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About JAMA Psychiatry

About JAMA Psychiatry

Stephan Heckers, MD


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 10 specialty journals.

Journal Frequency and Access. JAMA Psychiatry is published online weekly, every Wednesday, and 12 print/online issues per year. The journal receives approximately more than 2.3 million online visits annually, with 2.7 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 15% of the nearly 1100 manuscripts received annually. The median time to first editorial decision is 3 days or less, and 48 days with review. The median time from submission to acceptance (with time for author revision) is 4 months and from acceptance to publication is 3.5 months. All major articles are published online first. The journal’s combined Impact Factor, reported in 2015, is 13.234 (14.48 for 1 year of the previously titled Archives of General Psychiatry and 12.008 for 1 year of the newly titled JAMA Psychiatry), ranking among the top 3 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. See Editors and Publishers for additional information on the journal's Editors and Editorial Board.

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)

Updated February 2015