Contemporary Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy

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Contemporary Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy
Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrated Therapy is the official publication of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis and the European Society of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine. The intention of the journal is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of theory, research and professional practices in the field of hypnosis and integrative therapy, with the general aim of furthering scientific understanding of the phenomenon and promoting informed and responsible use of hypnotic and integrative therapy procedures.

The subject matter of the journal is defined by the practices, phenomena, theory and research associated with the terms 'hypnosis' and 'integrative therapy' since the middle of the nineteenth century.

Who is it for?
The journal is for scientists, psychologists, psychotherapists, physicians and dentists interested in physiological processes of hypnosis, sleep and dreaming, modified states of consciousness, imaginative processes (including imagery, absorption and fantasy, role-playing, compliance and obedience), anaesthesia, analgesia, and hallucinations. A section of the journal is of particular interest for scientists dealing with experimental hypnosis and for those who want to see hypnosis follow the rest of medical science, into a thoroughgoing rational frame of reference. It is therefore essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary research, ideas and clinical practice in the field of hypnosis and integrative therapy.

Chief Editor
Dr Peter Naish

UK Associate Editors
John Gruzelier, Goldsmiths, University of London; Michael Heap, Sheffield; Irving Kirsch, University of Hull; David Oakley, University College, London; Graham F. Wagstaff, University of Liverpool.

Continental Editors
Walter Bongartz, Universitat Konstanz, Germany; Vilfredo De Pascalis, Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy; Eric Vermetten, Universitair Medisch Centrum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

North American Editors
Steven J. Lynn, Binghamton University (SUNY); Leonard S. Milling, University of Hartford.

Australian Editor
Kevin McConkey, University of Newcastle.

Consultant Editors
Antonio Capafons, University of Valencia, Spain; James R. Council, North Dakota State University, Fargo, USA; Stuart Derbyshire, University of Birmingham, UK; Alistair Dobbin, Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust, Edinburgh, UK; Enrico Facco, University of Padova, Italy; Alan Gould, University of Nottingham, UK; Peter J. Hawkins, Cleadon, UK; Mark Jensen, University of Washington, Seattle, USA; Sakari Kallio, University of Skövde, Sweden; Morris Kleinhauz, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Christina Liossi, University of Southampton, UK; Camillo Loriedo, University of Rome, Italy; Robert Nadon, Brock University, Canada; Burkhard Peter, Munich, Germany; Judith W. Rhue, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, USA; Richard St Jean, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Enrica Santarcangelo, University of Pisa, Italy; Peter W. Sheehan, University of Queensland, Australia; Jerzy Siuta, Jagiellonian University, Poland; Auke Tellegen, University of Minnesota, USA; Valérie Tikhonoff, Hospital of Padova, Italy; Maria T. Tosello, Italian Centre for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Torino, Italy; Leslie G. Walker, University of Hull, UK; Matthew G.  Whalley, University of London, UK; Peter Whorwell, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK; Erik Woody, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Contemporary hypnosis, as practised in laboratories today, is very different from that practised in ancient and even more modern times. It is strongly experimental and evidence-based rather than theory-based and its results are statistically analysed. Today, most of research in hypnosis aims at adopting the scientific method of ‘try and retry’. In order to carry this out, experimental models must first be constructed which, in hypnosis, generally do not exist. Contemporary hypnosis is also translational, as laboratory experimental discoveries often have a positive clinical outcome, and can be immediately applied to ailing or distressed people. As a matter of fact, patients who undergo hypnosis in an experimental setting invariably feel better, emotionally richer and brighter. Contemporary hypnosis also involves teamwork; it is a field where different areas of expertise are welcome. Finally, A closed circle of researchers is actually trying to develop theories that might explain hypnosis and its phenomenology on the basis of philosophic concepts, archaeological data, anthropology, and the study of the language and quantum mechanics; a branch of research having important ethical implications.

This is the editorial line of Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapies: experimental, contemporary, multidisciplinary, open not only to scientific requirements, but also to philosophic, literary, and anthropological themes; a journal that attracts scientists of different backgrounds.

Everybody is invited to take part in this project, particularly readers and all the scientists operating in the field of hypnosis. Innovative papers are welcome. We look forward to receiving your manuscripts.

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Manuscript style. The language of the journal is (British) English. All submissions must have a title, be printed on one side of A4 paper with numbered pages and be double-line spaced. Illustrations and tables must be printed on separate sheets, and not incorporated into the text. The title page must list the full title (maximum 15 words), short title (maximum 50 characters), names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including e-mail, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs. Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

The article will be sent for peer review without the above identifying details. Main papers do not normally have a word limit restriction. Clinical reports should not exceed 3,000 words. Discussion commentaries, book reviews, and brief reports should not exceed 2,000 words.

For main papers, please supply an abstract of up to 200 words. For brief reports, supply an abstract of up to 100 words. In both cases, the abstract should summarize the aims, methods, and main conclusions. For clinical reports, supply an abstract of up to 150 words, summarizing the nature of the case(s) involved, methods used, outcomes, and conclusions. Four to six keywords or phrases should accompany each paper.

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References should be listed in the following style:

Website: The Geriatric Website (1999) (accessed 1 April 1999)
Paper in a journal: Thierry KL, Spence MJ (2004). A real-life event enhances the accuracy of preschoolers’ recall. Applied Cognitive Psychology 18: 297–309. DOI: 10.1002/acp.965
Book: Hare RD, Schalling D (1978). Psychopathic Behaviour: Approaches to Research. New York: Wiley.
Chapter in a book: Oucho JO, Gould WT, Smith FK, Brown PL, Jones RH (1993). Internal migration, urbanization and population distribution. In Foote KA, Hill KH, Martin LG (eds) Demographic Change in Sub-Saharan Africa. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, pp. 255–296.
Personal communications and unpublished data should not be listed in the reference section but should be given in full in the text.

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