Science and the Psychiatric Publishing Industry

McLaren, Niall
March 2009
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2009, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
Objective: An empirical examination of the scientific status of psychiatry. Method and Results: Analysis of the publications policy of the major English-language psychiatric journals shows that no journal meets the minimum criteria for a scientific publishing policy. Conclusion: Psychiatry lacks the fundamental elements of any field claiming to be a science. Furthermore, its present policies are likely to inhibit scientific development of models of mental disorder rather than facilitate them. The psychiatric publishing industry is in urgent need of radical reform.


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