Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
41 days*
Time from acceptance to publication:
26 days*
Impact Factor (JCR):
SciMago Journal Rank (SJR):

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.  

Open access

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.

Journal information

From 1998 to October 2022, BMJ Mental Health (then published as Evidence-Based Mental Health) was co-owned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society, and BMJ. The journal is now fully owned by BMJ.
Publication model
1998-2022: Subscription with hybrid open access option 2023- : Open access
Continuous online publication
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, MEDLINE (Index Medicus), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Peer review model
Single anonymised; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2022

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
Reach Total content views: 634,040 Total Altmetric mentions: 3,774
The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure. How we get these metrics

Contact information

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