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Sleep, Circadian System and Traumatic Stress

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology invites submissions to a special issue on Sleep, Circadian System and Traumatic Stress.

By highlighting and reviewing recent advances from human and animal state-of-the-art-sleep and chronobiological research, this special issue seeks to enhance an understanding of the development and maintenance of traumatic stress and trauma-related disorders.

Disruptions in sleep and the circadian system may play important roles in the development and maintenance of traumatic stress. The human circadian system creates and maintains cellular and systemic rhythmicity essential for the temporal organization of physiological processes, that promote homeostasis and environmental adaptation. Sleep disruption and loss of circadian rhythmicity fundamentally affects master homeostatic regulating systems at the crossroads of peripheral and central susceptibility pathways, similar to acute or chronic stress and, thus, may play a central role in the development of stress-related disorders.

Direct and indirect human and animal PTSD research accordingly suggests circadian-system-linked sleep, neuroendocrine, immune, metabolic and autonomic dysregulation, linking circadian misalignment to PTSD pathophysiology. These facts may represent a need for a chronobiological shift of our understanding of traumatic sequel, and may also support evaluation and treatment of sleep and circadian disruption as the first steps in PTSD management.

How to submit

Please read the Instructions for Authors for EJPT before submitting your manuscript at www.ejpt.net via the Submit an article button.
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The submission deadline is February 29, 2020. A first round of reviews is expected 3 weeks after submission.

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology and its guest editors invite original research papers (qualitative and quantitative), review articles, research articles, and clinical practice articles on the following topics:

- Epidemiology and phenomenology of sleep disruption after trauma
- Immediate and chronic effects of traumatic stress on sleep and circadian alignment
- Innovative assessment of sleep/circadian disruptions
- Neurobiological links between the circadian system and traumatic stress
- Management of circadian/sleep disruption after trauma
- Sleep/Chronobiological interventions for prevention of PTSD or other trauma related disorders
- Other sleep or circadian system papers relevant to the field of psychotraumatology

Why should you publish in EJPT?

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.

Quality Stamp - EJPT is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index with a 2018 Impact Factor of 3.020, giving your research a mark of quality.

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.

All enquires about this call for papers should be directed to Professor Miranda Olff.

Editorial Board

Guest Editor

  • Agorastos T. Agorastos, MD, MSc, PhD. Junior Professor of Psychiatry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


  • Miranda Olff, Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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