Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors:

Neuropsychiatry (London) is one of the most-cited scientific journals, which provides authoritative, arresting, and insightful interpretation of the latest trends in Neuropsychiatry. This webpage describes our policies and supplies information that might prove helpful to you while you prepare manuscripts for submission.

Neuropsychiatry (London) welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet our criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately one month after acceptance.

Submission of an Article:

Neuropsychiatry (London) accepts scientific manuscripts in various formats such as research articles, reviews, abstracts, addendums, announcements, article-commentaries, book reviews, rapid communications, annual meeting abstracts, conference proceedings, calendars, case-reports, corrections, discussions, meeting-reports, news, obituaries, orations, product reviews, hypotheses and analyses. In addition to these formats, Neuropsychiatry (London) also publishes Editorials, Letters to the editor, or concise communications, aimed at synthesizing the latest developments in the field and putting forward novel hypotheses to provoke scientific debate among the readers.

In order to reduce delays, authors should adhere to the word limit and format of the Journal at every stage of manuscript processing right from submission to the revision stage(s). Submitted manuscripts should have a 300 word summary/abstract, separate from the main text. The summary should provide a brief account of the study by clearly delineating the objective, the methodology, and the major findings. The text may contain a few short sub-headings of no more than 40 characters each.

Manuscripts can be submitted as an e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at psychiatry@openaccessjournals.com (or) directly to Editorial Manager System: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openaccessjournals/default.aspx

Following which, a manuscript number will be emailed to the corresponding author within 72 hours.

If you want to track the status of a manuscript, kindly log in to our online Editorial Manager (EM) System. In case you run into any problems or have specific enquiries, you can e-mail us at: psychiatry@openaccessjournals.com

Article Preparation Guidelines:

Neuropsychiatry (London) only considers for publication, original research that has not been published previously. Submission to the journal is indicative of the same and that the submitted manuscript isn?t being considered for publication elsewhere.

During manuscript submission, authors are expected to declare that all the authors have seen and approved the manuscript. Submission also implies that the author(s) agree to abide by the publishing policies of the Neuropsychiatry (London), including the declaration of any conflict of interests at the time of submission. Authors are also required to clearly mention the financial support or benefits if any, from commercial sources for the work reported in the manuscript. Along with the submitted manuscript, authors are required to attach an electronic cover letter, mentioning the type of manuscript.

  • A clear title of the article along with complete details of the author(s) (professional/institutional affiliation, educational qualifications, and contact information) must be provided in the tile page.
  • The corresponding author is required to include address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address in the first page of the manuscript and authors.
  • The entire manuscript should have page numbers (including: references, tables, and figure legends), with the Title Page being Page 1.
  • On the first page of the manuscript, the following information should be mentioned: the running head (short title); title (should not include any acronyms); names of the authors and their academic qualifications; grants or other financial support; address for correspondence and reprint requests; and the corresponding author's contact number, fax number, and e-mail address.

Format Instructions:

Neuropsychiatry (London) is committed to simplifying the process of manuscript submission. Towards this, we have introduced the concept of format-free submission. Authors are no longer bound to format their manuscript(s) as per the guidelines of the journal. However, in order to guarantee a smooth peer-review process, we do still encourage the authors to ensure that their manuscripts as easy to read with appropriate line-spacing and page numbers.

Guidelines for Research Articles:

Research articles should be based on the empirical/secondary data collected using a clearly defined research methodology; these are always peer reviewed. Article(s) should provide a critical description or analysis of the data presented while making a new addition to the field. The abstract should be a maximum of 300 words containing 7 to 10 important keywords and should be further subdivided into Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion sections.

Guidelines for Review Articles:

Reviews in Neuropsychiatry (London) should be aimed at highlighting, synthesizing, and/or critiquing recent findings of significance in the field. In addition to a balanced overview of the topic, review articles should provide a novel conceptual framework for the recent findings in the field. They are therefore intended to appeal to both specialists as well as non-specialists and are intended to make them appreciate the significance of the latest findings. Reviews generally begin with the statement of the problem followed by an analytical discussion with the help of the necessary tables, graphs, pictures and/or illustrations wherever necessary. All the statements or observations in the review articles must be supported by the necessary citations. Incorporation of unpublished primary research data in review articles is not permitted. Review articles should be rounded-off with a conclusion, which discusses the import of the findings and their impact on the future research directions.

