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 About the Association

The World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) was founded in 1964 by Joshua Bierer of the U.K. and other like-minded people committed to the cause of social psychiatry. Its website (www.waspsocialpsychiatry.com) summarizes its vision in its by-line: “Nature of man and his cultures – Prevention and treatment of his vicissitudes and disorders.”
The WASP is an association of associations. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization.

The WASP has the following aims and objectives:

• to promote greater understanding of the interactions between individuals and their physical and human environment (including their society and culture), and the impact of these interactions on the clinical expression, treatment of mental and behavioral problems and disorders and their prevention

• to promote mental health through  education  of health workers, policymakers and decision-makers and  the community at large;

• to promote national and international collaboration among professionals and societies in social psychiatry and related disciplines;

• to carry out or promote research that can facilitate the understanding of the interaction between social factors, psychological functioning and mental health or illness

• to create partnerships with professionals of other scientific disciplines, international agencies and NGOs working in fields related to social psychiatry.

• to organize and lead relevant international and other congresses and scientific meetings.

  About the Journal

JOURNAL INFORMATION: As a landmark event in the history of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (see http://www.waspsocialpsychiatry.com/ ) triggered by its President Professor Roy Abraham Kallivayalil (2016-2019), its official scientific journal WORLD SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY (WSP) has been launched in 2019, with the inaugural issue released at the 23rd World Congress of Social Psychiatry, Bucharest, Romania, 25-28 October 2019.

The journal is peer-reviewed in a blinded manner, publishes three issues a year, and encourages high-quality work or writings in the broad realms of social, community and cultural aspects of psychiatry and related areas.

VISION: The vision of the Journal is to make social psychiatry a powerful and visible force worldwide, by a three-pronged approach: 
• Dissemination of knowledge
• Encouraging research
• Promoting advocacy

AIM: To promote, advocate and establish the cause of social psychiatry in the world. 
INTENDED READERSHIP OF THE JOURNAL consists of psychiatrists, other physicians, psychologists, social workers, community workers, research workers, epidemiologists, sociologists, anthropologists, students and scholars in these areas, administrators and policy makers.

• A worldwide and easily accessible forum for publishing research, viewpoints and commentaries on a wide spectrum of topics related to social psychiatry as mentioned above. 
• Tremendous amount of research is generated in these areas, and there are only few existing journals to provide a platform for these publications. 
• Further, this being an official flagship journal of the World Association of Social Psychiatry, publications in this journal will attract more credibility and visibility (hence citability). 
• Finally, along with the developed countries, this Journal will provide a platform for authors from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) to disseminate their research and views.
• Last but not the least: No publication charges, processing charges, or download charges in any parts of the world! WORLD SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY believes in generation and dissemination of knowledge, ideas and impetus in social psychiatry completely free!

Manuscripts will be submitted and handled online only at www.journalonweb.com/wsp

Any queries may be please marked to Prof. Debasish Basu, Founding Editor WSP, at [email protected]

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, ProQuest, TDNet, Wanfang Data

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:

  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

  Scope of the journal

SCOPE: To publish editorial, original research, review articles, Presidential address, award papers/orations, symposia/workshop papers, book/media review, short communication, occasional interviews or first-person accounts, advocacy/debate/perspective/viewpoints/commentaries, news and events/announcements, letter to editor, art and literature relevant to social psychiatry, etc., in the broad area of social psychiatry as envisioned in the WASP.

SUBJECT AREAS TO BE COVERED IN THE JOURNAL would include all areas related to the broad domain of social psychiatry. Some examples (not all inclusive though) are: Social, interpersonal, cultural and community dimensions related to psychiatry such as etiology, clinical aspects, nosology, management, prevention, rehabilitation, stigma, burden, coping, social support, personality and psychology, suicide, aggression and violence including terrorism, extremism and other conflicts, well-being, quality of life, psychosomatics, interaction of social psychiatry with biology and psychopharmacology, family psychiatry, community psychiatry and transcultural psychiatry. Both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies are welcome.

Manuscripts will be submitted and handled online only at www.journalonweb.com/wsp

Any queries may be please marked to Prof. Debasish Basu, Founding Editor WSP, at [email protected]

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