Journal of Affective Disorders Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: International Society for Affective Disorders, Elsevier

Journal description

The Journal of Affective Disorders publishes papers concerned with affective disorders in the widest sense: depression, mania, anxiety and panic. It is interdisciplinary and aims to bring together different approaches for a diverse readership. High quality papers will be accepted dealing with any aspect of affective disorders, including biochemistry, pharmacology, endocrinology, genetics, statistics, epidemiology, psychodynamics, classification, clinical studies and studies of all types of treatment.

Current impact factor: 3.38

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.383
2013 Impact Factor 3.705
2012 Impact Factor 3.295
2011 Impact Factor 3.517
2010 Impact Factor 3.74
2009 Impact Factor 3.763
2008 Impact Factor 3.271
2007 Impact Factor 3.144
2006 Impact Factor 3.138
2005 Impact Factor 3.078
2004 Impact Factor 2.703
2003 Impact Factor 2.624
2002 Impact Factor 2.176
2001 Impact Factor 1.868
2000 Impact Factor 1.938
1999 Impact Factor 2.099
1998 Impact Factor 1.586
1997 Impact Factor 1.813
1996 Impact Factor 2.062
1995 Impact Factor 1.636
1994 Impact Factor 1.745
1993 Impact Factor 1.667
1992 Impact Factor 1.76

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.94
Cited half-life 5.70
Immediacy index 0.67
Eigenfactor 0.04
Article influence 1.14
Website Journal of Affective Disorders website
Other titles Journal of affective disorders (Online)
ISSN 0165-0327
OCLC 38911953
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


  • Pre-print
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  • Conditions
    • Authors pre-print on any website, including arXiv and RePEC
    • Author's post-print on author's personal website immediately
    • Author's post-print on open access repository after an embargo period of between 12 months and 48 months
    • Permitted deposit due to Funding Body, Institutional and Governmental policy or mandate, may be required to comply with embargo periods of 12 months to 48 months
    • Author's post-print may be used to update arXiv and RepEC
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Must link to publisher version with DOI
    • Author's post-print must be released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This study examines relationship between religious beliefs regarding the origin of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and posttraumatic symptomatology as well as depressive symptoms and resilience among its survivors. Method: we used convenient sampling to recruit participants (n = 167). They completed six scales, which had been translated into Haitian Creole, including measures such as the Earthquake Experience Exposure (EEE), the Peritraumatic Distress Inventory (PDI), the Peritraumatic Dissociative Experience Questionnaire (PDEQ), the PTSD Checklist (PTSD-CL), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD- RISC). Results: Among our participants, 51% were male, (mean age = 30.5, SD = 11.03, 92% (n = 155) were believers in some sort of supernatural force and 65% (n = 108) endorsed the earthquake as a natural phenomenon. There was significant difference in average scores at peritraumatic distress, PTSD symptoms and Resilience measures between those perceiving a divine origin and/or a punishment through the event and those who did not. Peritraumatic responses were best predictors for PTSD (β = .366, p < .001) and Depression symptoms (β = .384, p < .001). Voodoo adherents appeared to be vulnerable to depression, but reported superior resilience factors Keywords: Depression, Haiti Earthquake, PTSD, Religious Beliefs, and Resilience.
    Journal of Affective Disorders 01/2016; 190:697–703. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2015.10.046
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To determine if childhood motor coordination is associated with lifetime major depressive disorder (MDD), current generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adulthood, and to examine if extremely low birth weight (ELBW; <1000g) status moderates the strength of these associations. Method: Prospective study of a cohort of normal birth weight (NBW) controls and ELBW survivors. Participants completed the short form Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP-SF) at age 8. At age 29-36, participants completed the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview to diagnose the psychiatric disorders of interest. Results: Birth weight status significantly influenced the strength and direction of associations between childhood motor coordination and adult psychiatric outcomes such that the odds of MDD (Pinteraction=.02) and GAD (Pinteraction=.01) increased with worsening motor scores in NBW adults but not ELBW survivors. Stratified analyses indicated that in NBW adults, for each one-point decrease in BOTMP-SF score, the odds of lifetime MDD increased by 10% (OR=1.10, 95% CI: 1.01-1.20). Limitations: Participant attrition reduced sample size and that may have limited our ability to detect statistically significant results for some of our analyses. Conclusion: Poorer motor coordination in early life has a negative long-term impact on the development of MDD and GAD of individuals born at NBW. The long-term mental health risks of childhood motor coordination problems are significant and highlight the importance of recognizing motor deficits in all children, so that associated psychological difficulties can be identified and treated at an early age.
    Journal of Affective Disorders 01/2016; 190:294-299. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2015.10.031
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    ABSTRACT: Background: To investigate the prevalence and correlates of bipolar disorders in patients with eating disorders (EDs), and to examine differences in effects between major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder on these patients. Methods: Sequential attendees were invited to participate in a two-phase survey for EDs at the general psychiatric outpatient clinics. Patients diagnosed with EDs (n=288) and controls of comparable age, sex, and educational level (n=81) were invited to receive structured interviews for psychiatric co-morbidities, suicide risks, and functional level. All participants also completed several self-administered questionnaires assessing general and eating-related pathology and impulsivity. Characteristics were compared between the control, ED-only, ED with major depressive disorder, and ED with bipolar disorder groups. Results: Patients with all ED subtypes had significantly higher rates of major depressive disorder (range, 41.3-66.7%) and bipolar disorder (range, 16.7-49.3%) than controls did. Compared to patients with only EDs, patients with comorbid bipolar disorder and those with comorbid major depressive disorder had significantly increased suicidality and functional impairments. Moreover, the group with comorbid bipolar disorder had increased risks of weight dysregulation, more impulsive behaviors, and higher rates of psychiatric comorbidities. Limitations: Participants were selected in a tertiary center of a non-Western country and the sample size of individuals with bipolar disorder in some ED subtypes was small. Conclusion: Bipolar disorders were common in patients with EDs. Careful differentiation between bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder in patients with EDs may help predict associated psychopathology and provide accurate treatment.
    Journal of Affective Disorders 01/2016; 190(1):599-606. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2015.10.062
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    ABSTRACT: Background Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Veterans is associated with increased sexual risk behaviors, but the nature of this association is not well understood. Typical PTSD measurement deriving a summary estimate of symptom severity over a period of time precludes inferences about symptom variability, and whether momentary changes in symptom severity predict risk behavior. Methods We assessed the feasibility of measuring daily PTSD symptoms, substance use, and high-risk sexual behavior in Veterans using ecological momentary assessment (EMA). Feasibility indicators were survey completion, PTSD symptom variability, and variability in rates of substance use and sexual risk behavior. Nine male Veterans completed web-based questionnaires by cell phone three times per day for 28 days. Results Median within-day survey completion rates maintained near 90%, and PTSD symptoms showed high within-person variability, ranging up to 59 points on the 80-point scale. Six Veterans reported alcohol or substance use, and substance users reported use of more than one drug. Eight Veterans reported 1 to 28 high-risk sexual events. Heightened PTSD-related negative affect and externalizing behaviors preceded high-risk sexual events. Greater PTSD symptom instability was associated with having multiple sexual partners in the 28-day period. Limitations These results are preliminary, given this small sample size, and multiple comparisons, and should be verified with larger Veteran samples. Conclusions Results support the feasibility and utility of using of EMA to better understand the relationship between PTSD symptoms and sexual risk behavior in Veterans. Specific antecedent-risk behavior patterns provide promise for focused clinical interventions.
    Journal of Affective Disorders 11/2015; 190. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2015.10.039