Annals hits 10-year anniversary.
Subject: Medical journals (History)
Medical publishing (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Author: Caldwell, Ingrid
Pub Date: 09/22/2008
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall, 2008 Source Volume: 11 Source Issue: 3
Product: Product Code: 2721391 Medical Periodicals NAICS Code: 51112 Periodical Publishers SIC Code: 2721 Periodicals
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 187049618

The journal you hold in your hands is proof that some things just get better with age. At 10 years old, Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association has transformed from a four-page, black-and-white newsletter into a full-color glossy magazine, nationally known for its dedication to providing readers with a scholarly forum in which to share and discuss their professional findings.

Three months after its March 1998 debut, Annals had already garnered a respectable readership of around 1,500 psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, social workers psychotherapists, and others in mental health fields--not bad for an up-start publication.


"By the second newsletter, we were putting out a call for articles and also a call to serve on our 10-person editorial advisory board," says Amber Ennis, Annals editor in chief. "Today, our editorial advisory board has 60 participating members serving as peer reviewers for the journal."

By the close of 1999, the journal had expanded to 16 pages of news articles, columns, and researched essays by APA board members. In 2000, Annals shed the newsletter format in favor of a magazine layout with full-color covers and even more room for content. Continuing education credits were offered at the beginning of 2002, offering APA members further opportunities to participate in the publication. Graphic designer Brandon Alms joined the staff in 2003 and gave the journal an artistic facelift. The physical appearance of the magazine continued to evolve to fit its expanding content over the years, and, in 2006, Annals hit the national newsstands and received a favorable response.

"Our Spring 2008 issue sold out 100% nationwide," says Ennis. "We are currently on select independent newsstands, and it is hopeful that soon we will expand to even more stores and into bookstore chains such as Barnes & Noble, following in the footsteps of our sister publication, The Forensic Examiner."

Annals is a peer-reviewed journal, indexed and abstracted with PsycINFO (APA), Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Galenet, InfoTrac, and Primary Source Microfilm. APA members are invited to submit manuscripts on a variety of subjects and in a variety of formats: case studies, articles or columns discussing current topics, explanations of new therapeutic or intervention techniques, or responses to information published by peers. Members benefit not only by reading the journal, but also by contributing; authors published in Annals earn recognition in their field and among their peers, credit toward tenure and seniority, and increased credibility as professionals.

This issue celebrates the 10th birthday of Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, and with 6,000 loyal readers and an average of 30-50 new subscriptions per week, Annals will continue to age gracefully as it embarks on its second decade of publication.
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