Psychiatria Danubina

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Aims, scope and mission

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Psychiatria Danubina is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal and the official journal of the Danubian Psychiatric Association. The journal is published quarterly by the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, the Danubian Psychiatric Association, PRO MENTE d.o.o. and Medicinska naklada d.o.o.

The primary objective of Psychiatria Danubina is to serve as a platform for the publication of original and significant contributions in the field of psychiatry, psychological medicine, and their interconnected scientific disciplines. This includes neurosciences, biological, psychological, and social sciences, as well as ancillary fields like philosophy of science, medical ethics, history, and the organization and economics of mental health services.

A specific objective of the journal is to foster the growth and development of psychiatry within the countries of the Danube region. Additionally, Psychiatria Danubina aims to stimulate global cooperation and foster collaborative scientific projects.

In terms of scope, Psychiatria Danubina embraces a broad range of areas within psychiatry, psychological medicine, and related scientific disciplines as mentioned earlier. The journal's scope is inclusive of general mental health, and encompasses all psychological aspects within diverse branches of medicine. This extends to any subspecialty within psychiatry, related clinical sciences, and foundational research. Through this, Psychiatria Danubina aims to offer a comprehensive resource for researchers, practitioners, and anyone with an interest in the mental health field.

The journal’s mission is to serve to academic community in the field of psychiatry, mental health sciences and public and global mental health in transdisciplinary and integrative way by:

  • disseminating original research, concepts and theories as well as promoting creativity and cooperation in and between psychiatry, all mental health sciences and humanity disciplines;
  • presenting important news from the mental health sciences and psychiatry of the Danube region countries as well as from the whole world for public and global mental health improvement, well-being and development of compassionate society and empathic civilization;
  • connecting different disciplines within psychiatry to each other in new dialectical ways to bring much more knowledge about salutogenesis and psychopathogenesis, mental health and mental disorders and its treatment and prevention;
  • promoting cooperation between psychiatrists, mental health scientists and practitioners to connect their minds and knowledge through joint scientific, educational and organizational projects in the Danube region countries;
  • supporting a new vistas of human capability and creativity achievable through collective intelligence and collaborative academic development of a new academic generation from South East Europe in a regional and European context.

We particularly welcome papers with transdisciplinary integrative approach and with arching concepts and paradigms that unify all psychiatric disciplines and mental health sciences. We prefer the authors to communicate with each other through creative interaction promoting a kind of mental health noosphere. “The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number” and “Serving a Purpose Larger than Yourself” are the important principles of our editorial policy.

History of Psychiatria Danubina

Psychiatria Danubina, an esteemed scholarly journal in psychiatry, has its roots in the principles of unity and therapeutic progress. As the representative journal of the Danubian Psychiatric Association, it's an internationally recognized peer-reviewed publication, founded in 1989 by the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. Since its inception, it has maintained a steady quarterly release.

As of 2023, the Danubian Psychiatric Association (DPA) celebrates its 60th anniversary, predating even the European Psychiatric Association (founded in 1983), Europe's primary psychiatric representative body. The DPA is an associate of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA).

In its early days, the DPA began as a "Curatorium", an assembly formed to biennially host Danube Symposia of Psychiatry (DSP), rotating venues between countries on either side of the Iron Curtain. Founding figures like Prof. Dr. Hans Hoff and Prof. Dr. Gustav Hofmann from Vienna, alongside Prof. Dr. Ernest Guensberger and Prof. Dr. Jan Molčan from Bratislava, championed the goal of fostering dialogue and unity amongst psychiatrists and relevant medical professionals in a fragmented Europe. Their efforts culminated in the Inaugural Danube Symposium for Psychiatry in Vienna in November 1964. Encouraged by political shifts around 1989/1990, the "Curatorium" evolved into an association by 1994, embracing 16 member nations (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldavia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine).

