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Aims and scope

Aims and scope

BMC Psychiatry is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses a wide range of topics, including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychosocial approaches to psychiatric disorders, as well as genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology research. The journal welcomes both basic and applied science articles, and research exploring innovative treatments, service delivery methods, and social psychiatry. It promotes the participation of service users, patient representatives, and advisors to ensure that their perspectives are represented.

Why publish your article in BMC Psychiatry?

  • We welcome research from across the entire field of psychiatry
  • With over 4.5 million article downloads in 2020, publishing with BMC Psychiatry ensures high visibility for your article
  • Transparency in the peer review process as reviewer reports are published with the article
  • Manuscripts are handled by an established and international editorial board
  • All article published by BMC Psychiatry are open access

Research we consider

As a BMC Series journal, BMC Psychiatry does not make editorial decisions on the basis of the interest of a study or its likely impact. Studies must be scientifically valid; for research articles, this includes a scientifically sound research question, the use of suitable methods and analysis, and following community-agreed standards relevant to the research field. 

The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following broad areas of psychiatry research:

  • Causes, treatment and prevention of suicide including assessment and risk-management approaches, ethical issues in intervention research, cross-cultural risk factors for suicide
  • Child, adolescent and developmental psychiatry including psychiatric disorders that primarily manifest and emerge in young populations
  • Eating disorders including norexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders not otherwise specified
  • Forensic psychiatry including general violence, domestic violence, homicide, sex offences, assessment in forensic settings
  • Geriatric psychiatry and cognitive disorders including dementia, geriatric depression, cognitive impairment and delirium
  • Mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorders
  • Personality disorders and disorders of adult behavior including psychological assessment, associations among social roles, personality, and physical and mental health, and cognitive functions
  • Psychiatric molecular genetics including gene-environment interaction in psychiatric disorders, pharmacogenetics, linkage, association studies, cognitive endophenotypes, epigenetics, gene expression and genome-wide association studies
  • Psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, antipsychotics, biochemistry, hallucinations and delusions
  • Sleep disorders including insomnia and stress related sleep disorders
  • Social psychiatry, therapy and provision of mental health care including psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, internet in psychological research, behavior surveillance, epidemiology, psychiatric rehabilitation, health behavior, community mental health, work and mental health
  • Stress and anxiety including severe and traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-conflict mental health, anxiety disorders and phobias
  • Substance-related disorders, addiction and impulse control including problem/pathological gambling, substance abuse, alcohol and drug disorders, behavioral addiction, impulsive and antisocial behaviors
  • Women and mental health including research on depression at times of hormone change, such as during or after pregnancy, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and perimenopause-related depression

Alternative journals?

Not sure your manuscript is in scope for BMC Psychiatry? Please consider other journals in the BMC Series or try the Springer Nature Journal Suggester

If your research investigates the impact of health or a non-psychiatric disorder on mental health or psychological well-being, you may consider BMC Psychology or a journal that considers research on the specific disease/disorder.

If your study is investigating psychiatric disorders using in vitro or animal models, consider BMC Neuroscience.