Symposium Policies


Philosophy of Innovations in Clinical Art Therapy

For more information, please see Innovations in Clinical Art Therapy About this Symposium page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original proposal to be considered for presentation at the Innovations in Clinical Art Therapy symposium provided he or she has obtained all the relevant consents and releases to use artwork of clinical case information or participant’s responses. It is your responsibility to have informed consents and releases obtained before submitting your proposal to Innovations in Clinical Art Therapy. The symposium committee reserves the right to ask for copies of these documents at anytime.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted proposals should be consistent with the symposium theme highlighting your innovations, achievements and creativity in clinical practice. Submissions should include the following information: 1) presentation title; 2) presentation description (100 word maximum for the symposium brochure); 3) three learning objectives; 4) presentation abstract and references (800 word maximum written in APA format with in-text citations and references). If you have questions or concerns about the submission rules please contact the symposium chair.

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Tips and Clarification

  1. Review the information available regarding this symposium and check that your proposal is in order before submission. Specifically, use the symposium policies page as an indicator whether you are ready to submit your proposal. Common problems are a) failure to conform to APA style in references and citations, b) excessive length, c) missing description, d) author's name appears in the body of the text.
  2. To submit the proposal click the "submit a proposal" button, log in with a username and password, and follow the instructions to upload your file and provide essential information. You will receive an automatic email message acknowledging that your proposal was received.
  3. It will take about four weeks for your proposal to be reviewed depending upon the volume of submissions waiting for review. It is important to understand that the review process takes time as most jurors are working professionals who volunteer time to the symposium while juggling many other duties.
  4. The reviewers will evaluate according to the criteria that 1) The proposal demonstrates Innovations in Clinical Art Therapy and is consistant with APA requirements for citations and refereneces; 2) Proposal is well organized and includes citations in text; 3) Proposal is clear and well written, and 4) Proposal adds to current body of knowledge in the field of art therapy. They will assess its overall strengths and weaknesses, assign a numeric evaluation for each of these categories, and may make suggestions for improvement.
  5. Finally, a decision will be made based on reveiwer recommendations. You will receive a message stating either a) that your proposal will be accepted for the symposium; b) revisions are necessary before consideration your proposal, or c) why the proposal will not be accepted for the symposium.
  6. If your proposal is accepted for the symposium, you may be asked to make some minor revisions and submit the proposal one last time. The copyright for the proposal is signed over to the publisher with a form that accompanies your final version of the proposal.
  7. Please make sure that you obtain all relevant consents and releases to use artwork or clinical cases, or participant's responses for publication. It is your responsibility to have informed consents and releases obtained before presenting your work in the symposium. The symposium committee reserves the right to ask for a copy of these documents at anytime.

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Formatting Requirements

Innovations in Clinical Art Therapy has specific rules about the formatting of proposals upon initial submission. Please review the general submission rules above for details regarding the formatting of your submission. Please be sure to use pseudonyms for your clients and delete your name from any of the documents as this is a blind review. Submitted proposals should be formatted using APA style; here is a link to a website to help you with this:

The APA style requirements are focused on citations and references. Please be aware that the presentation description should not be more than 100 words and the presentation abstract and references should not be more than 800 words.

Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the proposal as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Submission Preparation Checklist

Before submitting your proposal, please make sure your have prepared the proposal to according to the criteria below:

  1. The proposal is well organized, does not exceed word limitations, and is written in good English.
  2. It meets the publication standards of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.). Please see or for online help)
  3. It contains keywords and a 100 word description. Author's name, address, position, or affiliations do not appear on the cover sheet or anywhere in the text (to facilitate blind review).
  4. Manuscript is saved with a file name that describes title of presentation but does not disclose the author's name or place of work. Submission file should be in Microsoft Word format.
  5. Notes, structure, and writing style are typed as normal text in APA style. References are error-free and completed in APA style (6th edition)
  6. Permission to reproduce all artwork, consents to participate in research and releases for publications from clients and relevant agencies, have been secured from the copyright holder; client confidentiality has been maintained and proper releases for client artwork has been obtained.

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Rights for Authors and Loyola Marymount University

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Loyola Marymount University the right of first publication and non-exclusive right to make the work available in any format in perpetuity. Authors retain copyright, but Loyola Marymount University requests that the work be simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and publication in this Journal.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium, requires acknowledgement of the work’s publication in this symposium.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Loyola Marymount University website and/or software agree not to misuse the Loyola Marymount University service or software in any way.

The failure of Loyola Marymount University to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Loyola Marymount University and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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