Body, Movement & Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice New Researcher Award 2017

Body, Movement & Dance in Psychotherapy

Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy is the only international peer-reviewed journal focusing on the role of the body in its relationship with the mind in psychotherapy. It combines two close but distinctly different fields in inter and intra - disciplinary dialogue, namely dance movement psychotherapy and body psychotherapy.

It publishes high quality research, theory and evidence-based clinical practice that follow the development of a wide range of methodologies, as well as new theoretical insights into the field of dance movement psychotherapy and body psychotherapy. 

Research in this area is a developing field in an emerging discipline. Work carried out by new researchers is part of this process. Let your colleagues share your research results and let your contribution to the evolution of our work be better known.

The Editorial Board of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy (BMDP) encourages new researchers in the fields of dance movement psychotherapy, body psychotherapy, somatic psychology and related fields to submit a paper. 

The winning entry will receive one year’s free online subscription post qualification to the journal and £150 worth of Routledge books on publication of the article.

Submission Instructions

We are looking for submissions that demonstrate the following features in describing an aspect of research in an area of counselling or psychotherapy:

  • Clarity of research aims and research question
  • Use of methods appropriate to the research question and in a way that meets those standards and guidelines adopted by the journal
  • Exploration of the relevant theoretical framework(s)
  • Appropriate conclusions
  • Contribution to knowledge
  • Implications for dance movement psychotherapy and body psychotherapy practice

Submission key points:

  • Submissions are invited from current full-time or part-time registered students, or those who have graduated in the last 24 months.
  • Submissions may be co-authored, (e.g. with a research supervisor), but the first author must be a new researcher and must include with their submission a statement that confirms the research to be their own and that the paper primarily represents their own writing.
  • The paper must not exceed 6000 words (including references).
  • An abstract of no more than 150 words should accompany your submission.
  • Up to 6 keywords that capture the key aspects of your study should be placed below the abstract. 
  • The paper should follow the academic conventions of BMDP, eg, referencing styles, publishing guidelines for qualitative research, etc. Instructions for Authors must be adhered to.

Visit the BMDP website for details and follow the link for 'Instructions for Authors'.

Studies involving quantitative and/or qualitative research methods are equally welcomed. Regardless of the method used, there should be empirical content. That is, the submission should be about a study where data have been collected and the analysis of them is completed. This is not to say that the research project needs to have been completed in its entirety. 

Balance between reflexivity and presentation of the empirical findings of the study is required. Whilst you need to adopt a reflexive position (where you reflect on yourself as the researcher in relation to your study), you need to ensure that your data are presented adequately, the analysis of them is described clearly, and their meaning is discussed. The paper should be complete in and of itself. The submission of chapters from dissertations and theses where the focus of the chapter is detached from the study as a whole is not acceptable.

Submissions for the 2017 BMDP New Researcher Award can also be made by having an article accepted for publication in BMDP. The accepted article must be your first published piece of research in any journal (you will be asked to verify this at submission), and all papers will be subject to usual BMDP peer review procedures. Submissions should be made through the journal’s online ScholarOne Manuscripts site by 5.00pm on 15th December 2017.

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Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy

  • Issues are printed and online
  • Academic, practice and research focussed
  • Covers body oriented psychotherapy field as a whole to increase integration for professional identity
  • Reaches an international audience from health and social care not only those from Body Oriented Psychotherapy (Body Psychotherapy and Dance Movement Psychotherapy)
  • By containing articles on both Body Psychotherapy and Dance Movement Psychotherapy and other related fields there is cross fertilisation of reflective practice and research, and learning from each other, resulting in greater leverage making for a stronger professional field
  • Online Scholar One submission process
  • Online access for all
  • Systematic peer review process of two-three referees per submission - provides you with free feedback as judged by those with standing in the field to improve the quality of the submission - this gives credibility to your submission
  • Attracts readers and submissions from a wide ranging, international audience
  • Subscriptions from HEIs and other institutions of learning worldwide
  • Academic rigour that counts highly with universities
  • Focuses on practice, theory and research
  • Intends to increase issues and therefore articles
  • Cited in Psychinfo; Scopus; Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), CINAHL, Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), Embase, International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance, The Israeli Association for Marital and Family Therapy, Family Life Education

Editorial information

  • Founding Editor-in-Chief: Helen Payne, University of Hertfordshire (
  • Co-Editor: Vicky Karkou, Edge Hill University
  • Co-Editor: Gill Westland, Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre
  • Co-Editor: Tom Warnecke, Integral body and Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis