November 1973

Readership Patterns of Psychiatric Journals

Author Affiliations

Davis, Calif
From the Department of Psychiatry, UC Davis, School of Medicine, Davis, Calif.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(5):704-706. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200050109019

The information explosion makes selective journal reading mandatory. This article reports the results of a survey of the journal reading habits of a random sample of practicing American psychiatrists.

Psychiatrists describing themselves as analytic in orientation are compared with those describing themselves as eclectic in orientation. Using criterion of readership, religiosity of reading and an index of prestige various journals appear differentially important to these two groups with considerable overlap.

Several journals rarely considered as "important journals" loom large on this survey. Implications for our profession are raised.