Terms of Use/Guidelines


The ISPSO Library aims to become a resource of international standing that is diverse and comprehensive, and to provide easy access to scholarly work focusing on the psychoanalytic study of organizations.

The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to authors wishing to submit work to the ISPSO Library. ISPSO members in good standing can submit material via the members-only part of this site. The materials may be their own work or the work of others and include articles, audio files, video files, presentations, or other materials relating to the psychoanalytic study of organizations, provided that the appropriate copyright and intellectual property rules have been followed (see below). Non-members can also recommend materials for inclusion in the library by contacting the site administrator.

Choosing works for submission

Authors are urged to put forward any works relating to the psychoanalytic study of organizations, in the broad sense of the phrase. Any material that provides scholarly understanding, insight, information, guidance or stimulus to potential readers to furthering their own practice, research, writing or teaching in the area of the psychoanalytic study of organizations is welcomed. This project is based on an ethic of sharing , generosity, flexibility and creativity. While there are often reasons why an author might think their work is not ‘psychoanalytic enough’ or not "organizational enough" ISPSO encourages a liberal interpretation of the relevance of work for its Library.

Submitting work

The submission process requires basic information about each item (e.g., author, date of publication, brief abstract). Though not required, authors are encouraged to upload electronic versions of the material whenever possible. The Library can accommodate a variety of file types including Word, Adobe, PowerPoint and various types of materials, such as podcasts. (There is a limit of 50 MB for uploaded files.) The Library can also accommodate links to other websites where material is accessible (e.g., journal websites or book stores), which will be helpful for linking people with material that cannot be loaded into the Library for copyright reasons. For detailed instructions on submitting work, please refer to the “Instructions for uploading material” section of the Library Submissions page in the members-only part of the site.

Once the work is uploaded, the ISPSO Library Committee will review the submission and, providing they meet the criteria described below, the additions will be added to the Library.

Acceptance criteria

Whilst the acceptance criteria are relatively non-prescriptive, the ISPSO Library Committee retains the final say in what will become part of the Library. There are two criteria: relevance to the purpose of ISPSO and suitability from a copyright perspective.

1. Relevance to the purpose of the ISPSO

Specifically, is the work relevant to the psychoanalytic study of organizations? Does it contribute to further the knowledge and understanding of the psychoanalytic study of organizations? The term ‘psychoanalytic’ is taken broadly and extends to the wider field of systems-psychodynamics. No particular orientations are favored, eg object relations, Lacanian, etc. The term ‘organization’ is taken to include social and societal dynamics as well as the conventional understanding of the word ‘organization’. We are seeking as wide as possible range or approaches and opinions including works that issue challenges to the status quo: 1. Any article, literature, research, audio files and video files relating to the psychoanalytic study of organizations, provided that the person posting such material has the necessary permission in terms of copyright and intellectual property. 2. Any article, literature, research, audio files and video file that as a focus, includes social dynamics, experience , application and reflection, which can further the application of theory into the reality of working in and with organizations.

2. Copyrighted Status

Copyright is designed to protect someone's work from theft. Generally speaking, whenever you write something original, what you write is automatically and implicitly copyrighted; you don't need to register your work for it to be protected. When material is published, however, the copyright very often transfers to the entity that has published the work, such as the journal or publisher.

ISPSO is unable to provide legal advice pertaining to the copyright status of any particular document. People submitting material are responsible for knowing the copyright status of the content and whether its copyright license permits re-distribution via the web BEFORE uploading it to the Library. (To find out more, the United States Copyright Office has a wealth of information about copyright, including guides and factsheets, relevant US laws, and answers to frequently asked questions.)

What isn't permitted?

Sharing copyrighted material without the permission of the person who holds the copyright is considered copyright infringement and is against the law. The ISPSO Library is not to be used to share such material. Consequently no one may submit a document to the ISPSO Library without either owning its copyright license (or having permission from whoever owns the license).

What is permitted?

Uploading your own original works on the ISPSO Library as long as you retain copyrights.
Uploading material copyrighted by others, as long as you have permission to do so.
Uploading documents that are in the public domain, i.e. no person or entity has copyrights.
The system enables authors to stipulate any limits they wish to the use of their materials. For example, an author may stipulate that the work can only be used for review and citation purposes without written consent of the author. (See “Copyright Information/Authority” section on the Help page)

If submissions are not accepted for inclusion in the Library

Authors will receive email notification when a submission is complete and another when the review is complete. Every attempt will be made to engage in discussion with authors if a particular piece of work is seen unsuitable for the Library by the committee. The committee's responsibility is to retain an atmosphere of generosity and openness, whilst maintaining the essential boundaries that ensure that all accepted papers support the integrity of the ISPSO’s primary task.

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