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Starting publication in 1959, the Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry was the first psychiatric journal in China. Initially published at irregular intervals (particularly over the Cultural Revolution era of 1966-1976), it became a regular quarterly publication in 1989 and a bimonthly publication in 2003. In 2011 it became an all-English publication (with Chinese abstracts), making it the first such psychiatric journal from mainland China. The main reasons for changing to English was to encourage more international submissions and to transform the journal into an important platform for exchanging new research findings and service developments between Chinese and international mental health professionals.

Covering a full range of topics of interest to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals both in China and abroad, the journal includes reviews, original articles, meta-analyses (that, unlike meta-analyses in other journals, pool results from studies published in Chinese and English), forums on topical issues (with commentaries from Chinese and international authors), case reports, and a unique section on 'Biostatistics in Psychiatry' written by senior Chinese biostatisticians who are working overseas.

Original articles on basic research, clinical research, community-based studies, and ecological studies are all considered for publication. Other types of submissions (reviews, forum, case reports, etc.) are also welcomed. Submissions can be in either English or Chinese. Manuscripts submitted to the journal undergo a rigorous peer review, including a biostatistical assessment, and, if accepted, are line-edited by a native English speaker for clarity. The rejection rate for manuscripts is currently about 60%. Time from submission to acceptance is 2 to 3 months and time from acceptance to publication is 3 to 4 months.

The Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry is an open-access journal. All articles published since the beginning of 2011 are freely available from this website. The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and expects that authors who submit manuscripts to the journal be familiar with and follow the ethical requirements specified in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

The work of the journal is supported by a large Editorial Board that includes prominent researchers and clinicians from around China and overseas. The two Editors-in-Chief (one Chinese and one international) are assisted by the managing editor, five associate editors, three assistant editors and an active editorial office. There are also three biostatistical editors and a separate editor for systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Editorial Board members include the chief editors from fourteen internationally renowned psychiatric journals including the JAMA Psychiatry(formerly Archives of General Psychiatry), the American Journal of Psychiatry, the British Journal of Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Psychological Medicine, World Psychiatry, General Hospital Psychiatry, Comprehensive Psychiatry and others. Board members also include the chief editors of the leading psychiatric journals in China including the Chinese Journal of Psychiatry, the Chinese Mental Health Journal, the Chinese Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, the Chinese Journal of International Psychiatry and others.

The Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry is sponsored by the Shanghai Mental Health Center – one of the largest and most important psychiatric centers in China – which is administered by the Shanghai Bureau of Health and affiliated with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. However, the journal is published by its own Editorial Department, so all editorial decisions are made independently without input from these institutions.

The Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry is currently indexed on the following Chinese databases: Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Science and Technology Full-text Journal Database (VIP, CSTJ), WangFang Data and Airiti Library (Taiwan). It is also indexed on Google Scholar, Academic OneFile, InfoTrac, Advanced Placement Psychology Collection, Health Resource Center and has been approved for indexing on Academic Search International (EBSCO),SCOPUS,and Chemical Abstracts.

More details about the editorial board, about the submission process, about the journal's ethics policy, and about how to subscribe to the journal are available on the corresponding pages of this website.