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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The corresponding author agrees with the submission fees and will pay when required.

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be printed double spaced on one side only of A4 papers. The top, bottom and side margins should be 30 mm. Laser or near letter quality print is essential. 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. 

Papers should be divided into Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements (if any) and References. 

Review articles 
These are usually articles that bring together important information on a topic of general interest to psychiatry, neuroscience or clinical psychology. Systematic review articles follow the same format as original articles.All the systematic reviews should include an structured abstract follows the headings: 
Objective: principal aims of the review 
Method: sources of data; criteria for their selection 
Results: main findings 
Conclusions: principal conclusions, and clinical and research implications. 

Short communication 
Short communications should not exceed 2 to 3 printed pages, and follow the same format as original articles. 

Case reports or case material 
Case reports describe cases of interest to the clinician or the researcher. Where descriptions are included, 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 printed pages; Abstract follows the same format as original articles. The manuscript follows the headings: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, and References 

Maximum Lengths 
The maximum lengths of articles should in general, not exceed 3000 words (including abstract and references), although longer articles may be published at Editor’s discretion. 

Title page 
The title should be short, informative and should not exceed two lines. 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, plus facsimile and telephone numbers of the author to whom the correspondence about the manuscript, proofs and requests for off prints should be sent. 
In keeping with the latest guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, each author’s contribution to the paper is to be quantified. 

Structured Abstract and key words 
Articles must have an abstract that states in 250 words or less using the following heading: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusion. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Five key words, for the purposes of indexing, should be supplied below the abstract, in alphabetical order, and should be taken from those recommended by the US National Library of Medicine’s Medical 
Subject Headings (Mesh) browser list. 

Pejorative Language 
Do not use pejorative labels like "schizophrenics", "psychotics" and "neurotics". Instead refer to "patients with schizophrenia", etc. 
Abbreviations 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. 

These should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text, in accordance with the Vancouver System. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals (in parentheses). 
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. Karlsson JL. Partly dominant transmission of schizophrenia in Iceland. Br J Psychiatry 1988; 152: 324-329. (DO NOT INCLUDE ISSUE NUMBER.) 
2. Gao SR, McGarry M, Ferrier TL, Pallante B, Gasparrini B, Fletcher JR, et al. Effect of cell confluence on production of cloned mice using an inbred embryonic stem cell line. Biol Reprod 2003;68:595-603.(MORE THAN 6 AUTHORS) 

1. Brown AM, Stubbs DW, eds. Medical physiology. New York: Wiley; 1983. 
Chapter in book 
1. Blaxter PS, Farnsworth TP. Social health and class inequalities. In: Carter C, Peel JR, eds. Equalities and inequalities in health. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press; 1976. p. 165-78. 

Electronic material 
1. HeartCentreOnline [homepage on the Internet]. Boca Raton, FL: HeartCentreOnline, Inc.; c2000-2004 [updated 2004 May 23; cited 2004 Oct 15]. Available from: http://www.heartcenteronline.com/. 
2. Donaldson MS, editor. Measuring the quality of health care [monograph on the internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 1999 [cited 2004 Oct 8]. Available from: http://legacy.netlibrary.com/. 

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 sheet of A4 paper 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. Each figure should be labeled on the back in very soft marker or china graph pencil, indicating name of author(s), figure number and orientation. (Do not use an adhesive label.) Figures should be sized to fit within the column (69 mm), intermediate (100 mm) or the full text width (144 mm). Line figures should be supplied as sharp, black and white graphs or diagrams, drawn professionally or with 
A computer graphics package; lettering should be included. 
Photographs should be supplied as sharp, glossy, black and white photographic prints and must be unmounted. Individual photographs forming a composite figure should be of equal contrast, to facilitate printing, and should be accurately squared. If supplied electronically, graphics should be supplied as high resolution (at least 300 d.p.i.) files, saved as .eps or .tif format. A high-resolution print-out must also be provided. 

Figure legends 
Figure legends should be self-explanatory and typed on a separate sheet. 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. (Provide a letter stating copyright authorization if figures have been reproduced from another source.) 

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.

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