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BJPsych International - Author Guidelines


Manuscripts for publication should be submitted via our online Manuscript Processing System.

The maximum length for papers is 1500 words; correspondence should not be longer than 500 words.  The Harvard system of referencing should be used. 

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy-edited to improve readability and to ensure conformity with house style. Authors whose first language is not English are encouraged to contribute; our copy-editor will make any necessary corrections, in consultation with the authors. 

Contributions are accepted for publication on the condition that their substance has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Once a paper is accepted for publication, all its authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest. Completion of the form developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors for this purpose ( is mandatory.

Authors are expected to be aware of and comply with best practice in publication ethics, including (but not restricted to) avoiding multiple submission, plagiarism and manipulation of figures/data. Any concerns in this regard must be brought to the attention of the Editor. The procedures recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics will be followed in investigating allegations of misconduct. If conclusive evidence of misconduct is found, the journal undertakes to publish a correction or retraction as necessary to correct the scientific record.

About our peer-review process

All articles submitted will be peer-reviewed to ensure that their content, length and structure are appropriate for the journal. Research papers and special papers are reviewed by a minimum of two peers. Not all papers will be accepted for publication, but our peer-review process is intended to assist our authors in producing articles for worldwide dissemination. Wherever possible, our expert panel of assessors will help authors to improve their papers to maximise their impact when published.


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