Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría was founded after the Civil War, in 1940, by Juan José López Ibor, Sr. when he was living in Madrid after finishing his training in France and Germany and after the end of Spanish Civil War. The following year, the Journal changed its name to Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría y Neurología, as, at the time, psychiatry and neurology were closely linked. Indeed, López Ibor and his school have always considered these areas related fields.
In 1944 Juan José López Ibor went into exile and lost some of his privileges, including the right to direct doctoral theses or edit publications. As a result, the Journal became international and was known as Actas Luso-Españolas de Psiquiatría y Neurología, directed by Prof. Henrique J. Barahona Fernandes, then a professor at the University of Lisbon. A few years later, Jose Leme Lopes, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Rio de Janeiro, joined the Board of the Journal. At the beginning of the 1970s, coinciding with the birth of neuroscience, the Journal again changed its name by adding “y ciencias afines” (and related sciences) in order to complement psychiatry and neurology with ideas from associated disciplines. In 1979, Juan José López-Ibor joined the Board, where he remains to this day.
In 1979 Professor Juan J. López-Ibor Aliño joined the direction of the Journal, holding that position until his death in January 2015.
The contributors to Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría include leading professionals whose work is known both nationally and internationally. The English version enables investigators from throughout the world to publish in Actas, thus placing it among the most important psychiatry journals in Spain.
It is currently directed by Professor Maria Ines Lopez-Ibor, Director of the Department of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and President of the Juan José López-Ibor Foundation. Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine and of the Royal Academy of Physicians.
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The Editorial Board aims to attract original high-quality articles of scientific interest. Our exhaustive selection process takes the utmost care to guarantee the quality that has become the hallmark of the Journal, whose reputation is based on more than 70 years of history. The topics covered are diverse and fall within the fields of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and mental health. Most of the contributions are original articles, although we also publish scientific reviews.
Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría also aims to provide a forum for psychiatrists-in-training and dedicates a section to relevant articles such as case studies.
The Journal also publishes supplements on topics of special interest within the fields mentioned above.
The Journal is published bimonthly 6 times per year.
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