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American Imago

Editor :

Jane Hanenberg, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

80 (2023)
American Imago was founded by Sigmund Freud and Hanns Sachs in the U.S. in 1939 as the successor to Imago, founded by Freud, Sachs, and Otto Rank in Vienna in 1912. Having celebrated its centenary anniversary in 2012, the journal retains its luster as the leading scholarly journal of psychoanalysis. Each issue features cutting-edge articles that explore the enduring relevance of Freud's legacy across the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
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80 (2023)
Print: 0065-860X
Online: 1085-7931

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 appropriate, 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.

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

American Imago encourages submission of original scholarly papers relating psychoanalytic concepts to any area of the human sciences (e.g. history, literature, the arts, film, music,  psychosocial experience, politics, etc.). Submissions should be non-simultaneous, but translations are acceptable. After preliminary review by the Editor, submissions are sent to one or two reviewers for double-blind review. Reviewers evaluate the quality of scholarship, clarity of expression and originality of submissions and recommend acceptance, rejection or revision. Review reports are sent to authors. If revisions are recommended, authors may re-submit papers for a second review process leading to final acceptance or rejection.

American Imago publishes reviews and review essays of books and special events related to its mission. Reviews may be submitted or solicited by the Editor, and they are reviewed for quality and expression by the Editor before acceptance or rejection.

Occasionally, the Editor may solicit papers and arrange for special issues on topics of contemporary interest.


Jane Hanenberg Ed.D.,
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Associate Editors

Vera J. Camden
Vered Lev Kenaan

Managing Editor

Paulina Cossette

Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute 
Advisory Board

James Frosch
Daniel Jacobs
John Martin-Joy
Ellen Pinsky

Editorial Advisory Board

Rosemary H. Balsam
Sergio Benvenuto
Mary Bergstein
Jeffrey Berman
Edward Emery
Jack Foehl
Stephen Frosh
Sander L. Gilman
Ellen Handler-Spitz
David Hillman
Lewis Kirshner
Anton O. Kris
Vered Lev Kenaan
Peter Loewenberg
George J. Makari
Donald Moss
Donna M. Orange
Diane O’Donoghue
Robert A. Paul
Jeffrey Prager
Bennett Simon
Madelon Sprengnether
Nellie L. Thompson
Adele Tutter

Past Editors

Louis Rose
Peter L. Rudnytsky
Martin J. Gliserman
Harry Slochower
George Wilbur
Hanns Sachs

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The field of narrative medicine recognizes that stories articulate the language of the body. Rita Charon, the founder of the field of narrative medicine, brought both patient and practitioner to a fuller recognition of stories as a source of medical insight and intervention: stories that may take shape in words but originate through bodily drives. Drawing lessons from psychoanalysis about "attention, drives, and relationships," she reminded us that the nineteenth-century photographs of hysteria captured images of bodies telling stories not yet spoken.

This special issue of American Imago will sustain Charon's recognition of the place of psychoanalysis as an originating discourse in the practice of narrative medicine, but now will herald the burgeoning field of graphic medicine, which documents in image as well as text stories of health and illness-in comics. The same graphic novels and narratives which propelled comics studies into critical and academic acclaim now have taken center stage in medical, psychological, and other health and wellness arenas. Thus, this special issue will reframe for today's patients, practitioners, and critics the question that Charon posed over two dec­ ades ago in Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine: what are the dividends of placing psychoanalysis and graphic medicine side by side?

Contributors should consider, how can comics, which is filled with bodies displaying internal experience on the surface illuminate psychoanalysis, which opens both the analyst and analysand to the theaters of the body? How can psychoanalysis, which relies upon recursivity, help us think about comics, which relies upon sequentiality? This issue will reflect on such questions, bringing psychoanalysis and graphic medicine side by side to foster new cultural and clinical conversations.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV should be sent to and by September 15, 2023

Accepted contributors should submit first draft ofno more than 7500 words by January 15, 2024

