ISSN: 0033-3158 (Print) 1432-2072 (Online)


Psychopharmacology is an international journal that covers the broad topic of elucidating mechanisms by which drugs affect behavior. The scope of the journal encompasses the following fields:

Human Psychopharmacology: Experimental

This section includes manuscripts describing the effects of drugs on mood, behavior, cognition and physiology in humans.  The journal encourages submissions that involve brain imaging, genetics, neuroendocrinology, and developmental topics. 

Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Translational

This section comprises studies addressing the broad intersection of drugs and psychiatric illness. Work directed toward the translation of preclinical to clinical knowledge is especially encouraged. The key feature of submissions to this section is that they involve a focus on clinical aspects.

Preclinical psychopharmacology: Behavioral and Neural

This section considers reports on the effects of compounds with defined chemical structures on any aspect of behavior, in particular when correlated with neurochemical effects, in species other than humans. We encourage reports of studies that provide insight into the mechanisms of drug action, at the behavioral and molecular levels.

Preclinical Psychopharmacology: Translational

This section considers manuscripts that enhance the confidence in a central mechanism that could be of therapeutic value for psychiatric or neurological patients, using disease-relevant preclinical models and tests, or that report on preclinical manipulations and challenges that have the potential to be translated to the clinic. The journal particularly encourages submissions that integrate measures of target tissue exposure, activity on the molecular target and/or modulation of the targeted biochemical pathways.

Preclinical Psychopharmacology: Molecular, Genetic and Epigenetic

This section focuses on the molecular and cellular actions of neuropharmacological agents / drugs, and the identification / validation of drug targets affecting the CNS in health and disease. We particularly encourage studies that provide insight into the mechanisms of drug action at the molecular level. Manuscripts containing evidence for genetic or epigenetic effects on neurochemistry or behavior are welcome. 

The journal welcomes submissions in all of these fields.

Browse Volumes & Issues