Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA), a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed journal, is the official journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). The main goal of the journal is to publish research and scholarship that contributes both to knowledge development and the continuum of care from mental health promotion to psychiatric treatment and recovery at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention across the lifespan. JAPNA publishes important developments and issues applicable to psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, education, research, theory, and policy. Articles, editorials, and special features are encouraged that describe critical and timely analysis of emerging issues and trends and discuss innovative models of practice as they are related to changing systems of healthcare.

JAPNA is published by SAGE Publications six times a year: February, April, June, August, October, and December. APNA membership includes a subscription JAPNA. Members may also access JAPNA online (see below for more information). Visit the SAGE website for non-member subscription information.

APNA Members: Access JAPNA Online


Geraldine S. Pearson Named Editor in Chief of JAPNA
Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, APRN, FAAN brings years of experience as an editor and nursing leader and will serve as the new Editor-in-Chief effective January 1, 2016.

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Boosts Visibility and Reach with Inclusion in Thomson Reuters Indexes
Articles published in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)’s scientific journal, Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, will now be indexed and abstracted by Thomson Reuters services and products.


Submit a Manuscript Online
Manuscript submission or preparation inquiries can be sent to the editor at For manuscript guidelines, please see a recent issue of the JAPNA or visit the Manuscript Submission Guidelines online.


JAPNA Advertising Rate Card

If you are interested advertising in JAPNA, please contact:
Mac McKay
Account Executive
SAGE Publications
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Tel: 805-499-0721 ext 7395


Journal Supplements

For Journal supplement information contact Barbara Eisenberg.
Tel: 805-410-7763

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.