Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Categories of publication

The following types of articles will be considered for publication :

  (1) Original articles : Reports of original studies related to all issues of psychiatry, psychology and behavioral sciences that are well documented, novel, and significant . These articles should not exceed 5,500 words; have a total of 6 or fewer tables and figures, an abstract of 250 words or less .

  (2) Brief Report : Brief, definitive reports of highly significant and timely findings . Advances should be 3,000 words long, with an abstract of no more than 150 words, a one-paragraph Introduction, an abbreviated Materials and Methods section, Results and Discussion sections (which may be combined) and no more than a total of 4 tables or figures .

  (3) Short communication : Short descriptions of novel approaches to mental health problems or creative applications of established concepts in different settings . Advances should be 3,000 words long and no more than a total of 4 tables or figures, with an abstract of no more than 150 words .

  (4) Review articles : Reviews are only accepted from experts in the field. They should not exceed 6,500 words of text with 5 or fewer tables and figures, an abstract of 250 words, and 100 or fewer references .

  (5) Case report : This should be reports of genuine rare cases limited to no more than 1500 words comprising of a short introduction, case report and discussion followed by references of no more than 20. Limit the abstract to approximately 100 words. If colour figures and photos are absolutely necessary for the report, they should be original or of high quality .

  (6) Letters to the Editor : In the spirit of open scientific dialogue, the Editor-in-Chief invites the submission of correspondence that presents considered opinions in response to articles published in the journal. Letters to the Editor will be reviewed and, if found to meet the requisite publication criteria, may be sent to the author(s) of the originally published article and possibly to other interested parties for a response to be published in the same issue of the journal as the Letter. Letters should have a brief title that references the topic of the originating article , and Letters should not exceed 400 words, with 5 or fewer references and no tables or figures .


Manuscript Preparation

 Language : Manuscripts should be written in clear, American English . The past tense should be used throughout in describing the results and the present tense in referring to previously established and generally accepted results. Authors who are unsure of correct English usage should have their manuscript checked by somebody who is proficient in the language ; manuscripts that are deficient in this respect may be returned to the author for revision before scientific review .

  Typing : Manuscripts must be typewritten in a font size of 12 points, double-spaced (including References , Tables and Figure legends) with wide margins (2.5 cm from all sides) on one side of A 4 paper. The beginning of each new paragraph must be clearly indicated by indentation. Each of the following sections should start on a separate page: Abstract, text, references, tables and figure legends . All pages should be numbered consecutively at the bottom starting with the title page .

  Title : Write a brief and informative title that identifies the nature of the subject matter. Avoid chemical formulas or abbreviations .

  Title page : The title page should include : ( a ) the full title of the article ( b ) the authors' full names (first name, middle initial , surname) with degrees and status in the institute ; ( c ) affiliations , institution, city, and state or country where the work was done ; ( d ) acknowledgments of grant support of the study ; ( e ) the name and full address of corresponding author indicated by a star ( as well as telephone and facsimile numbers, e-mail address, and if available URL address ); and ( f ) running title (not more than 30 spaces ).

  Abbreviations : Only common abbreviations may be used without definition. Terms appearing frequently ( three or more times ) within a paper may be abbreviated, but should be spelled out at first citation, with the abbreviation following in parentheses .

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

  Abstract : This should not be more than 250 words and should state purpose of the study, basic procedures , most important findings, and principal conclusions . Original articles must use the following headings: Objective , Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Write the abstract in third person. References should not be cited and abbreviations should be avoided .

  Keywords : A list of three to five keywords should be included 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 . If suitable MESH terms are not yet available for recently introduced terms, present terms may be used .


Original articles must use the following headings

  Introduction : This should contain a description of the problem under investigation and relevant background information and published studies should be described concisely, and be cited appropriately .

  Materials and Methods : The methods, apparatus and procedures should be identified in sufficient details . Avoid redescribing methods frequently cited before; only relevant modifications should be included in the text. For experiments on humans, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accord with the standards of the ethics Committee of the institution in which the experiments were done. For drugs the generic name should be used. Trade names may appear in parentheses and should be capitalized .

  Results : This section should include the findings of the study. Data should not be repeated in both a Table and a Figure .

  Discussion : It should relate the results to previous works and interpret them not a simple recapitulate of the Results .

  Acknowledgments : This optional part should include a statement thanking those who assisted substantially with work relevant to the study. Grant support should be included in this section .

  References : References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses . References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure .

  Use the style of the examples below , which are based on the formats used by the NLM in Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus . Consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, published annually as a separate publication by the library and as a list in the January issue of Index Medicus. The list can also be obtained through the library's web site ( ).

  References to papers or books accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press"; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as " unpublished observations" with written permission from the source .

  Avoid citing a "personal communication " unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication .


