Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

“Psychiatry” hereinafter also referred to as ‘the Journal’ is a peer-reviewed scientific and educational journal. The Journal publishes review articles, original clinical and experimental investigations in the field of psychiatry, papers based on clinical experience and reflections on clinical experiences, case reports, letters to the Editor, book reviews and editorial comments. The editors endorse the principles embodied in the Helsinki Declaration and expect all research involving humans to be conducted in accordance with these principles. For animal experimentation reported in the Journal, it is expected that investigators will have observed the Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research,

Testing and Education issued by the New York Academy of Sciences’ Adhoc Committee on Animal Research. Adherence to these principles should be indicated in the text of manuscript. All human and animal research must gain acceptance of the local ethical committee, what should also be indicated in the manuscript.

The review process

Manuscripts submitted for publication in «Psychiatry» are evaluated as to whether they have practical and educational value for clinicians working within different areas of psychiatry, are based on clinical experience (Experience Based Medicine, ExBM), provide in-depth reflection, discuss treatment individualization, present new insights into the announced topic and are likely to contribute to progress in research. Received manuscripts are initially examined by the editors. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected immediately. Incomplete submissions or manuscripts not prepared in the required style (see below) are sent back to the Authors for necessary corrections and/or supplementation. If manuscript is accepted for review, the Authors will be notified in a letter giving the reference number for further correspondence with the Editorial Office. The registered manuscripts are sent to outside reviewers. We encourage Authors to suggest the names of possible reviewers, but we reserve the right of final selection. Submitted papers are accepted for publication after a positive opinion has been returned by the independent reviewers.

Conflicts of interest

Authors of research articles should disclose at the time of submission any financial arrangement they may have with a company whose product figures prominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision, but if the article is accepted for publication, the Editors will usually discuss with the

Authors the manner in which such information is to be communicated to the reader. The Journal policy requires that reviewers, associate editors, editors, and senior editors reveal in a letter to the Editor-in-Chief any relationships that they have that could be construed as causing a conflict of interest with regard to manuscript under review. The letter should include a statement of any financial relationships with commercial companies involved with a product under study. To the text of manuscript Authors should add a statement confirming lack of conflict of interests and that informed consent was obtained from all persons included in the investigations.

Legal relations between the Publisher and the Author(s) are in accordance with Polish law and with international conventions binding on Poland. Any potential conflict of interest will be dealt with by the local court specific to the Publisher.

Permissions

Materials previously published should be accompanied by written consent for reprinting both from the relevant Publishers and the original Authors. If it is possible to identify a patient from a case report, illustration or paper, etc. his/her written consent should be provided prior to publication.

Copyright transfer

In sending the manuscript the Author(s) confirm(s) that (s) he has they have) not previously submitted it to another journal (expect for abstracts of no more than 400 words) or published it elsewhere. The Author(s) also agree(s), if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, to automatic and free transfer of copyright to the Publisher allowing for publication and distribution of the material submitted in all available forms and fields of exploitation (in accord with article 50 of the copyright act and related rights, including multimedia and distribution through teleinformatic networks). The Author(s) accepts that the

manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the copyright holder, i.e. the Publisher.

Disclaimer

Every effort is made by the Publisher and Editorial Board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement appear in “Psychiatry”. However, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the responsibility of the respective contributor, sponsor or advertiser. Accordingly, the Publisher and the Editorial Board accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate of misleading data, opinion or statement. Every effort is made to ensure that drug doses and other quantities are presented accurately. Nevertheless, readers are advised that methods and techniques involving drug usage and other treatments described in the Journal, should only be followed in conjunction with the drug or treatment manufacturer’s own documentation as published in the country of the reader.

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

These guidelines are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. (The complete document appears in N. Engl. J. Med. 1997; 336: 305–315).

Submitted manuscripts should have the following structure:

Original works

Title page. The title page should carry the full title of the paper and a short title, consisting of not more than 40 characters including spaces, to be used as a running head (and which should be so identified). The first name, middle initial and last name of each Author should appear. If the work is to be attributed to a department or institution, its full name should be included. The name, address and telephone/fax number of the Author responsible for correspondence concerning the manuscript should appear on the title page. The title page should include the affiliations of the Authors and the sources of any support for the work in the form of grants, equipment or drugs.

