. Additionally, there have been discussions of electronic publishing, subscription and mailing lists, websites, rejection rates, the PEP CD-ROM, exchange advertising, and the problems of the peer review process. At the most recent meeting, the relative absence of psychoanalysis in introductory psychology texts was noted, with the awareness that often information for college students about psychoanalysis comes from English departments rather than psychology departments.

Plans are underway for a meeting in Toronto during the International Psychoanalytical Association convention that would allow editors from overseas, who will be coming to the meeting, to attend.

Questions about the Council should be addressed to: Joseph Reppen, Ph.D., 211 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA, E-mail <>.

Joseph Reppen, Ph.D., is the editor of Psychoanalytic Psychology: The Journal of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association's Public Information Committee

[Note: This article, titled "Editors Convene at the Waldorf", appeared in The American Psychoanalyst (Quarterly Newsletter of the American Psychoanalytic Association), 2003,  37,  2 (Summer): 28. We thank for the permission]

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