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The American Journal of Psychiatry

The American Journal of Psychiatry
Official Journal of the American Psychiatric Association

Edited by Robert Freedman, M.D.
ISSN 0002-953X
Item #AJP

Watch the new AJP Video Series.

6 of Journal Watch Psychiatry’s 10 “Top Stories of 2013” appeared in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

The American Journal of Psychiatry’s latest Impact Factor is 13.559
according to the recently released 2013 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2014).

The American Journal of Psychiatry Named One of the Top 100 Most Influential
Journals in Biology and Medicine
over the last 100 Years by the Special Libraries Association.

Committed to keeping the field of psychiatry vibrant and relevant by publishing the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, The American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) is the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world and is the journal that the overwhelming majority of psychiatrists considers essential. Published monthly, it is an indispensable journal for all psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who need to stay on the cutting edge of virtually every aspect of psychiatry.

AJP's latest Impact Factor is 13.559 according to the recently released 2013 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2014), placing it in the top 1% of all scientific, medical, and technical journals.

AJP is number two in psychiatry in terms of immediacy according to Thomson Scientific’s Immediacy Index. This important performance metric is a good measure of how quickly a given journal’s articles are cited—AJP’s placement is a result of publishing articles that are relevant, covering current “hot” topics and cutting-edge research, and getting these findings to the field faster with AJP in Advance, the Journal’s online-ahead-of-print publication protocol.

The findings presented in AJP explore the full spectrum of issues related to mental health diagnoses and treatment, with editorials that place the most groundbreaking research into clinical context.

The editors of NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry announced the 10 top psychiatry stories in 2013, and six were based on articles published in AJP.

While publishing research at the forefront of the field, AJP contains in its back issues the foundation of psychiatry. A recent poll conducted by the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division of The Special Libraries Association identified the 100 most influential journals in all of Biology & Medicine over the last 100 years. AJP was among those honored, the only psychiatry/psychology journal represented.

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The December issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry is now online!

The new issue includes a discussion of mercury poisoning and its neuropsychiatric presentations and presents a large study that tested the effect of antidepressants on heart rate. One study identifies a combined epigenetic and genetic biomarker for suicide, and another reports that a measure of inflammation in depressed patients predicted the outcome of treatment with escitalopram and nortriptyline. Finally, a commentary on biomarkers considers how biological tests can be incorporated into psychiatric diagnostic criteria.

Robert Freedman, M.D., is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. He was recently confirmed for membership into the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a nonprofit organization whose members are among the world's foremost authorities on neuroscientific research and clinical neurology topics.

Editorial Board

Robert Freedman, M.D.

Deputy Editors
David A. Lewis, M.D.
Robert Michels, M.D.
Daniel S. Pine, M.D.
Susan K. Schultz, M.D.
Carol A. Tamminga, M.D.

Associate Editors
Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.
David A. Brent, M.D.
Linda Brzustowicz, M.D.
Cameron S. Carter, M.D.
Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Daniel C. Javitt, M.D.
Bankole Johnson, M.D.
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D.
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.
Barbara Milrod, M.D.
Maria A. Oquendo, M.D.
Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, M.D.
A. John Rush, M.D.
Larry J. Siever, M.D.
Patricia Suppes, M.D., Ph.D.
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.

Editor Emeritus
Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.

Former Editors
Amariah Brigham, M.D., 1844�1849
T. Romeyn Beck, M.D., 1849�1854
John P. Gray, M.D., 1854�1886
G. Alder Blumer, M.D., 1886�1894
Richard Dewey, M.D., 1894�1897
Henry M. Hurd, M.D., 1897�1904
Edward N. Brush, M.D., 1904�1931
Clarence B. Farrar, M.D., 1931�1965
Francis J. Braceland, M.D., 1965�1978
John C. Nemiah, M.D., 1978�1993

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