European Journal of Psychotraumatology Call for Papers

Theme: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy research



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is among the most efficacious treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder and is recommended by an increasing number of treatment guidelines.

Despite the increasing knowledge there is still a great deal we do not know. Further research into the efficacy, working mechanisms, and predictors of the effectiveness of EMDR in diverse traumatized populations with a variety of mental health conditions is important in order to better serve patients who have experienced trauma.

European Journal of Psychotraumatology invites original research papers and systematic review articles as well as short communications and case report series (backed up by a literature review) on the following topics:

  • The efficacy of EMDR in populations with trauma-related disorders (e.g., PTSD, major depression, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, addiction, sexual dysfunctions)
  • Predictors of EMDR treatment response in severely traumatized populations, such as veterans, refugees and asylum seekers, and recipients of humanitarian aid programs.
  • Research on working mechanisms of EMDR in patient populations, including neuropsychological measures.
  • Neurobiological research on EMDR, including (epi)genetics, neuroimaging techniques, neuroendocrine parameters.
  • Social phenomena in relation to EMDR treatment outcome, including support from a significant other, involvement of a significant other in the treatment process, housing problems, financial problems, and relationship problems.

How to submit: Please go to the journal website, read the Author Instructions carefully and then click the Submit manuscript button in the upper right-hand corner and follow the instructions. The section to select is “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy research”.

Publication fees: Fees will be waived for this special issue.

Timeline: The submission deadline is October 23, 2015. A first round of reviews is expected at the latest four weeks after submission.

Guest Editor: Mirjam J. Nijdam, PhD, Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group and Center for Psychological Trauma, Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


For inquiries about this call, please contact Professor Miranda Olff, Chief Editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.