Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

There is growing awareness of the need to explore optimal remedies to restore the physical, psychological and social well-being of torture victims.  Torture Journal is intended to provide a multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of original research among professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological and social interface of torture. 

The journal seeks to produce state-of-the-art knowledge on methodologies, approaches and disciplines available to provide health-based rehabilitation as well as educational and preventive aspects related hereto. Furthermore, the editors wish to encourage dialogue among experts whose diverse cultures and experiences provide innovative and challenging knowledge to existing practice and theories. 

The Torture Journal fulfils the international standards expected of a scientific journal and follows best practice guidelines, as set out by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Scientific articles from Torture are listed in PubMed and EBSCO.
 
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Section Policies

Articles

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Editorial

  • Editorials are usually completed by the Editor in Chief or a guest editor. See the sections on commenting and correspondence below if you wish to respond to something in the journal.

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Research and Scientific articles

  • Research and scientific articles include an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion.

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Review articles

  • Review articles provide a critical survey and examination of the literature of a particular subject of research which generally consist of Abstract, Introduction (including explanations of conflicts in the literature, and analysis of the field), Methods, Results, Conclusions and Outlook (including limitations of current knowledge and future directions to be pursued in research).

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Case reports

  • The Torture Journal welcomes the submission of case reports with respect to unusual cases for any specific reason (either social, nosological, clinical or therapeutic).

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Perspectives

  • A personal view or reflection in a clear narrative voice can also be submitted to the journal. It is intended that this section can add a more qualitative perspective to other scientific articles. Perspectives from torture survivors or field workers are particularly encouraged.

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Research news

  • Please let us know at publications@irct.org if there is something you believe is newsworthy for the Torture Journal. Examples include items which may be of use or interest to the wider  sector, such as key or unusual papers published in another journal that are worthy of wider dissemination, or, literature that your organisation has produced

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Statements

  • Official declarations made by professional bodies or committees which may be of value or interest to the readers related to the torture field.

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Book and media reviews

  • Readers are welcome to contribute a book, film, TV, exhibition, or web review.

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Debate and Comment

  • Debates and comments are commissioned largely to contextualise a review or scientific paper published in the same issue.

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Letter to the Editor

  • Letters can be written in response to previous content published in the Torture Journal or be of  general interest.

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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts undergo an initial in-house assessment, at which point, some manuscripts will be rejected as they do not fall within the scope of the Torture journal, for example.  The Torture Journal operates a double-blind peer review process which means that the manuscript, after a successful initial assessment, will be reviewed by two peer reviewers anonymously. The editors of Torture identify reviewers based on registered publication activity within the torture field in general and in the area addressed specifically by the manuscript.

The Torture Journal will endeavour to provide succinct, relevant and timely feedback to authors on a manuscript, even when it is rejected.  The editors reserve the right to reject a manuscript at any time up to publication.

For additional information on review see our Peer review guidelines.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The Torture Journal's existence relies on the financial support of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and donations to the IRCT of 30 euros per year or more would be gratefully received. Please visit their website here to make a donation, noting that you are a Torture Journal reader. (Link to be functioning soon).

 
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