Guidelines for Submission

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal/Revue de l’Association canadienne d’art-thérapie (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 submissions from professionals, researchers and academics from a variety of mental health and arts disciplines.

For more information contact the CATAJ editor 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.

Style & Format

Submissions should be sent in a 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 in EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only.

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 approximately 2000-3000 words including photographs.

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 approximately 2000-3000 words including photographs.

Soundings (Perspectives, Opinions, Proposals, Artistic Responses)

A category for succinct submissions describing a particular area of relevance to art therapy that highlights innovation, artistic ingenuity and imaginative perspectives. Its intention is to incorporate pioneering ideas, creative responses and aesthetic resonance. The writing style may be expressive, poetic or literary while still retaining references to art therapy theory and practice and APA standards of academic writing (APA Publication Manual, 6th edition). The length for this submission is approximately 2000 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.

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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