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1. Guide for Authors

The editorial board of the journal 「Journal of Symbols and Sandplay Therapy」 request all contributors to adhere to our guidelines when sending material for publication in order to facilitate the work of our webmasters and editorial staff. We recommend following these criteria in order to avoid publication delays due to Accepted articles not conforming to the editorial rules of the journal.

Articles for the 「Journal of Symbols and Sandplay Therapy」, must be submitted in English. Contributors are requested to send an electronic version in Microsoft Word by e-mail as an attachment.

The Journal is issued third a year on April 30, August 31 and December 31.
The journal publishes only original articles that have never previously been released in any form. We cannot Accept articles that have been published elsewhere or are in the process of being considered for publication by other journals.

Contact Journal Publishing
Primary : April 30
Secondary: August 31
Tertiary: December 31
TEL : +82-31-715-2226

2. Author fees

JSST uses the Open Access publishing model in which all published articles are freely available to readers directly from the Jounal’s website. This publishing model, however, is based on author fees. The submissions of a manuscript and peer-review process are 70,000 KRW.

All authors should be member of the Korean Society for Sandplay Therpy if a manuscript is approved for publication or can be published after revison. If publication is approved or publication is possible after revision, the author must deposit a publication fee of 400,000 KRW based on 15 pages of A4. For manuscripts with additional pages, a publication fee of 20,000 KRW for the Korean version and 30,000 KRW for the English version will be added per page.

3. Submission Checklist

The checklist below will help you make sure your submission is ready. Please go over it before you upload your work to the auto submission system. The Guide for Authors section has more details.

*Researcher Self-Checklist
※ Please mark either O or X for each self-check item.
No Category Check Item O/X Note
1 Manuscript title and personal information Manuscript includes researcher name (Korean/English)
Manuscript includes title (Korean/English)
Manuscript includes researcher affiliation, position (Korean/English) and contact information
Manuscript follows the editing style standard (font, font size, etc.)
2 Editing style Chapters and Sections are properly divided and numbered, and errors have been fixed
Spaces and typos have been checked and fixed
Tables and figures are explained and numbered
The manuscript refers to and complies with the standard editing style
3 References All reference citations in the manuscript follow the reference citation standard
The manuscript refers to and complies with the standard reference citation editing style (refer to rules on citation of literature, Korean journals and English journals)
4 Korean/English abstract and keywords The Korean abstract (including keywords) refers to and complies with the standard editing style
The English abstract (including keywords) refers to and complies with the standard editing style
The Korean/English abstracts refer to and comply with the standard editing style, including letter/word counts
The Korean/English abstracts include key information such as the topic of the manuscript, research subjects, research method, and research results
The English abstract has been proofread and corrected by a native English speaker
5 Compliance with research ethics standard The manuscript complies with the requirement that a submitted manuscript should not contain forgery, falsification or plagiarism, that there shall be no unjust listing of manuscript authors and that it does not fall under duplicate submission
Compliance with rules regarding a co-author who is in special association with the researcher, including those on the disclosure of personal information and submission of prior consent
Compliance with rules regarding gender, religion and race, including those on the inclusion of biased values or non-objective narratives
Any conflict of interest related to the manuscript has been reported
Detailed results from the manuscript plagiarism prevention system (KCI manuscript similarity check), with results at or under 15%, are attached
※ Submitters should only submit manuscripts after conducting the proper reviews and confirming that all items in the checklist are marked ‘O.’

4. Confidentiality

In the event that the author wishes to include case details or other personal information, appropriate consent, permission, and releases must be obtained. The author must also retain written consent and copies of the consent or evidence that consent was obtained. This evidence must be provided to the JSST Editorial Board upon their request.

5. Requirement for consent to use the material

It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that:

