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The Psychiatric Bulletin

Link to The Psychiatric Bulletin (journal)  

Frequency: Bi-monthly (6 per year)

Circulation: 15,500 (all RCPsych members plus subscription base)

Editor: Dr Jonathan Pimm, Consultant in Primary Care Psychiatry, East London NHS Trust, Mile End Hospital.  Full Editorial Board

ISSN (Print): 2053-4868
Online version ISSN: 2053-4876

Audience: Psychiatrists and all other mental health professionals, especially those involved with service provision.

Journal name change for 2015: Please note from February 2015, the title of this journal will be BJPsych Bulletin, with new ISSNs...
ISSN (Print): 2056-4694
ISSN (Online): 2056-4708


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The Psychiatric Bulletin focuses on psychiatric service provision by dealing with clinical issues that affect everyday practice, written in an accessible style for practising mental health professionals of all levels. Prominence is given to training in psychiatry (with many papers by trainees) and informed comment and debate on topical issues in current mental health practice. A selection of Editorial Board members from overseas and a good number of submissions from outside Britain ensure that The Psychiatric Bulletin has a global perspective and influences psychiatric practice internationally. Each issue includes several substantial original research papers.

  • Rigorous two-stage peer-review process for papers.
Regular features in The Psychiatric Bulletin include:
  • Editorials
  • Original papers
  • Education & training
  • Correspondence section
  • Obituaries
  • Book reviews

The Psychiatric Bulletin online has the following extra features:

  • Papers are published online in advance of appearing in the print version.
  • E-letters section.
  • Full text archive dating back to 2000.
  • Full text (as PDFs) and contents lists archive dating back to the first ever issue in 1977.
  • More online features.

Please note this journal was known as The Psychiatrist for four years, from January 2010 to December 2013 (during which time it had different ISSNs). The ISSNs given above were new from January 2014. More about these changes in Jan 2014.