national association of psychiatric intensive care units


NEW in 2016 NAPICU created their own publishing arm NAPICU International Press to publish the Journal and other related materials.

The Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care is the official publication of NAPICU with open access for all.

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The journal is an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary academic resource devoted to issues affecting the care and treatment of people with mental disorders who manifest severely disturbed functioning.  It provides stimulating papers and articles of interest to all disciplines, whether they work in psychiatric intensive care, low secure services, acute inpatient wards, challenging behaviour environments, emergency psychiatry, or intensive treatments settings in other parts of the wider mental health system.

The Journal seeks to encourage informed debate and exchange of opinion.  The content includes editorials, original research, brief reports, reviews, conference reports, news and notices, but preference is given to original research of a high scientific quality.

The Journal is included in the following indexing, abstract and database services:  CINAHL Complete, Health Research Premium Collection, Health & Medical Collection, PsycINFO, Psychology Database, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Central Essentials, and ProQuest Central K-12.

We would welcome your input into articles to be published in future issues.  We hope the Journal stimulates practitioners to put pen to paper so our audience can hear about initiatives in your area of work and share good practice.  People worry writing articles takes a long time and requires expertise, but do not let this put you off from offering contributions.

For instructions on how to submit, please click here for Author Guidelines

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