Articles in Journals

  1. Standard journal article

  List the first six authors followed by et al . Zinbarg RE, Barlow DH , Liebowitz M, Street L, Broadhead E, Katon W, et al. The DSM-IV field trial for mixed anxiety-depression. Am J Psychiatry 1994; 151:1153-62 .

  2. Organization as author

  The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand . Clinical exercise stress testing. Safety and performance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 164 : 282-4.

  3. No author given

  Cancer in South Africa [ editorial]. S Afr Med J 1994; 84: 15 .

  4. Article not in English

  ( Note: Translate the title to English , enclose the translation in square brackets, and add an abbreviated language designator .)

  Zarghami M, Khalilian AR. [ Epidemiology of committing suicide in Kordkouy.] Pejouhandeh 2003-04; 8(5): 361-70 . Persian .

  5. Volume with supplement

  Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 Suppl 1: 275-82 .

  6. Issue with supplement

  Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ . Women's psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996; 23(1 Suppl 2): 89-97.

  7. Volume with part

  Ozben T, Nacitarhan S, Tuncer N. Plasma and urine sialic acid in non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Ann Clin Biochem 1995; 32(Pt 3): 303-6 .

  8. Issue with part

  Poole GH, Mills SM. One hundred consecutive cases of flap lacerations of the leg in ageing patients. N Z Med J 1994; 107(986 Pt 1): 377-8 .

  9. Issue with no volume

  Turan I, Wredmark T, Fellander-Tsai L . Arthroscopic ankle arthrodesis in rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Orthop 1995; (320 ): 110-4.

  10. No issue or volume

  Browell DA, Lennard TW. Immunologic status of the cancer patient and the effects of blood transfusion on antitumor responses. Curr Opin Gen Surg 1993: 325-33 .

  11. Pagination in Roman numerals

  Fisher GA, Sikic BI. Drug resistance in clinical oncology and hematology. Introduction. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 1995 Apr; 9(2): xi-xii .

  12. Type of article indicated as needed

  Enzensberger W, Fischer PA. Metronome in Parkinson's disease [letter]. Lancet 1996;347:1337 .

  Clement J, De Bock R. Hematological complications of hantavirus nephropathy (HVN) [abstract]. Kidney Int 1992; 42 : 1285.

  13. Article containing retraction

  Garey CE, Schwarzman AL, Rise ML , Seyfried TN. Ceruloplasmin gene defect associated with epilepsy in EL mice [ retraction of Garey CE, Schwarzman AL, Rise ML, Seyfried TN. In: Nat Genet 1994; 6: 426-31]. Nat Genet 1995; 11: 104 .

  14. Article retracted

  Liou GI, Wang M, Matragoon S. Precocious IRBP gene expression during mouse development [retracted in Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1994; 35: 3127]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1994; 35: 1083-8 .

  15. Article with published erratum

  Hamlin JA, Kahn AM. Herniography in symptomatic patients following inguinal hernia repair [published erratum appears in West J Med 1995; 162: 278 ]. West J Med 1995; 162: 28-31.

  Books and Other Monographs

  16. Personal author(s )

  Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996 .

  17. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author

  Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996 .

  18. Organization as author and publisher

  Institute of Medicine ( US). Looking at the future of the Medicaid program. Washington: The Institute; 1992 .

  19. Chapter in a book

  Mojtabai R. Acute and transient psychotic disorders and brief psychotic disorder . In: Sadock BJ, MD and Sadock VA, MD editors. Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive textbook of psychiatry. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2005. Vol. 2. p . 1512-22.

  20. Conference proceedings

  Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19 ; Kyoto , Japan . Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996 .

  21. Conference paper

  Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data

protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors . MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10 ; Geneva , Switzerland . Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5 .

  22. Scientific or technical report

  Issued by funding/sponsoring agency : Smith P, Golladay K. Payment for durable medical equipment billed during skilled nursing facility stays. Final report. Dallas (TX): Dept. of Health and Human Services (US), Office of Evaluation and Inspections; 1994 Oct. Report No .: HHSIGOEI69200860. Issued by performing agency: Field MJ, Tranquada RE, Feasley JC, editors. Health services research: work force and educational issues . Washington: National Academy Press; 1995 . Contract No.: AHCPR282942008 . Sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research .

  23. Dissertation

  Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly's access and utilization [dissertation]. St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 1995 .

  24. Patent

  Larsen CE, Trip R, Johnson CR , inventors; Novoste Corporation, assignee . Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart. US patent 5,529,067. 1995 Jun 25 .


 Other Published Material

  25. Newspaper article

  Lee G. Hospitalizations tied to ozone pollution: study estimates 50,000 admissions annually. The Washington Post 1996 Jun 21; Sect. A: 3 ( col. 5 ).

  26. Audiovisual material

  HIV+/AIDS: the facts and the future [ videocassette]. St. Louis (MO): Mosby-Year Book; 1995 .


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