The Satir Journal

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The Satir Journal: Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy is an international forum for discussion and analysis of Virginia Satir's legacy of therapeutic work and its current development in personal, family and organizational systems. Articles are chosen for their interest to professionals and practitioners in disciplines and therapeutic forms that draw from or influence this work.
The Satir Journal is published by the Satir Institute of the Pacific.

Articles, Issues and Subscriptions

  • The Satir Journal is available through EBSCO databases at universities and colleges around the world.
  • Single articles, issues and abstracts are available in print and on line.
  • To order or inquire about specific journals or articles please contact the business office. Make cheques payable to Satir Institute of the Pacific.

Call for Submissions

The Journal aims to present perspectives that reflect our diversity in geography and practice. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from practitioners and researchers. We welcome articles that are consistent with the Journal’s mandate and that contribute to the profession’s knowledge base.
All editorial inquiries and manuscript submissions should be directed to: Gail Franklin, Editor,, or call 1-250-388-1955 with a copy to Requests for permission to reprint should be addressed to Cindi Mueller at Books for review should be sent to Cindi Mueller at the business office.

Instructions for Authors

All editorial inquiries and manuscript submissions should be directed to Gail Franklin, editor, at (Tel 250-338-1955).

Submitted manuscripts will undergo blind peer review. All accepted manuscripts are subject to editing. Page proofs will be sent to authors, and must be returned within 72 hours. All published submissions become the property of the Satir Institute of the Pacific.


The guide for style is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Authors are strongly encouraged to read and follow the APA manual’s notes on the content and organization of a manuscript.

Copyright permission

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere, and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. As an author you are also required to secure permission to reproduce any figure, table or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (whereby a new figure or table is derived substantially from another source). The manuscript must be accompanied by a copy of the appropriate permission, or a statement that no such permission applies.

Submission format

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment in rich text format (.rtf) or Word for Windows. Manuscripts should generally be between 15 and 30 pages long (including references and notes). All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Page size is A4 or 8.5×11 inches. Manuscript pages must be numbered consecutively throughout the paper.

Title page

The title page should include keywords, plus each author’s credentials, institutional affiliation, and complete contact information. Please also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head (not more than 50 character spaces). If a manuscript is based on a lecture, reading or talk, specific details should accompany the submission. A note providing relevant details of the author’s experience and affiliations may be appended on a separate sheet. Abstract. An abstract of not more than 120 words should accompany the article. The abstract should describe the topic in one sentence, plus the purpose, thesis or organizing construct and the scope (comprehensive or selective) of the article; the sources used (e.g. personal observation, published literature), and the conclusions.


 Following the introduction, text should be divided into appropriate sections with headings. First-order headings should be centred on a separate line, bold, all capitals. Second-order headings should be placed on a separate line, flush with the left margin, and in italics. Third-order headings should begin on the same line as the first sentence of that section, be indented five spaces from the left margin, be set in italics, and end with a period.


References for all citations should appear in alphabetical order and hanging indent format on a separate sheet(s). Titles of articles, journals and books are italicized. Ensure that each citation has a reference, and that each reference has a citation.

Figures (e.g. photographs, charts and graphs)

All artwork and photos must be sent as separate files with resolution of at least 300 dpi at 6 inches or 15 cm square. Appropriate credits should be provided in the captions. The desired location of figures should be noted in the text in square brackets, e.g. [Figure 3 goes about here]. Figures must be numbered to correspond to their mention in the text.


Tables should be provided only if they contribute to the article’s ease of comprehension. Provide each table on a separate sheet within the article and in a separate Word file named with the author’s name. The desired location of the table should be noted in the text in square brackets, e.g. [Table 3 goes about here]. Tables must be numbered to correspond with their mention in the text, and are numbered separately from figures.