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The British Journal of Psychiatry
  • ISSN: 0007-1250 (Print), 1472-1465 (Online)
  • Frequency: 12 issues per year
The British Journal of Psychiatry is a leading international peer-reviewed psychiatric journal, covering all branches of psychiatry with a particular emphasis on the clinical aspects of each topic. Published on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the journal’s overriding concern is to improve the prevention, investigation, diagnosis, treatment, and care of mental illness, as well as the promotion of mental health globally. In addition to a large number of authoritative original research papers from around the world, the journal includes editorials, review articles, commentaries on contentious articles, short reports, a comprehensive book review section and a lively and well-informed correspondence column. The journal is essential reading for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and all professionals with an interest in mental health.
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  • Cover picture

    Johann Hauser's drawings are intense and powerful: their colours and contrasts are intense and bright, with powerful outlines and the immense certainty within the artist's pencil-stroke. Hauser use pencil and colour pencils. He reaches within this very original and direct artistic technique, a very high level of artistic expression. The drawer's strongly emotional approach to his work becomes visible in tiny holes, that rubbed through areas in the surface of the drawing paper. In general, Hauser's pictures are dedicated to the “beauty and tremendousness” of human life. On a more concrete level, one of the main themes is the female body and ist appearance. Hauser was born in 1926 and from 1943 lived in mental institutions. His early drawings can be dated back to the late fifties. As soon as Hauser's works reached public attention, the interest of the art world in his work and he as an artist grew. Today he is well known as one of the key artist in the world of “Art Brut”. His artworks are part of several renowned collections and since 1970, frequently shown in international exhibitions across borders of art history genres. In 1979 Hauser's first solo show took place. In 1981 he was one of the outstanding talented members of the artists’ community living in the House of Artists, nowadays part of the Art Brut Centre Gugging in Maria Gugging, Austria. In 1990 Hauser received, together with the group of Gugging Artists, the “Oskar-Kokoschka Prize”. Hauser was living and working at the House of Artists until he passed away in 1996. For further information please visit: Creditline: Johann Hauser, 1986, Naked woman with hat. Pencil and colour pencils, 73 × 102 cm © Privatstiftung – Künstler aus Gugging.

    Thanks to Drew Walker for co-ordinating this series of images and for obtaining permission to use them.

    We are always looking for interesting and visually appealing images for the cover of the Journal and would welcome suggestions or pictures, which should be sent to Dr Allan Beveridge, British Journal of Psychiatry, 21 Prescot Street London E1 8BB, UK or

Title history
Currently known as:
The British Journal of Psychiatry
Vol 109 (1963) onwards
ISSN: 0007-1250 (Print), 1472-1465 (Online)

Formerly known as:
Journal of Mental Science
Vol 5 (1858) - Vol 108 (1962)
ISSN: (Print), 2514-9946 (Online)

The Asylum Journal of Mental Science
Vol 2 (1855) - Vol 4 (1857)
ISSN: 2514-992X (Print), 2514-9938 (Online)

The Asylum Journal
Vol 1 (1853) - Vol 1 (1855)
ISSN: 2514-9903 (Print), 2514-9911 (Online)