The journal of ANZAPPL is Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.
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Psychiatry, Psychology and Law was published twice a year between 1993 and 2007 by Australian Academic Press and from 2008 is published five times per year by Taylor and Francis.
An editorial attempt has been made to keep the majority of articles published in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law accessible and interesting for a wide cross-section of readers. Thus, for instance, where an analysis is partly statistical, authors are encouraged to explain in straightforward terms how they interpret the technical results of their studies. Likewise, lawyers writing for the journal are encouraged to eschew excessive legal technicality and to write in a comprehensible, jargon-free way, using, where possible, medium-neutral citations so that the significance of their analyses can be appreciated by non-lawyers. Referencing in profession-friendly styles for psychiatrists, psychologists and lawyers is one of the characteristics of the journal in order to facilitate provision of manuscripts by professionals across a variety of different areas.
An aspect of the journal’s breadth is that Psychiatry, Psychology and Law publishes articles that grapple with issues arising in relation to psychiatric and psychological practice in the correctional, administrative law, criminal law, personal injury law and even commercial law areas. Articles and reviews have functioned as barometers of controversy within the area, engaging with debates in relation to matters such as syndromes, cults, dissociative identity disorder, criminal profiling, leucotomies, child abuse, involuntary detention of those with psychiatric illnesses, controversial psychometric tests, sex offender monitoring, pharmacotherapeutic treatments, risk prediction instruments, war crime mental health defences, and new perspectives on psychiatry, psychology and law, such as those generated by positive psychology and therapeutic jurisprudence.
A broad view has been taken of law and legal processes by the journal’s editor and the editorial committee, resulting in the publication of articles that cross over many different areas of discourse and theoretical approach. Examples include articles dealing with positive psychology, drug rehabilitation, therapeutic jurisprudence, psychotropic medications, and changing correctional environments.
Many articles in the journal and the publications of ANZAPPL congresses have been broad-ranging and policy-focused reviews of current issues in relation to the mental health professions and the law. A component has been directed toward proposed reform of mental health laws in Australia and New Zealand and also in other parts of the world. An attempt is made to provide an opportunity for practitioners of many kinds to reflect upon the practical and conceptual issues which impact upon law and mental health at a local, national and international level. Flexibility has been offered in relation to article length, in order to facilitate genuine inter-disciplinarity, internationalism and topicality.
Articles on relevant subject-matter have been published in the journal from criminologists, sociologists, historians, librarians, anthropologists, forensic nurses and others, as well as by psychiatrists, psychologists and lawyers. Again, this inclusiveness attempts to be reflective of ANZAPPL membership and history which traditionally have had an interest in empirical work, theoretical overviews, scholarly analyses, current controversies, and practical focuses of a kind likely to assist both clinical and curial work. Another characteristic of the journal is its preparedness to engage in debate about contemporary areas of controversy in a constructive and respectful way. All manuscripts are peer- reviewed but an environment of lively discourse and debate has been encouraged which facilitates airing of views which are fresh and thought-provoking.
A regular feature in the journal has been case and legislation commentaries which have reviewed important case law developments and statutory innovations in the mental health area. The journal also publishes book reviews in almost every issue and, where appropriate, letters to the editor.