Guide for Authors
Submitting the manuscript
Comprehensive Psychiatry will consider for publication manuscripts prepared in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" as published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (N Engl J Med 1991;324:424-8). The following information is consistent with these requirements. Authors are encouraged to review the full report. Studies with human subject participation should note informed consent.
Articles are accepted for publication on the condition that they are original contributions, submitted solely to Comprehensive Psychiatry. Manuscripts submitted for review will not be returned to the authors unless requested in advance. Authors submitting manuscripts do so on the understanding that if accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the Publisher.
Preparing the manuscript
All new manuscripts must be submitted through the Comprehensive Psychiatry online submission and review Web site (http://ees.elsevier.com/ComprPsychiatry/ ). Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and artwork in electronic form (not as a PDF) to this address. In an accompanying letter, authors should state that the manuscript, or parts of it, have not been and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication. When submitting, authors will be asked to provide a list of six potential reviewers for their manuscript, with e-mail addresses. All research involving human subjects must include mention in the Methods section that the study was approved by a Human Subjects Review Committee and subjects participated with informed, voluntary, written consent (or that such consent was waived by the Committee because of the nature of the research). Information regarding potential conflicts of interest for each author should be included in the cover letter.Submission items include a cover letter (save as a separate file for upload), the manuscript (including title page, abstract, main text, references, and table/figure legends), tables, and figures. Revised manuscripts should also be accompanied by a unique file (separate from the cover letter) with responses to reviewers' comments. The preferred order of files is as follows: cover letter, response to reviews (revised manuscripts only), manuscript file, table(s), figure(s). Files should be labeled with appropriate and descriptive file names (e.g., SmithText.doc, Fig1.eps, Table3.doc). Upload text, tables and graphics (figures) as separate files. (You can compress multiple figure files into a Zip file and upload that in one step; the system will then unpack the files and prompt you to name each figure.) Do not import figures or tables into the text document and do not upload your text as a PDF. Complete instructions for electronic artwork submission can be found www.elsevier.com/authors. Your figures will be tested by an artwork quality check tool; you will be asked to view the results before you can complete your submission. Your figures can move into review if not up to production standards, but you should be prepared to provide better quality figures should we express interest in your manuscript.
Please refrain from using end notes as references or automatic list numbering because these features are lost in conversion: simply type the reference number in parentheses in the text and type the reference list. Formatting, such as Greek letters, italics, super- and subscripts, may be used: the coding scheme for such elements must be consistent throughout.Funding body agreements and policies Elsevier has established agreements and developed policies to allow authors whose articles appear in journals published by Elsevier, to comply with potential manuscript archiving requirements as specified as conditions of their grant awards. To learn more about existing agreements and policies please visit http://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies
Authors are responsible for applying for permission for both printed and electronic rights for all borrowed material and are responsible for paying any fees related to the applications of these permissions.
Preparing illustrations and tablesTables and illustrations must be cited in order in the text using Arabic numerals. Each illustration file should be named logically with the figure number (e.g., Fig1.tif). Figure legends should be typed (double-spaced) and included at the end of the manuscript file. Lettering in figures should be large enough to be readable when reduced to fit the printed page. Tables should have a title and be as simple as possible.
Figures should be submitted in electronic format. Images should be provided in EPS or TIF format. Graphics software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, not presentation software such as PowerPoint, CorelDraw, or Harvard Graphics, should be used to create the art. Color images should be saved as CMYK and be at a resolution of at least 300 DPI. Gray scale images should be at least 300 DPI, and combinations of gray scale and line art should be at least 1000 DPI. Line art (black and white or color) should be at least 1200 DPI. If submitting large or multiple figure files to our Web-based submission site, authors should consider saving the figure(s) in a compressed (.zip) file for a quicker upload.
References should be compiled in numerical order in the Vancouver style:Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.
List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.Journal articles (List all authors, but if the number exceeds six, give six followed by et al.):
. Reich M, Kaplan L. The effects of psychiatric and psychosocial interviews on children. Compr Psychiatry 1994;35:50-53.
Books and other monographs:Chapters in a book:
. Dunner DL. Current psychiatric therapy. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 1993.
. Cloninger CR. Somatoform and dissociative disorders. In: Winokur G, Clayton PJ, editors. The medical basis of psychiatry. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 1994, p. 169-92.
Web references: As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given.
Changes to authorshipThis policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed. After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.
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Tracking the ManuscriptPlease visit http://www.elsevier.com/authors for the facility to track accepted articles and set up e-mail alerts to inform you of when an article's status has changed. This site provides detailed artwork guidelines, copyright information, frequently asked questions, and more.
Contact details for questions arising after acceptance of an article, especially those relating to proofs, are provided after registration of an article for publication.
Contributors are provided with galley proofs and asked to proofread them immediately for typesetting errors, returning them to the publisher within the week. Important changes in data are allowed, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations in proof.
Reprints are made available to authors for a nominal charge. Individuals wishing to obtain reprints of an article that appeared in Comprehensive Psychiatry may do so by contacting the author.Updated Nov 2010