Manuscripts are accepted for consideration by Academic Psychiatry with the understanding that they represent original material, have not been published previously, are not being considered for publication elsewhere, and have been approved by each author. Authors submitting manuscripts containing data or clinical observations already used in published papers or used in papers that are in press, submitted for publication, or expected to be submitted shortly should provide information on those papers to the editor.
Academic Psychiatry requires a written transfer of copyright to protect the author(s) and the publisher from misuse of copyrighted material. A copyright transfer form is supplied to authors before publication. Work done by a federal employee is in the public domain and not subject to copyright.
Authors must obtain written permission from publishers for use of extensive text quotations (more than 500 words). Academic Psychiatry does not ordinarily publish previously published tables of figures.
By submitting a manuscript to Academic Psychiatry, all persons named as authors warrant that they have reviewed and approved the manuscript prior to submission, and that they accept responsibility for the information contained in the submission. Individuals who were not principal researchers or writers should not be li9sted as authors, but their ancillary role should be mentioned in an acknowledgment footnote. By submitting original research, the authors warrant that the original research data are available for review upon a formal request from the editor.
All forms of support, including pharmaceutical industry support, must be acknowledged in the author's footnote (see "Acknowledgments" under the Title Page section). Also, authors must disclose in their cover letter any commercial or financial involvements that might present an appearance of a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, including (but not limited to) institutional or corporate affiliations not already specified in the author's footnote, paid consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interests, and patent ownership. This information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with reviewers. Such involvement will not be grounds for automatic rejection of the manuscript. Should the article be accepted for publication, the editor and the authors will consult about whether, and to what extent, this information should be included in the published article.
Ethical as well as legal considerations require careful attention to the protection of a patient's anonymity in case reports and elsewhere. Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, and dates must be avoided. In addition, authors should disguise identifying information about the characteristics and personal history of patients.
Manuscripts that report the results of experimental investigation with human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure(s) had been fully explained. In the case of children, authors are asked to include information about whether assent was also obtained form the child's legal guardian.
All submissions are reviewed by at least two experts to determine the originality, validity, and importance to the field of their content and conclusions. Reviewers of manuscripts will be blind to the authors' identity and authors will be sent reviewer comments that are judged to be useful to them. Academic Psychiatry has initiated a rapid review procedure, and authors can expect to receive notification of the editor's decision to accept, revise, or reject their submission within three months of the receipt of their manuscript by the journal office. To foster rapid publication, the authors are expected to complete any required revisions within an additional two-month period.
The original and three copies should be submitted to Samuel J. Keith, M.D., Editor, Academic Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Press, Inc., 1400 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005. All correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise specified. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating that the paper is intended for publication and specifying for which section of the journal it is being submitted (Regular or Special Article, New Ideas, Commentary, Letter to the Editor); submissions will not be reviewed until such a statement is received.
Authors will be notified of the receipt of their paper and the number assigned to it. This number must be included in all further correspondence. Corresponding authors are urged to notify the journal of changes of address.
Submissions for this section may be either reports of empirical research or critical analyses of important topics in psychiatric education or academic psychiatry. Original Articles may be one of three types: Special Articles, Regular Articles, and Brief Reports.
Regular Research Articles contain no more than 3,750 words (no more than 15 double-spaced pages), including references, tables, figures, and an abstract of no more than 100 words, and no more than 100 references.
This section includes descriptions of innovative programs, curriculums, teaching strategies, techniques, and technologies worthy of broad dissemination to the field. Generally the programs described should have already been implemented and some form of evaluation should be reported. Submissions for the New Ideas section are limited to 3,750 words (no more than 15 double-spaced pages).
These should be tightly reasoned opinion pieces that address an important issue in psychiatric education or academic psychiatry. They should not exceed 3,750 words (no more than 15 double-spaced pages).
Brief letters (maximum of 500 words and five references) will be considered if they include the notation "For Publication." The number of words should appear in the upper right corner of the submitted letter. Letters that comment on an article published in Academic Psychiatry will automatically be sent to the authors for reply. Because of space limitations, not all letters can be published. The journal will notify authors about the disposition of their letters but does not return those that are not published. A letter must be signed by all of its authors. All letters will be edited for length and clarity; edited letters will not be sent to authors for approval.
Letters must be typed double-spaced throughout on 8.5x11 inch paper. Letters that do not meet these specifications will be returned to the author for revision. Reprints of letters are not available.
All parts of the manuscript, including case reports, quotations, references, and tables, must be double-spaced throughout. Manuscripts must be typed upper and lower-case on one side only on 8.5x11 inch nonerasable bond paper. All four margins must be at least on inch wide. The manuscript should be arranged in the following order, with each item beginning a new pages: 1) title page, 2) abstract, 3) text, 4) references, and 5) tables and/or figures. All pages must be numbered. The original typescript and three copies must be submitted.
The number of words, tables, and figures in the submitted manuscript and the telephone number of the corresponding author should be typed in the upper right corner of the title page. At least three key words that describe the content of the submission should be typed in the lower right corner of the page.
TITLE. The title should be informative and brief as possible. Avoid two-part titles.
