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Publishing ethics

This journal publishes in accordance with Cambridge University Press’s publishing ethics guidelines, which apply to authors, peer reviewers, the editorial office and the journal as a whole. Anyone who believes that these guidelines have not been followed should raise their concern with the editor or email publishingethics@cambridge.org.


Conflicts of Interest

The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist is committed to actively investigating any cases of suspected misconduct, even in the event of the manuscript being withdrawn. All editors and reviewers are asked to disclose any conflicts of interest when they are assigned a manuscript. If deemed necessary, alternative or additional opinions will be sought in order to maintain the balance of fair and thorough peer review. All authors are also required to provide statements pertaining to conflicts of interest and ethical principles. Financial relationships such as research support, employment, consultancies, or honoraria, are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest. However, non-financial conflicts can also exist as a result of personal relationships, academic competition, political, ideological, religious, or scientific preconceptions, and organizational or institutional affiliations. Having a conflict of interest is not in itself wrong, and not all relationships may lead to an actual conflict of interest. However, the journal requires full disclosure about any relevant relationships, even if the author or reviewer does not believe it affects their judgment. These disclosures can then be used as a basis for editorial decisions.

Ethical Policies and Informed Consent

Research involving humans or animals should be approved by relevant ethics committee(s) and should conform to international ethical and legal standards for research. We also expect authors to respect human participants’ right to privacy, and to gain any necessary informed consent to publish before submitting to us. For further details on Cambridge’s ethical policies please view the full ethics policy document available above.

Data Sharing

The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist supports transparency and openness around data, code, and other materials associated with research. We expect authors to maintain accurate records of supporting evidence necessary to allow others to understand, verify, and replicate new findings, and to supply or provide access to this supporting evidence on reasonable request. We encourage authors to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location for sharing and further use by others provided this does not violate privacy or protection of individuals, and where allowed by employer, funding body, or others who might have an interest. Cambridge University Press aims to provide authors with the ability to connect supporting data with their manuscripts, either on our own platform or through third party services.


Authors should see the Instructions for authors for additional information regarding publishing ethics.