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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych)

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Frequency: Monthly

Circulation: 17,500 (all RCPsych members plus large subscription base)

Editor: Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Psychiatry at Barts & The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London.
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ISSN (Print): 0007-1250
Online version ISSN: 1472-1465

Audience: Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and all other mental health professionals.


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The British Journal of Psychiatry (known as BJPsych) is a leading international psychiatric journal, It contains the best original research papers from around the world covering all branches of the subject, with an overriding concern to improve the prevention, investigation, diagnosis, treatment, and care of mental illness, and the promotion of mental health globally.
  • High Impact Factor: 7.06
  • Third most-cited general psychiatry journal in the world (based on ISI rankings).
  • Full peer-review process.
  • A series of supplements provides extensive in-depth coverage of selected areas (several per year).
  • MEDLINE indexed.

Regular features in BJPsych include:

  • Highlights
  • Editorials
  • Psychiatry in pictures
  • Review articles
  • Short reports
  • Book reviews
  • Correspondence section
  • Kaleidoscope (research developments round-up) 
  • From the Editor’s desk

Occasional features in BJPsych include:

  • Debate articles
  • Special papers
  • 100 years ago
  • Psychiatrists in 19th Century fiction
  • Psychiatry in music/the movies
  • Psychiatry in the Old Testament

Online BJPsych has the following extra features:

  • E-letters section.
  • Latest research published online ahead of print.
  • Some articles online contain extra text. 
  • Full text archive dating back to 2000.
  • Full text (as PDFs), contents lists and abstracts archive dating back to 1855.
  • More online features
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