Journal of the Balint Society

The Journal of the Balint Society is published annually in September and distributed free to members.  Additional paper copies of the current Journal and most back numbers can be obtained from the Secretary at the price of £5 per copy.

The 2016 Journal can be downloaded from here: Journal of the Balint Society Vol 44 2016

and an updated version of the paper by Jonathan Olds and Judy Malone from here: Olds and Malone October 2016

We now have a digital archive of all past issues of the Journal. Each Journal has been scanned to an optical recognition quality into a PDF document. If you wish to have a copy from a particular year, please contact the Secretary, Ceri Dornan via

Guidance for Contributors

All manuscripts for publication in the Journal should be submitted to the Editor, Dr Tom McAnea by email as an attached Word file

We welcome research papers, personal reflections, case studies, book reviews and reports of Balint events and ongoing groups.

References may be in the Harvard or Vancouver style. All references should give the names and initials of all authors, the title of the article, the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus, year of publication, volume number, and the first and last page numbers.

Confidentiality Statement for Contributors

The Journal takes the protection of confidentiality very seriously. We ask contributors to ensure that obvious identifying factors such as names, age, locations etc are removed or changed.

Any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before we can publish it. We would like the patient to sign a consent form, such as the one attached below, which requires the patient to have read the article. If consent cannot be obtained because the patient cannot be traced then publication will be possible only if the information can be sufficiently anonymised. This means that neither the patient nor anyone else could identify the patient with certainty. If the patient is dead the author(s) should seek permission from a relative (as a matter of courtesy and medical ethics). If the relatives are not contactable we will balance the worthwhileness of the case, the likelihood of identification, and the likelihood of offence if identified in making a decision on whether we should publish without a relative’s consent.

Please contact the Editor for further details and clarification, if required.

Journal of the Balint Society consent form