  • Individuals, including children (but excluding clients) that appear in a photograph, image, artwork or case material (or any other identifiable form), or the individual’s legal guardian or person authorized to act on the individual’s behalf must be informed in advance that the photos are being taken. They must also be informed of the purpose of the photographs, images, illustrations, or reports. The individual with legal authority must provide expressed written consent. The author must retain said written consent, and a copy of the consent must be provided to JSST upon request. (https://www.sandplay.org/journal/jst-other/writing-for-sandplay-considerations-for-symbol-papers-final-case-reports-and-publishable-manuscripts/) If the individual with legal authority requests withdrawal of the article or picture after publication, even if written consent was obtained, the journal will respect the wishes of the individual.
  • In the case that clinical information or material should be included in the article, the author(s) should state that the clinical work has been done under the Code of Ethics for Korean Society for Sandplay Therapy.
  • Photographs of the client or related persons should not be submitted and will not be published by the journal. In the event that a photograph of a person appears in an article and that person is not a client nor related to the client, there must be consent from that person and the applicable legal guardian, or those with legal authority. In the event that a child (not client, not related person) appears in a photograph, their head or face will be disguised and person details will be removed (individual’s names, marks, jewelry, tattoos, etc.). Even though the individual will be disguised, consent must still be obtained.
  • The written consent form should comply with the respective requirements of all applicable data protection and privacy laws.
  • If a parent or guardian does not consent to the use of a child’s photo or image, it is deemed that consent has not been obtained and use of these images is prohibited. It is also important to ensure that only images of children in appropriate clothing are submitted, to reduce the risk of the images being used inappropriately.
  • Even when consent is obtained, the depiction and caption of the individual in the photograph must be respected with no inference that could be seen as disparaging.
  • Do not use the names, initials, school, residential location, hospital, or social security number, date of birth, or other personal or identifying information of clients and research participants.
  • Photographs or images of clients or research participants should not be used unless the information is deemed essential for academic purposes. In addition, they must be expressly authorized as part of consent. Even when consent is obtained, identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential.
  • When the identifying characteristics are changed in order to protect anonymity, the authors must provide assurance that these changes do not distort the scientific meaning or data. If consent is not obtained, it is not sufficient to anonymize the picture by simply using an eye bar or blurring the person’s face.

6. Studies in humans and animals

Work must be carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) (https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-international-code-of-medical-ethics/), especially for experiments or clinical work that involves human subjects. Any submitted documents should follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (https://www.icmje.org/recommendations/) and include all representative parts of the population (age, ethnicity, gender) whenever possible. Authors must receive informed consent for human experimentation and state that in submitted documents. The subject’s privacy must always be observed.

7. Declaration of Interest Statement

The authors must disclose any relationships that could bias their work, including personal or financial relationships. These could include, but are not limited to employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patents application/registrations, and grants or other funding. All authors should fill in the Conflict of Interest Notification Form (included below).

8. Originality and previous publication

When submitting an article, it is implicitly understood that the article has not been previously published, is not under consideration for publication, and that the article has been approved by all authors involved (with the exception of an abstract, lecture, or academic thesis). If the article is Accepted, the article should not be published anywhere else, in English or another language, without the consent of the copyright holder. Articles may be checked by the Crossref Similarity Check, or other similar software, to verify this (less than 15% plagiarism is allowed).

9. Changes to authorship

Before submitting their manuscript, authors should consider their author list carefully. They should provide the final author list at the time of original submission. The author list should only be changed with the journal editor’s approval before manuscript is Accepted. Changes include but are not limited to addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names. To request such changes, the author must send the editors a written confirmation email, with the reason for the change to the author list and consent to the change from all authors. For addition or removal, this includes consent from the authors being added or removed. Editors will consider adding, deleting, or rearranging authors only in exceptional cases and only after the manuscript has been approved. The publishing process will stop while such a request is reviewed. Any requests approved by the editor will result in a corrigendum if the manuscript has already been published in an online issue.

10. Publication misconduct management

The Committee on Publication Ethics resolution process (http://publicationethics.org) will be followed in cases of suspected research or publication misconduct. Some examples of this include plagiarism, duplicate publications, fabricated data, conflicts of interest, ethical problems, complaints against editors, and other issues.

11. Corrections, retractions, and editorial expressions of concern

The ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.) will be used for Corrections, Retractions, Republications, and Version Control (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/corrections-and-version-control.html). COPE flow charts will be followed in any case of editorial expressions of concern. (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).

12. Editorial responsibilities

The Editorial Board will monitor publication ethics. They have the authority to Accept or Reject any article. Along with this, they have the authority to Accept or Reject articles in order to avoid conflicts of interest and to promote the publication of corrections or retractions, as well as preserving the anonymity of reviewers.

13. Complaints and appeals

In cases of breach of confidentiality, undisclosed conflicts of interest, or misuse of privileged information obtained during peer reviews, complaints may be raised against the conduct of editors and/or peer reviewers. Complaints may also arise in disputes over substantive decisions (disagreement about retractions and expressions of concern, and how to deal with them). Also, complaints about the administrative process may be raised. Others complaints, such as irregularities in the editorial process or complaints that journal staff are not responding, may be more managerial in nature. If you have a complaint or are in any of these situations, please fill out the application form in Complaints and appeals | COPE: Committee on Publication Ethics and send it to ksststudy@hanmail.net. The Editorial Board will reply to the applicant(s) within two weeks.

14. Funding

Authors are expected to give information about financial support received for the research done and to describe the role of the sponsor(s).

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