Notes for contributors

Kairos – the Slovenian Journal of Psychotherapy – is published by the Slovenian Umbrella Association  for Psychotherapy. The main aim of the journal is to encourage the development of psychotherapy as an autonomous profession grounded on a scientific basis both in Slovenia and abroad. Two issues of Kairos are published annually. Kairos is currently included in two international databases: Scopus and EBSCO.

Types of contributions

Kairos welcomes contributions from all fields of psychotherapy, as well as interdisciplinary articles and articles from neighbouring fields. We publish three types of articles: scientific, professional and other. Subtypes of contributions can include research papers, theoretical papers, overview of research or theory and translations of historically important and relevant articles.

We also welcome contributions aimed at informing readers about relevant topics and events.

We would like to give the opportunity for expression to clients, students and others, who perhaps are not skilled in academic writing. Therefore we encourage authors to send us short reports about their practice, projects, small research,  case studies,  film or book reviews, reviews of published articles in Kairos, news about educational events, news about social activities and politics relevant for psychotherapy, interviews, reports from congresses and other educational events etc.

Scientific empirical papers present original research, with all the standard elements of scientific investigation (introduction, method – including participants, instruments and procedure – results, discussion and references).

Theoretical papers are expected to examine in detail and critically analyse selected models and/or theories, and empirical data is  described only if it is  directly related to the theory.

A review paper is expected to evaluate previously published work and it is typically composed of the following sections: problem definition, summary of previous research, explanation of subject matter, contradictions, problems, and suggestions for further research.

A meta-analytic study is expected to compare different empirical investigations addressing a common problem.

Other contributions about psychotherapy practice, development of the profession, novelties, sharing of experiences are also welcome.

Editorial processing, ethics and publication of contributions

Kairos publishes contributions in either Slovene or English  and only in exceptional cases in other languages. In the latter case the Slovene short abstract will be provided by the editors but the extended English abstract should be provided by the author. For the non-Slovene speakers the editors will help with the translation of the title, the abstract and key words.

Each manuscript, meeting the technical standards and falling within the aims and scope of the journal, will be subject to double-blind review by two reviewers.

Manuscripts from the category “other” will be reviewed by the editors and may be subject to peer review if the editors find it indicated.

The editorial board will assume unless specifically advised in writing to the contrary that the proposed paper has not already been published or is in the process of being published elsewhere.

The paper will be first seen by the Kairos editors who will assess if it adheres to publication ethics, has all the required structural elements and quality of content. The editors have the right to decline the paper in its original form or they may suggest changes. They may consult the editorial board on that matter. After the initial consent of the editors the paper will be submitted to double-blind peer review. Our editors are obliged to finish the review process in a maximum of three months. After both reviews the authors must send the editors the modified version of the paper. In some cases it can take several cycles of modifying the article and sending it back into review and thus the process can take longer.  If the reviewing process takes too long, the editors have the right to suggest resubmission of the article again later. Authors are obliged to accept the remarks, suggestions and opinions of the reviewers, although the author has the right to express disagreement about the review and to insert his or her remarks in the reviewed paper. However, this kind of practice should not be abused and the reviewing process should not turn into a professional discussion; the reviewer and the editors have the right to ignore or dismiss poorly based complaints.

Copyright information

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright of their articles, including abstracts, to the Publisher: the Slovenian Umbrella Association for Psychotherapy. Further publication of the material is possible with the permission of the Publisher. Editorial and Advisory Boards assume no responsibility for the expert opinions, claims, and conclusions stated by the authors in their papers. After publication a complete copy of the relevant issue of the journal will be sent free of charge to the author.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts are to be submitted in three separate files: original, tables and figures, first page.

The three files should be named with the first author’s surname and a short description of the file (e.g. stern-text.doc, stern-tables&figures.doc, stern-first page).

In the “original” file, only the text should be included (without authors contact information, abstracts, key words etc.) In the “tablesand figures” file only the tables and figures are included (see below the detailed instructions for tables and figures). In the “first_page” file the following information and sections are required  in the following  order: Title of the paper (in original and English language), original and English short abstracts, original and English key words, (where required) the extended English abstract, authors’ names, academic and other professional titles and contact information (institution(s), exact address of the author (including telephone number, e-mail address, home page URL if possible).

