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Improving access to research

We work with a number of organisations to improve access to research published in BJPsych for greater societal impact. Please email if you would like to discuss a potential collaboration.

BJPsych is not responsible for statements made by these organisations and they do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor-in-Chief or the College.

Blogging with the Mental Elf

BJPsych is working with the Mental Elf to produce a series of blogs. The BJPsych organises trainee–consultant pairs to write blogs on specific BJPsych articles which are hosted and promoted by the Mental Elf.

Do you have what it takes to write an engaging, terse piece on scientific research for the public?

BJPsych is looking for psychiatry trainees to help write blogposts. This is a great opportunity to improve your communication and engagement skills. If you’re interested, please email Dr Derek Tracy ( with the following information:

  • Your name and NHS Trust
  • Name and email address of a Consultant who has agreed to supervise your work
  • Area of interest that you feel most confident to blog on
  • Twitter handles for you, your Consultant and your NHS Trust (optional)

Each month we will contact a trainee–consultant pair that best fit with a paper we plan to blog about. If you are contacted, our turnaround times are very tight; agreement to write the blog at that point would give you both about two weeks to complete the work. Your work will be heavily promoted across the Mental Elf and @TheBJPsych on Twitter and may be promoted in the ‘Highlights’ column published in BJPsych.

Registering your interest now doesn’t commit you to writing but you are signalling you and your Consultant are up for the challenge! We would regard you and your Consultant as fully committed and able to deliver on time if we email you with a specific paper and deadline and you agree at that point to write it. You won’t have a choice of the paper to appraise, but we will try fit your expressed areas of interest, and you will be able to decline if we approach you. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to proceed with blogs without a Consultant who agrees – at the time of contact – to supervise and guarantee the work.

Podcasts with the Mental Health Foundation

BJPsych works with the Mental Health Foundation to produce a podcast series, available here. BJPsych provides a list of upcoming journal content for the Mental Health Foundation to choose a suitable article for discussion which is usually relatively accessible to the general public. The BJPsych Digital Content Editor organises the podcast participants which usually includes a service user and an author of the article or expert in the subject. The podcast is produced and hosted by Mental Health Foundation. All BJPsych podcasts are available on SoundCloud.

RCPsych Article of the Month

Each month a paper is selected by one of the Editors-in-Chief of the five RCPsych Journals (BJPsych, BJPsych Open, BJPsych Advances, BJPsych Bulletin and BJPsych International). The author of the paper is invited to write a blog post which is promoted via the RCPsych Publishing member newsletter and across social media. Blog posts are also commissioned outside the ‘Article of the Month’ scheme to highlight timely and relevant research. View all the blog posts via the RCPsych hub.