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Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN) for Journal of Psychopharmacology

Wednesday, 13th April 2016

Updated: Friday, 28th September 2018

A few years ago on the Journal of Psychopharmacology Professor Nutt published an editorial on the need for a new nomenclature in psychopharmacology [Nutt DJ.  (2009) Beyond psychoanaleptics – can we improve antidepressant drug nomenclature?  J Psychopharmacol. 23(4):343-5. Erratum in: J Psychopharmacol. 23(7):861].

This sparked interest from the ECNP who set up a working group with several other international psychopharmacology organisations e.g. ACNP CINP, and after 5 years of regular meetings,  a new nomenclature has been develop and posted as a free educational App.

The next stage is to begin the challenging process of using the new nomenclature in scientific journals and the Journal of Psychopharmacology is one of about 10 who have agreed to try to do this. The details are in an editorial published in 2016. [Nutt DJ, Blier P. (2016) Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN) for Journal of Psychopharmacology. J Psychopharmacol. 30(5):413-5 ]

So when you write your papers for Journal of Psychopharmacology please try to use the attached glossary to explain what drugs you use are and how they work.