Psychiatria Fennica

Psychiatria Fennica

Aims and Scope

Psychiatria Fennica is the publication of the Finnish Foundation for Psychiatric Research. It is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing articles on psychiatry including original research, reviews, and emerging technologies in assessment and treatment. The journal aims to encourage the active and novel psychiatric research in Finland. The journal is aimed at researchers and practitioners of psychiatry, psychology, and medicine. It is published once a year, and it includes around ten research articles in an issue.

Open access policy

Psychiatria Fennica uses an open access policy with an open license (Creative Commons) allowing for immediate free access to the work and permitting any user 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.

The full text of all content are available free and open access immediately. There is no embargo period. The users are not required to register in order to read content.

Editorial board

Adjunct professor Tuula Kieseppä, Department of Psychiatry, Helsinki University and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland

Adjunct professor Erika Jääskeläinen, Center for Life Course Health Research, Medical Faculty, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

Adjunct professor Max Karukivi, Department of Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland

Professor Mauri Marttunen, Helsinki University and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland

CEO, MA (Psychology) Tiia Pirkola, Finnish Foundation for Psychiatric Research, Helsinki, Finland

Referee board

Adjunct Professor Jonna Perälä, Department of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland

Adjunct Professor Matti Holi, Department of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland

Professor Nina Lindberg, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Professor Juha Veijola, Research Unit of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oulu and Department of Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland

MD, PhD Markku Lähteenvuo, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Eastern Finland, Niuvanniemi Hospital, Kuopio, Finland

Professor Jari Tiihonen, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Eastern Finland, Niuvanniemi Hospital, Kuopio, Finland; Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; and Center for Psychiatry Research, Stockholm, Sweden.

Adjunct Professor Sami Leppämäki, Department of Psychiatry, Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Adjunct Professor Samuli Saarni, ‎CEO, healthcare management coach and consultant, ‎Public Value Oy, Project manager, Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland 

Adjunct Professor Maija Lindgren, National Institute of Health and Wellfare, Helsinki, Finland.

Adjunct Professor Anna Sofia Sarvasmaa, National Institute of Health and Wellfare, Helsinki, Finland.

Instructions for authors

Psychiatria Fennica publishes the following article types: case reports, letters to the Editor, original research articles, reviews.

Manuscripts are accepted in English.

General rules for all article types:

– includes abstract with no specified structure 

– a word count is unlimited 

– the references shall follow Vancouver style

– a manuscript must include the contact information of the author 

– a manuscript shall be sent by e-mail as an attachment (a word document preferred) to 

– for the next issue the manuscripts should arrive at latest on the 15th of June, 2021, and the issue will be published during autumn 2021

for more information: 

Editorial process (peer review)

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance in order to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal.

Psychiatria Fennica operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers will get knowledge of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by one to two experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the manuscript is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Licensing terms

This journal uses a CC BY license.

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All articles published by the Psychiatria Fennica are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

As authors of articles published in the Psychiatria Fennica are the copyright holders of their article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate their article.

Copyright terms

The author retains unrestricted copyrights and publishing rights.

Authors of articles published in the Psychiatria Fennica retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work.

Author charges

The journal doesn’t have any charges for authors.  

Archiving policy

The journal is archived by the Finnish Foundation for Psychiatric Research and National Library of Finland. 

ISSN: 2489-6152

Psychiatria Fennica can be read at following links: 

Psychiatria Fennica 2021 (vol. 52)

Psychiatria Fennica 2021 (vol. 52) articles:

Kieseppä T. Editorial

Salokangas R. Invited Editorial. Childhood adversities and mental ill health

Partonen T. Seasonal variation in mood and behaviour as well as diurnal preference  in the Finnish adult population

Pentinlehto J et al. Off-label prescribing of antipsychotics – A questionnaire survey of Finnish physicians

Karukivi M. Association of a Two-month Summer School with a Residency in Psychiatry – Results from a Four-year Follow-up Study

Sadeniemi M. et al. Residential services as a major cost driver in mental health and substance use services in southern Finland

Koskelo A et al. Somatic morbidity among borderline and other personality disordered young adults – a register-based follow-up study of former adolescent psychiatric inpatients

