Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture.

About the Torture Journal

The Torture Journal is an international scientific journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of original research and systematic reviews by professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological and social interface of torture and the rehabilitation of its survivors. 

The journal seeks to enhance the understanding and cooperation in the torture field through diverse approaches.  Its focus is not only biomedicine, psychology and rehabilitation, but also epidemiology, social sciences and other disciplines related to torture. The editors also wish to encourage dialogue among experts whose diverse cultures and experiences provide innovative and challenging knowledge to existing practice and theories.

The Torture Journal is indexed in MEDLINE, the world’s largest and most respected database of biomedical literature, which represents an international acknowledgement of the publication’s value as a leading periodic on torture and the examination and treatment of torture sequels.

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Please go to Publications Page for the latest version of the journal, or to view the archive, or go to our new platform - a site devoted to Torture Journal readers and contributors.

Other material 

  • The video of the event “My mind is not like before”: Survivors of torture and trauma amongst refugees – identification and treatment can be found here, which was hosted by the Torture Journal. 
  • Please click here for a note from the Editor and an update from the team.

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Three issues per year are currently published. The Torture Journal is open access with all issues made available immediately online. Back issues from 2004 are also available online and copies of earlier issues are available on request.

The IRCT distributes to a number of recipients free of charge because many face democratic and economic restrictions, or live in countries where torture and human rights violations are prevalent.  If you are able, however, please use the online version to allow much needed costs to go elsewhere or make a donation.

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Editorial Policy

There is growing awareness of the need to explore optimal remedies to restore the physical, psychological and social well-being of torture victims.  This publication 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.  Furthermore, the editors wish to encourage dialogue among experts whose diverse cultures and experiences provide innovative and challenging knowledge to existing practice and theories. 

Selection of manuscripts will, amongst other things, be on the basis of the subject being worthy of investigation, as well as on the suitability of the research methodology and the soundness of the conclusions.  Additionally, priority will be given to articles that provide original knowledge and information, particularly those with comparative and interesting or new perspectives.  Articles categorised as clinical trials, research methodology papers, data based population examinations, critical or explaining case descriptions may in some incidences be preferred.

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.

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Submissions

Please see our Author Guidelines.

The Torture Journal has launched a new platform where authors and contributors can find all the latest news about the journal and useful information. To submit an article, please follow the instructions found here. You may wish to submit an article aligning to our research priorities outlined here

CURRENT CALL FOR PAPERS: 

Continuous Traumatic Stress (CTS): An essential paradigm for understanding the experience and rehabilitation of torture survivors, or an unnecessary distraction? Please see here  for more details.

Enforced Disappearances and Torture. Please see here  for more details.

 

EXPIRED CALL FOR PAPERS:

Long-term effects of interventions: torture survivors in the Balkans region as a paradigm of reflection. Please see here for more details. 

Perspectives on sexualized torture and gender-based torture. Please see here for more details.

Forced Migration and Torture: challenges and solutions in rehabilitation and prevention. Please see here  for more details.

Physiotherapy for torture survivors: Is there evidence of its utility in in torture rehabilitation? Please see here  for more details. 

 
 

Peer Review Process For Scientific Articles

The Torture Journal operates a double-blinded peer review process. Please see here for more details.

About

Editorial Advisory Board

Bernard Duhaime

Bernard Duhaime

Bernard Duhaime is Full Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM, Montreal, Canada), where he teaches mainly international human rights law and specializes on the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights (2004-). He also serves as a Member of the Working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances reporting to the United Nations Human Rights Council (2014-2021). Bernard Duhaime is a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2017-2021). Previously, Mr Duhaime was a lawyer at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He is a member of the Quebec Bar in Canada.

Daniel J.N. Weishut

Daniel J.N. Weishut

Daniel Weishut is a clinical psychologist (PsyD) with background in Business Administration (MBA). He has over thirty years of experience with a variety of populations, including survivors of the Holocaust and other traumas. He worked in a range of mental health services, including those of the Israel Defense Forces, and served as professional director of Elah Center for Coping with Loss. Next to his private practice, he teaches at Hadassah Academic College (Israel). He is former chairperson of Amnesty International (Israel). He was on the steering committee of the forensic group of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, continues to write forensic reports on torture and do trainings in its documentation, and published among others on sexual torture of Palestinians. He is former chairperson of the Israel Association for Group Facilitation and Therapy, and presently co-editor of MiKBaTZ, the Israel Journal of Group Psychotherapy.