The decision about publishing the journal Psychiatria Danubina was brought on the proposal of Prof. Nenad Bohaček from University of Zagreb School of Medicine during the 12th Danube Psychiatric Symposium held in 1986 in Sombor, former Yugoslavia.

With the ethos aligning with the World Health Organization (WHO), the DSP aimed to fortify international collaborations, drawing renowned health experts globally. Given the University of Zagreb School of Medicine's keen interest in global alliances across medical fields and its historical connection with Prof. Dr. Andrija Štampar – the inaugural president of the WHO's General Assembly – the School took immense pride in launching Psychiatria Danubina. This became emblematic of a quarter-century of psychiatric cooperation in the Danube region, in tandem with the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Education in Mental Health.

Highlighting the journal's uniqueness during its 35th anniversary, Prof. Norman Sartorius remarked, "Psychiatria Danubina was a conduit for disseminating news, research, and fostering connections. No other scientific journal has consistently bridged political divides, reminding peers globally of their shared professional commitments, objectives, and a mutual sense of camaraderie that transcends political landscapes."

In recent times, Psychiatria Danubina has garnered global attention. With the collaboration of Zibeline Publishing International, the 1st Chinese-Croatian International Conference on Psychiatry and Psychology was held in Dubrovnik in September 2022, amassing an online audience of over 61,500 worldwide. Additionally, the International Workshop on Psychiatry and Mental Health in December 2022 also saw the journal's endorsement. The continuous imperative is the exchange of insights on mental health care and treatment practices across diverse global communities and traditions. Our diverse world, though filled with differences in perspectives, offers invaluable learning experiences to build a holistic, empathetic global community.

Embodying principles of hodegetics, a love for knowledge, and unwavering commitment to research integrity, Psychiatria Danubina constantly strives to uphold the caliber of its published works, stimulating perpetual scientific evolution.

The enduring impact of Psychiatria Danubina is a testament to the potential of global cooperation, compassion, and the relentless quest for academic rigor. As the world acknowledges its varied hues, the journal persistently serves as a beacon, mending divides, advocating mental well-being, and enriching global understanding and management of mental health issues.

Editorial board

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Editor in Chief

Prof. Emeritus Miro Jakovljević, MD, PhD (CV)

University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Zagreb, Croatia


Assoc. Prof. Henriette Löffler-Stastka, MD, PhD

Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Medical University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Prof. Darko Marčinko, MD, PhD

Department for Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine

University Hospital Centre Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

Honorary Editors

Prof. Norman Sartorius, MD, PM, PhD, FRC. Psych.

Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programs - AMH

Geneve, Switzerland

Prof. Werner Schöny, MD, PhD

OÖ Landes - Nervenklinik Wagner Jauregg

Linz, Austria

International Editorial Board

Mark Agius, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatry

Clare College, University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Prof. Dragan Babić, MD, PhD

Clinic of Psychiatry, University Clinical Hospital Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Poornima Bhola, MA, MPhil, PhD

Department of Clinical Psychology

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences

Bangalore, India

Prof. Emeritus Dinesh Bhugra, MD, PhD

Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

United Kingdom

Prof. Istvan Bitter, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University

Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Emeritus Helen F.K. Chiu, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Prof. Jürgen Deckert, MD, PhD

University Hospital of Würzburg, Würzburg

Bavaria, Germany

Prof. Wolfang Fleischacker, MD, PhD

Medical University of Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Austria

Prof. Emeritus AO Helen Herrman, MD, PhD

The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

The University of Melbourne

Victoria, Australia

Prof. Hubertus Himmerich, MD, PhD

King's College London

London, United Kingdom

Assoc. Prof. Luchezar Hranov, MD, PhD

Medical University of Sofia, Department of Psychiatry

University Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry 'St. Naum'


