European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Aims and scope

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) is a peer-reviewed open access interdisciplinary journal owned by the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).

Aims: The European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) aims to engage scholars, clinicians and researchers in the vital issues of how to understand, prevent and treat the consequences of stress and trauma, including but not limited to, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depressive disorders, substance abuse, burnout, and neurobiological or physical consequences, using the latest research or clinical experience in these areas. and how to intervene in the wide spectrum of post-traumatic situations using the latest research in these areas. The Journal shares ESTSS’s mission to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge about traumatic stress. Papers may address individual events, repeated or chronic (complex) trauma, large scale disasters, or violence.

Being open access, the European Journal of Psychotraumatology is also evidence of ESTSS’s stand on free accessibility of research publications to a wider 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; PhD thesis Summaries; Letters to the Editor debating articles already published in the Journal; and Book Reviews. Both quantitative and qualitative research is welcome.

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology is open to innovative, unconventional, or inspirational contributions that move the field forward. All research papers undergo strict peer review.


  • Assessment, Diagnosis
  • Prevention, Early Interventions
  • Clinical or Interventions Research
  • Complex PTSD, dissociation, long term treatment
  • (Neuro)Biological, Medical, Neuroimaging
  • Physical health, comorbidities
  • Biomarkers, Medication (enhanced) treatment
  • Integrative approaches
  • Life span (Children through old age)
  • Human rights, Social Policy, Refugees, Ethics, Culture
  • Diversity (incl Gender)
  • Community Programs
  • Disaster, Mass Trauma
  • (Sexual) abuse
  • Military, Police, Emergency Services, Aid Workers
  • Research Methodology
  • Internet and Technology
  • Policy, Societal impact
  • Health economics, cost effectiveness
  • Media
  • History

EJPT 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 several languages e.g. French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Chinese.

Article publishing charge

Publishing in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology incurs a publication fee. It is the publication year that governs the publication fee, not the submission year.

Authors are requested to list all authors and indicate if they are members of ESTSS (including membership number*) or not, at the time of submission.

Should you choose to become a member after you have submitted the paper, or if it turns out after you have submitted your paper that you are a member anyway, you will nonetheless be charged the full publication fee. Therefore, please check your membership status BEFORE submission and indicate this in the cover letter, including membership details.

The authors are also encouraged to list at least 2 potential reviewers with full name, institution, email address and area of expertise. Please note: the suggested reviewers should not be from the authors’ own institute, nor a co-author of any published paper/papers of the present author/authors. The Editors reserve the right of final selection.

*How to get your ESTSS membership number? Click here to register.

Members of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) are entitled to a reduced fee as long as membership is in force at the time of submission of the manuscript.

The standard article publishing charge (APC) for this journal is: €1250/$1413/£1088 (or €450/$509/£392 if all authors are members of the society and €850/$960/£740 if only the corresponding author is a member), for up to 8 pages. Articles exceeding 8 typeset pages incur an additional charge of: €87/$98/£76 per page. The APC for Short Communications of up to 4 typeset pages is: €750/$848/£653 (€275/$311/£239 for all-member and €550/$622/£479 for just corresponding authors). Short Communications exceeding 4 pages will incure and additional fee of €87/$98/£76 per page. Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes.

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