Alice Edwards

Alice Edwards

Alice Edwards (British-Australian) is Head of the Secretariat of the inter-governmental Convention against Torture Initiative, since 2016, where she provides advice to governments and is the primary facilitator of the CTI’s year-round programme of diplomatic and capacity building activities. From 2010-15, she was Chief of Section - Protection Policy and Legal Advice at the UN Refugee Agency in Geneva, having previously served in UN field assignments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco and Rwanda. She has worked in the NGO sector, has held appointments in law at Oxford and Nottingham universities in the UK, and has taught at other universities around the world. She is currently on faculty for the Oxford Masters in Human Rights Law. Principal authored and co-edited books include Violence against Women under International Human Rights Law (CUP 2011), Nationality and Statelessness under International Law (CUP 2014), and In Flight from Conflict and Violence: UNHCR’s Consultations on Refugee Status and Other Forms of International Protection (CUP 2017) and over 30 additional publications. She sits on the board of a number of leading journals and her research has been recognised by a number of awards and fellowships. An Australian qualified barrister and solicitor (1998), she has led human rights and refugee amicus interventions in a range of regional and national courts. She holds a PhD in Public International Law from the Australian National University and speaks English, French and intermediate Portuguese.

Malcolm Evans

Malcolm Evans

Sir Malcolm Evans is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol, specialising in international human rights protection and the international law of the sea. His particular areas of focus concern torture and torture prevention, the protection of religious liberty under international law and the law relating to maritime boundaries. He has written on the work of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture since its inception and worked closely over many years with the Association for the Prevention of Torture, on whose Board of Management he sat for a number of years. He is currently a trustee of the UK based charity REDRESS. In 2009 he became a member of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture (the SPT) and since 2011 has served as its Chair. He is also a member of the UK Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group and a Member of the Statutory Panel of Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales (IICSA). From 2002 – 2013 he was a member of the OSCE ODIHR Advisory Council on the Freedom of Religion or Belief. Principal authored and co-authored works include Preventing Torture (OUP, 1998), Combating Torture in Europe (Council of Europe, 2002), The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OUP, 2011), Preventing Torture in Europe (Council of Europe, 2018), Research Handbook on Torture (Edward Elgar, 2020).

Tania Herbert

Tania Herbert

Tania Herbert has a Doctorate in clinical psychology, and has spent her career focused on working with people who have experienced torture and trauma. She has worked with organisations under the IRCT umbrella including Foundation House in Australia, the Centre for Victims of Torture in northern Kenya, and Counselling Services Unit (CSU) in Zimbabwe. She has worked across the globe, including monitoring immigration detention in Australia and the Pacific with Australian Red Cross and the ICRC, with people who have experienced violence and natural disasters in the Solomon Islands, and with survivors of human trafficking in Bangladesh. She is currently working as the Director of Research for CSU in Harare, Zimbabwe, and is completing a Masters of Human Rights Law.

John W. Schiemann

John W. Schiemann

John W. Schiemann is Professor Government & Law at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. He is the author of Does Torture Work? (Oxford University Press, 2016) and several articles on interrogational torture, including “Torturing Without a Parachute” (with Pau Pérez-Sales, Texas Law Review Online 2018); “Tortured Logic” (Torture Journal, February 2018); “Review Essay: Interrogating Torture” (Journal of Politics (October 2017); and “Interrogational Torture” (Political Research Quarterly (March 2012). He also has a paper on torture and the misuse of science with neuroscientist Shane O’Mara (Trinity College Dublin) under review at Politics and the Life Sciences and is working with collaborators at FDU’s School of Pharmacy on a review of pharmacotherapy treatments of torture victims.

Gavin Oxsburgh

Gavin Oxsburgh

Professor Gavin Oxburgh is a Practitioner Forensic Psychologist (HCPC Registered), a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is a member of the School Executive and is the Lead Forensic Psychologist at Newcastle University. He is also a registered Expert Witness with the BPS, providing advice in legal cases in the UK and overseas. Prior to academia, Gavin had a highly successful 22-year career with the Royal Air Force Police where he was a senior detective specialising in child protection and sexual offences, serving throughout the UK and across Europe. He is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian Police University College, Oslo, and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London.

