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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.
  • On the cover
  • Cover picture

    ‘Ice’, Collage by Clare Willmey (2016)

    “In the collage, that’s all ice. There’s a thawing out of the past. It’s like I’m breaking free of my old life and my old patterns and then going into this completely unknown new world and new life that is yet to be created. Which of the women is me? None them, and all of them. The empty eyes represent a different way of seeing. The people are thoughts and the seals are also me – making breathing holes in the ice. If the hole is big enough they can get out so they can exist on both planes. The seals are quite angelic, the one going up towards the light is a comfortable and peaceful figure”.

    ‘Ice’ was made during ‘Piecing it Together’, a participatory art project based at North and South Camden NHS Foundation Trust Acute Day Units. During 2015 artist, Alexa Wright led weekly workshops for service users at the two centres in which participants were encouraged to use collage as a direct, visual means to communicate their recent experiences. Some people also continued to work with Alexa on a 1-1 basis to create small photo-text books about their experiences. As well as providing individuals recovering from acute mental difficulties with a means of coming to terms with what happened to them, the project aimed to challenge stigma around mental health more generally.

    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)