Statement of Purpose

The global evolution of contemporary psychoanalytic research and publications, together with ongoing epistemological, clinical and social debates on the status of psychoanalysis, demands to further examine the significance of the term “research” in the field of psychoanalysis.

Admittedly, the Freudian hypothesis of the unconscious filters the very notion of research through the lens of the concept of desire: to find is always to re-find, to find again. But the diverse uses of the analytical approach and its specific methods must be further examined in light of the contemporary proliferation of research types and methodologies (if only in qualitative research): from case studies to qualitative research, to conceptual and epistemological inquiries, or presentations of empirical protocol-based research amenable to psychoanalytical interpretation. This diversification of uses of the analytic paradigm derives from the ongoing development of analytical interdisciplinarity – that is, of the interactions of psychoanalysis with neighboring disciplines –; indeed, this is a major feature of contemporary psychoanalytical research. The journal’s new format thus welcomes articles drawing on these various methodologies, in order to highlight the relevance of the hypothesis of the unconscious for a larger and more epistemologically diverse readership.
The actual diversity of analytic sensitivities leads us to welcome a plurality of psychoanalytical approaches.

With this new formula, Research in Psychoanalysis wishes to offer a forum for international and interdisciplinary exchanges that will highlight the diversity of contemporary approaches to psychoanalytic research, and to present this diversity to a francophone readership (all articles will be translated into French). The journal thus welcomes (non-exhaustively):
– conventional articles (involving diverse methodologies), to be part of either Dossiers, Varia, or recurring thematic sections;
– exchanges between authors, or articles presenting opposed/contrasted perspectives;
– review articles;
– “Letters” that introduce epistemological and clinical issues specific to psychoanalysis in a determined geographical area.

 

History of the journal 

Since its foundation in 2004, the journal has been affiliated with the Doctoral School “Research in Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology” (ED 450), attached to the Department of Psychoanalytic Studies at Paris-Diderot University/Sorbonne Paris Cité. The journal was successively edited by Profs. Sophie de Mijolla (2004-2009) and Christian Hoffmann (2010-2016), with the collaboration of Rémy Potier as Associate Editor.
From the start, the journal offered original research contributions revolving around two main axes: psychoanalysis in intension, or in itself; and psychoanalysis in extension – that is, in its interactions with other academic fields and cultural practices (human and social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, and art.)
Since the publication of the seventh issue in 2009, the journal has been available exclusively online. This transition reflected a deepening interest in interdisciplinarity and exchanges with other epistemological perspectives: the seventh issue dealt with possible interfaces between psychoanalysis, cognitive psychopathology, and neuroscience.
Since 2010, the journal has been published in a French/English bilingual edition (2010/2, “Politique du sexuel/Politics of the Sexual”).
In 2012, in order to increase the journal’s visibility, we partnered with Cairn.info, one of the principal web portals in human and social sciences – especially psychology.
In 2016, the journal underwent a restructuration and adopted a new format.

In 2017, it becomes fully Open Access.