Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) is a peer-reviewed open access journal and the official organ of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).

Aims: The European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) aims to engage scholars, clinicians and researchers in the crucial discourse about how to prevent post-traumatic stress syndrome and other trauma disorders, and how to intervene in the wide spectrum of post-traumatic situations using the latest research in these areas. The Journal is line with ESTSS’s mission to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge about traumatic stress within Europe and internationally, and is intended as an alternative scientific forum for exchange of results from both scientific research and evidence-based treatment. Being open access, the European Journal of Psychotraumatology is also evidence of ESTSS’s stand on free accessibility of research publications to a wider scientific community via the web.

Scope: The European Journal of Psychotraumatology seeks to attract contributions from academics and practitioners from diverse professional backgrounds, including, but not restricted to, those in mental health, social sciences, and health and welfare services. Contributions from outside Europe are welcome.

The Journal welcomes Original basic and clinical research articles that consolidate and expand the theoretical and professional basis of the field of traumatic stress; Review articles including meta-analyses; Short communications presenting new ideas or early-stage promising research; Study protocols that describe proposed or ongoing research; Case reports examining a single individual or event in a real‑life context; Clinical practice papers sharing experience from the clinic; Letters to the Editor debating articles already published in the Journal; and Book Reviews.

PhD thesis Summaries are welcome and will be published as Supplements to the Journal. A Summary should not exceed 8 typeset pages (A4) and must be in English. If the original is in another language, that version may be attached to the Supplement as 'supplementary material' (a flat PDF).

PhD thesis Summaries will be subject to editorial evaluation.

Topics:
  • Assessment, Diagnosis
  • Prevention, Early Interventions
  • Clinical or Interventions Research
  • Complex PTSD, dissociation, long term treatment
  • (Neuro)Biological, Medical, Neuroimaging
  • Biomarkers, Medication (enhanced) treatment
  • Life span (Children through old age)
  • Human rights, Social Policy, Refugees, Ethics, Culture
  • Diversity (incl Gender)
  • Community Programs
  • Disaster, Mass Trauma
  • Military, Police, Emergency Services, Aid Workers
  • Research Methodology
  • Internet and Technology
  • Media

 

ESTSS acknowledges the very important role played by scientific literature published in countries where English is not the first language, and seeks to increase visibility of literature that would otherwise be accessible only within the borders of those countries. For this reason, the Journal encourages authors to submit their paper in the original language as well, for co-publication with the official English-language version.

The English abstract will be translated into French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Inaugural Lecture

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Basic Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical Practice Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Personal Views

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letters-to-the-Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

PhD Summaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Study protocols

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Supplement 3, 2012

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to the European Journal of Psychotraumatology are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Editor-in-Chief. When articles are not felt to be appropriate for full peer review, authors are notified within approximately two weeks. Articles that are felt to be appropriate for full review are assigned to at least two peer reviewers. Where the Editor-in-Chief has not made the final decision, the Associate Editor who has been responsible for the review process is named on the published article.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. The European Journal of Psychotraumatology adhers to a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data, or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or formalities is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e. after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published regularly but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Open Access
The European Journal of Psychotraumatology is published under the Open Access model and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes. Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.eurojnlofpsychotraumatol.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

Under the Open Access model authors retain copyright. See copyright section.  

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to this journal on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).