Guidelines for Commentaries:

Commentaries are very brief, purely scientific articles, focused on policy, science, and society, related to neuropsychiatry, which are mostly authored by experienced writers. They comprise of an abstract that provides the gist of the topic to be discussed, immediately followed by a declaration of the problem statement. The rest of the article then provides a thorough analysis with the help of the illustrations, graphs, and/or tables and summarizes the topic with a brief conclusion at the end. Commentaries should be of utmost interest to a broad readership, and should therefore be written employing a simple, non-technical style.

Guidelines for Case Study:

Case studies are accepted with a view towards adding additional information related to studies pertaining to challenging differential diagnosis; unusual/unexpected effect(s) of treatment; cases where diagnostic/therapeutic have been overlooked; case reports associated with malpractice or unexpected drug reactions. They should be brief yet lucid and describe how clinicians/clinical teams reason and respond to each medical iteration. Cases studies must add value to the core area by providing important insights.

Guidelines for Editorials:

Editorials should be commentaries on a recent topic or a scientific finding in the field of Neuropsychiatry. Authors are usually provided three weeks to submit the editorial, from the date of receiving the invitation.

Guidelines for Clinical Images:

Clinical images should display neurological conditions that capture a sense of visual discovery by physicians in clinical practice. They should not exceed more than 5 figures with a description, not exceeding 300 words. Separate figure legends are not required for each clinical image; a single figure legend should explain all the images. Generally references and citations are not required for these kind of submissions; only three references can be allowed if absolutely necessary. Images should be submitted in either TIFF (preferred) or EPS format.

Guidelines for Letters to the Editor/Concise Communications:

The Letters to the Editor/Concise Communications formats provide the readers an opportunity to constructively address any topic that is of broad interest to them including differences of opinion with respect to article(s) published in Neuropsychiatry (London). Readers can comment on exceptional research or highlight the potential flaws in the studies published. They should be concise yet comprehensive. These formats do not necessarily follow a specific structural organization. Letters to the Editor/Concise Communications should reach the editor(s) within 6 months of the publication of the article under discussion.

Guidelines for Key Headings in Text:

Acknowledgement: Contributors, who do not qualify the criteria for authorship, as per the policies of Neuropsychiatry (London) should be listed in this section. Contributions might include: acquisition of funding; general administrative support; technical support; supervision of a research group; writing assistance; language editing; technical editing; and proofreading. Importantly, authors should mention the funding agencies and also provide details of the grants received. Institutional/Organizational affiliations may be mentioned as per the author?s discretion.

References:As citations play a key role in many sections of a manuscript, not sufficiently citing other work can reduce the chances of being published. Each statement or description of findings should be supported by a reference. Importantly, ensure that publications with conflicting findings are cited and address the difference in the findings. Only published or accepted manuscripts should be included in the reference list. Meeting abstracts or conference talks should not be cited. All submitted manuscripts must include references formatted as per the standards of the journal.

Examples:

  • Lord C. Follow-up of two-year-olds referred for possible autism. J. Child. Psychol. Psychiatry 36(8), 1365-1382 (1995).
  • Bryson SE, Rogers SJ, Fombonne E. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Detection, Intervention, Education, and Psychopharmacological Management. Can. J. Psychiatry 48(8), 506-516 (2003).
  • Baio J, Wiggins L, Christensen DL, et al. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014. MMWR. Surveill. Summ 67(6), 1-23 (2018).

Supplementary Information: All the Supplementary Information must be supplied as a single PDF file and should not exceed the permitted limits. Images should be a maximum of 640 X 480 pixels (9 x 6.8 inches at 72 pixels per inch) in size. This information (e.g., figures, tables, detailed methodologies) should be referred to at appropriate points in the main body of text. Graphical abstracts can also be included in the supplementary information (optional).

Policy of Neuropsychiatry (London) Regarding the NIH Mandate:

Neuropsychiatry (London) will support the authors holding NIH grants by immediately posting the published version of their articles on PubMed Central.

Proofs and Reprints:

Electronic proofs in PDF format will be sent as an e-mail attachment to the corresponding author. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proofreading stage. Authors will have free electronic access to the full-text (HTML, PDF, and XML) of the article.

Benefits:

Neuropsychiatry (London) is published in an open-access format which is highly beneficial to the authors. Benefits of the open-access format include greater visibility, accelerated citation, immediate access to the full-text versions, and higher impact. Furthermore, authors also retain the copyright to their work. All open-access articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, which allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without any restriction on re-use.