The International Review of f Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IRCFP) is an open access fully peer reviewed journal published two times a year (July and December). It is an international journal on couple and family psychoanalysis, publishing extensive contributions by authors throughout the world – facilitated by its international editorial board and the policy of allowing submission and review in three languages (English, French, and Spanish).

As such, its psychoanalytic frame of reference is wide-ranging and includes all schools of analytic practice. Conscious that many clinicians do not work only in the consulting room, the Review encourages dialogue between private practice and institutionally based practice.

We invite papers on clinical and/or theoretical work, whether a single case-study or a general discussion using detailed clinical vignettes from several cases; and based in couple and/or family practice.

We welcome theoretical papers, especially where there is theoretical innovation. We invite discussions of assessment; clinical confidentiality; standards, training and supervision. We invite reflective research papers, whether qualitatively or quantitatively based, and with a clinical focus; papers on the unconscious dynamics of clinical practice, couple or family; and papers offering a psychoanalytic approach on professional, historical, and cultural issues. We also encourage concepts deepen description (Dictionary section), interviews and debates (Interviews/Debates section), and Book reviews (Book reviews section)



IRPCF operates a double blind system of peer review (see Peer Review), so submitted papers should not include any details that might identify the authors (see Title Page).

For submitting a manuscript, please send it to Assistant Editor (Francesca Enuncio, and to IACFP Secretary (

IRPCF considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that: the manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work; the manuscript has been submitted only to IRPCF; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere; the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal; for all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory; sexist or racist terms must not be used.


Manuscript file must be .doc or .docx.

The manuscript should be typed Times New Roman 12, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch; the title must be typed Times New Roman 14 bold; author’s name(s) must be typed Times New Roman 14; first level paragraphs must be typed Times New Roman 12 bold; second level paragraphs must be typed Times New Roman 12 italic. All pages should be numbered.

Manuscripts should be written in English, French, or Spanish; they should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length, not including the references, the abstract (in English, French, and Spanish, up to 150 – 200 words), and keywords (in English, French, and Spanish, up to 5 – 6). The abstract and keywords should be placed before the beginning of the text.

All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors.

Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript.


A separate title page should include all authors’ names, institutional affiliations, and authors’ citations in the text and in references. Each author must provide complete address information.


Please provide qualifications, institutional affiliations and/or private practice status of the author or of all the authors (identifying a corresponding author). Please give address for correspondence at the end. This should include an email address and a postal address.


We encourage authors to make their abstract as informative as possible.

Please provide an abstract of 150-200 words. This can be written in ‘The author’ or ‘I/we’ form as the author prefers. Please indicate the argument of the paper (not just the topics that the paper covers), including the conclusions the paper comes to and/or questions that the paper raises. Any clinical material used in the paper should be mentioned briefly.

Up to six individual words or phrases may be given, but five is usually sufficient. Please avoid lengthy phrases.


In-text references should be shown as follows: (Gay, 1988) or (Gay, 1988, pp. 143-147).


All direct quotations should have a page reference, using minimum numbering as in the examples given:

1) This is the text, and Smith (2012) says “quoted text” (p. 1), which supports my argument;

2) This is the text, and this is supported by “quoted text” (Smith, 2012, p. 1);

3) This is a displayed quotation (Smith, 2012, p. 1).


References should be double-spaced, and placed in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript.  Only works cited in the text should appear in the references.

The list of references, at the end of the paper, should be supplied as in the following examples:

Sole-authored book:

Green, A. (2010). Illusions and disillusions of psychoanalytic work. London: Karnac Books, 2011.

Kaës, R. (2009). Les alliances inconscientes. Paris: Dunod.

Kancyper, L. (2004). El complejo fraterno. Buenos Aires: Lumen.

Co-authored book:

Volkan, V.A. & Ast, G. (1997). Siblings in the unconscious and psychopathology. Madison, CT: International University Press.

Laplanche, J. et Pontalis, J.-B. (1967). Vocabulaire de la psychanalyse. Paris: PUF.

Puget, J. y Berenstein, I. (1988). Psicoanálisis de la pareja matrimonial. Buenos Aires: Paidós.

Edited book:

Coles, P. (Ed.) (2006). Sibling relationships. London: Karnac Books.

Soulé, M. (sous la dir. de) (1981). Frères et sœurs. Paris: ESF.

Puget, J. (1996). La pareja. Encuentros, desencuentros, reencuentros. Buenos Aires: Paidós.

Chapter in single author’s collection:

Freud, S. (1914). On narcissism: an introduction. In The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund Freud, Edited by: Strachey, J. Vol. XIV, pp. 67-102. London: Hogarth Press.

Lagache, D. (1956). Deuil Pathologique. In Oeuvres, IV (1956-64) Agressivité, structure de la personnalité et autres travaux, pp. 1-28. Paris: PUF, 1982.

Pichon-Rivière, E. (1965). Grupos familiars. Un enfoque operativo. In El proceso grupal, pp. 65-74. Buenos Aires: Nueva Visió

Chapter in edited collection:

Mitchell, J. (2006). Sibling trauma: a theoretical consideration. In P. Coles (Ed.), Sibling relationships (pp. 155-174). London: Karnac Books.

Navelet, C. (1999). Frères, fratrie et lien fraternel: des mots au concept. In O. Bourguignon (sous la dir. de), Le Fraternel (pp. 83-100). Paris: Dunod.

