Editorial Committee
Chair – Nidhi Kirpalani, M.Sc., M.Sc., ICST-P#006
Associate Editor – Marybeth Orton, ATR-BC, ICST, LPAT-S
Associate Editor – Mary Rottier, Ed.D, LPC, RPT/S, ICST, CAAPT
Managing Editor – Rachel Moore

Editorial Consultant Contact: journal@sandtraytherapy.org

Editorial Committee
Chair – Nidhi Kirpalani, M.Sc., M.Sc., ICST-P#006
Associate Editor – Marybeth Orton, ATR-BC, ICST, LPAT-S
Associate Editor – Mary Rottier, Ed.D, LPC, RPT/S, ICST, CAAPT
Managing Editor – Rachel Moore

Editorial Consultant Contact: journal@sandtraytherapy.org


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Aim & Scope

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Aim: The International Journal of Sandtray Therapy seeks to advance the understanding of the effectiveness of Sandtray with individuals, couples, and families. The journal will publish articles on research surrounding Sandtray therapy including but not limited to, the practice and training of Sandtray, effectiveness of the Sandtray modality, theories underlying Sandtray, and much more!

Scope: The International Journal of Sandtray Therapy supports and promotes research of Sandtray therapy, as a resource for all professionals, researchers, and practitioners of Sandtray therapy. Our aim is to make Sandtray research visible and easily accessible to the public and practitioners. We believe it is important to build a strong and connected Sandtray community, in order to support clinicians and researchers alike. With a strong foundation we hope to encourage new research.

We maintain a small database of Sandtray research. Here you will find research on outcomes and effectiveness of Sandtray therapy. This research is important to providers, families, researchers, and policymakers. Clinicians and practitioners will find studies relevant to the clinical population, special population groups, and case studies.

The editorial board includes academics and professionals from around the world in keeping with an intention to attract a high standard of international contributions, which will have global reach and influence.

Review our Manuscript Guidelines

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The International Journal of Sandtray Therapy is open to authors from all over the world. We want our submission process to be simplified for the ease of submission and resubmission. We are open to quantitative, qualitative, composite case studies. Be sure to follow APA ethical guidelines with your writing. Please also review our Clinical and Authorship Criteria prior to submission.

For journal submission please use the American Psychological Association format.


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Types of Submissions

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The International Journal of Sandtray Therapy (IJST) publishes original manuscripts on sandtray research, practice, theory, and contemporary issues in the field. Submissions should be scholarly, be based on existing literature, and include implications for practice. Manuscripts should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Original Research
  • Reviews: Articles, Books
  • Series: needs to have a minimum of 3 separate articles submitted to the editorial committee (one per publication), and accepted.
  • Case Studies
  • Methodologies

Spring Edition Submission Deadline : 20th February
Submissions accepted year-round

Cost of an article :

  • shorter articles : free
  • For members : Free
  • Non-Members : US$5
  • Cost of Journal will be dependent on size of Journal (# of submissions inside)

Application/Submission Fee

  • for Members : US$20
  • for Non-Members: US$40

Submission Checklist

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  1. Read The International Journal of Sandtray online Submission Guidelines
  2. Read the Manuscript Guidelines
  3. Ensured your documents are in APA Format
  4. Read the Ethical Guidelines
  5. Read Research Integrity section
  6. One Authors designated as the corresponding Author
  7. Permission obtained for copyright data/documents, etc.
  8. Submitted E-mail Address
  9. Submitted Full Postal Address
  10. Submitted phone numbers
  11. Spell-checked and grammar checked my documents
  12. References in APA format
  13. Upload my document(s)
  14. Ensured Keywords entered in
  15. Ensured all figure captions uploaded
  16. Ensured all tables uploaded
  17. Read about what to expect from peer review and the possible outcomes for your manuscript, including what to do if your manuscript is not accepted right away

For more details and information, review our Submission Guidelines.

Research Ethics & Integrity

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The IJST conforms to recognized ethical standards within the industry, expecting all authors to be responsible for obtaining written informed consent and maintaining the confidentiality/anonymity of participants. Culturally sensitive materials may be checked through the US Office for Human Research Protection for approval. Images of miniatures/objects that may have cultural significance will be sensitively considered so as not to cause offense.

The US Federal Policy on Research Misconduct defines misconduct as falsification, plagiarism and/or fabrication and/or image manipulation in the performing, proposing, and reporting research results or reviewing research. The IJST editorial team will handle cases of misconduct as necessary. Additionally, the IJST will use CrossRef (or CrossCheck) to screen submitted manuscripts for plagiarism and dual publication.

The IJST does not accept duplicate publications. There must be clear reporting on any previously published results presenting new analysis of previously published results. “Prior publication” such as dissertations and theses in university archives, abstracts and posters presented during conferences, results presented at meetings, and results in databases, such as tables, are permissible and not cause for concern about redundant or duplicate publication.

The International Journal of Sandtray Therapy may choose to publish previously published works, should they be accurately translated from an original publication in a different language. Authors submitting translated manuscripts must indicate where the material was originally published, and that they have appropriate permission for republishing.

For more information, review our Ethical and Integrity Guidelines.

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