Our article in 'Schizophrenia Bulletin'

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I have just had an article published in the prestigious journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. The article was written with two colleagues in Melbourne, and in it we report the results of a study looking at the experiences of carers (mainly parents) of young people who have developed a psychotic illness. These illnesses can be severe, long term and unpredictable and carers experience a maelstrom of emotions as their lives are thrown upside down by the demands of caring. The full citation for the article is: McCann, T. V., Lubman, D. I., & Clark, E. (2009) First-time primary caregivers’ experience of caring for young adults with first-episode psychosis, Schizophrenia Bulletin, doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbp085

Like writers everywhere, I still get a thrill when I see my name in print. By its very nature writing is a solitary activity and publication is tangible proof that ‘someone’ out there thinks the endeavour is worthwhile. Like many academic journals, Schizophrenia Bulletin publishes articles on its web site before the printed copies are released. This ensures that the information is available in the shortest possible time after studies are completed. On-line tracking tools also allow authors and publishers to see how often articles are read or cited by other researchers and these have given rise to a new sub-discipline of statistics known as bibliometrics. Schizophrenia Bulletin rates highly in this regard, as shown by its latest impact factor of 6.592.

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©Eileen Clark 2009