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Sexual Offender Treatment

The electronic journal of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders

Guidelines to authors

SEXUAL OFFENDER TREATMENT is an international peer reviewed journal open to all scientists and practitioners researching sexual abuse. We welcome all contributions that enhance or illuminate relevant practice and science.

All material is assumed to be submitted exclusively to SEXUAL OFFENDER TREATMENT per e-mail to: The Editors expect adherence to the principles outlined by the committee on Publication Ethics (

The manuscripts are written in clear, grammatical English and author(s) should consult with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition for style and formatting, except as described below.


Full-length reports of completed research should not exceed 6,000 words of text, with an abstract of not more than 300 words, no more than 30 references and a combined total of no more than 10 tables or figures.

Rapid or Brief Communications should not exceed 3,000 words of text, with an abstract of not more than 250 words, no more than 15 references, and a combined total of no more than 6 tables or figures.

Overview or Review Articles should include a 250-word summary, text not exceeding 5,000 words, 50 references, and a combined total of no more than 10 tables or figures; the text is not to be divided into the usual sections.

Single case reports of high interest are also suitable for publication. When a letter consists of commentary on a previous article, it may be sent to the original author(s) by the Editors for a response, which may also be published. Letters should not exceed 500 words in length, no more than 5 references and a single table or figure.


Full-length reports of completed research must conform to the following format:


Page 1: Title page. This page contains the title (preferably not more than 15 words). SEXUAL OFFENDER TREATMENT prefers expressive titles to neutral ones.

Authors: The full first name, middle initials, and family name of each author, as well as the name(s) of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed, with address(es) including postal codes. Please supply 5-10 keywords. The mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address for the corresponding author should be added.


Page 2: Footnotes. These should be designated by superscript arabic numbers and should include the footnotes to the title, giving sources of support, and to authors' names, giving current addresses and an address for correspondence from readers. Authors should indicate clearly any source of funding for work reported in the journal as well as any potential conflict of interest. This page should also include all footnotes to the text, given in numerical sequence.


Page 3: The abstract page is separate from the text, with a separate word count. The abstract should – if appropriate – at least consist of four paragraphs, labeled Aim/Background, Material/Methods, Results, and Conclusions. They should briefly describe the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results, and what the authors conclude from the results. The abstract for Rapid and Brief Communications need not be divided into sections.


Page 4, pp: Text.

The introduction contains a statement of the purpose of the work, the problem that stimulated it, and a brief summary of relevant published investigations.

Materials and methods must be presented in sufficient detail to enable other investigators to repeat the work.

The results should be described concisely, avoiding redundant tables and figures illustrating the same data.

The discussion should interpret results, with minimal recapitulation of findings.


New page:

References should be added following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition (

Type each table, double-spaced throughout (including column headings, footnotes, and data), on a separate page. Number the tables in sequence in arabic numbers and supply a concise, informative title for each one. Each column in the tables should carry a concise heading describing the data in the column. Use lowercase superscript letters to designate footnotes, and type the footnotes below the tables to which they refer. Tables are cited in the text in numerical order. Each table should be understood without consulting the text.

Images must be in digital format, appended to the text document.


  1. Preview (if necessary): One to three weeks after submission of the manuscript, the author may receive Editor´s letter with a copy of the manuscript in which the required corrections are indicated. The author should revise the manuscript and return it as soon as possible.
  2. Peer review: One to two months after submission of the manuscript, the authors will receive the Editor’s publication decision along with the results of a review by two anonymous review(s). In principle, the instructions, objections and requests made by the reviewers should be strictly followed. In this respect, the editor’s accompanying letter will give clear general instructions for further work on the manuscript.

After the paper has been accepted for publication, authors are required to submit the final accepted version to

Contributors do not pay page charges.


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