Official journal of ESCAP

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra

May 2024 issue

Editorial by Nimrod Hertz-Palmor & Doron Gothelf: Unexpected mental health improvement in children and adolescents during COVID-19-who benefits from staying at home?
The close of 2023 marks the four-year landmark of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we transition beyond the pandemic, research should investigate which children and adolescents maintained their improved well-being in the post-pandemic era, and which children who thrived at home experienced setbacks. Emphasis should be placed on those who struggle with reintegration, particularly individuals with significant anxiety issues or attention deficits, who face additional hurdles at school, as well as vulnerable populations. This calls for a systemic approach to identify and safeguard these individuals beyond the confines of their homes, to be mindful of their challenges, and to mitigate them where possible proactively.

Past issues

Here, we document the last six years of the ECAP journal. On the official ECAP page on Springer, you can find articles that date back to the first volume, published in 1992.

View all volumes and issues.


ESCAP Communications

Each year, ESCAP team up with ECAP to generate ESCAP Communication articles. These articles aim to address specific and current issues that are impacting the ESCAP community, from refugee children to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Online first articles

Overview of Online First Articles in the ECAP journal, not (yet) assigned to an issue. 



Official ESCAP Journal

European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

ECAP ('European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry') is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to child and adolescent psychiatry. In August 2011 ECAP has been designated as the official ESCAP Journal and issues regularly close off with two pages of ESCAP communication.

View the content overview of the current ECAP issue.

The ECAP Journal aims to further a broad understanding of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Empirical research is its foundation, and clinical relevance is its hallmark. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry welcomes in particular papers covering neuropsychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, genetics, neuroimaging, pharmacology, and related fields of interest. Contributions are encouraged from all around the world.

Editor-in-chief and chairman of the editorial board is Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra (The Netherlands).

Impact Factor 2022: 6.4, Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters. Frequency: twelve issues per year, including special issues to hot topics. The journal publishes the following article types: 

  • Original Articles
  • Reviews
  • Brief reports
  • Letters to the Editor
  • ESCAP Communications

To learn more about the ECAP Journal, visit the journal's homepage or access the tables of content and abstracts of the current and past issues. Further questions with regards to the journal European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will be answered by Patricia Wiley (Publishing Editor, ). 

Read about the origins of this journal (February 2017 editorial by Helmut Remschmidt and Philip Graham on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of ECAP).

Information for authors

Submitting your article

Submitting articles to the European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal can only be done through the journal's publishers, Springer.

These two buttons will direct you to their dedicated ECAP submission and more information about author instructions webpages and how to create an account to submit your article.