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BJPsych Advances
  • ISSN: 2056-4678 (Print), 2056-4686 (Online)
  • Frequency: 6 issues per year
BJPsych Advances distils current clinical knowledge into a single resource, written and peer-reviewed by expert clinicians to meet the CPD needs of consultant psychiatrists. Each issue includes commissioned articles dealing with physical and biological aspects of treatment, psychological and sociological interventions, management issues and treatments specific to the different psychiatric subspecialties. Articles discuss comprehensive, practical approaches to clinical problems and explain the full range of therapeutic options, with useful features like MCQs, summary boxes, and associated commentaries. BJPsych Advances is essential reading for practising mental health professionals who need to be kept informed of current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry.

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BJPsych Advances has been designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of consultant psychiatrists and practising mental health professionals.


The journal is committed to improving doctors’ effectiveness and confidence when treating patients by providing essential reading on current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry.


BJPsych Advances is essential reading for consultant psychiatrists and mental health professionals who need to be kept informed of current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry. It is available online to current members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and members may order a discounted print subscription directly from the publisher.

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The journal is owned and managed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and published bimonthly by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the College. The College grants editorial freedom and independence to the Editor-in-Chief of BJPsych Advances.

Revenue Sources

Both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Cambridge University Press are not-for-profit organisations, committed to fulfilling their respective objectives of securing the best outcomes for people with mental illness, learning difficulties and developmental disorders and advancing learning, knowledge and research worldwide.

BJPsych Advances receives revenue to ensure we can maintain the highest publishing quality and standards. Revenue sources include: individual and institutional subscriptions; sales of reprints, rights and royalties; and open access fees. For details on how we avoid charging subscribers for content that has been made Open Access through the payment of an Article Processing Charge ('double dipping'), please see our transparent pricing policy.

Press and Embargoes

Upon acceptance, BJPsych Advances articles may be selected for press release by the author's institution, the RCPsych media team (, or CUP media team ( The press release will be distributed under strict embargo, usually with advance access to the full article. Those registered to receive our press releases understand that the embargo is a strict one, and that no information about the article can be published or broadcast until the embargo has lifted. Journalists can contact the authors for comment or further details before the embargo date.


BJPsych Advances is not responsible for statements made by contributors. Unless so stated, material in this journal does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor or the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The publishers are not responsible for any error of omission or fact.

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    In this issue (147–155) authors Gabrielle Pendlebury et al outline the epidemiology, causes and purposes of violence among adolescents; discuss types of risk assessment tool; explore and deconstruct the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk - Youth (SAVRY™) tool; and present a fi ctitious risk formulation.