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Author instructions for manuscript preparation
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Current Psychiatry is a peer-reviewed journal for 40,000 U.S. psychiatrists in community and hospital practice, psychiatry residents, and advance-practice psychiatric nurses with prescribing authority. Our mission is to provide these readers with up-to-date, evidence-based, practical advice by leading authorities, emphasizing solutions to common clinical problems.
We publish review-style manuscripts that provide diagnostic and treatment information that our readers can use in their practices today. Topics are pretested for reader interest and clinical relevance. If you were invited to write, your topic scored of high reader interest and our Associate Editors recommended you as the author because of your expertise.
You may collaborate with one or two co-authors (including psychiatry residents), but all bylined authors must have an MD, DO, PhD, or PharmD degree. List other contributors (medical students, research assistants) in an acknowledgment (see below). One or more bylined authors must be at least an assistant professor.
Current Psychiatrydoes not accept articles written by, funded by, or prepared with assistance from commercial third-party interests, such as medical education companies, pharmaceutical companies, or corporate-supported advocacy organizations. Commercial entities that support such content should contact Publisher Sharon Spector (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore supplement opportunities with the journal. Questions about this policy should be directed to Editor Jeff Bauer at email@example.com.
All manuscripts are peer-reviewed for scientific integrity and clinical revelance by Current Psychiatry's editorial board, invited expert reviewers, and readers. Accepted manuscripts are edited for clarity and style by the journal’s professional staff and sent to authors for revisions/approval before publication.
Articles published in Current Psychiatry also are posted in full text on the journal’s Web site. We encourage you to submit supplemental material—tables, charts, sidebars, or audio or video files—to be archived with your article as “Web-exclusive” content.
Questions? Contact Editor Jeff Bauer at 973-206-8016 or firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Editor Erica Vonderheid at 973-206-8964 or email@example.com.
• Cover page
• Tables, figures, charts, and other illustrations
• Bottom Line
• Related resources
• Drug brand names
• Disclosure statements/acknowledgments
Manuscript title: Write a title for your manuscript that offers a benefit or poses a challenge to the reader. Example: “How to predict response to maintenance therapy in bipolar disorder,”
Deck: Summarize the article’s main message in one or two sentences. Taken together, the title and deck should compel your colleagues to read on.
Author credentials: State academic appointment(s) below each person’s byline. For example:
Judith L. Jones, MD, PhD
Associate professor, department of psychiatry
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Contact information: Provide the contact author’s mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address.
2 to 3 paragraphs telling readers what they will learn from reading your article that will help them in their clinical practice.
No more than 2,000 words (excluding references, tables, charts, figures, Related resources, drug brand names list, disclosure statements/acknowledgments)
Current Psychiatry is intended to be scholarly but different from journals that publish original research. We encourage authors to “talk” with readers as if consulting with a colleague. Acceptable papers combine 1) evidence from clinical trials with 2) recommendations from authors’ clinical experience.
Mention historical information and epidemiologic data sparingly, if at all. Include diagnostic tips, treatment recommendations, and case reports to make articles interesting, clinically useful, and readable. If you include case reports, omit or modify names and personal details that could identify case patients and may violate privacy laws.
TABLES, FIGURES, CHARTS, AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS
Prepare 3 to 5 tables, sidebars, or charts. Consider one or more medication tables (with dosages), case vignettes, trends in treatment, or diagnostic criteria. A table or chart can make your manuscript more concise by organizing complex or voluminous clinical or statistical information into a single, self-contained graphic.
Consider including an algorithm or flowchart that illustrates the evidence-based approach to diagnosis or treatment that you describe in the article. Also, we encourage you to submit additional tables, sidebars, charts, or other information to be posted with your review article online at www.currentpsychiatry.com as “Web-exclusive” content.
Do not list references in alphabetical order, but number them (1, 2, 3...) as cited in the text. List up to 4 author names per article; for 5 or more, list the first 3 names, followed by et al. Use Index Medicus abbreviations for journal titles.
Journal citations: Author(s). Article title. Journal Name (abbrev) Year of publication;volume(number):inclusive pages.
Example: Smith R, Jones T, Roberts W. Managing the bipolar patient. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2001;25(4):230-42.
Book chapters: Chapter author(s). Chapter title. In: Book editor(s). Book title. City of publication: publisher; year: page numbers.
Example: Smith R, Jones T, Roberts W. Managing the bipolar patient. In: Barber Z, Peterson R (eds). General psychiatry, 2nd ed. New York: Prentice Hall; 2001:45-68.
Summarize in up to 35 words the article’s take-home points, emphasizing their value in everyday psychiatric practice.
Suggest 2 to 3 additional resources on your topic (books, articles, pamphlets, bulletins, consumer health/support groups, government agencies). Include at least one Web site.
DRUG BRAND NAMES
List all pharmaceutical agents mentioned in your article, providing generic and brand names in alphabetical order.
Citalopram • Celexa
Gabapentin • Neurontin
Paroxetine • Paxil
Sertraline • Zoloft
Each author must submit a signed financial disclosure form (provided with these instructions). Include Social Security number and mailing address. The contact author should indicate to whom the honorarium is to be paid.
Acknowledgments are optional and may include a collaborator you wish to mention (such as a medical student or assistant) or a grant that may have helped fund the time you spent preparing your article.
COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS
If your article is accepted, you must assign the copyright to Current Psychiatry before the article can be published. We will provide you with this form when we send you the edited article for your revisions/approval.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder to republish tables, charts, or other materials that have been published previously. Before you agree to pay any permission fee, send photocopies of the materials to Jeff Bauer for review. The editors have final say in selecting graphic materials, based on fees, available editorial space, and relevance to the manuscript.
Submit your manuscript via Manuscript Central, our online manuscript submission and review system, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/currentpsych. If you accept our invitation to write this manuscript, instructions for using Manuscript Central will be e-mailed to you. Send the completed financial disclosure form(s) to Jeff Bauer via e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax (973) 206-9251.
Thank you for preparing your article for the readers of