About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The mission of the Archives of Clinial Psychiatry (former Revista de Psiquiatria Clínica) is to provide relevant clinical information and clinically oriented research, including also basic research, whose results have potential implications for clinical practice. The scope of the journal encompasses: Human Sciences, Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, and Clinical Psychiatry. The Archives of Clinial Psychiatry strives to inform and to educate mental health care professionals and to stimulate debates and further exploration into the nature, causes, treatment, and public health importance of mental health issues.

The Archives of Clinial Psychiatry publishes articles within the following categories:

a) Original Articles, b) Brief Communications, c) Reviews, d) Letters to the Editor


From 2014 on, the Archives of Clinical Psychiatry accepts only manuscripts written in English.


Manuscripts should be submitted on-line through the Journals Portal of the University of São Paulo: http://www.revistas.usp.br/rpc and come along with a cover letter (submitted as Supp. files), applying for publication in the Archives of Clinical Psychiatry, summarizing the essence of the work and presenting the main results.

The cover letter (as well as the abstract) should respond to the following questions: 1. Why this study has been done?, 2. How this study has been done? (Literature Review: consulted databases, number of articles found, number of articles included, inclusion and exclusion criteria, meta-analysis or descriptive work; Original article: study design, number of subjects included, study duration, etc.), 3. What are the key findings?, 4. What significance do your results have for the field and for the broader community?

Peer Review Process

Upon receipt, manuscripts are primarily evaluated by the Journal Editor and/or Assistant Editors for their originality, validity, and importance of content and conclusions. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected promptly. Other manuscripts are forwarded anonymously to the correspondent Editor of the area. All papers are evaluated anonymously by at least two independent experts. With few exceptions, the authors will be notified within 2 months whether the paper is accepted for publication in the form that it was submitted, acceptable after a revision (which, in general, will be reviewed again), or rejected.

Publication Frequency


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to all published content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Indexing Sources

ISI (Institute for Scientific Information)

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition

SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

LILACS - Literatura Latino-americana e do Caribe de Informação em Ciências da Saúde

PsycINFO - American Psychological Association

Scopus (www.scopus.com)

SIIC - Sociedad Iberamericana de Información Científica

EMBASE - Excerpta Medica database

PERIODICA - Indice de Reivstas Latino-americanas em Ciências

Gale Cengage Learning

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals


Archives of Clinical Psychiatry is financed by:

  • Departamento e Instituto de Psiquiatria da Faculdade de Medicina - Universidade de São Paulo


  • MCTI /CNPq /MEC /CAPES - Apoio a Publicações Científicas

Sources of Support 

Journal History

The Archives of Clinical Psychiatry, founded in March 1972 by A.C. Pacheco e Silva, Fernando de O. Bastos, J. Carvalhal Ribas and J.R. de Albuquerque Fortes, is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published 6 times a year.