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About JAMA Psychiatry

JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry) is an international peer-reviewed journal for clinicians, scholars, and research scientists in psychiatry, mental health, behavioral science, and allied fields. The Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry began publication in 1919 and, in 1959, became 2 separate journals: Archives of Neurology and Archives of General Psychiatry. In 2013, their names changed to JAMA Neurology and JAMA Psychiatry, respectively. JAMA Psychiatry is a member of The JAMA Network family of journals, which includes JAMA and 11 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Psychiatry is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and 12 print/online issues per year. The journal receives more than 2 million online visits annually, with 3.4 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the JAMA website. All articles are made free access on an html app called The JAMA Network Reader on the day of publication. In addition, the online version is freely available or nearly so to institutions in developing countries through the World Health Organization's HINARI program.

Editorial Information. The journal's acceptance rate is 13% of the 1200 manuscripts received annually. The median time to first editorial decision is 2 days, and 39 days with review. The median time from submission to acceptance (with time for author revision) is 2 months and from acceptance to publication is 10 weeks. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 14.4, ranking highest among the major psychiatry journals. For more information on the types of articles published and editorial policies, see the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. The editor is Stephan Heckers, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and William P. and Henry B. Test Chair in Schizophrenia Research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see link to Editors and Publishers below.

Mission Statement: JAMA Psychiatry strives to publish original, state-of-the-art studies and commentaries of general interest to clinicians, scholars, and research scientists in psychiatry, mental health, behavioral science, and allied fields. The journal seeks to inform and to educate its readers as well as to stimulate debate and further exploration into the nature, causes, treatment, and public health importance of mental illness.

JAMA Psychiatry
ISSN 2168-622X (Print)
ISSN 2168-6238 (Online)

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Why Publish in JAMA Psychiatry?

JAMA Psychiatry publishes innovative, clinically relevant research that covers the field broadly, from genetic mechanisms to psychotherapeutic intervention trials.

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

Every submission to JAMA Psychiatry undergoes prompt, rigorous review by our experienced editors.

  • Time to first decision: initial decision without review, 2 days (median); with review, 36 days (median)
  • Online First publication of all research articles
  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 9% acceptance rate for research articles

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 14.4, ranking highest among the major psychiatry journals
  • 33 million annual online visits to The JAMA Network
  • Over 40,000 psychiatrists receive weekly electronic alerts from JAMA Psychiatry
  • More than 2 million annual visits to the JAMA Psychiatry website with 3.4 million annual article views and downloads
  • Extensive press coverage with 14,650 media mentions in 2015 in news outlets such as New York Times and Washington Post
  • International authors: over 50% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Broad reach through author audio and video interviews, email alerts, Twitter, Facebook, and Topic Collections
  • 125,000 registered users of The JAMA Network Reader, an app that integrates content across the entire JAMA Network of journals and is accessible from any device

Author Focus

JAMA Psychiatry offers unparalleled reach and an author-friendly approach, from manuscript submission through publication.

  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability for both print and online publication
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Psychiatry
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video and audio
  • No author fees: no submission, page, color, or publication charges
  • Free access: All research articles are freely available on the day of publication on The JAMA Network Reader and 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Online extras: ability to post supplemental content online, track your published article's online use and citations, and download your article's tables and figures as PowerPoint slides
  • The JAMA Network advantage: Authors of papers not accepted by JAMA may have their papers referred to JAMA Psychiatry

For more information, see JAMA Psychiatry Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at

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Updated October 2016