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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 (BJPsych) is a leading international peer-reviewed journal, covering all branches of psychiatry with a particular emphasis on the clinical aspects of each topic. Published monthly on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the journal is committed to improving the prevention, investigation, diagnosis, treatment, and care of mental illness, as well as the promotion of mental health globally. In addition to authoritative original research papers from around the world, the journal publishes editorials, review articles, commentaries on contentious articles, short reports, a comprehensive book review section and a lively, well-informed correspondence column. BJPsych is essential reading for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and all professionals with an interest in mental health.
  • On the cover
  • Cover picture

    “The Good Listener”, Oil on Canvas

    © Neil MacPherson RSA, RGI

    Neil MacPherson is one of Scotland's leading artists. Born in 1954 in Elgin, he studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1974 to 1978. His first solo show was at the Compass Gallery in Glasgow in 1986. He is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute. He has won numerous awards, and his work is in many private and public collections throughout Britain and overseas. He has exhibited widely in Britain, Europe and North America.

    Psychiatrists aim to be good listeners and an important part of their training is developing the skills to listen attentively and sensitively to their patients. Of this painting, Neil says: ‘It was painted during the first lockdown when we, like the figure in the painting, were feeling isolated and confused by conflicting information. You always hope when the painting goes out the studio, it takes on many stories for people and a continuing life of its own.’

    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)