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Thematic Series - Medical Student Welfare

The events of the last year have highlighted the importance of healthcare systems and of those who work in them to the wellbeing and functioning of society. 

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  1. Authors: Diogo Beirão, Helena Monte, Marta Amaral, Alice Longras, Carla Matos and Francisca Villas-Boas

    Content type: Review

About the Society

Middle East Current Psychiatry (MECP) is the official journal of The Okasha Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

The Okasha Institute of Psychiatry aims to provide evidence based, high quality services to our patients. Aside from treating the disorder, the institute aims to assist psychiatric patients in overcoming the difficulties faced by offering the optimum psychiatric care and rehabilitation services.

Our vision is to continue as one of the leading research centres in Egypt, the Middle East and Africa in treating psychological disorders and successfully managing patients.

Aims and scope

Middle East Current Psychiatry (MECP), the official journal of The Okasha Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, is one of the Middle East’s leading psychiatric open access peer-reviewed journals. The journal publishes articles of exceptional interest in all areas of psychiatry, with a dedicated focus on clinical and experimental research. MECP aims to advance modern research in the Middle East by publishing innovative research on the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. The journal acts as an international forum for the dissemination of information. MECP publishes research, reviews, debate articles, commentaries and case reports.

About the Editor

tarek okasha

Professor Tarek A. Okasha; M.D., Ph.D. M.S. (N&P), D.P.P., F.A.P.A., Dip. I.A.B.M.C.P.

Professor Okasha is the Editor-in-Chief for the Middle East Current Psychiatry journal as well as a professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University in Cairo. Along with his editor duties, Prof. Okasha has published over 70 articles in leading national and international journals and has supervised more than 80 student theses.

Prof. Okasha is also titled as the Director of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Psychiatry at Ain Shams University; the Founder of the Psychiatry unit at Misr University for Science and Technology; President of the Egyptian Alzheimers Society; Vice President of the Egyptian Society of Biological Psychiatry and a member of the scientific committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    29 days to first submission for reviewed manuscripts only
    25 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    75 days from submission to acceptance
    52 days from Acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    0.18 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.123 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social Media Impact
    35 mentions