About Psychiatry Information in Brief

Psychiatry Information in Brief is a journal devoted to the dissemination of behavioral health information. This journal focuses on translating research findings into concise, user-friendly information that is accessible to all. Psychiatry Information in Brief is produced by the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. iSPARC is a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Center of Excellence and was formerly called the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) from 2014-2018 and the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) before 2014.

Aims and Scope

Formerly titled "Psychiatry Issue Briefs", Psychiatry Information in Brief now incorporates an array of dissemination products including:

Psychiatry Issue Briefs: Founded in 2004 by the UMass Department of Psychiatry Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR), Issue Briefs focus on translating research findings into concise, user-friendly information with a special focus on outreach to providers of behavioral health services, and to consumers of these services and their family members. In 2010 CMHSR partnered with the UMass Psychiatry Career Development and Research Office to expand the scope of the Issue Briefs to include all aspects of psychiatry. All Department of Psychiatry faculty and staff are encouraged to author and/or co-author Issue Briefs.

Research in the Works: Brief one page descriptions of on-going research at the UMass Department of Psychiatry.

Research You Can Use: One page summaries of research findings from literature reviews, white papers or other research, specifically aimed at busy providers.

Transitions ACR: Products and publications from the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (formerly the Transitions Research and Training Center), a NIDRR-funded national effort to improve supports for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions.

Open Access

Psychiatry Information in Brief provides immediate open access to its content. Making research freely available to the public best benefits research, scholars, education, and society.


Psychiatry Information in Brief does not charge subscription, submission, or author fees.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online up to 12 times per year.


Authors of original work accepted for publication in Psychiatry Information in Brief grant first publication rights to the Journal but retain ownership of the copyright of their content. All content, unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution—Non-Commercial—Share Alike License. Under this license, authors' work may be downloaded, redistributed, and new creations built upon it for non-commercial purposes, provided that the authors are credited and the derived work is licensed under identical terms.

Measuring Impact

Download metrics for individual papers display in the area underneath the download button and are updated daily. For context, visitors are also able to see the date the paper was first posted. Metrics will not display for papers that have fewer than 10 downloads. All authors automatically receive monthly email reports containing download metrics for their articles published in Psychiatry Information in Brief. The email reports provide a link to more detailed information for authors interested in learning more.

Digital Preservation

The publisher utilizes the bepress Archive service with Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to create permanent archives for the purpose of ensuring long-term availability and accessibility of journal content.

Publication Statement

This journal is published by the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC), Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School in collaboration with the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School through its eScholarship@UMMS publishing and repository system.

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