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About JAMA Psychiatry

JAMA 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,  11 JAMA Network specialty journals, and JAMA Network Open.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Psychiatry is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and 12 print/online issues per year. The journal receives more than 2.8 million online visits annually, with 3.7 million article views and downloads. Without any author fees, all research articles are made free access online 12 months after publication on the website. 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 15% of the 1200 manuscripts received annually. The median time to first editorial decision is 2 days, and 36 days with review. The median time from submission to acceptance (with time for author revision) is approximately 2 months and from acceptance to publication is 10 weeks. All major articles are published online first. The journal's Impact Factor is 16.6, ranking among the highest of 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 of JAMA Psychiatry is Dost Öngür, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. 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.

Impact and Reach

  • Impact Factor of 16.6, ranking among the highest of psychiatry journals
  • Over 51,000 psychiatrists receive weekly electronic alerts from JAMA Psychiatry
  • More than 2.8 million annual visits to the JAMA Psychiatry website with 3.7 million annual article views and downloads
  • Extensive press coverage with 11,076 media mentions in 2016 in news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Time, and NBC News
  • Top Altmetric scores among psychiatric journals—JAMA Psychiatry has 56% (28) of the top 50 articles with Altmetric scores (measure of news and social media coverage), including the No. 1 article
  • International authors: 57% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, article views and downloads tracked for your published article
  • Broad reach through author audio and video interviews, email alerts, Twitter, and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

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

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 10% acceptance rate for research articles
  • Median time to first decision: Without review, 2 days; with review, 36 days
  • Acceptance to publication: within 10 weeks
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

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

  • User-friendly manuscript submission system and process
  • Prompt, expert review and consideration from our experienced editors
  • Highest standards followed to improve your accepted manuscript's accuracy, reliability, and readability
  • CME credit available for lead authors who publish in JAMA Psychiatry
  • Opportunity for your work to be augmented with video, audio, and professional graphics and illustrations
  • Free public access: All research articles are free 12 months after publication on the journal's website
  • Open access: Authors of research articles may elect to pay for immediate open access on the day of publication
  • Direct deposit to PubMed Central: All research articles deposited directly in PubMed Central (PMC) for authors
  • 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 the option to have their papers and reviewers' comments automatically referred to one of the JAMA Network specialty journals and/or JAMA Network Open
  • Dedicated media team to promote your article to the news media and on social media

For more information, see JAMA Psychiatry Instructions for Authors. Submit your manuscript at https://manuscripts.jamapsych.com.

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Updated November 2018