Official journal of ESCAP

NEWS: Until the end of October, the ECAP article: Advocacy for a coordinated and safe response for the mental health and psychosocial needs of children affected by the conflict in Ukraine by Mireia Solerdelcoll, Dennis Ougrin & Samuele Cortese is available free of charge to help spread awareness about this important topic. Please feel free to pass this on!

ECAP September issue

Editorial: The importance of measuring quality of life as a treatment outcome in child and adolescent psychiatry
Nimrod Hertz-Palmor, Doron Gothelf
While most gold-standard instruments measure psychiatric symptoms, quantifying reduction in severity of symptoms as the indication for clinical improvement. In their editorial the authors highlight that the goal is also improving the patients’ sense of well-being and overall functioning and therefore measures of quality of life in assessing course of illness and response to treatment need to be used, too.
Read the full editorial here.

Editorial: Protection of patients against violence in medical institutions and the need for general safeguarding measures
Ulrike Hoffmann, C. G. Svedin, D. Anagnostopoulus, J. P. Raynaud, A. M. Räberg Christensen & Jörg M. Fegert
In the last decades, sexual abuse and violence in institutions against minors has been a repeated topic of discussion in politics. While the Roman Catholic Church and the educational field have received most of the attention in those debates, the medical field is receiving very little focus. Unfortunately, the idea that the dependency and the vulnerability of patients could be used by perpetrators for assaults is often ignored. The authors discuss how the issue is being handled across Europe and emphasize the importance of addressing it.
Read the full editorial here.

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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.

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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.

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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 Dr Johannes Hebebrand, professor at the University of Duisburg/Essen (Germany).

Impact Factor 2021: 5.349, 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 Sabine Mohr (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.