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May 2017

JAMA Psychiatry 2016 Year in Review

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2Editor, JAMA Psychiatry
JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(5):439-440. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0568

In 2016, JAMA Psychiatry received 1231 major manuscripts. The editors of JAMA Psychiatry thank all authors for their submissions and all of our peers across the world who have helped with the review process. JAMA Psychiatry is known for scholarly peer reviews, and we remain committed to this tradition. See the link to JAMA Psychiatry Peer Reviewer List4 for a complete list of the 798 peer reviewers in 2016.

The JAMA Psychiatry editorial office has reduced the turnaround times. For about two-thirds of all submissions, we make a final decision without peer review. We have to reject many excellent manuscripts because we have room for only 15% of all submissions. The fast turnaround time of 2 days allows the authors to submit their manuscript to another journal without further delay.

After a manuscript has been sent out for review, most peers return their comments to us within 3 weeks, which allows us to make an editorial decision promptly. Once accepted for publication, we publish most submissions within 2 months. JAMA Psychiatry publishes all articles online first every Wednesday. If an author is scheduled to present results at an upcoming scientific meeting, we can arrange for a special release on the day of the presentation.

While we continue to publish a monthly print issue, the weekly online publication of all articles on our redesigned website is a major advance for this journal. The articles are immediately accessible to the scientific community and often elicit considerable responses in the popular press, on Twitter, and on Facebook. The Table lists the 3 JAMA Psychiatry articles from 2016 with the highest Altmetric score, a summary index of recognition in the media. The article “Association of Hormonal Contraception With Depression” by Skovlund et al1 reached an Altmetric score of 2219 by the end of 2016, making it the most viewed article in the history of JAMA Psychiatry and 1 of the top 100 scientific articles of 2016.

JAMA Psychiatry Statistics for 2016a
JAMA Psychiatry Statistics for 2016a

The 2015 journal Impact Factor of 14.4 was the first recognition of our efforts under the new name JAMA Psychiatry. We remain extremely proud of the tradition of the Archives of General Psychiatry, yet the new name and the remarkable outreach efforts of the JAMA Network journals have been a good change for us. We now have more than 14 000 followers on Twitter and more than 16 000 followers on Facebook. More than 51 000 receive the journal’s electronic table of contents each week, and last year there were more than 3.7 million JAMA Psychiatry articles reviewed online. This web presence allows us to reach many more readers than through print publication alone.

We continue to publish cutting-edge research and seminal reviews. Over the last 2 years we have increased the number of clinical trials. In 2017, we are starting a new series of neuroscience education by combining the Clinical Challenge article type with a Review article explaining the relevant neuroscience. We invite our colleagues to submit clinical cases and reviews for this series.

I want to thank my colleagues in the JAMA Psychiatry editorial office: managing editor Jenni Blackford, PhD; web editor Christine Konradi, PhD; statistical editor Helena Chmura Kraemer, PhD; editorial assistant Jennye Laws-Woolf; deputy editor Dost Ongur, MD, PhD; and associate editor Martin Paulus, MD. We are supported by 15 very experienced editorial board members and 3 international advisers. We are excited to be the stewards of JAMA Psychiatry and look forward to continued success.

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Corresponding Author: Stephan Heckers, MD, MSc, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University, 1601 23rd Ave S, Ste 3060, Nashville, TN 37212 (stephan.heckers@vanderbilt.edu).

Published Online: April 5, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0568

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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