Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Biopsychosocial Translational Research and Everyday Practice

Existing studies on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), its conceptualization, research and clinical care are very contradictory. Traditional approaches, while identifying basic neurological mechanisms of PTSD and possible medical treatment, often overlook the biopsychosocial approach to human personality that takes into account the stressful situation that triggered PTSD and associated post-trauma life difficulties. Perception of the incongruence between neuronal models resulting from trauma cognitive, emotional, or behavioral deficits, and a particular care strategy hinders the development of an integrated methodology for studying PTSD as a multi-modal phenomenon.

This special issue will help to improve the standard of biopsychosocial research by:

  • Enabling readers to compare what was originally intended with what was actually done, thus preventing both "data dredging" and post-hoc revisions of study aims.
  • Enabling funders and researchers to see what studies are underway and hence reduce duplication of research effort.
  • Enabling systematic reviewers to find trials, which may in turn reduce distortion of the evidence from publication bias.
  • Enabling patients to see what studies are underway and for which they may wish to volunteer.

Articles focusing on biological, psychophysiological, and psychosocial aspects of PTSD in civilian, military populations and veterans are welcome. Both empirical reports and review articles will be considered. Consistent with the focus of the Special Issue, a preference will be given to human studies. A variety of articles including Research, Review, Case Report, and Study Protocol are welcome.

All manuscripts must be received by July 1, 2017 for consideration for this thematic series. Please refer to our Submission Guidelines for information on preparing your manuscript and submit your manuscript via our online submission system. Please highlight that your submission is to be considered for this thematic series in your cover letter. For rapid feedback on the potential suitability of an article for this thematic series, please submit a pre-submission enquiry to or The publication costs for Military Medical Research are currently covered by the journal.

Guest Editor:

Alexander V. Libin, PhD
Georgetown University Medical Center, MedStar Health Research Institute, and District of Columbia Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Washington DC, USA