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

BJPsych Bulletin

Formerly The Psychiatric Bulletin

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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): 2056-4694
Online version ISSN: 2056-4708
(These are new ISSNs from Feb 2015.)

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

Journal name change for 2015: Please note the title of this journal changed from The Psychiatric Bulletin in February 2015. 
Summary of the changes.


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BJPsych 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 BJPsych 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.
  • Indexed in ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index).
Regular features in BJPsych Bulletin include:
  • Editorials
  • Original papers
  • Education & training
  • Correspondence section
  • Obituaries
  • Book reviews

BJPsych 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.

Journal name history

Please note this journal has changed its name several times. From 1977 to 2009 it was named Psychiatric Bulletin.

It was known as The Psychiatrist for four years, from 2010 to 2013 (during which time the ISSNs were print 1758-3209 and online 1758-3217).

During 2014 the name reverted back to The Psychiatric Bulletin (ISSNs: print 2053-4868 and online 2053-4876)More about the changes in Jan 2014.

In 2015 the journal was renamed BJPsych BulletinMore about the changes for 2015.

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