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Thematic Series: Controversies around Lithium

The International Journal of Bipolar Disorders presents the Collection on Controversies around Lithium. The main goal of this Collection is to assist in unravelling the biological mechanisms behind lithium’s clinical effects in order to enhance diagnosis and therapy of bipolar disorders. Submissions to this Collection are now closed.


  1. Authors: Mirko Manchia, Pasquale Paribello, Martina Pinna, Luca Steardo Jr., Bernardo Carpiniello, Federica Pinna, Claudia Pisanu, Alessio Squassina and Tomas Hajek

  2. Authors: Marisol Herrera-Rivero, Mazda Adli, Kazufumi Akiyama, Nirmala Akula, Azmeraw T. Amare, Raffaella Ardau, Bárbara Arias, Jean-Michel Aubry, Lena Backlund, Frank Bellivier, Antonio Benabarre, Susanne Bengesser, Abesh Kumar Bhattacharjee, Joanna M. Biernacka, Armin Birner, Micah Cearns…

Thematic Series: Digital Psychiatry within Mood Disorders

The International Journal of Bipolar Disorders is calling for submissions to our Collection on Digital Psychiatry within Mood Disorders. This Collection aims to strengthen the route towards augmenting traditional mental health care and research by the implementation of digital mental health technologies. Further submissions on the topic are encouraged, please submit here.

Aims and scope

International Journal of Bipolar Disorders is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal publishing contributions from the broad range of clinical, psychological and biological research in bipolar disorders. It collaborates with the International Group for the study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLi) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störungen (DGBS), and serves as the official journal of these organisations. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders invites clinicians and researchers from around the globe to submit original research articles, short research communications, reviews, guidelines, case reports, study protocols and letters to the editor that help to enhance understanding of bipolar disorders. The journal makes all articles freely available to researchers worldwide, ensuring maximum dissemination of content. Content is published online continuously to provide timely communication to the community and keep publication times to a minimum.

Announcing the launch of In Review

International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

See the full range of benefits of In Review and how to opt-in

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Society affiliation

International Journal of Bipolar Disorders is affiliated with IGSLI (International Group for The Study of Lithium Treated Patients)

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 2.8
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 3.4
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.205
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.298

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 5
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 95

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 760,521
    Altmetric mentions: 411