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

Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur
    • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, coverage dropped
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, coverage dropped
  • EBSCOhost
    • Academic Search Alumni Edition, 1/1/1992-
    • Academic Search Complete, 1/1/1992-
    • Academic Search Elite, 1/1/1992-
    • Academic Search Premier, 1/1/1992-
    • ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association), 1980-1980, dropped
    • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2000-
    • Humanities International Complete, 1/1/1992-
    • Humanities International Index, 1/1/1992-
    • Humanities Source, 1/1/1992-
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 1/1/1992-
    • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text, 9/1/1992-
    • MasterFILE Complete, 1/1/1992-
    • MasterFILE Elite, 1/1/1992-
    • MasterFILE Premier, 1/1/1992-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 1/1/1992-
    • PsycINFO, 1939-
    • Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (H.W. Wilson), 1968/03-1976/09
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • SocINDEX, 9/1/1992-
    • SocINDEX with Full Text, 9/1/1992-
    • STM Source, 1/1/1992-
    • STM Source, 1/1/1992-
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/1995-
  • Elsevier BV
    • Scopus, 1996-, 1964-1980, 1948-1953
  • E-psyche
  • Gale
    • Advanced Placement Psychology Collection, 03/01/1977-
    • Book Review Index Plus
    • Gale Academic OneFile, 03/1977-
    • Gale Academic OneFile Select, 03/1977-
    • Gale General OneFile, 03/1977-
    • Gale OneFile: Criminal Justice, 03/1977-
    • Gale OneFile: Psychology, 03/1977-
    • General Reference Center, 03/1977-
    • General Reference Center Gold, 03/1977-
    • General Reference Centre International, 3/1980-
    • Health Reference Center Academic, 03/1977-
    • InfoTrac Custom, 3/1980-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • Magazine Index Plus, Mar.1998-
  • National Library of Medicine
    • PubMed
  • OCLC
    • ArticleFirst, vol.37, no.1, 1980-vol.68, no.2, 2011
    • Electronic Collections Online, vol.37, no.1, 1980-vol.68, no.2, 2011
    • Periodical Abstracts, v.45, n.1, 1988-v.67, n.1, 2010
    • PsycFIRST, vol.58, no.2, 2001-vol.66, no.3, 2009
  • Ovid
    • PsycINFO, 1939-
  • Personal Alert (E-mail)
  • ProQuest
    • Art, Design & Architecture Collection, 04/01/1988-
    • Arts & Humanities Database, 04/01/1988-
    • Arts Premium Collection, 4/1/1988-
    • Health & Medical Collection
    • Health Research Premium Collection, 4/1/1988-
    • Hospital Premium Collection, 4/1/1988-
    • Medical Database
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Periodicals Index Online, 12/1/1948-12/1/1948
    • Professional ProQuest Central, 04/01/1988-
    • ProQuest 5000, 04/01/1988-
    • ProQuest Central, 04/01/1988-
    • Psychology Database, 4/1/1988-
    • PsycINFO, 1939-
    • Research Library, 04/01/1988-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

Abstracts of English Studies   (Ceased)  (Print)
Chemical Abstracts (Print)   (Ceased)  (Print)
Children's Literature Abstracts   (Ceased)  (Print)
Index Medicus   (Ceased)  (Print)
MLA Abstracts of Articles in Scholarly Journals   (Ceased)  (Print)
Psychological Abstracts   (Ceased)  (Print)
Religion Index One: Periodicals   (Ceased)  (Print)
Religion Index Two: Multi-Author Works   (Ceased)  (Print)
Middle East: Abstracts and Index   (Researched / Unresolved)  (Print)

Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

0.8 (2022)
0.6 (Five-Year Impact Factor)
0.00033 (Eigenfactor™ Score)

Rank in Category (by Journal Impact Factor):
Note: While journals indexed in AHCI and ESCI are receiving a JIF for the first time in June 2023, they will not receive ranks, quartiles, or percentiles until the release of 2023 data in June 2024.

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Published quarterly in March, June, September, and December

Readers include: Psychologists; literary theorists; anthropologists; historians; political scientists; medical humanists; psychoanalysts; and scholars of Freudian thought, comparative literature, and cultural studies

Print circulation: 131

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