Research Journals

Research Journals

Research on hypnosis is published in a wide range of medical and psychological journals.  However, there are several established research journals dedicated to clinical and experimental hypnosis.

The International Journal

The most important journal (measured by its “impact factor”) is The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (IJCEH), founded in 1953 and has an “impact factor” of 1.85 – which puts it in the top 25% of Social Science Journals  The homepage of the international journal contains abstracts and subscription information.  However, the website of the publisher, Taylor Francis, has an advanced search facility that allows all published articles from IJCEH to be searched online for keywords and purchased for download as PDF files.

The easiest way to obtain a subscription to IJCEH is to join The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (REBHP). Annual membership is available for £85/year and includes a free subscription to the Journal as well as other professional membership benefits. See for more details.

The American Journal

Second to the international journal, is the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (AJCH), founded in the 1950s by Milton Erickson and other authorities in the field.  This journal has a more clinical focus and leans slightly more toward Ericksonian hypnosis.

The British Journal

Contemporary Hypnosis is a smaller, British research journal, published by Wiley.  You can also search this journal by keyword, access abstracts, and purchase PDF articles online.


Research Journals — 2 Comments

  1. Seeking guidance to address a client with Trichitilamania (Hair Pulling Disorder)
    and shows some symptoms of Turrets Sundrome as well.
    Any guidance suggestions to approach this case with Age Regression, Post-Hypnotic Suggestions or even a Metaphorical therapy in deep transe is greatly appreciated.
    Edward Anthony

  2. The UK College specialise in teaching cognitive-behavioural approaches to hypnotherapy. The cognitive-behavioural theories of hypnosis reject the concept of “hypnotic trance”, so the notion of “deep trance”, wouldn’t really be part of that approach. Also, cognitive-behavioural approaches to trichotillomania tend not to emphasise the use of age regression, post-hypnotic suggesitons or metaphorical therapy (of the kind employed by followers of Erickson). In fact, those methods tend not to be favoured by cognitive-behavioural therapists in general. These are different approaches to therapy. The most common treatment for this problem, and the one with the best evidence-base, is Habit-Reversal Therapy (HRT), a form of behaviour therapy which can be combined with hypnotism. We teach HRT as part of our diploma training programme. It tackles the problem behaviour itself and would be very different from, e.g., from age regression hypnotherapy.


    Donald Robertson