Guide for Authors
Rapid publication is a priority; hence, authors are requested to pay close attention to the following instructions for the submission of manuscripts to the journal Psychiatry Research.
Preparation of manuscripts
Title page. The Title page should include the author byline, with names of authors on the same line(s). Superscript letters (a, b, c), not numerals, should be used to key institutional affiliation (if all authors are in the same department, the superscript letter should be omitted); an asterisk should be entered to designate the corresponding author. Underneath the byline, institutional affiliations should be listed (department, institution, city, state or province (if applicable) and country. Funding information should not be included on the title page but should instead be given following the Discussion section.In an asterisked Corresponding Author footnote at the bottom of the title page, telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided; e-mail addresses, if desired, may also be provided for the co-authors (or co-corresponding author, if applicable).
Abstract. The Abstract should be 150-200 words for full-length articles and 75 words for brief reports, summarizing the aims of the study, the methods used, the results and the major conclusions. Do not include a summary at the end of the article. Note that Psychiatry Research does not use the structured abstract style; do not include bold-faced headings within the abstract. The Abstract should be a single paragraph. Do not include detailed statistics or p-values in the abstract; simply say “significant “or “non-significant.”The Abstract should be followed by up to seven Key Words, which accord with the indexing
The abstract should be followed by up to seven key words should be listed which accord with the indexing conventions of Index Medicus. Note that the keywords should not duplicate words used in the title of the article, which will be automatically indexed.Text. Although exceptions will be considered, manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words, and shorter manuscripts (e.g., 3000 words) are preferred. Each article should contain the following major headings: Introduction (preceded by arabic number 1.), Methods (preceded by number 2.), Results (preceded by number 3.), Discussion (preceded by number 4.), Acknowledgment (optional section following the discussion, which should not be preceded by a numeral), and References (should not be preceded by a numeral).
Subheadings should follow the numbering system used in the major heading; for example, the subheading "Subjects" within the Methods section should be flush left on a separate line and designated 2.1., the subheading "Procedures" should be designated 2.2., etc.Lower level headings, if required, should also be numbered (e.g., "2.1.1. Patients." as a lower order heading under "2.1. Subjects."). Only the first letter of the first word of each heading should be capitalized.
The use of abbreviations within the text should be minimized, and each abbreviation, when introduced, must be defined and used onsistently thereafter. Systeme International measurements should be used. For products or instruments (do not abbreviate) used in the research reported, provide the name, city and country of the supplier in parentheses. All tables and figures must be referred to in the text.Manuscript categories
Articles. Although exceptions will be considered, manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words, and shorter manuscripts (e.g., 3000 words) are preferred. Each article should contain the following major headings: Introduction (preceded by arabic number 1.), Methods (preceded by number 2.), Results (preceded by number 3.), Discussion (preceded by number 4.), Acknowledgment (optional section following the discussion, which should not be preceded by a numeral), and References (should not be preceded by a numeral). Subheadings should follow the numbering system used in the major heading; for example, the subheading "Subjects" within the Methods section should be flush left on a separate line and designated 2.1., the subheading "Procedures" should be designated 2.2., etc. Lower level headings, if required, should also be numbered (e.g., "2.1.1. Patients." as a lower order heading under "2.1.Subjects."). Only the first letter of the first word of each heading should be capitalized.
Brief reports. Brief reports should not exceed 1500 words, including a 75-word abstract, 3 keywords, text, and references plus 1 table or 1 figure.Case reports. Case reports will only be considered as Letters to the Editor (see following instructions ).
Letters to the Editor. Letters to the Editor should be 750-1000 words or less. The Letter should not include a title page, abstract or key words. Authors' names and affiliations should be listed at the end of the Letter, along with the corresponding author's email address. There should be no more than 5 references, and no tables or figures.Introduction. The introduction should be brief and explain the purpose of the study; an extensive review of the literature should be avoided, but directly relevant articles by other investigators, as well as by the authors themselves, must be cited. If the manuscript includes subjects who have been included in previous reports, references should be provided and the number of subjects whose data have been included elsewhere should be specified.
Methods. The Methods should contain sufficient detail to enable others to repeat the procedures without studying the references directly.Results. The Results should summarize the most important data, and statistical correlations should be included. Tabular data should not be duplicated in the text; important points and trends should be pointed out. The final sentence should emphasize the importance attached to the observations.
Discussion. The discussion should relate directly to the study being reported and give perspective to the adequacy of the materials and methods for the purpose of the study. Results should be interpreted to lend meaning to the observations. Any discrepancies with previously published results should be explained. The paper should conclude with a brief statement regarding the significance of the study.Acknowledgement. The Acknowledgement section is an optional section and should also be used for grant-support information.
Contributors. The individual contributions of each author should be briefly summarized.Abbreviations. Define abbreviations at their first occurrence in the article. Abbreviations should be defined when they first occur in the abstract, in the text, and also in tables and figure legends. Once an abbreviation has been introduced in the main body of the text, it should be used throughout.
Conflict of interest. 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 beginning the work submitted that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest that 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.
Statistical reporting. Statistical reporting should be complete, including at a minimum name of statistical test, test value, degrees of freedom where appropriate, and p-value. Italic font should be used for n (sample size) and statistical terms, e.g., t, r, F, U, p.Submission of manuscripts
Psychiatry Research proceeds totally online via an electronic submission system. In case you do not have an Internet connection, please contact the Managing Editor for alternative instructions. By accessing the online submission at http://ees.elsevier.com/psy you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of the various files. Authors will be requested to direct the manuscripts to the most appropriate Section/Category of research to assist in editor assignment.
