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Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria

Print version ISSN 1516-4446

Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. vol.34 no.1 São Paulo Mar. 2012 



RBP Psychiatry: the crowning of an editorial policy



Starting this issue, the Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria will be titled as RBP Psychiatry. This iniciative is not a mere translation into the dominant language on world science production. It is an additional action that consolidates an editorial policy towards the Journal's full internationalization. This goal has been pursued and achieved by the Editorial Board in a continuous and consistent way through successive and connected goals, willing to insert the Brazilian psychiatry scientific production in the world scenario.

This vertiginous evolution of RBP Psychiatry has already become a case1 in international scientific publications. Such peculiar process of evolution can only be understood within a context of (a) macro-political factors linked to an increased investment in Brazilian research,2.3 (b) the growth of post-graduation programs in Psychiatry and Neurosciences, and (c) the increased number of MSc and PhD in Brazil.4 All these factors created a favorable environment for a journal such as RBP Psychiatry to flourish. At the same time, micropolitical factors must be considered, such as the successive administration of the Associação Brasileira de Psiquiatria (Brazilian Psychiatric Association, BPA) that always considered RBPPsychiatry's scientific evolution as a priority. With that in mind, Editors who succeeded kept the constant pursuit for excellence with obstinacy.

Worth mentioning is the role of the present BPA Directors Board, who turned the publishing process into a faster and more professional task,5 transferring the whole RBP Psychiatry publishing process to Elsevier©. More important is how sensitively the Directors Board immediately understood the importance of changing the Journal's title, in order to proceed with the Journal´s growth. It clearly reflects the Journal's internationalization stage.

We would also like to register the withdraw of one RBP Psychiatry Editor, Professor Rodrigo Bressan Affonseca, who participated actively in various development stages of the Journal in the last years, first as Associate Editor and recently as Editor-in-chief. His dynamism, dedication and broad vision were crucial for us to get this far. Thanks, Rodrigo!


Marcelo P. Fleck
Giovanni Abrahão Salum
João Quevedo
Christian Kieling
Marcelo Q. Hoexter
Tais Moriyama
Marcos Hortes Nisihara Chagas
Leonardo F. Fontenelle
Guilherme V. Polanczyk
José Alexandre S. Crippa



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2. Mari Jde J, Bressan RA, Almeida-Filho N, Gerolin J, Sharan P, Saxena S. Mental health research in Brazil: policies, infrastructure, financing and human resources. Rev Saude Publica. 2006;40(1):161-9.         [ Links ]

3. Victora CG, Barreto ML, do Carmo Leal M, Monteiro CA, Schmidt MI, Paim J, Bastos FI, Almeida C, Bahia L, Travassos C, Reichenheim M, Barros FC; Lancet Brazil Series Working Group. Health conditions and health-policy innovations in Brazil: the way forward. Lancet. 2011;377(9782):2042-53.         [ Links ]

4. Gerolin J, Bressan RA, Pietrobon R, Mari Jde J. Ten-year growth in the scientific production of Brazilian Psychiatry: the impact of the new evaluation policies. Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2010;32(1):6-10.         [ Links ]

5. Crippa JA, Bressan RA, Salum GA, Quevedo J, Kieling C, Hoexter MQ, Moriyama T, Chagas MH, Fontenelle L, Polanczyk GV, Fleck MP. One more step to increase the internationalization and visibility of the RBP Psychiatry. Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2011;33(4):317.         [ Links ]

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