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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

    Epidural by Terence Wilde

    Terence uses black and white predominantly in his autobiographical work. He finds it gives clarity to what may otherwise be hard to decipher, particularly for the viewer. Terence finds that applying Monotone to express the shadow-self gives substance to his psyche and emotions in the form of bodies and faces. The absence of colour in his personal work helps bring a balance to the uneven see-saw of past and present life he finds himself sitting on.

    Epidural was made last year; several weeks post op from surgery to replace my right knee. I don't recall the injection into my spine to block out pain; I didn't count backwards into unconsciousness or have side effects afterwards, I do remember where I went. A sanctuary underneath moving damp clouds, with the feeling of being back in my mother's womb. I also remember who I met there, please see illustration on front cover.

    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)