Submission Guidelines

We are now collecting submissions for the early winter of ABPP’s publication, the Specialist, volume 52. We intend to collect articles on a number of subjects, but we have a particular interest in featuring articles on Addiction across the spectrum of populations and settings.

The pandemic has disrupted the lives of people who use substances in ways that hurt their mental health and changed drug use behaviors, increasing their risk for overdose.

Lockdowns isolated people from support systems, impeded access to treatment, and increased depression and despair. Meanwhile, we have seen a dangerous transition to illicit supplies of fentanyl, a much more potent and often fatal substance. There were 100,000 deaths recorded in a one twelve-month period in 2021. In rural areas of the country, the dearth of resources in addition to a stigmatization of mental health issues continues to present as a main barrier for treatment.

We are hence particularly interested in receiving stories covering assessment, intervention, education, and advocacy on the topic of addiction. We are looking forward to showcasing innovative programs promoting social inclusion of individuals and groups.

Submission guidelines appear below on this page. The deadline for our current submission solicitation is Monday, November 28, 2022.

Should you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us and check out our social media accounts Facebook & Twitter @getABPP. Additionally, you may pay us a visit at ABPP’s website for up-to-date information regarding ongoing works & upcoming events.


Kristine T. Kingsley, PsyD, ABPP
Editor, the Specialist

Jessica Luzier, PhD, ABPP
Associate Editor

Submission Guidelines for the Specialist

THE SPECIALIST  is published quarterly by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Please submit your article to The Specialist.  
  • The theme and content of submitted articles should be consistent with ABPP interests and issues: specialization, credentialing, board certification, and the functional and foundational competencies.
  • Questions regarding suitability for the Specialist and other questions may be directed to the Editor, at the contact form.
  • The BOT, Editor, or Communications Committee may initiate requests for submissions on particular themes and topics.
  • The BOT, Editor, or Communications Committee may solicit or invite contributions from individuals and organizations.
  • Unsolicited submissions will also be considered for publication, subject to the approval of the BOT, Editor, or Communications Committee.
  • The length requirements for submissions are as follows:
  • Board and Academy News – maximum of 800 words
  • Feature articles – maximum of 1000 words
  • Continuing education articles – maximum of 3000 words.
  • Submissions may be edited for length and clarity.
  • Submissions may be in any manuscript style appropriate to the content.  APA Publications Manual style need not be followed.
  • All submissions are subject to being linked to ABPP’s social media platforms.
  • Submissions should be made by e-mail attachment in Word to the Editor’s attention at the contact form.  The submission attachment document itself should clearly identify the author(s).
  • All submissions will be subject to review and acceptance or rejection by the BOT, Editor, or Communications Committee.  Authors may be asked for revisions based on the review.