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Ethos and Focus of the Journal

The International Journal of Psychotherapy is published by the European Association for Psychotherapy, 3 times per annum. It is a leading professional and academic publication, which aims to inform, to stimulate debate, and to assist the profession of psychotherapy to develop throughout Europe, and internationally. It is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. 

The Journal raises important issues in the field of European and international psychotherapy practice, professional development, theory and research for psychotherapy practitioners, related professionals, academics & students. The Journal is working to becoming listed in PubMed Central; Scopus; and the Thomson Reuters Social Science Citation Index and the Journal Citation Reports.


The General Ethos and Focus of the International Journal of Psychotherapy includes:

  • contributions from, and debates between, the different methods and modalities in psychotherapy, and their respective traditions of theory, practice and research
  • contemporary issues and new developments for individual, group and psychotherapy in specialist fields and settings
  • matters related to the work of international professional psychotherapists in public, private and voluntary settings
  • broad ranging theoretical perspectives providing informed discussion and debate on a wide range of subjects in this fast expanding field
  • professional, administrative, training and educational issues that arise from developments in the provision of psychotherapy and related services in health care settings
  • contributing to the wider debate about the future of psychotherapy and reflecting the internal dialogue within European psychotherapy and its wider relations with the rest of the world
  • current research and practice developments - ensuring that new information is brought to the attention of professionals in an informed and clear way
  • interactions between the psychological and the physical, the philosophical and the political, the theoretical and the practical, the traditional and the developing status of the profession
  • connections, communications, relationships and association between the related professions of psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry, counselling, and mental health care and well-being
  • exploration and affirmation of the similarities, uniqueness and differences of psychotherapy in different regions and in different areas of the profession
  • reviews of new publications: highlighting and reviewing books (& different media-types) of particular importance in this field
  • comment and discussion on all aspects and important issues related to the clinical practice and provision of services in this profession
  • a dedication to publishing articles and reviews in various ‘mother-tongue’ languages, as well as in English.

This journal is therefore essential reading for informed psychological and psychotherapeutic academics, trainers, students and practitioners across these disciplines and geographic boundaries, who wish to develop a greater understanding of developments in psychotherapy, particularly in Europe, but also internationally.

The particular ethos of this Journal is that we publish submissions from anyone actively involved in the field of psychotherapy, as long as the submission is well-written, in clear English (and we will also publish in the language of origin), is well researched, respectful and unbiased, and has been submitted in accordance with the 'Information & Guidelines for Authors' (see here).


(New) Journal Policies

The International Journal of Psychotherapy is also dedicated to acting within the highest ethical policies. As the "publisher" - the European Association of Psychotherapy - is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) of the Council of Europe, the Journal thereby subscribes to: the European Cultural Convention; the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; the European Social Charter; and similar declarations of the rights and freedoms of individuals, human and animal rights, and the prevention of oppression of minority interests and views.

The Journal is also in the process (June, 2015) of adopting a new set of policy documents. These are:  (1) "Principles of Transparency & Best Practice" (see here); (2) "IJP Editorial Policy" (see here); (3) "Advanced Writing Awareness" (see here); (4) "Policy on Declaration of Interests" (see here); and (5) We have also developed a description of the double-blind, peer-review process with principles for the peer-review process (see here


We would welcome your feedback on any of these documents.