Clinical Editorial Committee

Updated June, 2016

Purpose/Function:
To contribute to the production of The Therapist magazine, CAMFT’s quarterly peer-viewed publication. The Committee will create and maintain an editorial calendar of themes and topics to fit the needs of the profession and evaluate and select article submissions for inclusion in the magazine.

Composition:
The Committee shall be comprised of up to five (5) members, a majority of whom shall be clinical members of CAMFT. Members of the CAMFT Board of Directors may not be considered in order to ensure editorial autonomy. Members must have editorial and/or writing experience, knowledge of current psychotherapy practices and trends, knowledge of APA writing style. Must be a member of CAMFT, in good standing, throughout duration of term. The Chair will be elected by the Committee and will serve as the Co-Editor-In-Chief (along with the CAMFT Executive Director). The Co-Editor-in-Chief will be knowledgeable about research validity and methodology.

A diverse Committee is ideal for generating a dynamic and substantively comprehensive publication. To foster the greatest possible diversity of individuals and ideas represented, the appointment process will consider candidate factors such as clinical setting, theoretical orientation, practice specialty, unique personal background including culture and language, as well as the geographic region of California the candidate represents.

Term:
Committee members are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the CAMFT Board of Directors for a three (3) year term that is renewable for one (1) additional three (3) year term. Chair may only serve one (1) term.

Meetings:
The Committee will conduct most business via email and tele-video conference on an as-needed basis, and may hold up to one (1) in-person meeting per year.

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the purpose, topics, and themes for each of the six (6) annual issues
  • Help identify potential manuscript authors
  • Evaluate and select manuscript submissions for inclusion in each issue by considering:

    1) Whether the content of a manuscript is consistent with the purpose, topic, and theme of the issue for which it is submitted
    2)The relevance, originality, general appeal, and accessibility of the content
    3) The quality of research design and methodology
    4) The substantive accuracy of the content, including the validity of any interpretations and conclusions espoused

  • Review selected manuscripts for proper grammar, punctuation, and organization, identifying any text that should be expanded, condensed, or re-worded
  • Offer constructive criticism, comments, and suggestions for the Editor to review and send to the author
  • Complete all review and edits in a timely manner and return to Editor by the due date. Notify Editor and return manuscript if unable to meet the deadline.
  • Maintain the strict confidentiality of each manuscript by not discussing it prior to publication.
  • Committee members are required to sign: Committee Member Participation Agreement, Conflict of Interest Policy, Anti-Trust Compliance Policy, and Consent to Electronic Transmission.

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