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This New Year's address is circulated in gratefulness to all our readers, reviewers, authors, publishers and publishing staff who every one of them has contributed to making the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica what we dare to call an international communicative success. The Journal has established itself as a Journal meeting the privileged obligation to keep the international psychiatric society updated about recent advances in psychiatric research by bringing articles of high scientific quality. In that connection, the Journal is very keen on translating often complicated research into papers presenting this on a high communicative level. Everyone from author to publishing technical staff contributes to this. Our present Journal is the result of a very long development. The Journal was established in 1926 as Acta Psychiatrica et Neurologica. Thirty-five years later in 1961, the Journal was separated into two journals, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica and Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. Below please find the first preface from 1926 replicated exactly as it was printed then – including typographical errors:

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The present editorial office has been in charge since 1998. It seems as if readers and researchers appreciate our efforts. The Journal's impact factor has slowly but steadily increased from around 1.6 in 1998 to 4.8 in 2012 (Fig. 1).

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Figure 1. Impact factor 1998-2012

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A total number of 1 777 697 abstracts were downloaded in 2012, and full-text downloads amounted to 299 862 in 2012. This is illustrated in Figs 2 and 3.

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Figure 2. Abstract downloads. * Estimate as of 20 October 2013

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Figure 3. Article downloads. * Estimate as of 20 October 2013

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It is a pleasure to see the still present interest and awareness of the traditions of psychiatry rooted deeply in the international long-term development of medicine. In 2013, psychiatry celebrated the 100 anniversary of Karl Jaspers' Allgemeine Psychphathologie. The Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica received and published contributions about this event: an editorial in the June issue by Nordgaard and Parnas [1] accompanied by two invited comments by Stanghellini and Bertelsen respectively [2, 3] and a book review in the December issue by Raballo [4].

Another pleasure is the support we receive from our honorary advisory board members. In 2013, Max Fink published a supplementum ‘Rediscovering catatonia: the biography of a treatable syndrome’[5], Aksel Bertelsen wrote an invited comment on Karl Jaspers [3], and in 2012, Jan-Otto Ottossen contributed to our series ‘As I remember it’ with an editorial entitled ‘Evidence-based electroconvulsive therapy’ [6].

We can see that our articles are being downloaded. In 2013 (1 January – mid-October 2013), the three most downloaded articles were as follows:

  • Byatt N, Deligiannidis KM, Freeman MP ‘Antidepressant use in pregnancy: a critical review focused on risks and controversies’ with a total download of 2430 [7].

  • Rutten BPF, Hammels C, Geschwind N, Menne-Lothmann C, Pishva E, Schruers K, van den Hove D, Kenis G, van Os J, Wichers M ‘Resilience in mental health: linking psychological and neurobiological perspectives’ downloaded 2316 times [8].

  • Angermeyer MC, Dietrich S ‘Public beliefs about and attitudes towards people with mental illness: a review of population studies’ with a total download of 1911 [9].

All authors want their articles to be cited, and many of our articles are highly cited.

Top 3 most cited articles in 2013 (1 January–mid-October 2013) are as follows:

  • Zigmond AS, Snaith RP ‘The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale’ from 1983 was cited 849 times [10].

  • Read J, van Os J, Morrison AP, Ross CA ‘Childhood trauma, psychosis and schizophrenia: a literature review with theoretical and clinical implications’ published in 2005 has been cited 55 times [11].

  • Mitchell AJ, Shiri-Feshki M. ‘Rate of progression of mild cognitive impairment to dementia – meta-analysis of 41 robust inception cohort studies’ published in 2009 has been cited 37 times [12].

In that connection, we should mention that the article ‘The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale’ [10] since its publication in 1983 has been cited 10 408 times.

The Journal receives manuscripts from approximately 50 countries each year. This shows that all efforts to promote the Journal take place on an international level. As part of the ongoing work to strengthen the international profile of the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, we are grateful that Professor Marion Leboyer from Paris, France, and Professor Flávio Kapczinski, Porto Alegre, Brazil, have accepted to act as associate editors as of 1 January 2014. Tuukka Raij, Helsinki, Finland, moves from the trainee advisory board to the advisory board. Lena Brundin, Grand Rapids, MI, USA and Toshiaki A. Furukawa, Kyoto, Japan are also new members of the advisory board. Niels Okkels, Risskov, Denmark and Martin Tesli, Oslo, Norway are new members of the trainee advisory board.

As always, new members of the board means that other have left us. Erkki T. Isometsä, Finland; M. Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, USA; Maria Paola Rapagnani, Italy; Noah S. Philip, USA; Peter Tyrer, UK; B.N. Gangadhar, India; and Yvonne Linné von Hausswolff-Juhlin, Sweden, left the boards at the end of 2013. We thank all of them cordially for their contributions to the progress of the Journal.

The Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica peer-review process is taking place on the highest possible quality level. We are in particular grateful that so many expert reviewers invest their time in doing a high quality assessment within such a short time. It is our priority to have a short assessment time, leading to a quick publication which means a lot to readers, authors and the international scientific society in general. At the end of this issue, you will find a list of the reviewers who supported the Journal during last year; we thank them all warmly.

May we thank everyone involved – one way or another – in the writing, reviewing, editing, producing and reading of the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica in 2013. See you all again in 2014.

Happy New Year!

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