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Forensic Psychiatry spans the fields of psychiatry, public health and safety, law, and criminology. In addition to clinical and research work, professionals within the field of forensic psychiatry may specialize in civil or criminal work, by applying medical psychiatric expertise in legal contexts, by providing psychiatric evaluations and expert testimony, or by studying the relation between mental disorders and criminal behavior as well as the causes of criminal and anti-social behavior. Forensic Psychiatry aims to publish clinical and research findings in our field, as well as perspectives, hypotheses, reviews, clinical case reports, and all other Frontiers tier 1 article types.
We welcome papers concerned with the interplay between psychiatry, correctional treatment and anti-social behavior, including basic psychiatric tenets such as diagnostics, addiction, personality, interventions and treatment course of forensic patients also comprising prevention and reentry into society both in a national and international perspective. Forensic Psychiatry also encourages the submission of research and thought relating to medicolegal concerns, including competency, insanity, accountability, and neuro-law, to crime related aspects such as sexual assault, violent offenders, risk assessment and risk management, and, finally, to related areas of research around child custody, self-harm and developmental trajectories of externalizing behaviors. Our goal is to accelerate communication within the field, and to stimulate new research on the medicolegal aspects of behavioral/psychiatric medicine.
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Forensic Psychiatry welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Clinical Study Protocol, Clinical Trial, Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review and Systematic Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Forensic Psychiatry, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Forensic Psychiatry will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Psychiatry.