NOTE TO AUTHORS: Psychiatry Research has a separate section to which neuroimaging-related articles should be submitted. All articles about MRI, PET, fMRI, SPECT, MEG and topographic EEG should be submitted to the Neuroimaging Section: http://ees.elsevier.com/psyn
Authors may email queries concerning the submission process or journal procedures to the Managing Editor of Psychiatry Research: Sherry Buchsbaum (email@example.com).
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If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html; EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/legislation_en.htm; Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals http://www.icmje.org. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
Conflict of interestSubmission declaration
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. See also http://www.elsevier.com/conflictsofinterest. Further information and an example of a Conflict of Interest form can be found at: http://help.elsevier.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/286/p/7923.
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Changes to authorshipCopyright
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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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Language (usage and editing services)Submission
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Please submit your article via http://ees.elsevier.com/psy.
Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of three potential referees. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.
Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of five potential referees. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.
Editorial PolicyManuscripts that are not published and that are not resubmitted in revised form will be destroyed within 1 year of the date of submission. Use of word processing software
Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two referees. Should a revised manuscript be required by the editors, the authors are requested to resubmit their revised manuscript to the journal within 6 months time. Studies on humans submitted to the journal must comply with the principles laid down in the Declaration of Helsinki (Br Med J 1964; 2: 177-178). The editors retain the right to reject papers on the grounds that, in their opinion, the ethical justification is questionable. Manuscripts may be edited to improve clarity and expression.
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To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor. Subdivision - numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.
Essential title page informationAbstract
• Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
• Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
• Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
• Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
A Graphical abstract is optional and should summarize the contents of the article in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership online. Authors must provide images that clearly represent the work described in the article. Graphical abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the online submission system. Image size: Please provide an image with a minimum of 531 × 1328 pixels (h × w) or proportionally more. The image should be readable at a size of 5 × 13 cm using a regular screen resolution of 96 dpi. Preferred file types: TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files. See http://www.elsevier.com/graphicalabstracts for examples.
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Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.
In the abstract, define all abbreviations so that electronic searches for commonly used abbreviations or the full name can be successful. Avoid abbreviations unique to the current article so as to widen the circle of readers. We recognize that many abbreviations or acronyms may be more familiar to the reader than the full name. However abbreviations and acronyms used by relatively few other published reports or abbreviations with several alternatate meanings in data base searches should always be spelled out throughout the report.
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).
Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Many wordprocessors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.
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Electronic artworkColor artwork
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Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.
Reference styleProvide the last names and first initials of all authors (do not use et al. in the reference list). Journal titles should not be abbreviated; provide the journal's full name. Do not italicize journal or book titles. Be sure that all references are complete: Journal articles should include authors, year of publication, article title, full journal name, volume number, and beginning and concluding page numbers. Book chapters should include authors, year of publication, chapter title, name(s) of volume editor(s), volume title, volume number (if any), name of publisher, city of publication, and page numbers. Books should include author(s) or editor(s), year of publication, book title, publisher, and city of publication. Include only references that have been cited in the text. Provide the names of all authors; do not use “et al.” in the reference list.
Literature citations. References in the text to literature cited should be given by the surname of the author(s), followed by the year of publication in parentheses, e.g., Smith and Smith (2011) or (Allen et al., 2006; Smith, 2008a, 2008; Jones and Jones, 2013). For three or more authors, the surname ofthe first author followed by et al. should be used. For citations to articles with two authors, use “and” instead of ampersand (Jones and Smith, 2010). References should be arranged in alphabetical order by first author and should not be numbered. For single-authored articles, if more than one article by the same author is included, list each reference in chronological order. If both articles were published in the same year, alphabetize by the first major word of the article title and designate the first listed article as "a," the second as "b," etc. For multi-authored articles, list in alphabetical order by (1) last name of first author, (2) last name of second author, etc. If the names of all authors are identical, list in chronological order. If both authors' names and year of publication are the same, alphabetize by the first major word of the article title.
Examples of typical types of references follow. In addition to the particular reference styles, the examples illustrate the order in which references should be listed and give examples of "a" and "b" designations.Bernstein, T.M., 1985. The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage. Atheneum, New York.
Buchsbaum, M.S., 1990. Frontal lobes, basal ganglia, temporal lobes--three sites for schizophrenia? Schizophrenia Bulletin 16, 377-378.
Buchsbaum, M.S., Holcomb, H.H., DeLisi, L.E., Hazlett, E., 1986. Brain imaging in affective disorders. In: Rush, A.J., Altshuler, K.Z. (Eds.), Depression: Basic Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatment. The Guilford Press, New York, pp. 126-142.
Issa, F., Gerhardt, G.A., Bartko, J.J., Suddath, R.L., Lynch, M. Gamache, P.H., Freedman, R., Wyatt, R.J., Kirch, D.G., 1994a. A multidimensional approach to analysis of cerebrospinal fluid biogenic amines in schizophrenia: I. Comparisons with healthy control subjects and neuroleptic-treated/unmedicated pairs analyses. Psychiatry Research 52, 237-249.
Issa, F., Kirch, D.G., Gerhardt, G.A., Bartko, J.J., Suddath, R.L., Freedman, R., Wyatt, R.J., 1994b. A multidimensional approach to analysis of cerebrospinal fluid biogenic amines in schizophrenia: II. Correlations with psychopathology. Psychiatry Research 52, 251-258.
Strunk, W., White, E.B., 1979. The Elements of Style, 3rd ed. MacMillan, New York.
The correctness of the reference list is the entire responsibility of the author! Please check it carefully and remember to recheck when your article has been revised. Unpublished results should not be included in the reference list but, rather, should be quoted in the text (Smith and co-workers, unpublished results).Reference links
Increased discoverability of research and high quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as Scopus, CrossRef and PubMed, please ensure that data provided in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors. Use of the DOI is encouraged.
Web referencesVideo data
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