Jens Modvig

Jens Modvig

Jens Modvig has used his background as a medical doctor and PhD in public health in the fight against torture for more than 20 years. He has undertaken numerous visits to institutions where people are deprived of their liberty in his work related to the health component of the Danish National Preventive Mechanism under OPCAT. Dr. Modvig is currently Clinical Associate Professor in social medicine and rehabilitation at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, as well as the Director of Health Department, Chief Medical Officer in DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture. He is also a member of the International Forensic Expert Group facilitated by the IRCT. He has been a member of the United National Committee against Torture since 2013 and chair since December 2015.

Hans Draminsky Petersen

Hans Draminsky Petersen

Hans Draminsky Petersen is a Danish medical doctor and specialist in medicine and in gastroenterology. Since 1979 he has worked for various NGOs in the anti-torture sector, mainly with medical documentation of torture and epidemiology of torture and other human rights violations. He has participated in the planning and implementation of fact-finding missions in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Dr Draminsky Petersen has worked for DIGNITY - the Danish Institute Against Torture, and from 2007 to 2014 he was a member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, acting as vice-chairperson for four of those years. He has also participated in training workshops for national preventive mechanisms.

S. Megan Berthold

S. Megan Berthold

Dr S. Megan Berthold is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work. She co-chairs the US-based National Consortium of Torture Treatment Program’s Research and Data Committee. Dr Berthold has worked as a clinician and researcher with diverse refugee and asylum-seeking survivors of torture, war traumas, human trafficking, and other traumas since 1987. She was a clinician and educator in refugee camps in Nepal, the Philippines, and on the Thai-Cambodian border and provided community mental health services to Southeast Asian and other refugee and immigrant groups in the US. She served as a therapist for 13 years and the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Programme for Torture Victims in Los Angeles.

Nora Sveaass

Nora Sveaass

Nora Sveaass is a specialist in clinical psychology, with a focus on clinical work with traumatised refugees. Dr Sveaass has extensively collaborated with professionals across the globe in the area of trauma and human rights violations. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at Oslo University; teaching about human rights and psychology, family therapy and psychological work with refugees and victims of torture, as well as sexual violence against women in conflict. Dr Sveaass has carried out research on transitional justice in Argentina and Peru, and on victim participation in the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She has been a member of the UN Committee against Torture and has been an elected member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture since 2013. She is additionally Chair of the Human Rights committee in the Norwegian Psychological Association, and former leader of the International Society of Health and Human Rights.

José Quiroga

José Quiroga

José Quiroga has worked as a physician for torture survivors for more than 40 years and as Medical Director of Program for Torture Victims (PTV) for 34 years. He has been a Member of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board of the US-based National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) Research Data Project since 1999. Numerous academic appointments have included posts at the Department of Public Health at the University of California and extensive research and teaching positions, including President of the Scientific Committee for the International Society for Health and Human Rights (ISHHR) Conference in 2011 and advisor on a number of University Committees.

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Editor in Chief

The current Editor in Chief is Pau Pérez-Sales MD, PhD.  Pau is a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience and Director of the SiR[a] Centre in Madrid.  He has a wealth of experience in that he has, amongst other things, founded a centre for medico-legal cases of victims of torture, been Associate Editor of the journal Intervention and acted as an expert at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.  Pau has also worked throughout Central and South America with human rights groups, communities and grass root organisations, as well as published widely on a range of subjects, including trauma, forced disappearance, transcultural psychiatry and psychosocial work.  The editorial team is supported by IRCT staff member Chris who is the Project Associate/Assistant Editor, an intern and a volunteer. 

Publication Ethics And Publication Malpractice

Torture Journal has a policy of promoting integrity in scholarly research and its publication and adheres to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (COPE). 

Publication Decisions

The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair Play

An editor will at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers 

·      Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

·      Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

·      Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

·      Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

·      Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

·      Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors 

·      Reporting Standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

·      Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

·      Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

·      Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

·      Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

·      Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

·      Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

·      Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

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