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About the journal

Wolfgang Lutz  - University of Trier, Germany, Managing Editor
Jeffrey A. Hayes -  Pennsylvania State University, USA
Associate Editors:
Dana Atzil-Slonim - Bar Ilan University, Israel
Isabel Caro Gabalda - University of Valencia, Spain
Catherine F. Eubanks - Yeshiva University, USA
Christoph Flückiger - University of Zurich, Switzerland
Lynne Knobloch-Fedders - Marquette University, USA
Andrew Page - University of Western Australia, Australia
Book Review Editors:
Mariane Krause - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ulrike Dinger - University of Heidelberg, Germany 

Advisory Editors: We have 118 advisory editors

Editorial Assistant: Sarah Sokoloski

Ad Hoc Reviewers: In 2016, 178 ad hoc reviewers contributed to Psychotherapy Research.

Impact factor: 2.556 (2016)


Psychotherapy Research is the official journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.  A pan-discipline, pan-theoretical publication, its scope covers all aspects of psychotherapy research from process to outcomes; service evaluation and training.  Access to all the online content of the journal from 1991 is available free to all members of SPR.  More detailed information about the journal can be found on its dedicated web page Psychotherapy Research and via the specific links below.

Published Papers

During 2016, 62 papers were published in six issues of Psychotherapy Research. The manuscript types were as follows: 55 Original Manuscripts, 1 Introductions, 3 Book Reviews, and 3 Corrigenda. There were one special section on Elaborating the assimilation model: Case studies of setbacks within sessions and therapeutic collaboration.

Submission Rates

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012  2013  2014  2015 2016


 161 222 223 195 205  195  214  218  243
Revised  170 120 98 170 171  217  132  194  176
Total  331 342
321 365 367  412  346  412  419


Submissions by Country

We had submissions from first authors representing 37 different countries.

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate in 2016 was approximately 32%.

Decision Lag

In 2016, it took on average 3.7 weeks for a manuscript to receive a decision from submission. It was 2015 on average 7 weeks and 2014 on average 10.9 weeks.

Publication Lag

Median publication lag in 2016 was between 3 and 15 weeks to online publication.


Downloads slightly decreased from 94,925 (2015) to 90,900. However, we observe a positive trend in 2017. In the first quarter of 2017 the downloads increased by 33% compared to the first quarter in 2016.

Publisher Relations

The relationship with Taylor & Francis continues to be excellent. The publisher has been very responsive to the editors, authors and readership. Changes continue to be made to refine ScholarOne and to improve the review process. And a variety of creative promotional efforts continue.

Message to Members

We continue in our commitment to making PR the premier psychotherapy research journal on the international stage:


Abstract & Indexing

Psychotherapy Research is included in the following abstracting and indexing databases:

  • Scopus
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Psychological  Abstracts
  • PsycINFO
  • PsycLIT
  • Innovations & Research

Past Editors

Klaus Grawe 1991-1996

David Shapiro 1991-1996

Hans Strupp 1991-1999
Robert Elliott 1994-1998
Bill Stiles 1999-2003  
Bernhard Strauß 1995-2000
Uwe Hentschel 2001-2006
Clara Hill 2004-2009
Paulo Machado 2007-2012
Chris Muran 2010-2015
Wolfgang Lutz 2013-2018
Jeffrey Hayes 2016-2021
Christoph Flückiger 2019-2024 

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