Health Psychology Update
is produced by the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) of the British Psychological Society and is designed to serve as a forum for discussion of issues related to the scientific analysis of psychological processes of health, illness and health care and the development of professional skills in research, practice, consultancy and teaching/training.
Health Psychology Update aims to:
? disseminate information to the membership on behalf of the DHP relating to the training and continuing professional development of health psychologists at all levels of competence;
? stimulate debate among the membership and provide a forum for the discussion of issues relating to teaching, research, consultancy and the practice of health psychology;
? disseminate information, which may impact on membera with respect to changes in national and regional practice and policy.
Submission to Health Psychology Update
Health Psychology Update contains regular features, such as forthcoming event reviews, training updates, student issues, interviews, readers’ letters and opinions and book reviews. Other features will also appear over each volume, such as themed issues, ‘How to….’ brief guides, research articles and current debates. Suggestions for themed issues and debates are particularly welcome. Papers should be submitted in accordance with the ‘Notes for contributors’ on the inside back cover, to the appropriate editor.
Notes for contributors to Health Psychology Update
Notes for contributors to Health Psychology Update
Health Psychology Update invites contributions from all areas of health psychology including experimental and clinical research, the aetiology and management of acute and chronic illness, research into health behaviours and health promotion and psychological aspects of clinical interventions and the health care system.
Articles may provide a broad overview of a particular area or issue, review the literature and may include original research, study protocols and work on teaching, training, consultancy, practical or professional issues. We would also like to encourage the submission of book reviews, short research reports, letters, news of members, work in progress and reviews of health psychology-related events. Brief, ‘How to….’ pieces on methodological, recruitment, ethical and practical health psychology issues are also encouraged.
Guidelines for submission to Health Psychology Update
All articles should be clearly written as for an educated but non-specialist audience, with non-technical language and aim to engage the interest of the membership at large. Sexist, racist and other discriminatory or devaluing language is not encouraged. Research, review and professional issues articles should be between 1500-3000 words (excluding references). Event and book reviews, letters and opinions, interviews and brief reports should be no longer than 1500 words (excluding references).
All manuscripts should be compiled following APA style (please consult the APA Publication Manual). Authors are asked to submit their articles as Microsoft Word compatible documents to the appropriate Sub Editor (contact details below), copying the message to the Coordinating Editor, and using the e-mail subject line to indicate the author and brief title of the work being submitted (e.g Bloggs, Interview with Professor Smith). You are encouraged to contact the Coordinating Editor or Sub Editors in the first instance to discuss your ideas about future articles. All articles should include a front page, giving details of article title, full author names and affiliations and corresponding author contact details.
Health Psychology Update operates a policy of blind peer review by at least one independent referee for all original articles. Book reviews, letters, conference reports and event reviews are not refereed but evaluated by the editors. Reviewing is a reciprocal arrangement and all authors will be added to the reviewer database unless they request otherwise.
Health Psychology Update editorial team
The Co-ordinating Editor of Health Psychology Update is Dr Koula Asimakopoulou, with up to six other co-editors responsible for specific features (see below). Editors reserve the right to edit and cut all copy published material, although all reasonable attempts will be made to contact the writer.
? Co-ordinating Editor: Dr Koula Asimakopoulou (King’s College London) email@example.com
? Deputy Editor: Professor Jörg Huber (University of Northampton) firstname.lastname@example.org
? Events Sub-editor: Charlotte Beck (City University), HPU.email@example.com
? Professional Issues Sub-editor: Katie Newby (Coventry University), HPU.firstname.lastname@example.org
? Research Sub-editor: Dr Shirley Thomas (University of Nottingham), HPU.email@example.com
? Student Issues Sub-editor: Lydia Emm (University of Bath), HPU.firstname.lastname@example.org
? Interviews, Letter & Readers’ Opinions Sub-editor: Dr Emma Bray (University of Birmingham), HPU.email@example.com
? Book Reviews Sub-editor: Rehana Hussain (NHS Kirklees PCT, West Yorkshire), HPU.firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertising space is subject to availability and is accepted at the discretion of the editors. Cheques should be made payable to the ‘Division of Health Psychology’ and sent to the BPS Leicester Office (address below). The cost is:
Section Members Others
Full page £10 £20
Half page £5 £10
Views expressed in this publication are those of the individual contributors and not necessarily views of the DHP. Publication of conferences, courses, organisations and advertisements does not necessarily imply DHP approval or endorsement. Any subsequent promotional piece or advertisement must not indicate that an advert has been previously placed in Health Psychology Update.
Copyright for published material rests with the British Psychological Society. Permission should be obtained from the British Psychological Society to reuse material.
Access issues of Health Psychology Update
The Health Psychology Update is mailed free of charge to all members of the DHP. It is available on subscription to non-members of the DHP by contacting The Division of Health Psychology, The British Psychological Society, St. Andrews House, 48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR.
Current and previous issues of the Health Psychology Update are now available to purchase/download via the BPS shop in PDF format. Non-members of the DHP may purchase hard copies of this publication or subscribe by contacting Commercial Sales on 0116 252 9551.