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* Preparation

Articles submitted should be between 4,000 – 7,000 words. This length does not include tables, figures, and references. JSST uses the APA (American Psychological Association, 7th edition) style guidelines for written works. Italics should not be used for Latin expressions, indent each paragraph, leave no space between paragraphs, double-space after each sentence, avoid full justification, number all pages consecutively, and present tables and figures on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.

* Authors should follow the APA 7th Edition

Articles should be divided into clearly defined sections. Headings may be given to each section. The heading should appear on its own line.

If there is more than one appendix, the appendices should be identified as A, B, C, and so on. Formulae, charts, tables, figures, and equations should each receive their own separate heading, ie.: Table a.1, Figure b.2.

Essential Title Page Information
There are two kinds of title pages. The first is sent out for a blind review, and it should include only the title. The second is for editors, and it should include full information about the article.

  • Title
    Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations. In cases where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please clarify this. Present the authors' affiliation addresses if relevant (where the actual work was done), below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and the e-mail address of each author.
  • Designation of Corresponding author.
    Clearly indicate those who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, as well as post-publication. Make sure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and complete postal addresses.
  • Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting the area at the time the work was done, a "Present address" (or "Permanent address") may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at the location in which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

Highlights are made from a short collection of bullet points that show the major results of your research as well as new methods that were used in the study (if any new methods exist). Highlights should be submitted separately from the manuscript in the area marked ‘Highlights’ in the auto-submission system. Please name the file ‘Highlights’ and include a maximum of 100 words.

An abstract is required. It should concisely state the purpose of the research, the results, and any major conclusion. Abstracts are often presented separately from articles, so the abstract should be able to stand alone. References and abbreviations should be avoided in abstracts. Abstracts should be between 200-250 words.

Following the abstract, up to five keywords should be provided. Keywords should avoid general and plural terms, as well as multiple concepts. Avoid abbreviations.

Acknowledgements should be placed in a separate section at the end of the article, before references. Acknowledgements should include any persons who provided help during the research.

Formatting of funding sources
Funding resources should be listed in a standardized way, following compliance to funder’s requirements. Including detailed descriptions of the program or type of grants and awards is not necessary. If the research is financially supported by KSST research funding, please write: This research was funded by the International Society for Sandplay Therapy.

Avoid using footnotes. If used, they should be numbered consecutively. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.

Sandpictures and other images
General points

  • Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original work.
  • Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
  • Provide captions to illustrations separately.
  • Size the illustrations close to the desired dimensions of the published version.
  • Submit each illustration as a separate file.
  • Please save all images as JPG or PNG files.

It is the author’s responsibility to provide accurate bibliographic citations. All references should follow APA style guidelines.

Citation in text
All references cited in the text should be in the reference list. Unpublished results may be mentioned in the text, but should not be included in the reference list.


  • Reference to a journal publication:
  • Jang, M., & Lee, Y. (2020). Numinose of play and its healing teleology. Journal of Symbols and Sandplay Therapy, 11(1), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.20006
  • Reference to an online journal publication:
  • Jerrentrup, A., Mueller, T., Glowalla, U., Herder, M., Henrichs, N., Neubauer, A., & Schaefer, J. R. (2018). Teaching medicine with the help of “Dr. House.” PLoS ONE,13(3), Article e0193972. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193972
  • Reference to a book:
  • Kalff, D. M. (2020). Sandplay: A psychotherapeutic approach to the psyche(B. Matthews, Trans.) Analytical Psychology Press. (Original work published in 1966).
  • Piaget, J., & Inhelder, B. (1969). The psychology of the child(H. Weaver, Trans. ; 2nd ed.). Basic books (Original work published 1966)
  • Jang, M. (2017). Analytical psychological Sandplay therapy. Hakji-sa.
  • Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000168-000
  • Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
  • Jung, C. G. (1960/1981). On the psychic energy. In C. G. Jung, The structure and dynamics of the psyche(2nd ed.). CW 8. Bollingen Series XX. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • (1970). ON PSYCHIC ENERGY. In R. Hull (Ed.), Volume 8 Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 8(pp. 3-66). Princeton: Princeton University Press. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781400850952.3
  • Astor, J. (1998). Fordham’s development of Jung in the context of infancy and childhood. In I. Alister, & C. Hauke (Eds.), Contemporary Jungian Analysis: Post-Jungian Perspectives from the Society of Analytical Psychology (pp. 7-16). Routledge.
  • Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research(4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.
  • Reference to a Webpage on a Website:
  • Friedman, H., & Mitchell, R. R. (2017). What is Sandplay Therapy. Retrieved from https://www.sandplay.org/about-sandplay/what-is-sandplay/ Accessed September 15, 2022
  • Urban, E. (2022). Michael Fordham’s Model of Development. Retrieved November 14, 2022 from https://www.thesap.org.uk/articles-on-jungian-psychology-2/michael-fordham/fordham-model-development/
  • U.S. Census Bureau. (n.d.). U.S. and world population clock. U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved January 9, 2020, from https://www.census.gov/popclock/
  • Horovitz, B. (2021, October 19). Are you ready to move your aging parent into yourhome?AARP. https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/info-2021/caregiving-questions.html
  • Reference to a data set:
  • Oguro, M., Imahiro, S., Saito, S., & Nakashizuka, T. (2015). Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions. [Data set]. Mendeley. https://doi.org/10.17632/ xwj98nb39r.1.
  • O’Donohue, W. (2017). Content analysis of undergraduate psychology textbooks(ICPSR 21600; Version V1) [Data set]. ICPSR. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36966.v1
  • Reference to a conference paper or poster presentation:
  • An, S., & Jang, M. (2019, September 5-9). A study on reach trends in Sandplay therapy [Poster presentation]. International Society for Sandplay Therapy Congress, Berlin, Germany.
  • Pearson, J. (2018, September 27-30). Fat talk and its effects on state -based body image in women [Poster presentation]. Australian Psychological Society Congress, Sydney, NSW, Australia. http://bit.ly/2XGSThP
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