Hekali I et al. Sexual experiences and behaviours of adolescent psychiatric patients compared to those of age-peers in the general population

Sumia M. et al. Co-occuring gender dysphoria and autism spectrum disorder in adolescence

Haravuori H et al. Four selves of a student – a case report of dissociative identity disorder

Järventausta K. et al. Severe Catatonia Succesfully Treated with Twice-Daily ECT: A Case Report and a Brief Review

Holmén J. Virtual reality opens new frontiers in psychiatric treatment and education

Konttila J et al. Co-creation: An approach to developing digitalized mental healthcare

Psychiatria Fennica 2020 (vol. 51)

Psychiatria Fennica 2020 (vol. 51) articles:

Pirkola S. Editorial: The broad, collaborative New Mental Health Strategy in Finland

Partonen T. A new national suicide prevention programme in Finland

Isohanni M et al. Antipsychotics in late life schizophrenia – a narrative review

Martikkala A, Isometsä E. Smartphone-based monitoring of mood disorders: A review

Mikkonen K et al. Digital health technologies in the psychosocial treatment of core symptoms of psychotic disorders

Kekkonen V et al. Predictors of life satisfaction in adolescence and from childhood to young adulthood

Hernberg S et al. Publishing trends in the field of psychiatry in Finland 2019

Tuisku K et al. Dreaming and parasomnias – A case with severe parasomnia overlap and its treatment

Haapea M et al. Using home-recruitment to increase participation and representativeness in research among
individuals with psychosis

Ahola P. et al. Concordancy and discordancy in how patients and therapists experience the psychotherapy process
in the treatment of depression

Kortteenniemi A et al. The impact of lifestyle factors on the intensity of adverse effects in single and repeated
session protocols of transcranial electrical stimulation

Psychiatria Fennica 2020 (vol. 51) Supplementum 1 This supplement contains abstracts from the 5th Finnish Symposium on Biological Psychiatry and is available as a single PDF file.

Psychiatria Fennica 2019 (vol. 50)

Psychiatria Fennica 2019 (vol. 50) articles:

Partonen T. Editorial: The 50th volume comes bearing whizzes from the wings of history.

Leppänen V.-P. Half a century of psychiatry.

Facsimile articles from Psychiatria Fennica 1970, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1987

Paulanto K, Rapeli P, Lipsanen J, Tuisku K, Paunio T. Discrepancy between self-reported resilience and objective cognitive performance in assessment of work ability: an analysis of two diagnostic groups.

Rissanen A, Sintonen H, Roine R, Lindberg N, Marttunen M, Apajasalo M. Comparative study of health-related quality of life among Finnish 12- to 15-year-old adolescents in 1996 and 2013.

Palomaa K, Hakko H, Riala K, Kantojärvi L, Riipinen P. Quetiapine use before eighteen years of age among former adolescent psychiatric inpatients in northern Finland

Isohanni M. Mental health of high-level politicians and soldiers in Finland: diagnostics, public discussion and treatment.

Saarijärvi P, Wahlman M, Karukivi M. Early maladaptive schemas and psychiatric symptoms in adolescence.

Heikinheimo S, Tuisku K, Lamminpää A, Kuoppala J. Sense of coherence and work ability among psychiatric patients in Finland.

Kettula K, Tynkkynen L, Sintonen H, Tuisku K, Puustinen N. Experimental treatment of gender dysphoria in patients with non-binary gender identities: a retrospective register study and quality control.

Martikainen A, Määttä J, Pakarinen M, Ikäheimo T.-M., Nissen M, von und zu Fraunberg M, Viinamäki H, Huttunen J. High level of anxiety predicts a poor response to spinal cord stimulation in failed back surgery syndrome: a prospective study.

Psyhicatria Fennica 2019 (vol. 50) Supplementum 1 This supplement contains abstracts from the 4th Finnish Symposium on Biological Psychiatry  and is available as a single PDF file.

Psyhicatria Fennica 2018 (vol. 49) Supplementum 1 This supplement contains abstracts from the 3rd Finnish Symposium on Biological Psychiatry  and is available as a single PDF file.

Online at this site from 2017. Previous (only printed) volumes can be inquired by email: