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Applications are Invited for the Position of JAPNA Editor-In-Chief

The JAPNA Editor-in-Chief collaborates with the Associate Editor, Managing Editor, the Editorial Board, the Publisher, and the APNA Board to develop journal content, policy, and a strategic plan to ensure a professional, relevant publication. JAPNA is fully owned by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and is published under a contract with Sage Publications.

About the Journal


Nurses Turn to JAPNA for Cutting Edge Information on Psychiatric Nursing Practice, Education, and Research. . .
The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) provides quality, up-to-date information to: promote psychiatric nursing, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shape health care policy for the delivery of mental health services.

JAPNA, a peer-reviewed journal, publishes both clinical and research articles relevant to psychiatric nursing. Authors describe critical and timely analyses of the emerging issues and trends in psychiatric nursing, and present innovative models of practice related to mental health care systems. JAPNA publishes original research and practice-focused articles as well as editorials, interviews, briefings, and letters to the editors. The Journal’s expert content provides psychiatric nurses with the most up-to-date evidence-based nursing practices, innovative therapeutic approaches, significant information trends, and useful, clinically-focused research in psychiatric mental health nursing and its related subspecialties.

In JAPNA, the reader will find timely, peer-reviewed content aimed at a wide audience of psychiatric nurses, advancing scholarship through:

  • Education, clinical, and practice-focused articles
  • Original research articles
  • Features on topics such as health policy and psychopharmacology
  • Significant news from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Practice-focused articles address important topics on:

  • Psychiatric disorders and mental health including substance use and trauma
  • Regulatory issues for psychiatric mental health nurses
  • Staffing and other issues relevant to psychiatric mental health nurses
  • Community mental health practice and emergency care

JAPNA publishes a blend of unique features and authoritative content making it one of the most respected publications in psychiatric nursing. The Journal also occasionally complements its broad coverage with supplements (with continuing education credit) on a particular mental health condition, including current treatments and management strategies. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Aims & Scope

The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) is the official journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and has the largest readership of psychiatric-mental health nurse academics and scientists, at RN and advanced practice levels, of any nursing specialty journal. A bimonthly peer-reviewed journal, JAPNA serves as a mechanism for global dissemination and dialogue among nurses and health care professionals involved in the science, education, and service delivery related to mental health and substance use conditions. The main goal of the journal is to publish scholarship (original research, review, and practice-focused articles that include continuing education credit, as well as brief reports, quality improvement, and discussion articles, and letters to the editors) that contributes both to knowledge development and continuum of care from mental health promotion and mental illness prevention to psychiatric treatment and recovery at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention across the lifespan. View the journal’s various indexing metrics.

Editor-In-Chief Position Overview

Under the direction of APNA, the duties of the Editor-in-Chief of JAPNA include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing editorial guidelines for contributions;
  • Soliciting, receiving, reviewing (including refereeing expert peer review, where appropriate), selecting or rejecting, revising and editing Editorial Material;
  • Assisting APNA in selecting and appointing associate, advisory or guest editors who shall, among other things, advise and assist the Editor in the preparation of the Journal for publication;
  • Delivering to the Publisher sufficient Editorial Material for each issue of the Journal;
  • Reviewing proofs for each issue of the Journal;
  • Maintaining communications to ensure that the APNA Board is kept apprised of journal activities.
  • Engage in any activities needed to enhance the reputation of the journal and advance its readership.

The initial appointment is for a 2-year term, which may be renewed by the APNA Board of Directors for up to 7 years. The APNA Board of Directors will evaluate the Editor 6 months after their appointment to assess contributions and discuss changes in the position. The position includes a stipend and support for required travel/conferences.