Mission and Editorial Policy

The American Journal of Psychiatry is committed to keeping the field of psychiatry vibrant and relevant by publishing the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. The findings presented in this journal explore the full spectrum of issues related to mental health diagnoses and treatment. Original articles include new developments in diagnosis, treatment, neuroscience, and patient populations.


  • AJP in Advance—As part of the Journal's commitment to bringing the latest research to the field faster, all research articles now appear online in advance of their appearance in a print issue.
  • Treatment in Psychiatry Series—Leading experts provide a hypothetical case vignette on a commonly encountered issue in patient care followed by a summary of the relevant research literature, plus offers recommendations of how to proceed with assessment and treatment.
  • AJP Audio—Each online issue includes a 30-minute downloadable .mp3 format program that contains highlights and selected findings from the issue delivered by AJP Deputy Editor Susan Schultz or Editorial Director Michael Roy.
  • Global Psychiatry—American Psychiatric Publishing partners with many international publishers to make sure our valuable research gets broadly disseminated through translations of our content, providing a more accessible entry into our contributions to the literature.


CME is now available from The American Journal of Psychiatry!

AJP CME can help you fulfill your CME requirement while staying current on the latest advances in psychiatry. Brief companion exams are created for three of the most influential articles from each issue. By reading the articles and completing the online exams, you can test your knowledge and earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per article—up to 3 credits per issue. For more information and pricing, please go to CME & Self-Assessment