Prof. Miroslava Jašović Gašić, MD, PhD

School of Medicine University of Belgrade

Belgrade, Serbia

Prof. Hans Peter Kapfhammer, MD, PhD

Medical University of Graz

Graz, Austria

Prof. Siegfried Kasper, Dr. h. c. mult., MD

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Medical University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Prof. Blanka Kores Plesničar, MD, PhD

University Psychiatric Hospital Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prof. Ee Heok Kua, MD, PhD

National University of Singapore


Tamas Kurimay, MD, PhD

Saint John Hospital Family Centred Buda Mental Health Centre

Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Mircea Lazarescu, MD, PhD

“Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Timisoara, Romania

Jose de Leon, MD, PhD

Mental Health Research Center at Eastern State Hospital

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Prof. Izet Pajević, MD, PhD

University Clinical Center Tuzla, Clinic of Psychiatry

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. Jan Pečenak, MD, PhD

Faculty of Medicine Comenius University and University Hospital

Bratislava, Slovakia

Prof. Wulf Rössler, MD, Dipl.-Psych.

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dragan Švrakić, MD, PhD

Washington University

St Louis, Missouri, USA

Giuseppe Tavormina, MD

Psychiatric Studies Centre

Provaglio d'Iseo, Italy

Prof. Boris D. Tsygankov, MD, PhD

Moscow State Medical-Stomatological University

Moscow, Russia

Prof. Martin Voracek, PhD

Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology

Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Prof. Johanes Wancata, MD, PhD

Clinical Division of Social Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Medical University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Wei Wang, PhD

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Trondheim, Norway

Rashid Zaman, MD, PhD

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Executive Editors

Prof. Marina Kuzman, MD, PhD

University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Zagreb, Croatia

Nenad Jakšić, M. Psych.

Department of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine

University Hospital Center Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

Assoc. Prof. Mirza Žižak, MD, PhD

University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Zagreb, Croatia

Editor Assistants

Sarah Levaj, MD

Department of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine

University Hospital Centre Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatia

Assoc. Prof. Martina Rojnić Kuzman, MD, PhD

University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Zagreb, Croatia

Ivan Jakovljević, M. Psych.

PRO MENTE d.o.o.

Zagreb, Croatia

Asst. Prof. Lea Škorić, M.L.S., PhD

University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Zagreb, Croatia


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The Psychiatria Danubina utilizes a double-blind peer-review system to evaluate the quality of submitted manuscripts before they are published. The process involves independent researchers in the relevant research area assessing the manuscripts for originality, validity, and significance. This evaluation helps the journal's editors determine whether the manuscript should be accepted for publication.

The peer-review process used by the journal is double-blind, which means that the identities and affiliations of the authors are not disclosed to the reviewers. Similarly, the reviewers' identities are kept anonymous from the authors. This ensures an unbiased and fair evaluation of the manuscripts.

Upon submission, the manuscript undergoes a rigorous evaluation by at least two independent experts in the field to ensure the quality, credibility, and validity of the research being published. These reviewers are asked to assess whether the submitted article presents genuinely original research or if it significantly builds upon existing knowledge in the field. Additionally, reviewers are requested to check for any potential instances of plagiarism or redundant publication.

The final decision on whether to accept a manuscript for publication is based on the feedback provided by the reviewers. The Editors consider the reviewer reports and, if needed, consult with members of the Editorial Board to reach a well-informed decision. The entire review process, from submission to final decision, typically takes up to 12 weeks. However, this timeline might vary depending on the availability and responsiveness of reviewers.

Throughout the entire editorial process, Psychiatria Danubina follows the best practice guidelines given by the Committee on publication ethics (COPE) and deals with manuscripts suspected on plagiarism following the COPE flowcharts. Also it follows the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Open access

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Psychiatria Danubina is an open access journal. This means that all articles published by the Psychiatria Danubina are made freely available and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication to everyone without registration, paywalls or subscriptions.

Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose as long as they attribute the source in an appropriate manner according to the open licence.

