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About the journal

Christoph Flückiger - University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jeffrey A. Hayes -  Pennsylvania State University, USA, Managing Editor

Associate Editors:
Dana Atzil-Slonim - Bar Ilan University, Israel
Tali Boritz - University of Toronto, Canada
Fredrik Falkenström- Linköping University, Sweden
Andrew A. McAleavey - Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
Christian Moltu - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Eugénia Ribeiro - University of Minho, Portugal


Advisory Editors: We have 118 advisory editors
Editorial Assistant: Fanghui Zhao
Ad Hoc Reviewers: In 2018, 178 ad hoc reviewers contributed to Psychotherapy Research.


Impact factor: 2.79 (2018)
In June of 2019, the journal’s one-year impact factor for 2018 was released.  The impact factor for 2018 was 2.79. The impact factor for 2017 was 2.95, an increase from 2.56 in 2016 and 2.57 in 2015.  The impact factor has been greater than 2.5 for the last four consecutive years, the only in the history of the journal that the impact factor was greater than 2.00.


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.

Submission Rates

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012  2013  2014  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019


 161 222 223 195 205  195  214  218  243  264  253  304
Revised  170 120 98 170 171  217  132  194  176  192  130  184
Total  331 342
321 365 367  412  346  412  419  456  383  488


Submissions by Country

We had submissions from first authors representing 38 different countries.

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate in 2018 was approximately 31%.

Decision Lag

The decision lag, on average, was 21 days.

Publication Lag

Median publication lag in 2018 was 35 days to online publication.

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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