Biological Psychiatry, founded in 1969, is an official journal of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and the first in the Biological Psychiatry family of journals. Companion titles include Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging and Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science. The Society's purpose is to promote excellence in scientific research and education in fields that investigate the nature, causes, mechanisms and treatments of disorders of thought, emotion, and behavior. In accord with this mission, this peer-reviewed, rapid-publication, international journal publishes novel results of original basic, translational, and clinical mechanistic research that advances our understanding of psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Reviews and commentaries that focus on topics of current research and interest are also encouraged.
Biological Psychiatry is one of the most selective and highly cited journals in the field of psychiatric neuroscience. The 2020 Impact Factor score for Biological Psychiatry is 12.810. In the 2021 Journal Citation Reports published by Clarivate Analytics, it is ranked 13th out of 263 Psychiatry titles and 14th out of 277 Neurosciences titles, by Impact Factor. By total citations, Biological Psychiatry is ranked 1st in Psychiatry. It is also the 5th ranked journal in Psychiatry according to Google Scholar (July 2022).
Biological Psychiatry's acceptance rate is less than 10%. The average time from submission to first decision is less than 20 days, with an editorial rejection (reject without peer review) decision issued within 5 days. Accepted articles are published online, prior to copyediting, within one week of final acceptance, with the corrected proof later replacing that version. Articles are generally published in print 6-8 months after acceptance.
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