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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article for the Journal of Childhood Relational Trauma.


The Journal of Childhood Relational Trauma publishes articles relating to all forms of childhood relational trauma that arise within a relationship to a significant caregiver, including abuse, neglect, and enmeshment, but with a particular focus on relational trauma that emerges within, or is caused by, family transformation, disharmony and dissolution (please see Additional guidance, below).


The Journal of Childhood Relational Trauma reaches a global audience of professionals with an interest in the issue of childhood relational trauma including, but not limited to, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, lawyers, judges, family evaluators, child protection professionals, and health professionals.

Article types

We welcome original research-based articles on treatment modalities and methods as well as theoretical contributions relating to the aetiology, identification, and treatment of childhood relational trauma. In addition, we welcome case studies that explore therapeutic treatment routes for children and families. Other types of articles, for example book reviews and conference reports, may also be considered.

Additional guidance

Whilst the Journal of Childhood Relational Trauma has a particular interest in childhood relational trauma that emerges within, or is caused by, family transformation, disharmony, and dissolution, in which children may display symptoms of psychological splitting and self-alienation, we do not publish articles rooted in Parental Alienation Theory or similar theoretical constructs. For further guidance, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Peer review

Articles in the journal are peer reviewed by at least two qualified reviewers using a double-blinded review process. If the article is deemed fit for publication but requires changes, authors will be given feedback on what needs to be changed in order to make the article suitable for publication. Typically, peer review takes two to four weeks before comments are returned to the author.

Submitting your article

Authors should use the online submission system to submit their article to the journal. Before submitting an article, authors need to register. If you have any questions about the system, contact the Managing Editor.


Research articles typically run between 2,500 and 4,000 words. Other article types can have varying lengths.


Research articles should contain the following sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion

Language & text

Submit your paper in English, using American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Figures, Tables, Diagrams

Submit figures, tables, diagrams and illustrations with your article either integrated within the text or as separate file. Please write a caption for each item.  


Format citations and references to American Psychological Association (APA) style.


Articles must be original and not published in any other journal. Articles and figures must be free of copyright restrictions.

Further information and questions

For further information or questions about whether your article may be appropriate for the journal, contact the Editor-in-Chief.