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Environmental Hazards and Traumatic Stress

European Journal of Psychotraumatology

EJPT invites submissions to a special issue on Environmental Hazards and Traumatic Stress


Submission deadline: 1 December 2021
Climate change has increased the rate and intensity of natural disasters and global travel the rate at which emerging viruses and diseases - such as the new coronavirus - can be spread 1-3. Environmental hazards are changing in nature and occurring more frequently, as seen with Australia's recent wildfires that were unprecedented in their duration and highly traumatic for many communities, with subsequent smoke pollution adding to the complexity of the disaster.

It is essential that we consider the implications of exposure to these environmental hazards from a trauma perspective:
How does the changing nature of environmental hazard exposure impact on post-traumatic mental health?
How does perception of ongoing danger manifest itself in mental health and well-being?
Can learning from past and current environmental hazards will help us build resilient communities?


How to submit

For information on how to prepare your submission, visit the journal's Instructions for Authors page. Please read the IFAs before submitting your paper via the journal website on Taylor & Francis Online.
Read IFAs

European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) and its guest editor invite original research papers (qualitative and quantitative), review articles, research articles, and clinical practice articles addressing environmental hazards and trauma that include the following topics:

lifespan perspectives including pregnancy, young children and the elderly;
social cohesion, and intimate social relationships including interpersonal violence;
recovery and resilience in communities exposed to disaster;
impact on first responders and volunteers involved in a disaster response;
phenomenology, psychosocial and neurobiological correlates of exposure to trauma
mediators and moderators of response
interventions including universal, indicated and treatments

All enquires about this call for papers should be directed to Professor Miranda Olff (Chief Editor) or Professor Meaghan O'Donnell.

Choosing EJPT for your research


  • Increased readership - EJPT is an open access journal so your article will be openly published online for anyone to find, read and share, immediately increasing the audience for your paper.
  • Greater public engagement - EJPT is published in association with European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, a non-commercial organisation which contributes to public policy at a European level.
  • Increased Visibility - EJPT is also indexed in a number of other databases, including the DOAJ, PubMed Central and SCOPUS, increasing the visibility of your research.
  • Greater Impact EJPT allows you to retain the choice of how people can reuse your article by using a CC-BY publishing licence, allowing researchers to quickly build on your research. 

As EJPT is an open access journal, authors will need to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). There is no submission fee. To find out more about the regular APC, please visit the Instructions for Authors.

European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Editorial board

Guest Editors

  • Prof. Meaghan O'Donnell, Phoenix Australia, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne


  • Prof. Dr. Miranda Olff, Amsterdam UMC


1Olff M. (2019) Facts on psychotraumatology, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10, https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2019.1578524

2Olff M. (2017) 2016: A year of records, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8,  https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2017.1281533

3Dyregrov, A., Yule, W. & Olff M. (2018). Children and natural disasters, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 9, Sup2, https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2018.1500823


  • Prof. Dr. Miranda Olff, Amsterdam UMC