Happy New Year 2007

Authors

  • Povl Munk-Jørgensen,

  • Birgitte Christiansen,

  • Ramus Licht


In this issue the reader will be presented with a Clinical Overview Article: Negative Symptoms of schizophrenia: a problem that won't go away by Stahl and Buckley (1), marking the introduction of Clinical Overview Articles as a regular section of the Journal. This follows a pilot phase during which we published two articles: Alcoholism and suicidal behaviour: a clinical overview (2), and Standardized remission criteria in schizophrenia (3). We are grateful to the authors of these two articles for having helped us to develop the concept.

The background for introducing the section is that Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is regularly read by a large number of clinicians responsible for making the most updated treatment available to the mentally disordered all over the world. The new section is intended to be a special service to our clinical readers. We thank board member Stephen M. Stahl for having invested his enthusiastic creative energy in getting this section to become a reality. Stephen M. Stahl has agreed to continue this work onwards as an associate editor of the Journal. Thanks also to the authors who, until now, have accepted our invitation to contribute to the section, which the readers will meet in the coming issues. We warmly welcome uninvited contributions to this section on the same conditions as for other manuscripts published in the Journal.

Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is continuously establishing its position as the international journal for publishing highest quality clinical research showing the development and perspectives within international psychiatry. The interest for publishing in the Journal is seen from the stable number of submissions (Fig. 1) from all over the world (Fig. 2). We thank all our reviewers (on 1 November 2006 approximately 1300) who offer their expertise to the Journal.

Figure 1.

 Manuscripts received per 6 months. *Estimated as on 1 November 2006.

Figure 2.

 A total of 534 submissions from 47 nations to Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica in the period from 1 January to 31 October 2006.

It is a special pleasure for us to learn that not only established highly reputed colleagues are publishing in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, but also talented young upcoming researchers are finding their way to the Journal. This is very promising for the future of psychiatry. We have taken the consequences of being a popular journal for the young generation of researchers and have established a Trainee Advisory Board. The reader will find short presentations of the members in this issue. Members of Trainee Advisory Board will act on the same conditions as members of the ordinary advisory board. Adding to this, it is our intention to offer the Trainee Advisory Board members a special training in editorial work.

It is also a pleasure to introduce the new members of the advisory board who will be presented to the readers in this issue, too. The new members are taking over from the members who have left us at the end of 2006. The Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica board is an active board with hard working members offering a substantial part of their time and expertise to the Journal.

Sadly, board member Wayne Fenton passed away in early September 2006 in the middle of his dedicated work for the most severely ill among the mentally disordered. We are grateful for the always thoughtful advice Wayne Fenton gave to the Journal.

Donna Wirshing, Lisa Dixon, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Matti Isohanni and Jarl Risberg left the advisory board at the end of 2006; we thank them warmly for their dedicated contributions to the progress of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. This progress is reflected most clearly in the full text download statistics and not least by the ongoing increase of the impact factor (Fig. 3).

Figure 3.

 Impact factor of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

It should be mentioned here that Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is still the Journal actively backing the fast developing research in the non-rich part of the world. Two young journal publishing managers from Blackwell Munksgaard have analysed the submissions to the Journal from low- and middle income countries during the years 2002–2005 and compared them to the submissions from high income countries. The result of their analysis is planned to be published in the late spring/early summer 2007.

Online usage of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica continued to rise in 2006, as can be seen from the Fig. 4. The more than 280 000 downloads in 2006 is an estimation based on the assumption that the average number of downloads in each of the last 2 months will equal that of the average of the first 10 (data collected on 1 November 2006).

Figure 4.

 Number of downloads for Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

The following three Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica articles were the most downloaded from Blackwell Synergy in 2006 (as on 1 November 2006):

  • 2100 downloads

  • ‘Childhood trauma, psychosis and schizophrenia: a literature review with theoretical and clinical implications’

  • By J. Read, J. Os, A. P. Morrison, C. A. Ross

  • Vol. 112, No. 5, November 2005, DOI:

  • 1359 downloads

  • ‘Demystifying borderline personality: critique of the concept and unorthodox reflections on its natural kinship with the bipolar spectrum’

  • By H. S. Akiskal

  • Vol. 110, No. 6, December 2004, DOI:

  • 1347 downloads

  • ‘Public beliefs about and attitudes towards people with mental illness: a review of population studies’

  • By M. C. Angermeyer, S. Dietrich

  • Vol. 113, No. 3, March 2006, DOI:

Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is looking forward to offering interested readers the ability to purchase online access to the entire backfile, all the way back to volume 1 issue 1. Also during 2007 the Journal will introduce a new publishing model. It will be possible for authors to choose to have their article made freely available for all to access on Blackwell Synergy by paying a publication fee. This new publishing model will be made available to choose alongside the existing one, which will continue unaffected. Authors will simply have the opportunity to choose this other model should they want to. Finally, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is looking very much forward to introducing an online submission and peer review system from the beginning of 2007. It is expected that this will make operations easier for both submitting authors and reviewers, and that it will contribute to shortening the Journal's review times even further.

Finally, a scientific Journal without authors and readers would not be a Journal. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is certainly a Journal, very much active because of its many authors and readers. It has been a pleasure working with all of you during 2006, and all of us involved in making Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica an active scientific academic forum for debate about the development of psychiatry. The Editorial office and Blackwell Munksgaard are enthusiastically looking forward to continue the collaboration in 2007.

Happy New Year.