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Viewing on Mobile Devices

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What are the technical requirements for viewing on mobile devices?

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Most mobile browsers are limited in their ability to transmit large files quickly, so only the most essential information is included in the mobile optimized view of PsychiatryOnline. Search and navigation are simplified as well, to better suit the small mobile screen. Mobile site users have full access to PsychiatryOnline's powerful semantic indexed search.

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Do I need a subscription to access the books and journals on this website?
You can view tables of contents and abstracts and run searches without having a subscription to give you a better idea of the range of content offered at PsychiatryOnline. However, you must purchase a subscription before you can view full text of chapters or journal articles. For more information about subscription options, including to purchase online to allow immediate access, visit our PsychiatryOnline Store or click the “Subscriptions” link in the site footer.

When does my subscription start?
Your subscription will start as soon as your payment clears. For subscriptions ordered online with a credit card, this will be immediately after the credit card transaction is complete. For orders placed via phone, fax, or mail, this will be when your payment is recorded; you will receive email notification when your subscription begins.

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What books and journals do I get access to with my subscription?
We offer several subscription options. Learn more here.

Is the FOCUS journal included in PsychiatryOnline subscriptions?
FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry is not included in the PsychiatryOnline subscription package. Subscribe to FOCUS here.

Does American Journal of Psychiatry CME come with my subscription?
American Journal of Psychiatry CME is a separate product that must be purchased separately from American Journal of Psychiatry subscriptions. Go to CME & Self-Assessment to see available CME courses and link to purchase information.

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Can I share my individual subscription with others?
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Can I cancel my subscription?
You may cancel your subscription at any time during your subscription. Refunds will be prorated over the remaining balance of your subscription term. To cancel, contact Customer Service.

Are American Psychological Association members or members of other related organizations eligible for discounts?
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Can I download and print the books that are included with PsychiatryOnline subscriptions?
The books are intended for online use, and cannot be downloaded to be viewed "offline" to a personal computer. However, all sections of the books have printable views.

How do I cite information I find in the PsychiatryOnline collection?
For online publications that also exist in print form, you should always cite the version you consulted. Be sure to check with your publisher about the exact format you should use for citing online resources.

We include Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) with each resource to help you cite the online versions. DOIs are used to persistently identify content in the digital environment. Because DOIs don't change over time (even if the content is moved), they are useful for citing online information. You'll see the DOI at the top of each content section. (More info can be found at www.doi.org.)

For online books, include as much publication information as you can collect. Also include the DOI and the specific web address (URL) on which you found the cited information, along with the date you last accessed it.

Example: Tanguay PE: Autism spectrum disorders, in Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Edited by Dulcan MK. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2010. DOI:10.1176/appi.books.9781585623921.455877. Available at: http://psychiatryonline.org/content.aspx?bookid=24&sectionid=1311282. Accessed March 20, 2013.

Cite online journal articles similarly to how you'd cite their print versions, including volume number, page numbers, and year (if they are included). Also include the DOI and web address (URL) on which you found the article and the date you last accessed it.

Example: Stroup TS, Lieberman JA, McEvoy JP, et al: Effectiveness of olanzapine, quetiapine, and risperidone in patients with chronic schizophrenia after discontinuing perphenazine: a CATIE study. Am J Psychiatry 164:415–427, 2007. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.164.3.415. Available at: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/164/3/415 Accessed March 20, 2007.

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