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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to the journal are initially reviewed by the editors/editorial board. Articles which are deemed suitable for consideration for publication will be assigned for review, from a list of specialists related to the field of interest. Certain manuscripts, if found to be clearly not suitable for publication, will be rejected by the editor/editorial board at this first stage of review.

The journal has a double blind peer review process. Two reviewers are allocated for original articles and brief reports; one each for case reports and invited reviews. Statistical review is obtained as required.

The reviewers comments will be considered by the editors and authors may be required to revise the manuscripts accordingly. Once contributions are accepted for publication the Editors and the Publisher reserve the right to modify the manuscripts to fit in with the style of the journal. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the authors for revision.

Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.


Editors and reviewers will treat all submitted manuscripts in confidence.

Open Access

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry is an open access journal.

Author Fees

No fees are levied from authors for submission to the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry.

Policies on Publication Ethics

The Editors acknowledges with gratitude that the following guidelines are to a large extent based on the ICMJE ( and BMJ ( guidelines and editorial policies.


The recommendations of the ICMJE regarding authorship should be strictly adhered to. All those listed as authors should have:
  • Made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafted the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Given final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors. Any individuals listed as co-authors on a manuscript will receive email confirmation of the manuscript submission.

The authors should collectively ensure that all names included in the paper have contributed as per the ICMJE recommendations above. Also they should ensure that any individuals who have contributed as authors have not been omitted from the submitted paper. Contributions should be listed according to the author names.

Group authorship
If the number of authors exceeds 10, we may request for confirmation of the ICMJE criteria of authorship and for a group name to be assigned. This group name will be displayed in the article, with the individual names of all authors and contributors being listed in the paper, generally at the end.

Statement of contribution

The extent of contribution by each listed author should be stated at the end of the paper. The work carried out by all individuals in the project development, data collection, paper writing, etc. should be mentioned.
The following information should be recorded for each author:

  • Name with initials
  • Title
  • Affiliation
  • Email
  • Satisfy Authorship criteria as described above* (Yes/No)

Alteration to authorship

Any addition, deletion or change in the order of the names of authors/contributors should be submitted to us, and must be approved by all authors/contributors. The contact details of all authors/contributors must be provided to the journal for independent verification of these details.

Acknowledging contributors

Those who have contributed to the study, but who do not meet criteria for authorship, should be acknowledged in the allocated section, e.g., for technical assistance, collecting data, language assistance, mentoring etc. Please ensure that anyone acknowledged has granted permission to be listed.

Declaration of interest

In order to enable the best decision on how to deal with a manuscript, the journal editor should know about any competing interests that the authors may have.

We will not reject papers simply because authors have a competing interest, but these will be declared on the published paper.

A competing interest exists when professional judgement concerning a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain or personal relationship). There is nothing inherently unethical about a competing interest but it should be acknowledged and openly stated.

It is recommended that all authors download and complete a copy of the ICMJE disclosure form, which is available as a PDF at

If a “no competing interests” statement is submitted, the default statement on the published article will be “All authors disclose no conflict of interest”.


Authors should state at the end of the manuscript any funding obtained and the role played, if any, by the funding institution(s) in the study design, patient recruitment, data collection and reporting.

Ethical approval of research

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry expects authors to adhere to accepted ethical and moral guidelines regarding scientific publication. Authors should follow the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (

On submission, authors should provide details of how ethical approval for the study was obtained, and should include the reference number given by the ethics committee. If needed, the editorial board may request the contact details of the ethics committee / proof of ethics approval, for clarification.

 The editors and reviewers consider the following ethical issues during the editorial process:

  • Has informed consent been obtained from participants prior to commencement of the    study?
  • How much does this deviate from current normal (accepted, local) clinical practice?
  • What is the (additional) burden imposed on the patients (or others)?
  • What (additional) risks are posed to the patients (or others)?
  • What benefit might accrue to the patients (or others)?
  • What are the potential benefits to society (future patients)?

If the editorial board finds a manuscript to be unethical, the SLJP may inform the head of the department and/or institution for further necessary action. 

Patient consent and confidentiality

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry adheres to traditions of medical ethics.

  • Any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before publication.
  • If consent cannot be obtained because the patient cannot be traced, then publication will be possible under the following circumstances:
  1. If the information can be sufficiently anonymised, i.e., if neither the patient nor anyone else could identify the patient with certainty.
  2. Provision of an informed consent document which has been obtained at the time of initial patient contact, explicitly giving consent for the use of his/her clinical details and/or illustrations for the purpose of academic or scientific study/publication.
  • If the patient is dead, the authors should seek permission from a relative (as a matter of courtesy and medical ethics). If the relatives are not contactable we will balance the worthwhileness of the case, the likelihood of identification, and the likelihood of offence if identified in making a decision on whether we should publish without a relative’s consent.
  • Images – such as x-rays, laparoscopic images, ultrasound images, pathology slides, or images of indistinctive parts of the body – or multimedia files (e.g. video, audio) may be used without consent so long as they are anonymised by the removal of any identifying marks and are not accompanied by text that could reveal the patient’s identity through clinical or personal detail.

Research Reporting Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to use the relevant research reporting guidelines for the study type provided by the EQUATOR Network.

This will ensure that you provide enough information for editors, peer reviewers and readers to understand how the research was performed and to judge whether the findings are likely to be reliable.

The key reporting guidelines are:

Clinical trial registration

In accordance with the ICMJE Recommendations, all reports of clinical trials should be prospectively registered with the clinical trial registry of the country of origin of the manuscript or in another internationally recognized registry.


It is the author’s responsibility to secure all permissions prior to publication.

Material from other sources

Any written or illustrative material that has been or will be published elsewhere must be duly acknowledged and accompanied by the written consent of the copyright holder (this may be the publisher rather than the author). This includes your own previously published material, if you are not the copyright holder.

Scientific misconduct

Scientific misconduct that comes to the attention of the Editorial Board will be dealt with on a case by case basis, while following guidance produced by bodies that include the:


Section Policies


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