About the Journal

Focus & Scope

The mission of the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy (EJQRP) is to provide an accessible forum for research that advances the theory and practice of psychotherapy and supports practitioner-orientated research.

We, the Editorial Team, appreciate the limitations that currently govern opportunities for research and academic scholarship, including restricted access to international research journals. The hope is that the freely available, online format will help make research more widely available to practitioners.

We celebrate our qualitative values of being open and inclusive by welcoming all forms of qualitative research and respecting diverse approaches and understandings.  We are mindful of the many cultures and languages within Europe and we appreciate the challenge of writing in English when it is not the author’s first language.  We encourage authors to submit parts of their research (data set, summary of findings, appendices) in the authors' first language if that is helpful. Extra support with writing and editing is available to all authors, particularly if English is not the author's first language. 

The journal offers a space for any qualitative research which aims to explore psychotherapeutic practice, whether in Europe or further afield. We welcome contributions from different methodological and theoretical standpoints, as well as relevant literature reviews, critical explorations of methodology and philosophical research. Submissions of qualitative empirical research examples are particularly encouraged.  

We also wish to encourage dialogue and debate within our relatively young profession. As we see it, this involves not only exploring the richness of psychotherapy practice but also supporting and challenging one another. To this end, the Editorial Team will try to make themselves available to positively encourage a new generation of writers/researchers to share their research experience. If you have an idea for a possible article but you are unsure about how to proceed, please feel free to contact us.  

Ready to Submit a Paper? Please look at the Information for Authors page before submitting your article and familiarise yourself with our guidelines and processes. We accept empirical research papers or philosophical/reflective reviews of up to 9,000 words and short reports of research up to 1,000 words.  When you are ready to submit please click here Submit an Article.


Publication process

The Editor will ensure that papers published are suitable for the remit and readership of the journal, and that papers will demonstrate methodological integrity and appropriate ethical/professional practice. To this end, it is expected that the Editor will engage in dialogue with authors (and prospective authors) to ensure suitable submissions. 

Publication decisions made will aim to be supportive, fair and based on an appropriate peer review process. On receiving a manuscript, the Editor will communicate with the author and explain the review process. The Editor/Co-Editor will then send a blind copy (where possible) of the manuscript to relevant/appropriate reviewers – ideally at least two reviewers will be approached. The Editor will then collate the reviewers’ comments (ensuring their anonymity where possible) and summarise these with a clear and constructive recommendation to publish (with minor or major edits) or not.

With the ethos of the journal highlighting openness, inclusivity and respect of diversity, the Editor and Reviewers aim to be open to accepting diverse methodological and cultural approaches as well as creative presentations, providing the writing is clear/credible and the findings are of relevance/interest.  The Editor (along with Co-editors and the Reviewer team) will aim to ensure that writing/publication process is experienced by authors as a supportive, rewarding one leaving authors with a sense that reviewers have read their work with care and understand what they were trying to accomplish. 



The copyright of content in the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the Journal. Journal articles are published as Open Access under a Creative Commons License which allows free download and use of the articles with appropriate attribution (to both the author and European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy) for educational and other non-commercial use.