Author Guidelines


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Preparing for submission Submission to European Journal of Psychotraumatology is taken to imply that the same manuscript is not under consideration by another journal. If the manuscript forms part of a book currently in press, the authors should specify details of the publisher and expected date of publication.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

Please observe that the journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the title page revealing the identity of the authors should be uploaded separately (during step four of the submission process). Please see Ensuring a Blind Review

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Types of papers The Journal welcomes:

  • Original basic and clinical research articles (click here to download guidelines) that consolidate and expand the theoretical and professional basis of the field of traumatic stress (max 6000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures)
  • Review articles including meta-analyses (max 6000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures)
  • Short communications presenting new ideas or early-stage promising research (max 3000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures)
  • Study protocols that describe proposed or ongoing research, including the rational, hypothesis, and methodology of the study (max 6000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures)(click here for more information and an example)
  • Case reports (click here to download guidelines) examining a single individual or event in a real-life context (max 3000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures)
  • Clinical practice papers sharing experience from the clinic (max 6000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures)
  • Letters to the Editor debating articles already published in the Journal (max 1000 words incl references)
  • Book Reviews (max 1000 words) - please supply a cover of the book if possible
  • PhD thesis Summary (in the form of a supplement)

In exceptional cases the word limit can be exceeded, but in principle this should be avoided. Supplementary material, like large tables, data sets, protocols, videos, questionnaires, non-English versions of the article can be uploaded as supplementary material and will thus also be available online.

Checklists and guidelines Please make use of checklists that are available for a number of study designs, including randomized controlled trials (CONSORT). Here you will also find quidelines for meta-analyses (MOOSE) and on studies of diagnostic accuracy (STARD). Further useful links are those to systematic reviews Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook and PRISMA, and to observational studies (STROBE).

Cover Letter In the cover letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article – or very similar work - has been previously published or orally presented, or is under consideration elsewhere. If the manuscript forms part of a book currently in press, the authors should specify details of the publisher and expected date of publication.

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.

Funding statement This information should not be in your manuscript file; you will provide it via our submission system.

This information will be published with the final manuscript, if accepted, so please make sure that this is accurate and as detailed as possible. You should not include this information in your manuscript file, but it is important to gather it prior to submission, because your financial disclosure statement cannot be changed after initial submission.

Your statement should include relevant grant numbers and the URL of any funder's web site. Please also state whether any individuals employed or contracted by the funders (other than the named authors) played any role in: study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. If so, please name the individual and describe their role.

Authors' contributions - required The individual contributions of each author must be specified in the Authors' contributions section. Please use authors' initials and confirm that all authors have read and approved the final manuscript.

It is understood that all authors listed on submitted manuscripts have read and agreed to its content, and meet the authorship requirements as detailed by ICMJE here. In brief, contributors can be listed as authors if they: 1) have made substantial contributions to the conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; AND 2) have been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND 3) have given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgements section, see below. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help or writing assistance, or a head of department, who provided only general support.

Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results.

Ethics and consent When reporting experiments on patients or animals, please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your local ethics committee and/or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (

Gender Policy Authors must comply with the EJPT gender policy, developed on the basis of recommendations from the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) Gender Policy Committee. All articles submitted to EJPT must:

  • report the sex of research subjects
  • justify single sex studies
  • discriminate between sex and gender (mostly for human research)
  • analyse how sex or gender impact the results
  • discuss sex and gender issues when relevant

Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Translations 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 Bosnian (Dzenana Kartal), Hungarian (Kinga Fodor),  Chinese (Zhonglin Tan), French (Marc Legrand), German (Brigitte Lueger-Schuster), Italian (dr. Laura Porry), Polish (Maja Lis-Turlejska / Marcin Rzeszutek), Portuguese (Margarida Figueiredo-Braga), Russian (Jana [Darejan] Javakhishvili), Serbian (Maja Milosavljevic), Spanish (Miriam Ramos), Turkish (Gözde Koçak / Emek Yuce Zeyrek), and Ukrainian (Dr Alexander Timchenko).

If anyone would like to translate the abstract into another language please contact the Editor, and we would be very happy to display this translation as well.

The translations can be found by clicking on the link below the English abstract or by clicking on Supplementary files (highlighted) in the column to the right (Reading Tools).

Publication fee See here.

WAIVER POLICY - please see here.

WITHDRAWAL OF MANUSCRIPT If you withdraw your manuscript after it has been peer reviewed, or after it has been typeset (but not yet published) you will be charged according to the following:

For peer review: EUR 225/USD 240 per article
For peer review and typesetting: EUR 395/USD 425 per article

MANUSCRIPT LAYOUT - research articles

(Click here to download the guidelines in PDF format)

Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout: Title, Biographical details, Abstract, Keywords, Background, Objective, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, References, Tables, Figures.

Title The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the paper.

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of all author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s), 4) email addresses of all authors (listed by authors’ initials) and 5) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper. Please observe that the journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the title page revealing the identity of the authors should be uploaded separately. Please see Ensuring a Blind Review

Abstract Articles must include a structured abstract of 200-300 words providing sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way (incl. these headings): Background, Objective, Method, Results, Conclusions.

Keywords After the abstract, please give 5-10 key words for readers looking for material by key word searching on Internet. Avoid using the same words as in the title.

Highlights of the article Should follow the abstract! In order to promote the implementation of research and the translation to (clinical) practice, we ask the authors to provide ‘‘highlights of the article’’ a summary in lay terms in the form of three to five bullet points, in total not exceeding 75 words. The points should cover the essence of the research and provide readers with a quick overview of the article.

Figures Upon acceptance please supply figures/graphics/images in at least 300 dpi. For further information please see Guidelines.

If the figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/graphs/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

When figures/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the figure legend thus: (Reproduced with permission from xxx.)

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

Quotations Please use double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 40 words should appear in a separate paragraph, indented by tapping a ca 1cm right margin, without quotation marks.

Citation and reference system The European Journal of Psychotraumatology applies to the APA system, 6th edition.

The standard referencing style /system is APA (American Psychological Association) 6th edition. For detailed information, please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, and

For APA Format examples, tips, and guidelines see,

Electronic documents Make sure the version you are citing is the most recent one. Include journal volume number and inclusive page numbers if this information is available. Use the copy-paste function of your word processor to capture the article DOI and place it at the end of the reference. If there is no DOI, cite the home page URL.

Submission Please provide a complete manuscript as a PDF file with all figures, tables, legends and supplementary material (if applicable) placed at the end of the manuscript after the reference list. Please upload the cover letter and the title page separately as supplementary material (uploaded in step four during the submission process). Submissions missing cover letter or title page will be returned to the author for completion.

When/if accepted, the final version must be available as a Word-doc, including title page with author names, affiliations, corresponding author address and acknowledgement if applicable.