The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal/ Revue de l’Association canadienne d’art-thérapie (CATA-ACAT) continues to evolve to support art therapy scholarship and practice. Therefore our upcoming journals will include 2 new sections in addition to research articles:

  1. Art Therapy in Practice (practical applications and tools of art therapy practice) Art Therapy in Practice Section 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, how to fund art therapy programs, regulation procedures in Canada (digital and technological components can be included). The work is grounded in art therapy theory, historical 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.
  2. 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 contemporary research.  It abides by the CATA-ACAT Ethics Standards, ethical research practices and CATA-ACATJ Submission guidelines.


Baines, D. (Ed.). (2007). Doing- anti-oppressive practice. Building transformative politicized social work. Halifax, NS: Fernwood.

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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 various mental health professions to submit in French and English.

Style & Format

Submissions should be sent in a .pdf and MS Word document. APA standards on the entire manuscript is 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.

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

If you have any other requests, please contact Marilyn Magnuson, Chief Editor, at

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 of, or official attitude of the Canadian Art Therapy Association or the Editorial Board of the CATA Journal.

Research Ethics

As outlined in the Canadian Art Therapy Association Standards of practice.

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