Author Guidelines

All submissions to American Imago must be sent via email to the Editor at

Articles submitted to the journal should be approximately 7000–9000 words. Where appropiate, the journal will consider lengthier submissions. Article submissions must include an abstract. Review essays should be 4000–6000 words and book reviews should be 2000-3000 words. Like article manuscripts, review essays and book reviews must be submitted in full to be considered for publication.

All submissions should be sent in a Word Document (or compatible) format. Submissions must not be sent in PDF or RTF formats. Manuscripts must be doublespaced throughout, including quotations, references, and endnotes. Explanatory notes must be kept to a minimum. Each page of the text must be numbered. The reference section and endnotes must immediately follow the text. Submissions must not include hidden headings or hidden page and paragraph breaks. All submissions that are accepted for publication will be formatted according to the specifications of the journal and will receive copyediting and proofreading by the editorial staff of the journal and the press.

The list of references must conform to APA (American Psychological Association) style. The APA author-date system of citation must be used in the text. References from electronic sources must include full URL code and the date retrieved. The list of references should include only works cited in the essay. Please refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for guidance in formatting references and page citations.

The alphabetical reference list should be titled “References” with entries in the following APA format:

Kris, E. (1941). The “danger” of propaganda. American Imago, 2(1), 3-42.

Deutsch, H. (1973). Confrontations with myself: An epilogue. New York: W. W. Norton.

References to the work of Sigmund Freud must cite either the Standard Edition or the German collected works with cross-reference to the Standard Edition. The following format will apply to Freud’s works:

Freud, S. (1930 [1929]). Civilization and its discontents. Standard Edition (Vol.21, pp. 59-145). London: Hogarth Press.

The APA author-date system requires that the author’s last name, date of publication, and the page number be inserted in a form appropriate to the reference within the text. Various examples can be found within the pages of the journal. At the end of a quotation, a complete citation will read as follows:

(Kris, 1941, p. 9)

(Deutsch, 1973, pp. 206-207)

The journal will include illustrations in black and white in its print edition. Color reproductions can for a fee be included in the print and electronic editions. Submissions that include images must be submitted in two separate files: a file in Word Document or compatible format including text, references, and endnotes; and a file with images and full captions in TIF or JPG and a resolution (dpi) of 300. Authors are responsible for handling permissions and fees associated with the reproduction of images.