Happy new year 2012


The scientific community

Being an author is not possible without also being a keen and hardworking reader and acting as a reviewer, too. An author ‘pays’ for having manuscripts reviewed through reviewing other authors’ manuscripts.

Being a reader with maximum benefit is also not possible if the reader has never tried to do research him-/herself including writing manuscripts and having knowledge of the assessment process gained from having done reviews.

Doing a proper review is not possible without a profound knowledge of the research process and the principles behind scientific writing, and having experience in understanding the essence of a paper gained from having read hundreds and hundreds of articles.

At the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, we are privileged collaborating with the very best representatives from the three angles of the scientific triangle: author, reader, and reviewer. In 2011, we received manuscripts from 476 corresponding authors and their manifold co-authors from 50 countries (January 1 through November 8, 2011) (Fig. 1). We published 91 articles (original articles, review articles, and clinical overview articles) from 24 countries, and 315 colleagues reviewed at least one manuscript each for the Journal within October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011. We have no statistics for how many readers visited the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica homepage, but what we know is that 194 421 full-text articles were downloaded during the 9-month period from January 2011 through September 2011. Furthermore, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica abstracts were opened on Wiley Online Library 723 923 times during the same 9-month period of time.

Figure 1.

 Manuscript origin top-15/16 from 1 January to 8 November 2011.

The total number of citations to Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica articles no matter year of publication reached for 2010 a total of 10 092. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica is one of the very few psychiatric journals with a citation half-life of 10 years+, which means that our articles are cited also many years after their publication.

In 2011, we consolidated our new type of paper, the editorial comment, which has been well received, for example, the two first published in December 2010 (1, 2) have already been downloaded more than 400 times in total.

Also in 2011, we intensified focus on publishing articles ‘explaining’ the complicated modern neurobiological research to the rest of us making it possible to benefit from advanced neurobiological research in practical daily clinical work; this can be exemplified by Lanius et al. (3) ‘How understanding the neurobiology of complex post-traumatic stress disorder can inform clinical practice: a social cognitive and affective neuroscience approach’ accompanied by an editorial comment by Williamson (4).

None of our board members left us in 2011. On the contrary, we are privileged to welcome four of the best international researchers, representing the modern trends in psychiatric research: Marion Leboyer, Paris, France, internationally recognized for her research in autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia; Flávio Kapczinski, Porto Alegre, Brazil, is especially well known for his research within the neurobiology in bipolar disorders and other mood disorders; Mikkel Arendt, Risskov, Denmark, mastering modern clinical epidemiology with a speciality in cannabis–psychosis research. Moreover, Mikkel Arendt has accepted to join the group of field editors covering the field of substance use disorders. Finally, Vasco Videira Dias based in Lisbon, Portugal, has joined the board and simultaneously accepted to act as field editor within bipolar disorder.

The main task for the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica field editors is to respond within 24–48 h when asked by the editorial office to perform a first screening of a manuscript and to give a first overall advice to the editor. Additionally, they advise the editor as to potential reviewers. This modus operandi has now been functioning for 1 year. We also invite the field editors to select the Article of the Month.

New member on the trainee advisory board is Søren Dinesen Østergaard, Aalborg, Denmark. He has a special interest in depression, especially psychotic depression.

Thank you all of you for joining us and most welcome to all of you.

In 2011, we introduced an exciting new feature allowing readers of the full-text html version of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica on Wiley Online Library to download illustrations from articles directly to their desktop as PowerPoint slides, including full reference. Readers need only to click the illustration to enlarge it and then click the ‘Download figure to PowerPoint’. This makes it very easy to use illustrations from Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica in presentations while respecting the requirement to give full reference.

Finally, we want to thank the many readers and authors trusting us. Thank you also to the board members and the publishers Wiley-Blackwell. Our warmest thanks to the many international reviewers who during 2011 filled a very important role in the ongoing publishing of the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica; your highly qualified and generous contribution to the Journal and its authors is very much appreciated.

We are looking forward to 2012, which we are certain will be a good year for Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

Happy New Year!