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.

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).

Sources of Support

Many thanks to donors and individual contributions from readers for their support.

Journal History

The Torture Journal began publication in 1991 and has been published in its current format since 2004. It has been included in MEDLINE since 2006.