The text in the final version should include (after the title of the paper) potential additional information on funding, congress presentation and/or acknowledgements.

All the files should be sent by e-mail to Miran Možina: or Bojan Varjačić Rajko:

For any additional correspondence please make use of e-mail.

Required structure for scientific, professional and other papers

The paper must contain: title, key words, and abstract in Slovene and English language; extended abstract in English is required for non-English papers.

We recommend the following structure for research papers:

  1. In the introduction present in a comprehensive way the theoretical or conceptual frame relevant for the research.
  2. Form the research problem clearly so that it connects logically with the introduction. Emphasise which new aspects or dilemmas the research explores.
  3. Hypothesis and variables of the research and the use of qualitative and quantitative methods must be clearly depicted. Provide short but precise description of participants’ selection and research procedure.
  4. Results must be precisely described. Tables must include only the necessary information. If needed, the details can be separately presented in an appendix.
  5. Discussion and interpretation of findings must draw upon well-known concepts and theories even if the results do not support them.
  6. Assertions or findings of other authors must be referenced in the text and correspond with the literature in the References.

Modify the proposed structure for professional papers. In a theoretical paper use the empirical evidence only if it refers directly to the theory.

For a  review paper we recommend the following  structure: definition and description of the problem, summary of previous research or theory, explanation of mutual relations of the concepts, paradoxes and deficiencies of the research or theory and directions for future research.

For other contributions general principles of quality writing apply. Please include the type of contribution (e.g. report from a conference, film review etc.) in the subtitle. Give all the information about the event or media under review (e.g. the date and place of the conference, the director and the screenwriter of the film, publication information of the book, number of pages, ISBN etc.).

Technical Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with Kairos instructions, which essentially follow APA guidelines. APA Publication Manual can be found in its original or abbreviated forms on the internet, e.g.

The manuscript must contain the title, keywords (about five, defining the contents), and abstract of up to 300 words.

The paper should normally not exceed 16 standard pages (32 rows by 60 characters) in length or 30.000 characters with spaces.

The manuscript must be typeset in a standard font (Times Roman, Arial, Helvetica, or Courier, 12 pt size), with left justification and double spacing. Headings and subheadings must be clearly indicated and pages must be numbered (no other header/footer information is allowed).

The paragraphs must not be indented and they must be separated by a blank line.

Subheadings can only have two levels. Number them manually (1., 1.1., 1.2.,2.,2.1 …).

The main text, without author(s) name(s) and institution(s), should be saved in a .doc or .rtf file (e.g., in MS Word – if non-Windows software is used, the author must perform the necessary conversion to assure seamless operation on the Windows platform).

Designate quotes with quotation marks and not with italics. Long quotes must be put in a separate paragraph.

Italics can be used only to highlight short passages of text and must be used infrequently. Italics can be used to highlight titles of books and journals or to designate foreign words. Italics are not used to mark quotes, titles, headings etc. Don’t use bold font.

When needing to make clear the translation of a word or expression from a foreign language   put the original in square brackets, e.g. toy [it. gioco]. Use square brackets also to designate a missed word or letter from the quote: » … [family] has the function of … »; »[A]ll the foreign words.« Use three dots to mark skipped parts of quotes.

Tables and figures should not be included in the text (but their position should be indicated, e.g. Table 1). They should be added as one or more separate files and marked, e.g. Table 1, followed by a short description, e.g. Table 1: Categorization of addicts’ risk behaviours.

Choose only one graphical or tabular presentation to illustrate the results.

Figures should be provided in camera-ready format without excessively small details. Graphs, schemes, and diagrams should be pasted from the original program into a .doc file as objects. Photographs should be supplied in high-resolution (> 300 dpi) graphic files as JPG, TIF, or PNG. In case of uncertainties please contact our technical editor Denis Hilčer:

Footnotes should be placed at the end of the paper, before the References. Do not use automatic footnoting. In the main text mark the footnote with its serial number in the superscript mode right after the word or the separator. Use the superscript mode also in the footnotes section to mark the corresponding text. Do not use bibliographical footnotes.

Citing and references

Please make use of the following link: or any other resource from the APA.