Open access articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

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By submitting their papers, the authors agree to transfer the copyright of articles and materials accepted for publication to Psychiatria Danubina. The submitted papers should not be under consideration elsewhere while they are being reviewed by this journal.

  • Articles published in Psychiatria Danubina are freely available to read, download, and share from the time of publication, provided their integrity is maintained and their original authors, citation details, and publisher are identified.
  • The Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 formalizes these and other terms and conditions of publishing articles under the CC BY-NC-ND license. More can be found here
  • This license does not permit reuse for any commercial purposes. Additionally, it does not cover the reuse or modification of individual elements of the work (such as figures, tables, etc.) in the creation of derivative works without specific permission from Psychiatria Danubina and appropriate acknowledgment of its source.
  • In situations where figures, tables, or any other content constitute the intellectual property of a third party, it is incumbent upon the authors to obtain the necessary permissions for its use. They are required to (1) furnish a comprehensive citation of the initial publication, and (2) present a letter from the copyright holder, authorizing Psychiatria Danubina to reproduce the protected material, or submit a fully completed permissions form indicating the date of the request and an estimated date for the anticipated approval. Any fees imposed by the copyright owner for these permissions must be borne by the authors who intend to make use of the specified material, thus relieving Psychiatria Danubina of such financial responsibility.

Authorship Confirmation and Copyright transfer Form/ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest

All contributing authors must fill out and sign these statements and submit them with manuscript. Submitted manuscripts will not be considered until signed statements from all authors have been received.

There should be no discrepancy between the general statement written in the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript and data presented in the ICMJE Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest Form(s).

As for Authorship criteria, Psychiatria Danubina adheres to the ICMJE recommendations, which propose that authorship is based on the following 4 criteria:

  • 1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • 2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • 3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • 4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

When submitting a manuscript, it is necessary to fill out and sign a form.

As for the conflict of interest, all authors must sign ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest.


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There are NO submission fees, editorial processing charges, article processing fees (APC) as well as no page and/or colour image charges for the online edition.

The printed edition of the journal, supplements, books, as well as article reprints are charged separately and can be obtained from the company responsible for printing.

Archiving / Self-archiving

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The journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit the publication in Psychiatria Danubina, and a link to the journal's web pages.

Articles published in the journal are digitally archived in HRČAK, a portal of Croatian scientific and professional journals. HRČAK LOGO

Abstracting / Indexing

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All articles published in Psychiatria Danubina are indexed by:

  • APA PsycInfo
  • Excerpta Medica (EMBASE)
  • MEDLINE/PubMed
  • Scopus

Psychiatria Danubina contents is included in HRČAK, a portal of Croatian scientific and professional journals, and access is also available via:

  • Google Scholar
  • CNKI
  • CORE
  • BASE
  • other academic search engines.

Psychiatria Danubina encourages using ORCID iDs in article metadata.

Psychiatria Danubina articles are assigned DOI numbers.

Journal Metrics

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Journal Metrics
2022H-index (Scopus)
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
SCImago Journal & Country Rank


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Miro Jakovljevic, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus

University of Zagreb School of Medicine

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e-mail: editor.psychiatriadanubina@mef.hr

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University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia

PRO MENTE d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia

Danubian Psychiatric Association

Medicinska naklada d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia

The University of Zagreb School of Medicine and PRO MENTE d.o.o, as owners, represent the Danubian Psychiatric Association in publishing of the Journal.

The Journal, issued quarterly, is financially supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.

ISSN 0353-5053 (print edition), ISSN 1849-0867 (online)

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Editor in Chief:

Prof. Emeritus Miro Jakovljević


University of Zagreb School of Medicine

Zagreb, Croatia

Journal Metrics
2022H-index (Scopus)
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
SCImago Journal & Country Rank
This journal is indexed by
  • APA PsycInfo
  • Excerpta Medica(EMBASE)
  • MEDLINE/PubMed
  • Scopus
print ISSN 0353-5053
online ISSN 1849-0867