History of Psychiatry

History of Psychiatry

2016 Impact Factor: 0.254
2016 Ranking: 135/139 in Psychiatry (SSCI) | 29/35 in History of Social Sciences
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Professor G E Berrios University of Cambridge, UK

eISSN: 17402360 | ISSN: 0957154X | Current volume: 28 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

History of Psychiatry is a fully peer reviewed international journal. History of Psychiatry publishes research articles, analysis and information across the entire field of the history of mental illness and the forms of medicine, psychiatry, cultural response and social policy which have evolved to understand and treat it. It covers all periods of history up to the present day, and all nations and cultures.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic access:

History of Psychiatry is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://hpy.sagepub.com

Assistant Editors
Jonathan Andrews Newcastle University, UK
Allan Beveridge Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, UK
Tom Dening University of Nottingham, UK
Jean Garrabe Université René Descartes, Paris, France
Tilmann Habermas University of Frankfurt, Germany
David Healy North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Bangor, UK
Book Reviews Editors
Allan Beveridge Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, UK
Matthew Smith University of Strathclyde, UK
Editorial Advisory Board
Pierre-Henri Castel Université Paris Descartes, France
Louis C. Charland University of Western Ontario, Canada
Catharine Coleborne University of Waikato, New Zealand
Gayle Davis University of Edinburgh, UK
Ian Dowbiggin History Department, University of PEI, Canada
Eric. J. Engstrom Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Waltraud Ernst Department of History, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Filiberto Fuentenebro Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Sander L. Gillman University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Anne Harrington Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Paul Hoff University of Zurich, Switzerland
Rafael Huertas Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Spain
Edgar Jones Weston Education Centre, UK
Elizabeth Lunbeck Vanderbilt University, Cambridge, USA
Hilary Marland University of Warwick, UK
Mark S. Micale University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
Volker Roelke Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany
Elisabeth Roudinesco Paris, France
Johan Schioldann University of Adelaide, Australia
Andrew Scull University of California, San Diego
Sonu Shamdasani University College London, UK
Akihito Suzuki Keio University, Japan
Mathew Thomson University of Warwick, UK
Joost Vijselaar Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Matthias M. Weber Max-Planck-Institut für Psychiatrie, München, Germany
David Wright McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Manuscript preparation
      10.3.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.3.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.3.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.3.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.3.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
    12. Further information

    1. Article types

    History of Psychiatry publishes research articles, analysis and information across the entire field of the history of mental illness and the forms of medicine, psychiatry, cultural response and social policy which have evolved to understand and treat it. It covers all periods of history up to the present day, and all nations and cultures.

    The journal publishes: full-length papers (max. 10,000 words); Classic Texts; essay and book reviews; occasional short notes; annotated lists of dissertations.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    History of Psychiatry adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.  

    3.1 Plagiarism

    History of Psychiatry and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    PAPERS should be submitted to: Professor German E. Berrios, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 9AN, UK (geb11@cam.ac.uk). It should be submitted by email as a Microsoft Word file. Authors should keep a copy of the file for checking the proofs.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a journal contributor's publishing agreement. This is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains the copyright of the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of the copyright. Exceptions may exist in which an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case, the copyright will be transferred from the author to the society.

    For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. History of Psychiatry does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    Ethical principles for publication should be in agreement with the Code of Conduct by the American Psychological Association. For details see http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx. For detailed questions on publication ethics and authorship, see the NAFME/MENC Research and Publication Code of Ethics (Journal of Research in Music Education, 57(3), 284-285). For example, scholars qualify for authorship credit if they help craft the research design, write substantial portions of the manuscript or integrate research theories. Completing tasks such as inputting or crunching data does not qualify one as an author.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), History of Psychiatry additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    History of Psychiatry conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    (1) Single quotes are used except for quotes within quotes, when double quotes are used.
    (2) Dates are to be stated as, e.g. 21 July 1876.
    (3) Centuries are spelt out in full: tenth century, not 10th century.
    (4) Dr, Mr, Dept (without full stop); but Prof., Capt.

    10.1 File types

    Only electronic files will be accepted, preferably Word files. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    10.2 Journal Style

    History of Psychiatry adheres to the Harvard reference style (e.g. Chalmers, 1999: 60; Semerano, 2001: 26). Provide a list of references (not numbered), typed double-spaced starting on a new page, at the end of the paper, typed with same right margin as text. Arrange them in alphabetical order, using the following style for book, chapter in a book, journal article and web page, respectively.


    Author A and Author B (year) Book title. Place: Publisher name.

    Shorter E (2005) A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Note that a book title in English uses capitals on nouns.

    Chapter in a book:

    Author A (year) Chapter title. In: Author A and Author B (eds) Book Title. Place: Publisher, 00-00.

    Laqueur T (1989) Bodies, details, and the humanitarian narrative. In: Hunt L (ed.) The New Cultural History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 176-204.

    Article in a journal:

    Author A and Author B, (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00-00.

    Author A, Author B and Author C (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00-00.

    Iffy L, Lindenthal J, Szodi Z and Griffin W (1989) Puerperal psychosis following ablaction with bromocriptine. Medicine and Law 8: 171-174.

