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

BJPsych International

Formerly International Psychiatry

BJPsych International (journal)


Frequency: Quarterly

Circulation: 15,300 (including all RCPsych members)

Editor: David Skuse, Professor of Behavioural Sciences, University of London Institute of
Child Health, London. Full Editorial Board

ISSN (Print): 2056-4740
(This is a new ISSN from Feb 2015.)
Online version ISSN: 2058-6264

Audience: All mental health professionals, service providers and health service managers around the world.

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


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BJPsych International is produced by the College to provide useful information and links in global mental health. It provides an overview of current policy and practice in psychiatry in different countries and will help all mental health professionals to learn about and keep abreast of what is happening elsewhere. Original and scientific articles deal with the policy and promotion of mental health, the administration and management of mental health services, and worldwide training in psychiatry.

“With this improved communication comes an awareness of the commonality of many mental health issues and the recognition that there is much to learn from others working in very diverse environments. …Increasingly we need to have a better understanding of other cultures and the relationship between culture, mental health and psychiatric disorder.”
- Professor Hamid Ghodse, Former Director of the College's Board of International Affairs

  • The mission of BJPsych International is to be a platform for authors from low- and middle-income countries.
  • All research papers are peer-reviewed.

Regular features in BJPsych International include:

  • Editorials
  • Thematic Papers - each issue contains several papers focusing on a topical theme, such as telepsychiatry or international recruitment, which is then discussed
  • Country Profiles - provide summary information on mental health policy, services, training and research in a specific country
  • Special Papers
  • Mental Health Law Profiles
  • News and Notes
  • Correspondence 
  • Forthcoming International Events Listings

Online BJPsych International:
The 'online version' of BJPsych International consists of PDF files of all issues of the printed journal, which are available to download (free-of-charge for anyone to view).

Archive of BJPsych International issues to download

(Open Access: online access to BJPsych International is unrestricted; use of its content is governed by an Open Access Licence Agreement.)


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Open Access: online access to BJPsych International is unrestricted; use of its content is governed by an Open Access Licence Agreement.

International Perspectives on Mental HealthYou may also be interested in the book International Perspectives on Mental Health, which collects together all the Country Profiles from this journal (up to the end of 2010).

See also:
World Psychiatry (WPA journal)