Berlfein, E. (2003), José y sus hermanos. Del mito al psicoanálisis. In E. Czernikowski, R. Gaspari, S. Matus & S. Moscona (Comp.), Entre hermanos. Sentido y efectos del vínculo fraterno (pp. 47-78). Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial.

Journal article (Were possible, article DOI is provided):

Granjon, E. (2003). Etéocle et Polynice, frères ennemis. Le divan familial, 10, 81-89. doi: 10.3917/difa.010.0081.

Cain, A. & Cain, B. (1964). On replacing a child. Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, 3, 443-456. doi: 10.1016/S0002-7138(09)60158-8.

Spivacow, M. A. (2010). De al demanda a la construcción de una posición analítica en la clinica con parejas. Psicoanálisis de las Conficuraciones Vinculares, 33, 19-37.

Online references: Stevens, A.L. (2002) What one calls ‘untriggered psychosis’. Available at:

Referencing your own work:

The IRPCF operates a system of complete blinding, recognizing the subjective nature of clinical writing and the use of the first-person narrative style. To this end, references to your own work should take the following form in the text: (Author 2011) or (Author and Colleague(s) 2011).

No citations to your work (or to co-authored work) should appear in the references at the end of the article, but you will be able to upload a separate blinded reference file when you submit your article online.



Authors are directly invited to this section by the Editorial Board.



Authors are directly invited to this section by the Editorial Board.



If you wish to submit a book for review, please first contact Book Reviews Editor (Maria Manuela Porto,


Authors will be aware that there is a conflict between the privacy of patients on one hand, and the need when writing up cases for publication to provide lucid and transparent clinical material, on the other. No perfect solution to this dilemma exists, although there are a number of methods which authors tend to use: disguising material, consent from patients (preferably written), composite material from a number of comparable cases, or the report of colleagues’ or supervisee’s clinical cases, are various methods in use for protecting confidentiality.  None of these is entirely satisfactory and you will have to choose which one, or more, you need when using material from your patients, groups or institution.  Which method(s) you use will also depend on the kind of evidence or illustration that your paper needs in order to clarify your points.  All authors are requested to consider the best alternative in the particular circumstances, but above all, you should consider the clinical situation of the particular patient(s), and choose carefully which method(s) you use to preserve confidentiality in each of the cases reported.  It is important not to overdo the details, which both risks recognising the patient, and can risk making the paper long-winded.  At the same time, enough detail must be given for readers to assess for themselves the claim you are making in your paper.

Papers are accepted for submission and for review on the grounds that authors have considered these delicate matters carefully.  We would request that when patient’s consent is asked and given that you indicate this to the Editor.



The submission is checked for compliance with author guidelines. If the submission is complete, the Editor-in-Chief assesses the manuscript for suitability.

At this stage, a manuscript is rejected without peer review if the article is inappropriate for the journal.

All remaining papers will be sent for anonymous peer review (at least two reviewers).

Authors will receive detailed feedback, regardless of the decision reached.

The peer review process may take up to three/four months.


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email from the Editor in order to sign the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.


Editor: Daniela Lucarelli (Italy)

Editor-in-Chief: Massimiliano Sommantico (Italy)

Editorial Board Members: Christophe Bittolo (France), Christopher Clulow (United Kingdom), Rossella Del Guerra (Italy, Argentine), Raffaele Fischetti (Italy), Ezequiel Jaroslavsky (Argentine), Christiane Joubert (France), Timothy Keogh (Australia), Molly Ludlam (United Kingdom), Mercedes Lugones (Italy, Argentine), Damian McCann (United Kingdom), Irma Morosini (Argentine).

Assistant Editors: Francesca Enuncio (Italy), Agnès Rotschi (France)


Scientific Board Members: Silvia Amati Sas (Italy), Rosa Jaitin (France), René Kaës (France), Roberto Losso (Argentine), Anna Maria Nicolò (Italy), Teresa Olmos de Paz (Spain), Janine Puget (Argentine), David Scharff (USA)


Reviewing Panel Members: : Henri-Pierre Bass (France), Pierre Benghozi (France), Christophe Bittolo (France), Emanuelle Bonneville-Baruchel (France), Liliana Bracchi (Argentine), André Carel (France), Christopher Clulow (Royaume-Uni), Graciela Consoli (Argentine), Rossella Del Guerra (Italie, Argentine), Paola De Pablos Rodriguez (Espagne), Raffaele Fischetti (Italy), Juan Gonzales Rojas (Espagne), Ludovica Grassi (Italie), Ezequiel Jaroslawsky (Argentine), Christiane Joubert (France) Timothy Keogh (Australie), Michèle Lamothe (France), David Leo Levisky (Brésil), Anne Loncan (France), Daniela Lucarelli (Italie), Molly Ludlam (Royaume-Uni), Mercedes Lugones (Italie, Argentine), Hanni Mann Shalvi (Israël), Damian McCann (Royaume-Uni), Lila Mitsopoulou (France), Perrine Moran (Royaume-uni), Mary Morgan (Royaume-uni), Irma Morosini (Argentine), Diana Norsa (Italie), Ana Packciarz de Losso (Argentine), Elizabeth Palacios (Espagne), Carles Perez Testor (Espagne), Maria Manuela Porto (Portugal) Lea Setton (Panama), Massimiliano Sommantico (Italie), Simona Taccani (Italie), Isabela Valla (Argentine), Martine Vermeylen (Belgique), Catriona Wrottesley (Royaume-uni), Giulio Cesare Zavattini (Italie)