    Article accessed online:

    Author A and Author B (year) Article title. Journal XX: 1-00; accessed (date) at: URL.

    Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 296: 1-4; accessed (7 Oct. 2009) at: http://www.bmj.com/content/296/6619/401

    Office of National Statistics) (2010) National statistics; accessed (2011) at: www.statistics.gov.uk.

    Note that a journal reference includes full title of journal (no abbreviations), Arabic volume number, first and last page of article.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    10.3. Manuscript Preparation

    TITLE PAGE of a paper should include the title, the author's name and affiliation, full postal address, and e-mail address. History of Psychiatry uses blind reviews. To facilitate this, the author is requested to ensure that the file, apart from the title page, contains no clue to identity, and that the first page of the text is headed with the paper's title but no other identification.

    ABSTRACT, in not more than 120 words, and five keywords in alphabetical order, should be included before the text.

    NOTES. In the text, each endnote should be indicated by a superscript arabic numeral.

    CLASSIC TEXT. Authors may submit candidate typescripts.

    (1) Together, the introduction and the text should not be more than 10,000 words.

    (2) The introduction should: (a) justify why the translated paper is considered as classic or seminal; and (b) contextualize the translation historically, that is, provide biographical details on the author and information on the contemporary issues and debates that led the author to write the paper in question. Classic papers should be chosen on the basis of having illuminated their own historical period rather than as being 'forerunners' of current clinical categories or issues.

    (3) The original formatting (paragraphs, headings and references, etc.) of the classical text must be changed as little as possible. The accompanying scholarly apparatus should include a justification for any change, together with clarifications, historical notes, references and translational difficulties. To help the reader to make up his/her own mind, it is advisable to add the problematic terms in brackets.

    (4) Copyright regulations must be respected. Papers whose authors have died 70 or more years ago are usually free from copyright. If the journal in which the article first appeared is extant, it is advisable to ask permission from the journal editor. Any fees or charges levied by the journal must be borne by the translator.


    (1) LENGTH: Reviews should be between 500 and 1000 words, unless a reviewer is asked to write a longer essay review of up to 3000 words which sets the content of a book in a wider or comparative context and/or covers more than one book.

    (2) CONTENT: Reviews should generally comment on the following issues:

    a) the contents of the book in broad terms

    b) the book's readability/stylistic qualities

    c) the distinctiveness, originality and breadth of the book

    d) the scholarly standards achieved by the book, including issues of historical and factual accuracy

    e) the intellectual and structural coherence and representativeness of the book (especially if an edited collection of essays)

    f) the importance of the book's contribution to existing historiography and methodologies in the field, and how significantly it adjusts our existing knowledge

    g) the importance/utility of the book for different audiences, especially historians of psychiatry and clinicians, and for historians in general

    h) the utility or importance of the book as a source of reference or undergraduate textbook (where appropriate)

    i) any other particular strengths or limitations of the book as perceived by the reviewer

    Avoid personal and other comments that are not adequately substantiated or might be deemed libellous. The editors reserve the right to refuse material where deemed inadequate.


    The heading of a review should be in the following format:

    Author(s), title of book under review, name of publisher, place(s) of publication (including state if USA), year of publication, number of pages, number of illustrations (if any), ISBN (hbk and pbk if available), price.


    Susan K Morrisey, Suicide and the Body Politic in Imperial Russia Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2011; xv+384 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-86545-6.

    Reviewers should supply their name, title, institutional affiliation, full postal address, email, phone and fax numbers at the end of the typescript, and before any references.

    Reviews should (unless otherwise stated) be submitted within 3 months of reviewers receiving review copies of publications, preferably as an email attachment. Send to Allan Beveridge or Matthew Smith (at the addresses below), with a statement of the review's word length, including any references. Neither the editors (on behalf of History of Psychiatry) nor the publisher accept responsibility for the views of reviewers as presented in their contributions. Reviewers should not submit reviews that have been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere. Confirmation of the review's originality and unpublished nature will be required in the form of a publishing agreement or copyright assignment, which the reviewer will be asked to complete and post to the publisher (SAGE). Publication of the review is subject to signature of this publishing agreement. The editors hope to publish reviews as soon as possible after accepting them. However, publication of a review in any specific issue of the journal cannot be guaranteed. The review editors reserve the right to make minor editorial changes to the submitted text, but substantive alterations will be made only in consultation with the reviewer. Proofs of reviews (as PDF files) will be supplied to reviewers for checking.

    Dr Allan Beveridge
    Consultant Psychiatrist
    Queen Margaret Hospital
    Whitefield Road
    Dunfermline, KY12 0SU
    United Kingdom

    Dr Matthew Smith

    Senior Lecturer and Director of Research

    History (School of Humanities) and Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare

    University of Strathclyde

    Level 4, Lord Hope

    141 St James Road

    Glasgow, G4 0LT

    United Kingdom


    10.3.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.3.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.3.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please see SAGE's Manuscript Submission Guidelines at http://www.uk.sagepub.com/authors/journal/submission.sp

    10.3.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.3.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints.

    11.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in History of Psychiatry with SAGE.

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office:

    Professor German E. Berrios,
    Robinson College,
    University of Cambridge,
    CB3 9AN, UK
    Email: geb11@cam.ac.uk

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