Is The Biological Science in Medicine Mainly Happening in Psychiatry? Researchers Compare Psychiatric and Internal Medicine Journals

Researchers have published an interesting paper in the Journal Academic Psychiatry. They wanted to find out what ratio of biological to non-biological papers were found in Psychiatry or Medical Journals. For Psychiatry they selected the Archives of General Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry and for Internal Medicine they selected the Archives of Internal Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine looking at papers from 2008. In the Psychiatry journals they found a balance between biological and non-biological papers (48.2% v 51.8%). When they looked at the medical journals however the results were surprising. Only 22.2% of the papers were classed as biological.

These results suggest that Psychiatric research is balanced in both the biological and non-biological domains but surprisingly when compared to medical journals has a stronger biological perspective.

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