Guidelines for Submission

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal (CATAJ) (ISSN 0832-2473) is a scholarly journal published biannually by the Association and is distributed free to all members. CATAJ is published through Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.

CATAJ welcomes professionals, researchers and academics from a variety of mental health and arts disciplines to submit in French and English.

For more information contact Pamela Whitaker, Editor, CATAJ at

Aims and Scope

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is the official journal of the Canadian Art Therapy Association/l’Association canadienne d’art-thérapie (CATA/ACAT). It aims to enhance the profession and practice of art therapy through publishing ethical, empirical, and original scholarly research.

The journal incorporates Canadian and international voices of art therapy to:

  • Advance the understanding and use of innovative art therapy theories, interventions and practices;
  • Promote diverse ethical research methodologies and perspectives in art therapy, including arts-based research, quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Further knowledge and education in the field of art therapy for mental health and allied professionals.

Call for Papers, Special Issue
Art Therapy and Visual Culture

A special issue of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal/Revue de l’Association canadienne d’art-thérapie will feature the theme Art Therapy and Visual Culture. It will review art therapy in collaboration with art galleries, museums, festivals, communities and cultural venues. It will also examine art therapy’s contributions to education, health, prison and social care environments. Submissions exploring art therapy in relation to applied art, architecture, film, performance art, craft, and fine art are also invited. Equally, papers highlighting the use of art history within art therapy practice are relevant to this theme.

The purpose of this issue is to explore art therapy’s role in the generation of visual expression. The theme has a relationship to materials, approaches and vocabularies of practice and also features a connection to social contexts. It highlights art therapy meeting the world as a cultural agent with implications for civic engagement and activism. Visual culture can be interpreted broadly and include unconventional applications of art therapy. This issue aims to extend art therapy practice into public life with the goal of furthering the cause of art and participation.

Art Therapy and Visual Culture,
Deadline for Submissions: June 15, 2017

Style & Format

Submissions should be sent in a .pdf and MS Word document. APA standards on the entire manuscript are mandatory (APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition), along with a 100-250 word abstract. The manuscript should be approximately 2,000 to 4,000 words. The entire manuscript should be double-spaced, including quotations, footnotes, references and tables. Any photographs that accompany an article should be sent as high-resolution picture files, at least 150 dpi at 3” x 4” and should be saved as a .tiff file.

Submissions should not include headers or footers or any other types of special formatting.

Upcoming journals will include 3 new sections in addition to research articles:

Art Therapy in Practice (Practical Applications and Tools of Art Therapy Practice) The heading may include: inquiries about integrating practice-based art therapy research, helpful descriptions of art therapy work as it unfolds on the ground, front-line program descriptions, and art therapy innovations. The work is grounded in art therapy literature and contemporary research. It also abides by the CATA-ACAT Ethics Standards and ethical research practices. The submission guidelines are the same as research articles. The length of submissions can be around 2 000 words.

Art Therapy Approaches (Theoretical Contemplations and Inquiries, based on Historical and Contemporary Research) This section includes theoretical discussions and inquiries about contemporary and historical art therapy practices. The work is grounded in art therapy theory, literature and contemporary research. The length of submissions can be around 2 000 words.

Soundings offers an opportunity for succinct submissions describing a particular area of art therapy practice that highlights innovation, artistic ingenuity and new perspectives. Its intention is to incorporate pioneering ideas and opinions about art therapy. The writing style for this heading could be considered expressive, while still retaining references to art therapy theory and practice. The length of submissions can be between 1 000-2 000 words including photographs.

How to Submit Manuscripts

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its Editorial Manager site located at

Editorial Manager allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-base platform. Editorial Manager technical support can be accessed at

Support for Authors

The Writer’s Lounge for the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal offers information and advice for authors

Copyright, Republishing and Royalties

If your paper is accepted, permission to include it on our website in digital form is assumed unless otherwise specified.

Papers presently under consideration elsewhere are not eligible for editorial review. The Editorial Board reserves the right to make changes necessary to ensure correctness of grammar, clarity of presentation and to edit accepted manuscripts in conformance with CATA Journal style and standards.

Material in the CATA Journal does not reflect the endorsement, or official attitude, of the Canadian Art Therapy Association or the Editorial Board of the CATA Journal.

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