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Paper in a Day

Register for the ISTSS 39th Annual Meeting

Paper in a Day Application Deadline: September 1, 2023

Join us Wednesday, November 1, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plus Pre- and Post-Meeting Assignments

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Maximum: 8 Participants

Paper in a Day (PIAD) grew out of a wish to foster collaborations between young researchers from around the world. Many of these researchers will be future leaders in the domain of posttraumatic mental health and the field will benefit from their partnerships and teamwork. Paper in a Day is designed to stimulate international connections and the exchange of ideas by working on a tangible outcome: a paper, short communication, or commentary for a peer-reviewed journal.

This will be an intensive, productive, and enjoyable day. The aim of the exercise, firstly, is to stimulate international collaboration and exchange among early career researchers, and, secondly, to write a manuscript that will be submitted for publication. Previous editions have led to journal articles, conference contributions, and lasting collaborations. Because Paper in a Day will take place prior to the ISTSS annual meeting, participants will have the opportunity to follow up with new and old colleagues during the conference.

For the current PIAD, we will work on a research paper on differences in early post-trauma PTSD symptom network structures between women and men. The PIAD project aligns with FAIR data principles. For more information, see the Global Collaboration for Traumatic Stress FAIR projects.


Approximately four weeks prior to the workshop, an online meeting will be held with the project leaders and participants to outline the project, discuss each participant's role in the project, and divide tasks. Thereafter, participants will individually prepare for this PIAD event (e.g., read relevant articles, draft sections of the paper, reviewing analyses, subgroup meetings). The PIAD workshop will include plenary discussions, analysis time, and writing time in subgroups. Following the workshop, the draft will be finalized for submission.


In order to make the event a success, we ask participants to commit to:

  • Online meetings and preparations in advance of the meeting - dedicate 8 hours prior to the workshop.
  • Be present for the entire workshop at the conference.
  • Contribute to the final editing and preparation for submission in the aftermath of the workshop.
  • Continue to work with the team towards publishing the paper, including support through any revisions

How to Participate

This event is aimed at early career academics who have obtained their PhD after November 2019 or who are in the final stages of submission. If you would like to participate, please sign up here by September 1, 2023 with the following information:

  1. A short CV listing your publications;
  2. A description of your research experience and interests and how these relate to and align with the current PIAD project (max 500 words).
  3. A statement that you commit to the required preparation, attendance, and follow-up activities as described above. 

There is limited availability (maximum eight participants) and we aim for global representation, so selection may apply. We will inform you of your participation in the first week of September 2022.  There is a $20 USD registration fee for this workshop; coffee/tea, lunch, and snacks are included.
Please note: The Paper in a Day workshop is exclusive to attendees of the ISTSS 2023 Annual Meeting 1-4 November.


Project: Differences in early post-trauma PTSD symptom network structures between women and men
Project leaders: Dr. Mirjam van Zuiden and Dr. Anke Witteveen

Sex- and gender-differences in the conditional risk to develop PTSD upon trauma exposure are well established. Nevertheless, there is still a limited amount of sex- and gender-sensitive research within our field, that adequately addresses differences between women and men in PTSD symptom onset and course. Such research can aid in identifying targets for screening, prevention and treatment.

In the current project, we will investigate whether women and men show differences in the network structure of PTSD symptoms as assessed in the first weeks post-trauma. Two previous studies investigating network structure differences at a later timepoint following trauma found no to modest differences (Gay et al., 2020, J Trauma Stress; Birkeland et al., 2017, Front Psychol), indicating that inter-symptom associations do not substantially differ once PTSD has been established. However, it remains currently unknown whether differences do exist within the early post-trauma period.

To investigate this, we will use baseline data of the prospective cohort study of the 2-ASAP (Towards Accurate Screening and Prevention of PTSD) research consortium, located in the Netherlands. This consortium aims to develop a prognostic risk screening instrument that can be applied early after traumatic events to reliably determine who is at high risk to develop long-term PTSD, to be used to target preventive interventions towards those at highest risk (see also

Participants of the cohort study are adults that have recently been exposed to acute accidental injury or (threatened) assault. They complete a baseline assessment within 60 days post-trauma and are subsequently followed until one year post-trauma.

Data collection for the study is currently ongoing, but the baseline data on the PTSD self-report questionnaire PCL-5 of the first ~500 participants will be made available for the PIAD project.

Questions about the content of the project can be addressed to Dr. Mirjam van Zuiden.
For questions about the registration process, please contact Autumn Menefee.