Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Celebrating 25 Years of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Associaiton

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.

Continuing Education Articles

APNA Members can earn continuing education at no cost from select articles in JAPNA! Click the button below to view the issues and articles available. Articles eligible for CE will have an icon indicating that they provide Free CE.

APNA Members: Access JAPNA Online

How to Earn Continuing Education Contact Hours:

  • Click the button above to log in with your APNA account go to the JAPNA homepage.
  • Click on the Current Issue button to view the current issue.
  • Scroll through the articles to find the Free CE icon which indicates that the article is eligible for continuing education.
  • Click on the article title and read the article.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the section labeled "Continuing Education".
  • Follow the instructions to take a post-test and complete an online evaluation. You'll then be able to print or email your CE certificate!



New Resources for Reviewers
A new webinar and reviewers manual are now available for those who are interested in reviewing manuscripts submitted to the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Free Online Course: How to Get Published. Presented by SAGE Campus.

How to Be a Peer Reviewer
A new webinar for those looking to become more involved with peer review and learn more about the process and what to expect.

Special Collection on Workforce now available.


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.

Interested in reviewing manuscripts for JAPNA? Find more information here.


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

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