BYLINE. Authors listed in the by-line should be limited to principal researchers and/or writers; collaborators may be acknowledged in a footnote. Authors' first names are preferred to initials. Degrees should be included after each author's name.
PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. If the paper has been presented at a meeting, include the name of the meeting, the place, and the inclusive dates.
LOCATION OF WORK AND ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS. Provide the department, institution, city, and state where the work was done. Include a full address for the author who is designated to receive reprint requests.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. Grant support should be acknowledged in a separate paragraph and should include the full name of the granting agency and grant number. Acknowledgment of individuals may be no more than four typed lines. Pharmaceutical company or other industry support of any kind must be acknowledged.
All submissions, except letters, require an abstract. The abstract is a single paragraph of no more than 100-150 words. Authors should use the active voice and third person.
Use the active voice and first person; headings and subheadings should be inserted at reasonable intervals. Footnotes to text may not be used, and summaries are usually unnecessary.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICS. Include the following information about research design: 1) a clearly stated hypothesis, 2) the names of the statistical tests used, 3) whether testes were one- or two-tailed, and 4) the names of the test used for each set of data. Reporting standard deviations is required. Statistical tests that are not commonly utilized should be referenced. All significant and important insignificant results must include the test value, degree(s) of freedom, and probability. For example, "The analysis of variance indicated that those who abstained from coffee had significantly higher course grades than those who did not abstain (F=4.32, df=3, 17, P(0.05)." REVIEWERS WILL EVALUATE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE ANALYSES.
ABBREVIATIONS. Spell out all abbreviations (other than those for units of measure) the first time they are used. Idiosyncratic abbreviations should not be used.
DRUGS. Generic rather than trade names of drugs should be used. Trade or manufacturers' names are used only if the drug or equipment is experimental, unavailable in this country, or if such information is crucial to the evaluation of the results or replication of the study.
Academic Psychiatry does not ordinarily publish tables or figures that have appeared in other English-language publications. Tables and figures that duplicate 1) material contained in text 0r 2) each other will not be used. Authors will be asked to delete tables and figures that contain data that could be reported succinctly in text. Each table and figure should be understandable without reference to the text; a descriptive, concise title should be included and units of measure should be specified. Consult recent issues of the journal for format. A legible copy of each table and figure must be included with each copy of the manuscript.
TABLES. Tables normally are reserved for presentation of numerical data and should be used rarely as lists or charts. Values expressed in the same unit of measurement should read down, not across; when percentages are given, the appropriate numbers must also be given. Tables should be double-spaced, no wider than 120 typewriter characters (10 inches), including spaces, and contain no more than 70 lines.
FIGURES. Figures express trends or relationships between data. Figures that contain numerical data that could be expressed more succinctly or clearly in tabular form should be converted to tables. Figures must be submitted as professionally drawn, glossy, camera-ready prints, and the author's name and the title of the submitted paper should be written on a label affixed to the back of the figure. Figures must remain readable after reduction to about 3.5 inches.
Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that the editor and the editorial staff have the right to make revisions aimed at greater conciseness, clarity, and conformity with journal style.
Accepted manuscripts will be edited and a proof will be sent to the first-named (or corresponding) author for corrections and answers to editorial queries. Authors who will be away from their offices for a long period, or who change address after notification of acceptance, should inform the journal staff.
At manuscript acceptance, authors will be asked to submit a copy of the manuscript on computer diskette. Doublecheck to be sure it is the last revised version of the paper accepted. Please label the diskette with the first author's (or corresponding author's ) last name, manuscript number, and whether the diskette is IBM-compatible or a Macintosh diskette, and the name of the wordprocessing software used (e.g., WordPerfect, Microsoft Word). Files prepared in an ASCII format are preferable.
Written permission to reprint material published in Academic Psychiatry must be secured from the Managing Editor, Journals Division, American Psychiatric Press, Inc., 1400 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005. All requests must be made in writing. Requests will be facilitated if accompanied by written permission from the author of the material.
No offprints or reprints are furnished gratis. An order form for offprints (printed at the same time as the issue) will be sent to the corresponding author before publication of the paper. The printer usually mails offprints approximately six weeks after the article has been published. Reprints (printed after the issue) are available to the author, although at a higher cost.
References are numbered and listed by their order of appearance in text; the text citation is followed by the appropriate reference number in curly brackets.
.References should be restricted to pertinent material. Accuracy of citation is the author's responsibility. References should conform exactly to the original spelling, accents, punctuation, etc. Authors should be sure that all references listed have been cited in the text.Personal communications, unpublished manuscripts, manuscripts submitted by not yet accepted, and similar unpublished items should not appear in the reference list. Such citations may be noted in the text. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to refer to another individual's unpublished observations. Manuscripts that are actually accepted for publication may be cited as "in press" in the reference list; the name of the journal or book publisher must be included.Type references double-spaced throughout. List up to three authors, designate one or more authors past the third as "et al." Journal names should be abbreviated as they appear in Index Medicus; journals not currently indexed there should not be abbreviated and their titles should be spelled out completely. See recent issues of APPI-owned or APPI-managed journals for reference housestyle. APPI's housestyle for references in journal articles vs. books is slightly different.