Abstracts. Provide on a separate page an abstract of not more than 250 words. Articles containing original data should include a structured abstract with the following four paragraphs, labeled: Background, Material and methodss, Results, and Conclusions. The abstract should be followed by a list of 3–10 keywords or short phrases.

When possible, the terms used should be from the Medical Subject Headings list of the Index Medicus.

Text. Full papers of an experimental or observational nature may be usefully divided into sections headed: Introduction, Material and methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion. Review articles

Title page. Similarly as original works. Abstracts are required.

Text. Review articles should have the following structure: Background (defining aim of review and clinical problem), Material and methods (criteria for literature selection), Results (presentation of qualitative and quantitative information from studies subjected to analysis), Discussion and Conclusions. Do not exceed the allowed space for a specific type of article: original article — 3000 words, review article — 6000 words, case report — 2000 words, letters — 1000 words (not including abstract, tables and references).

References. References must be triple-spaced and numbered consecutively as they are cited. The style of references is that of Index Medicus. Journals. List consecutive reference number, list all Authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first three, then ‘et al.’ list title, journal title (abreviated according to Index Medicus), year, volume (Arabic numerals), first and last page. Numbered references to personal communication, unpublished data, and manuscripts either ‘in preparation’ or ‘submitted for publication” are unacceptable. If essential, such material may be incorporated in the appropriate place in the text. The following is a sample reference:

Example

Eliasson M., Jansson J., Nilsson P., Asplund K. Increased levels of tissue plasminogen activator antigen in essential hypertension. A population-based study in Sweden. J. Hypertens. 1997; 15: 349–356.

Books. List consecutive reference number, last name and initial(s) of the author(s)/editor(s), title, the editor, place and year of publication. Reference to a specific chapter should include: last name and initials of its Author(s), chapter title, last name and initials of the book author(s)/editor(s), title, the editor, place and year of publication and pages.

Example (book reference with different author and editor) Rosen M.R. Principles of cardiac electrophysiology. In: Kelley W.N. (ed.) Internal Medicine. J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia 1992; 90–95. (book reference with identical author and editor) Braunwald E. Heart Disease. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia 1992; 393–418.

Tables and illustrations. Written permission from publishers for any figure previously published must be submitted with the initial manuscript.

SENDING THE MANUSCRIPT TO THE JOURNAL

All manuscripts submitted should be accompanied by a covering letter. The covering letter formula can be found at: www.psychiatria.viamedica.pl

Authors, who have an access to Internet can send their work-files using standard E-Mail software. The E-mail software must have an option to send data files attached to the E-Mail message. In such case all parts of the work should be send as separate files: text file, picture file(s), table file(s), photo file(s) etc. To speed up the data transfer please compress the files if possible, using *.arj or *.zip formats before transmission. Complete packages of manuscripts are to be sent to the following address:

Starting from January 2015, the authors submitting ma­nuscripts to PiAP are kindly requested to use the electronic system (OJS, Open Journal System) available at the journal site: www.psychiatria.viamedica.pl

Address for correspondence:

Sławomir Murawiec

Centrum Terapii DIALOG

ul. Stryjeńskich 19 lok. 18U

02–791 Warszawa (Natolin, Kabaty)

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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Work has not been published or submitted elsewhere as defined earlier in this document;

  2. Manuscript has been approved by all co-Authors (if any), as well as by the responsible Authorities at the institution where the work has been carried out

  3. Author(s) agree(s) to the automatic and free copyright transfer to the Publisher, if and when the work is accepted for publication

  4. All sources of financial support have been fully disclosed

  5. Author(s) confirm(s) that (s)he is (they are) familiar with and will observe the Editorial Policy and Information for Authors included in “Psychiatry”

  6. Author(s) agree(s) to accept appropriate invoice from the Publisher in case color illustrations are implemented

Copyright Notice

Submitting the manuscript together with figures and tables, the Author (Authors) declares (declare) that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted to another journal for consideration (excluding abstracts not exceeding 400 words). Apart from that the Author (Authors) declares (declare) that transfers (transfer) automatically and free of charge to the Publisher the copyright for publishing and distributing the submitted materials in all existing forms and areas, provided that the materials will be accepted for publication. At the same time the Author (Authors) agrees (agree) that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere and in any other language without prior consent of the copyright holder, which is the Publisher.

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