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Aims and scope
BMJ Mental Health (formerly Evidence-Based Mental Health) is an open access, peer reviewed journal publishing evidence-based, innovative research, systematic reviews, and methodological papers in the area of mental health. It facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration among psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals, encourages debate on clinically relevant topics, and informs real world practice to improve patient and carer outcomes. BMJ Mental Health invites submissions in all areas of mental health including digital health; medical statistics; precision mental health; evaluation of psychotherapies; studies in children, young people and in the elderly; forensic psychiatry; health economics; data science and computational mental health. For information about BMJ Mental Health’s Editor-in-Chief Professor Andrea Cipriani and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.
BMJ Mental Health is a fully open access and online journal. By submitting to this journal you agree to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) of £3,090 if your article is accepted for publication.
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Continuous online publication
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Peer review model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Acceptance rate: 15%
Speed Time to first decision without review (median): 2 days Time to first decision with review (median) : 41 days Time from acceptance to publication (median): 26 days
Impact Impact Factor category: Psychiatry Impact Factor (JCR): 5.2 Impact Factor rank: 48/155 5 Year Impact Factor: 10.9 Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 2.16 Eigenfactor: 0.00588 Citescore: 18.1 Citescore rank: 11/531 Scimago Journal Rank (SJR): 4.969
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