About Schizophrenia Bulletin Open

Schizophrenia Bulletin Open (SBO), a new Open Access companion journal to Schizophrenia Bulletin, views the field of research on schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders as broad and deep, and will publish new knowledge ranging from the molecular basis of psychosis to social and cultural factors that affect psychotic illnesses.   We will review recent developments and empirically based hypotheses regarding classification, etiopathogenesis, risk factors, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.  We will also give new emphasis to translational reports which simultaneously highlight basic neurobiological mechanisms and clinical manifestations. Some of SBO’s content will be invited as special features or manuscripts organized as a theme by special guest editors. Most pages of SBO are devoted to unsolicited manuscripts of high quality that report original data or where we can provide a special venue for a major study or workshop report.  Supplement issues are sometimes provided for manuscripts reporting from a recent conference. 

The editorial policy of Schizophrenia Bulletin Open generally follows the Uniform Requirements guidelines articulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org ). The journal is published quarterly, serving readership and contributors from all over the world.  Issues of SBO will include major reviews with commentaries as well as special issues comprised of 2-5 Review Articles covering clinical and basic scientific aspects of the theme area of the issue. Topics for future issues will be announced ahead of time and Original Reports related to the themes will be accepted for review. Some theme issues will be based on workshops and meeting symposia. 

We consider SBO to be an ideal venue for special reports such as treatment guidelines, the presentation of translational science or treatment trials including those reporting negative findings. SBO will publish first person accounts, At Issue articles expressing opposing views on controversial scientific issues, succinct discourses on clinical and basic neuroscience concepts, and brief essays on the role of specific environmental and genetic factors in schizophrenia.

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