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Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA)

Call for Papers on Workplace Violence. Submit today!

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 and practice-focused articles, editorials, interviews, briefings, letters to the editors, etc.) 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.

JAPNA is published by SAGE Publications six times a year: February, April, June, August, October, and December. APNA membership includes a subscription to JAPNA.

Members may also access JAPNA online (see below for more information). Visit the SAGE website for non-member subscription information.

Michelle DeCoux Hampton

Michelle DeCoux Hampton selected Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA).
Informed by the JAPNA Editor Search Committee’s search and interview process, the APNA Board of Directors has appointed Michelle DeCoux Hampton, RN, PhD, MS as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
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Continuing Education Articles

APNA Members can earn contact hours at no cost from select articles in JAPNA! Articles eligible for contact hours will have an icon indicating that they provide Free CE.

How to Earn 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!


Call for Applications: JAPNA Associate Editor
Now accepting applications through August 12

Find out more about the position, then email your application to APNA Executive Director Lisa Nguyen at by August 12.

Your application should include:
• Curriculum vitae
• A letter of no more than 350 words outlining how you will contribute to the management, prestige, and viability of the journal

APNA Member Update: Each APNA member receives a free subscription to JAPNA. Unless otherwise specified, member subscriptions are digital (ebook and website access). If you would like to receive print issues of the journal, please log in and check the Mailed JAPNA Opt In field on your profile or email and we’ll update your profile for you.

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.

Special Collection on Workforce now available.


Submit a Manuscript OnlineManuscript 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.

An upcoming special issue is being planned on the topic of workplace violence. Slated for publication in mid-2025, papers are invited that explore this concept in the health care setting and the spectrum that it represents. Answer the call today!

Papers are due December 1 and must adhere to JAPNA Submission Guidelines.

Learn More and Submit Your Paper!


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