Submissions MSP-Academy

Please contact us about SOMSP related studies and articles.

To contact us about SOMSP studies and articles, please use the contact form below and your question or comment will be forwarded to the appropriate person. Or you may contact us by e-mail using the information below. Please use our general contact form if you would like to contact the SOMSP Fellowship about a non-magazine related topic or any other part of our website.

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Article Guidelines 

I. Article Content

Our Knowledge Centre covers what people are learning about Mental Space Psychology.

We are interested only in articles that directly or indirectly relate to Mental Space Psychology. We ask contributors to share stories and experiences, not just ideas; write about your challenges, not just your successes; and describe specific situations that will help make your story come alive for the reader.

Before you start writing, please familiarize yourself with our Writers’ Guidelines and let us know your topic so that we can give you feedback on how it may fit into our Knowledge Centre. Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your answers; these are what will make your ideas and observations most “real” and relevant to readers. We would like to hear from anyone with a story to tell in this respect: writers, people with specialized knowledge, or academic researchers.

II. What “Submitting” an article means

Before you start writing your article, please contact the editor about your topic. We may be able to give you feedback on how to shape your article to give it the best chance of fitting into an upcoming issue. We also appreciate knowing in advance that an article will be submitted, so that we have a better overview of the material we may be considering for publication. We promise to read your article, we may publish it, respectfully decline it, or save it and publish it in a future issue. Because we have more submissions than we can use, we will select the best-written and those that best fit our needs for a theme or other specific article, those that best complement the other stories in the issue, those that are least repetitive of recent Knowledge Centre articles, and those with the most relevant, helpful information. We may edit or shorten the article. In sucht cases we will contact authors about this well before publishing and get their comments, corrections, etc.

III. Article length

Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words. We invite submissions ranging from short vignettes to extensively-developed articles, and we also welcome suggestions from recommended resources and article leads. We are looking for articles written in a reader-friendly, popular-magazine style, or in an academic style. We also welcome your suggestions for sidebars (shorter sections within the article set off in a box).

IV. Article Format

Please email your article to as an attachment in “.doc” format. Copy editing preferences: 1) single-spaced within paragraphs; 2) one space, not two, between sentences; 3) double-space between paragraphs.

Replace passive sentence construction with active construction whenever possible. (“Community members built a strawbale house” rather than “A strawbale house was built by community members.”)

V. Author Bio

Please also include two to three lines of autobiographical info. (where you live, your field of interests, community affiliations, contact info or website if you choose to share it, etc.).

VI. Accompanying Photos

If we publish your article, we very much want it to be accompanied by compelling images that illustrate your subject. You know your subject best, so we are appealing to you for images. If you would like to submit an article but cannot supply photos, that’s fine; however, please inform us well in advance so that if we intend to use your article we will have time to find an illustrator. If the story is focused on a certain person or group, please include a photograph. Always try to get as close to your subject as possible. Photographs of your subjects engaged in their work or in their environment make for interesting photos. Please consult our Photo Guidelines below for full details about our photo needs.