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What is Psych-Talk?

Psych-Talk is the magazine for the Student Members of the British Psychological Society. Psych-Talk is written by students for students and contains loads of articles and information about studying psychology, careers in psychology and keeping you up to date with the Student Committee activities.

Back issues of Psych-Talk are available from the BPS Shop.

Contributing to Psych-Talk

Being published in Psych-Talk looks pretty impressive on your CV. If you are interested in contributing, read the guidelines below and contact psychtalkeditors@bps.org.uk

Guidelines for Contributors

Psych-Talk welcomes contributions relating to any area of psychology
Examples of contributions include:
  • Book reviews (new/text books/psychology classics/reference/psych-related fiction)
  • General interest articles
  • Work and placement experiences
  • Reviews of recent research/contemporary re-analysis of classic research
  • Conference reports
  • Course and job experiences
  • Interviews with psychologists/researchers/academics (with accompanying digital photos)

Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail in English in font Times New Roman, size 12, regularly aligned to the left as a Word file attachment, for the attention of the Psych-Talk Editor and psychtalkeditors@bps.org.uk

Please think about style of writing and the audience you are writing for. Keep it concise, informative and engaging - less essay, more journalism. Your submission should be accessible to a very broad student readership who should not be assumed to have any specialist knowledge.

Articles should not exceed 1,000 words in the first instance. If more is needed, you will be informed! The best articles will come with around 100 words of 'extra' information that can be boxed off and placed next to the main body of text, for example, interesting stats or information about the topic, including details of books/websites for those readers seeking further information.

Book reviews: Student Members who wish to be added to the pool of reviewers should e-mail psychtalkeditors@bps.org.ukwith their membership number and their correspondence address.

Selected reviewers will be sent a copy of the book they are to review with a copy of the PsychTalk guidelines for contributors and deadline. Book reviews are to total 250 words in length and should include the author name, full book title, publisher, publication date and name and institution of the reviewer. Completed reviews should be e-mailed to psychtalkeditors@bps.org.ukwith ‘book review submission’ in the subject line, approximately 8 weeks from receipt of the book.


Articles are to include a main title and subtitle. Please also include details of your university/place of work/job description/contact details, as you would like them to appear in print.

References should be kept to a reasonable minimum, and should follow the Society style guide (referencing broadly follows the APA style).

All articles are reviewed by the Editor and are accepted at the Editor's discretion. Minor revisions may be made with regard to accuracy/grammar. if major revisions are required, the piece will be returned tp the author(s) with clear guidelines.

All manuscripts published in Psych-Talk are published on the understanding that the said work is that of the submitting author(s). Articles published in Psych-Talk should not be taken to reflect the view of the British Psychological Society. No liability for breach of copyright will be incurred by Psych-Talk or the British Psychological Society. Information provided in Psych-Talk is not absolute; it should, therefore, be verified by affirmation with the appropriate independent body.



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