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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, a consortium of peer-reviewed, general medical and specialty publications.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Psychiatry is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and in 12 print/online issues a year. The journal receives over 3.9 million online visits annually, and more than 5 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 13%. The median time to first decision is 2 days, and 33 days with review. The journal's Impact Factor is 15.9, one of the highest ranking among psychiatry journals. All articles are published online first. Additional information on the types of articles published and editorial policies is available in the journal's Instructions for Authors.

Editorial Team. Dost Öngür, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, is the editor in chief. For a complete listing of the journal's Editors and Editorial Board, see Editors and Publishers.

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 15.9, one of the highest ranking among psychiatry journals
  • Over 3.9 million annual visits to the JAMA Psychiatry website; more than 5 million annual article views and downloads
  • International authors: 57% of submissions come from outside the United States
  • Extensive press coverage, with over 14,000 media mentions in 2019 in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, and Reuters
  • Top Altmetric scoresJAMA Psychiatry published 36 of the top 50 articles among psychiatry journals, including the No. 1 article
  • Number of citations, Altmetric score, page views and downloads tracked for your published article
  • Broad reach through related commentary, author audio interviews, podcasts, email alerts, social media, multimedia, and more than 54,400 followers on Twitter and Facebook

Prompt Decisions and Rapid Publication Timelines

  • Highly selective peer review and editorial evaluation, with 13% acceptance rate for all submissions
  • Median time to first decision: 2 days without external peer review; 33 days with review
  • Online First publication of all articles

Author Service

  • 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 expert illustration, interactive features, video, audio, and visual abstract
  • 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 Psychiatry 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 January 2020

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