Guide for Authors
Founded in 1961 to report on the latest work in psychiatry and cognate disciplines, the Journal of Psychiatric Research is dedicated to innovative and timely studies of four important areas of research:
(1) clinical and translational studies of all disciplines relating to psychiatric illness, as well as normal human behaviour, including biochemical, physiological, genetic, environmental, social, psychological and epidemiological factors;
(2) basic studies pertaining to psychiatry in such fields as neuropsychopharmacology, neuroendocrinology, electrophysiology, genetics, experimental psychology and epidemiology;
(3) the growing application of clinical laboratory techniques in psychiatry, including imagery and spectroscopy of the brain, molecular biology and computer sciences;
(4) advances in basic and clinical research methodology, including the process of "bench-to-bedside" transfer of new research findings.
The Editors-in-Chief will accept papers of high scientific caliber, after appropriate revision, if necessary, and will aim for their rapid publication. In addition, the Journal will be enhanced by the inclusion of commissioned reviews, news items, book notices and letters to the Editors.Electronic Submission
The Journal of Psychiatric Research now only employs an electronic submission system, and mail submissions are no longer accepted. By accessing the online submission system http://ees.elsevier.com/jpsychiatrres authors will be guided step-by-step through the creation and uploading of the various manuscript files. All correspondence, including the Editor's decision and request for revisions, will be processed through the electronic system and will reach the corresponding author by e-mail.Submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Psychiatric Research implies that the paper is an original, not previously published and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Prior publication in abstract form should be indicated. Furthermore, authors should upload any related manuscript(s) that has been recently published, is in press or is elsewhere under consideration. The following circumstances indicate that a paper is related to the manuscript submitted to the Journal: a) any overlap in the results presented; b) any overlap in the subjects, patients or materials the results are based.
Review ProcessPapers, except invited reviews, will be evaluated by at least two external experts. The authors are invited to propose four potential referees, including by their names, affiliations, and institution-based E-mail addresses. However, the Editors will exclusively make the choice of reviewers. The authors will be notified as soon as possible whether a contribution is accepted for publication in the form that it was submitted, acceptable after a revision (which, in general, will be reviewed again), or rejected.
QueriesAuthors may send queries concerning the submission process or journal procedures to the appropriate editorial office. Corresponding authors from the United States, Canada or Latin America may contact Rebecca Wyse at firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors from all other countries may contact Mrs. Heike Junkert at email@example.com.
For further details on how to submit online, please visit www.elsevier.com/submissionsupportManuscript Submission Requirements
Submitted manuscripts must be written in the English language.Submissions types and word limits
Journal of Psychiatric Research considers three types of manuscripts for possible publication:Author Disclosures
1. Original articles: Original articles are limited to 4,000 words in the text body, excluding abstract, references, figure legends, acknowledgement and disclosures.
2. Review articles: Review articles should not exceed 6,000 words.
3. Letters to the Editor: Letters to the Editor may be considered for publication if they include important comments on previous papers in the Journal or preliminary findings of importance. The text should not exceed 1,000 words. One figure or one table may be included.
Four (4) author disclosure files are required at submission and are uploaded near the end of the online submission process. These are: acknowledgment, conflict of interest, contributors, and role of the funding source. Details regarding each are found under Manuscript Submission.Ethical Considerations. Authors of reports on human studies, especially those involving placebo, symptom provocation, drug discontinuation, or patients with disorders that may impair decision-making capability, should consider the ethical issues related to the work presented and include (in the Methods and Materials section of their manuscript) detailed information on the informed consent process, including the method or methods used to assess the subject's capacity to give informed consent, and safeguards included in the study design for protection of human subjects. Specifically, authors should consider all ethical issues relevant to their research, and briefly address each of these in their reports. When relevant patient follow-up data are available, this should also be reported. Specifically, investigators reporting on research involving human subjects or animals must have prior approval from an institutional review board. This approval should be mentioned in the methods section of the manuscript. In countries were institutional review boards are not available; the authors must include a statement that research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration as revised 1989. All studies involving animals must state that the authors followed the guidelines for the use and care of laboratory animals of the author's institution or the National Research Council or any national law pertaining to animal research care.
Steps to online submissionWhen submitting a manuscript to Journal of Psychiatric Research online, authors will receive the following prompts: select article type; enter title; add/edit/remove authors; submit abstract; enter keywords; select classifications; suggest reviewers; request editor; and attach files.
Once the preliminary submission fields have been completed, authors will be asked to upload the documents listed below as separate files. The first sixâacknowledgment, conflict of interest, contributors, cover letter, manuscript, and role of the funding sourceâare mandatory and starred (*); the remaining fourâfigure(s), supplementary material, table(s), and video stillâare optional.
