Journal of Psychiatric Research Celebrates 50th Anniversary

A Half Century of Influential Research, Published by Elsevier

Philadelphia, PA, 24 March, 2011 – 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Journal of Psychiatric Research (, published by Elsevier, the leading publisher of medical, scientific and technical information products and services.

“We feel privileged to be able to serve as the current Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Research,” commented Florian Holsboer, Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany, and Alan F. Schatzberg, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA. ”In this 51st year we look forward to publishing the best science that psychiatry has to offer. This is in the great tradition of the Journal and its founding editor, Seymour Kety. Our work is supported by an excellent editorial board comprised of outstanding researchers from all parts of the world. The Journal is widely read globally, and submissions from investigators on many continents are a true tribute to the international flavor of the Journal.”

Seymour Kety (1915-2000), first scientific director of the National Institute of Mental Health and widely acknowledged pioneer in the study of mental disorders, founded the Journal of Psychiatry Research in 1961 to address the need for a journal that was entirely devoted to high quality, scientifically based research, independent of medical societies. During Dr. Kety’s more than 20-year tenure as Editor-in-Chief, the Journal developed into a highly recognized source of outstanding clinical and scientific articles covering the fields of psychopharmacology, neuroscience and psychiatric methods. During this period the Journal published seminal and highly cited articles covering important and emerging topics such as psychopharmacology, stress and stress response regulation, sleep research and psychiatric genetics.

Particularly noteworthy during this period was the publication of an article by Marshal F. Folstein and colleagues (Folstein et al., 1975) introducing the “Mini-Mental State” examination as a practical method for grading the cognitive state in psychiatric patients. To date this paper has been cited more than 23,000 times.

Throughout the last two decades, the Journal continued its tradition of publishing influential, ground-breaking research, which included psychopharmacological trials, like the first clinical study using a CRH receptor 1 antagonist in major depression and highly cited clinical neuroscience reviews. Dr. Holsboer and Dr. Schatzberg observed that the Journal is distinguished by its publication of papers that have become classics and exert influence on the field for extended periods of time. Indicative of this is the fact that the Impact Factor has risen consistently over the years (currently 3.723*) and that papers’ average citation half-life is among the highest in the field.

“Elsevier is particularly proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this well established and highly regarded publication representing part of our psychiatry portfolio,” stated Elsevier’s Publishing Editor Lisa Colson. “Over the course of the last 50 years the Journal has evolved from a quarterly publication to a monthly publication of more than 1,600 pages a year, available both in print and electronic. New technologies have enabled faster editorial and publication times. Further, individual articles are now published online as an Article in Press within 5 weeks time from acceptance. Elsevier also provides easy electronic access to the entire archive dating back to Volume 1, Issue 1. Features such as these provide real benefits to the readers, authors and editors whom the Journal serves.”

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Folstein MF, Folstein SE, Mchugh PR. Mini-mental state - practical method for grading cognitive state of patients for clinician. Journal of Psychiatric Research 1975;12:189–98.

* 2009 Impact Factor according to Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports © 2010.

Notes for Editors
Journalists interested in the full text of the editorial “The Journal of Psychiatric Research celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2011” by Alan F. Schatzberg and Florian Holsboer, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Volume 45, Issue 1 (January 2011), or who wish to set up interviews with Dr. Schatzberg or Dr. Holsboer, may contact Christopher J. Pfister, at 215-239-3266 or

About the Journal of Psychiatric Research (
Founded in 1961 to report on the latest work in psychiatry and cognate disciplines, the Journal of Psychiatric Research is dedicated to innovative and timely studies of four important areas of research:

  • Clinical studies of all disciplines relating to psychiatric illness, as well as normal human behavior, including biochemical, physiological, genetic, environmental, social, psychological and epidemiological factors
  • Basic studies pertaining to psychiatry in such fields as neuropsychopharmacology, neuroendocrinology, electrophysiology, genetics, experimental psychology and epidemiology
  • The growing application of clinical laboratory techniques in psychiatry, including imagery and spectroscopy of the brain, molecular biology and computer sciences
  • Advances in basic and clinical research methodology, including the process of "bench-to-bedside" transfer of new research findings

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