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Abstract:

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.

Keywords: PSYCHIATRIC PUBLISHING; PSYCHIATRY AS PROTOSCIENCE; SELF-DECEPTION IN PSYCHIATRY; SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/1559-4343.11.1.29

Publication date: 2009-04-01

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