Please note the following:Do not include the required author disclosures, acknowledgment, conflict of interest, contributors, and role of funding source in the main manuscript, only as separate, uploaded files. Furthermore, please note that the title, abstract, and keywords are entered in their appropriate fields within the submission system AND within the beginning pages of the manuscript file.Once the uploading is complete, the system automatically generates an electronic (PDF) proof, which is then used for the peer-review process.
Six (6) Required Files*1. Acknowledgment*
Before the reference list, the Journal will publish Acknowledgments as a separate section, and not as a foot note on the title page.
Example: We thank Mr A, who kindly provided the data necessary for our analysis, and Miss B, who assisted with the preparation and proofreading of the manuscript.
2. Conflict of Interest*3. Contributors*
ALL authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest, including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three (3) years of th submission that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.
Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership (except for personal investment purposes equal to the lesser of one percent (1%) or USD 5000), honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications, registrations, and grants. If there are no conflicts of interest, authors should state that there are none.
Example: Author Y owns shares in pharma company A. Author X and Z have consulted for pharma company B. All other authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. .
The submitting author is required to make a brief statement concerning each named author's contributions to the paper under the heading Contributors.
Example: Author X designed the study and wrote the protocol. Author Y managed the literature searches and analyses. Authors X and Z undertook the statistical analysis, and author W wrote the first draft of the manuscript. All authors contributed to and have approved the final manuscript.
4. Cover Letter*5. Manuscript*
The cover letter should briefly explain the uniqueness of the submitted work or summarize the improvements in case of a revised manuscript. For revisions, please include an additional letter that includes point-by-point responses to all Editor and/or Reviewer concerns.
The following sections are required in your electronic manuscript file:
Along with the manuscript title, please include each authorâs full name and affiliation(s) and full contact details for the corresponding author (address, phone, FAX and e-mail).
Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words in single paragraph format.
Up to six (6) keywords should be provided for indexing.
Objectives of the study and background
State study objectives and give concise but sufficient information on the background.
Materials and methods
Provide detailed information regarding the study population investigated and methods used.
Thoroughly explain statistical procedures.
For studies reporting results obtained in humans, include a statement that 1) the investigation was carried out in accordance with the latest version of the Declaration of Helsinki, 2) the study design was reviewed by an appropriate ethical committee, and 3) informed consent of the participants was obtained after the nature of the procedures had been fully explained.
For studies reporting experiments on animals, include a statement that researchers followed relevant institutional and national guidelines for both the care and use of laboratory animals.
Results of the study may be represented in tables or figures, as authors deem appropriate. However, do not duplicate presentation (e.g. do not repeat numerical data from tables in the text). It is not appropriate to present means or medians exclusively; please also provide measures of values distribution.
Discussion of study results should be placed within the appropriate context of knowledge and include discussion of study limitations and implications for future work.
In-text citations should appear in parentheses. For publications with only one or two authors, list them in full with the names separated by "and" followed by the year; for publications with more than two authors, list the name of the first author only, followed by "et al." and the year.Reference list
References should be arranged in alphabetical order with authors' names, article title, and journal spelled out in full.Examples
Jones SH, Gray JA, Hemsley DR. Loss of the Kamin blocking effect in acute but not chronic schizophrenics. Biological Psychiatry 1992; 32:739-755.
Bowlby J. Attachment. New York: Basic Books, 1969.
Brown, B. Interviewing styles. In: Jones A., Smith S., editors. Techniques of assessment. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1980. p. 197-208.
6. Role of the funding Source*FOUR (4) OPTIONAL FILES
Authors are required to disclose all funding sources that supported research reported in the manuscript.
Please note that 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 www.elsevier.com/editors/policies/funding-body-
Figures of good quality should be submitted online as a separate file and numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers. Please use a lettering that remains clearly readable even after reduction to about 66%. For every figure, a legend should be provided. Please refer to the generic Elsevier artwork instructions: http://www.elsevier.com/author-schemas/artwork-and-media-instructions.
Elsevier now accepts electronic supplementary material (e-components) to support and enhance your scientific research. Supplementary files offer the Author additional possibilities to publish supporting applications, movies, animation sequences, high-resolution images, background datasets, sound clips and more. Supplementary files supplied will be published online alongside the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect: http://www.sciencedirect.com. In order to ensure that your submitted material is directly usable, please ensure that data is provided in one of our recommended file formats. Authors should submit the material in electronic format together with the article and supply a concise and descriptive caption for each file.
The paper in the journal must be complete and fully comprehensible without reference to the Supplementary Material. The purpose of Supplementary Material is to provide additional and usually more detailed information for readers who are particularly interested in the study. Supplementary Material is not an integral part of a published paper; the suitability of the Supplementary Material is assessed by the editor but it is not subject to the peer review procedure as applied to papers in the journal. Supplementary Material may either accompany the first version of a Paper submitted to the journal or in response to a request from an editor.
