Information For Authors
Interested in submitting to The Cohort? Here is our philosophy and framework in regards to research, writing, and journal sections:
We consider a piece an article if: the work leans towards objective, fact-based information; there is a robust incorporation of scholarly references; the tone tends towards the formal; the author writes in the third person. Telea-Borteș piece, "Re-imagining the Shadow," from our first issue, demonstrates what we recognize as an article. We distinguish articles from essays in that the essay is less reference rich, is grounded in a personal experience, and uses the first-person narrative. Lovett's, "The Shadow of 1460 Days" and Weissman's "Walking with Shadows" are excellent examples of Cohort essays. Because The Cohort rests at the intersection of depth psychology and somatic inquiry, and by its very nature somatic inquiry values the first person, subjective experience of the individual, we find ourselves in grey territory. Sometimes a piece of writing can incorporate robust scholarly references, is written in the first person, critically evaluates key concepts, and is grounded in an individual's subjective experience. Messenger's piece, "The Ubiquitous, Mercurial Fox," which is featured in our inaugural issue, is an excellent example of this intersectional sweet spot that The Cohort strives to access in our individual and collective research. Depth psychology and somatic inquiry, the mind and the body, the objective and the subjective, the inner and the outer-- we are aiming to bring together these seeming dichotomies into an integrated understanding, inviting a new paradigm of research, writing, and exchange.
We consider an essay when a piece describes, analyzes, or evaluates a topic while tending more to the first person, or the subjective experience. Additionally, if a piece is lighter on scholarly references, we consider the piece to be an "essay" instead of an "article." Lovett's, "The Shadow of 1460 Days" and Weissman's "Walking with Shadows," both from our inaugural issue are excellent examples of Cohort essays.
This section invites poetry submissions which explore a predetermined theme of a journal issue. Maintaining a depth, somatic, imagistic, and phenomenological stance is encouraged. Ventura's poem "Abject" from our inaugural issue, "Exploring the Shadow" is a great example of the kind of poetry we like to publish. It is tight, potent, imagistic, on theme, and sourced in a depth and somatic ethos.
“Praxis” is just a fancy word for “practice,” but the difference is that we only use “praxis” as a noun and most often in scholarly settings. Many of us have practices, it’s what we do as practitioners. For example: one of my friends has a meditation practice, another a writing practice. I am a dance and somatic practitioner, and so I have a dance practice and a contemplative movement practice. We can “theorize” about depth psychology and study the subject of somatics all day, but until we are living it, practicing it, the experience remains only intellectual, not yet embodied.
Praxis is very connected to our living bodies—it’s what we do and how we do. Praxis also relates to a perspective, an orientation: we do a thing, we practice a thing, in a certain way based on our perspective or orientation. Our orientation is connected to our axiology, e.g. what we value and consider to be meaningful and important. For example, I practice depth psychology. I do not practice cognitive-behavioral psychology. My practice is informed by my orientation. I am oriented to psychology from a depth perspective, meaning anything that is grounded or explores the unconscious is important and meaningful to me. I will live my life (e.g. do, e.g. practice) from a depth orientation, not a cognitive-behavioral orientation.
So, this section of our journal invites depth psychological and somatic practitioners to write about their depth and/or somatic practices. Additionally, the Praxis section of our journal invites practitioners to submit, “how-to” guides. A wonderful example of a praxis piece is Hanley’s “Exploring Shadow Through Dreamwork.”
Submissions do not undergo a traditional peer-review process. Rather, the article is shared with the editor-in-chief and a collaborative dialogue via email occurs between editor and author. See the "Correspondences" section in the journal to better understand the process. We believe in the agency of the author as well as the pursuit of honed, polished writing and communication. We also believe that rich, scholarly ideas have a greater capacity to bloom when given the opportunity for open dialogue and generous comradery during the review and editing stages.
Time Capsule Framework
The Cohort strives to write quality content that speaks to our times. There are occasions when something that was written years ago becomes relevant to contemporary issues of our culture, perhaps resonates even more deeply with the current zeitgeist than when it was first written. We try to make as little changes to the original document as possible, as a way to underscore the author's initial prescience, forward thinking, and intuitive documentation. Reading an article from this section is as if we opened a time capsule from the past and discovered great value, value from which only the distance of time and perspective grants us.
Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.