Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted online through as a word document. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page. 
• There should be no more than three levels of headings. 
• Do not indent the first sentence of paragraphs. 
• A single space only should be placed between a full stop and the beginning of the next sentence
in a paragraph. 
• Do not use enforced page breaks or any other enforced spacing apart from paragraph marks, and 
use only single paragraph marks between paragraphs. 
• All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject gave informed
consent and patient anonymity should be preserved. 

Some recommended settings for a report are as follows:

  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Font size: 12 points for titles and subtitles and 10 points for the text
  • Paragraph spacing: 12 pt
  • Line spacing: single
  • All margines 25.4 mm

The section headings that each manuscript should have and the information should be within each section are as follows:

Title. The title should be brief and relevant and contain the major keywords. A short running title (maximum 7 words) should also be provided.

Authorship. The full names of authors and affiliations, the full contact information, including postal address with zip code, phone number and as academic email address of the corresponding author should be sent.

Abstract. Provide a structured abstract, of no more than 300 words, that includes the following separate section:

  • objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

The abstracts of reviews must not be structured. Abstracts should not contain abbreviation of references.

Keywords: an alphabetical list of 5–7 keywords is to be submitted. They should be taken from those recommended by the US National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (Mesh) browser list.  Keywords should be separated with a semicolon [;].


Original articles

The word count should be less than 4000 words (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures, and legends). However, the editor will consider papers of exceptional merit up to 12,000 words. Main text should include the sections as below:

  • Should provide an adequate background, explanation of rationale and the objectives of the work
  • Should include the aims, design and setting of the study, the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the participants, interventions and outcomes. Moreover, the types of statistical analysis and ethical issues should be included.
  • What has been found in the study should be presented in this section. Do not interpret or mention the implication of the findings. Do not duplicate the data among figures, tables and text. Use the past tense to present the results.
  • You should interpret your results in this section, in order from the most to the least important. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the introduction or the results section. Authors should avoid statements that are beyond the aims and findings of their study.  Include in the discussion section how your findings could be applied, how they extend the results of the previous studies and also suggest the further research that need to be carried out.
  • Limitation: Must include a brief description of the study limitation and weaknesses.
  • The main conclusions of the study should be presented briefly in this secion.
  • Acknowledgements: This section enables authors to thank all those who have helped in carrying out the research. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.
  • Conflict of interest. Authors have to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. If there are no interests to declare then please state “none”.
    Reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses
    these are usually articles that bring together important information on a topic of general interest to psychiatry, neuroscience, Psychotherapy and clinical psychology. There is no word limit for the review articles. Systematic reviews are preferred; however, narrative reviews will be published if the editor considers them valuble.

    Short communication 
    Short communications should not exceed 3 to 4 pages, and follow the same format as original articles. They present original and significant material for rapid dissemination, usually the hot topic and topics that had discovered something never explored before in the literature.

Case reports
Case reports should have valuable clinical lessons and an important and novel learning outcome. Not all the cases of rare disorders those are descried in the literature and new to the authors worth reporting. Patient confidentiality must be strictly observed. Authors must confirm, in the accompanying letter to editor and in the article, that all identifying information has been removed/altered. 
Case reports must not exceed 2 pages; Abstract follows the same format as original articles. The manuscript follows the headings, introduction, case report, discussion, and references 

Title page 
The title page should contain: (i) The title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and their qualifications, (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address, and telephone numbers of the author to whom the correspondence about the manuscript, proofs should be sent. . 

Pejorative Language 
Do not use pejorative labels like "schizophrenics", "psychotics" and "neurotics". Instead refer to "clients or patients with schizophrenia", etc. 
Abbreviations should in general be avoided. However, phrases may be abbreviated if their shortened form is widely known and they are used repeatedly (e.g. CSF, DSM, ICD and SSRI). When first used in the text, they should be spelt out in full followed by the abbreviation in brackets. 

References should be provided in accordance with the Vancouver system. Authors are advised to use Reference Manager or Endnote to facilitate referencing citations. Include manuscripts accepted, but not published; designate the abbreviated title of the journal followed by (in press). Information from manuscripts not yet accepted should be cited in the text as personal communication. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification of that figure or table in the text. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on Index Medicus. 

Journal article 
1. Luby JL, Barch DM, Whalen D, Tillman R, Freedland KE. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Parent-Child Psychotherapy Targeting Emotion Development for Early Childhood Depression. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 20:appiajp201818030321.

1. Manji H, Connolly S, Kitchen N, Lambert C, Mehta A. Oxford Handbook of Neurology: OUP Oxford; 2014.. 
Chapter in book 
1. H. K, A. R. Case Management and Assertive Community Treatment. In: Thornicroft G, G. S, Mueser KT, editors. Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health. Oxford: OUP Oxford; 2011. p. 142-50.

Electronic material 
1. Department of Health. Characteristics of disabled people in employment: April to June 2017. Available from: [Accessed 10th November 2018].

  1. Goldacre B. Dore – the media’s miracle cure for dyslexia. Bad Science. Weblog. Available from: [Accessed 19th June 2015].

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each table should be presented on a separate page with a comprehensive but concise legend above the table. Tables should be double-spaced and vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations should be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. The table and its legend/ footnotes should be understandable without reference to the text. 

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text and must contain legend below. The legend should incorporate definitions of any symbols used and all abbreviations and units of measurement should be explained so that the figure and its legend are understandable without reference to the text Graphics should be supplied as high resolution (at least 300 d.p.i.) files, saved as.jpg or .tif format. Figures are published in color for free.Patient identity must be removed in all figures. Except for removing patient’s identity, the image files must not be manipulated in anyway.

If the figures are taken from other publications, the authors must provide a letter stating copyright authorization.

Proofs will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author directly from the publisher and they should be returned within 3 days of receipt. Alterations to the text and figures (other than the essential correction of errors) are unacceptable at proof stage and authors may be charged from their original manuscript.