Tables are to be uploaded, numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers. Each table should include a header. Do not use vertical bars. For every variable, the units of measurement should be clearly identified.
Authors who have video and/or audio clips that they wish to submit with their article are strongly encourÂ¬aged to include these within the body of the article. This can be done in the same way as a figure or table by referring to the multi-media content and noting in the body text where it should be placed with its associated caption.
Please note: Since video and audio cannot be embedded in the print version of the journal, the author should provide text for both the electronic and the print version for the portions of the article that refer to the multimedia content.
All submitted files should be properly labeled so that they directly relate to the fileâs content. This will ensure that the files are fully searchable by users.
Supplying thumbnail images
For videos, authors should choose a relevant frame still (thumbnail) from the actual video clip that they feel is representative of the content of the video. This will be used as an image that ScienceDirect users can click on to start playback of the video. This should be done at the time of the initial submission of the file to ensure a smooth workflow through producÂ¬tion. The still image should have the same pixel dimensions as the source video file.
Changes in 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.
Colour ReproductionThe Journal of Psychiatric Research is now also included in a new initiative from Elsevier: 'Colourful e-Products'. Through this initiative, figures that appear in black & white in print can appear in colour, online, in ScienceDirect at http://www.sciencedirect.com. There is no extra charge for authors who participate.
For colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article. Please indicate your preference for colour in print or on the Web only. Because of technical complications which can arise by converting colour figures to "grey scale" (for the printed version should you not opt for colour in print) please submit in addition usable black and white versions of all the colour illustrations. For further information on the preparation of electronic artwork, please see http://www.elsevier.com/author-schemas/artwork-and-media-instructionsCopyright Transfer
Upon acceptance of an article, you will be asked to transfer copyright (for more information on copyright see http://authors.elsevier.com/journal/jpsychires. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included in the submission, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases: contact Elsevier's Rights Department, Philadelphia, PA, USA: phone (+1) 215 238 7869, fax (+1) 215 238 2239, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Requests for materials from other Elsevier publications may also be completed on-line via the Elsevier homepage http://www.elsevier.com/locate/permissions
Digital Object IdentifierThe Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The DOI will never change. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly Articles in Press because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information. The DOI can also be used to create an URL hyperlink to supplementary material associated to an article.
When you use the DOI to create URL hyperlinks to documents on the web, they are guaranteed never to change.Complete the following steps to resolve a DOI:
Open the following DOI site with your browser: http://dx.doi.orgThe DOI scheme is administered by the International DOI Foundation. Many of the world's leading learned publishers have come together to build a DOI-based article linking scheme known as CrossRef
. Enter the entire DOI citation in the text box provided, and then click Go
. The article or supplementary material that matches the DOI citation appears in your browser window.
English-Language SupportElsevier Language Editing Services offer English language editing for researchers preparing articles for publication. Features of this service include:
-Native English speakers from top universitiesFurther information on this service can be found at: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authorsview.authors/languagepolishing
-Expert input from Ph.D.s or Ph.D candidates matched to your field of study
-Manuscript edited to correct scientific English (US or UK)
-Self-service website with easy article upload and retrieval
-Pricing starting from USD 225 / Euro 160 / Yen 23375
OffprintsThe corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail. The PDF file is a watermarked version of the published article and includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use.
ProofsOne set of proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. A form with queries from the copyeditor may accompany your proofs. Please answer all queries and make any corrections within two days of receipt. No alteration of the substance of the text, tables or figures will be allowed at this stage. Should there be no corrections, please confirm this.
Elsevier will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurate as possible. In order to do this we need your help. When you receive the (PDF) proof of your article for correction it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Subsequent corrections will not be possible, so please ensure your first sending is complete.Tracking Accepted Manuscripts
Submitted manuscriptsAccepted manuscripts
Once a manuscript has successfully been submitted via the online submission system, corresponding authors may track the status of their manuscript using the online submission system (details will be provided by e-mail). If a manuscript is accepted by the Journal, subsequent tracking facilities are available on Elsevier's Author Gateway using the unique reference number provided by Elsevier and corresponding author name (details will be provided by e-mail). See Tracking Accepted Manuscript section for additional information
After acceptance of your article by the journal, and following receipt of the files at Elsevier, authors can keep track of the progress of their accepted article, and set up e-mail alerts informing them of changes in their manuscript's status using the 'Track Your Paper' feature of Elsevier's Author Gateway (http://authors.elsevier.com/journal/jpsychires). You will receive a unique reference code together with the acknowledgement e-mail from Elsevier sent upon receipt of your manuscript files in the Elsevier production system.