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Editorial Policies

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 peer review process takes approximately 2 months.

The reviewers comments will be considered by the editors and authors may be required to revise the manuscripts accordingly. Authors are usually given about 2 weeks to respond with revisions. In exceptional circumstances where extensive revisions are required, 3 weeks may be given. 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:

Scientific misconduct includes, but is not limited to, these behaviours:

  • Falsification of data: ranges from fabrication to deceptive reporting of findings and omission of conflicting data, or wilful suppression and/or distortion of data.
  • Plagiarism: The appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work.
  • Improprieties of authorship: improper assignment of credit, such as excluding others, misrepresentation of the same material as original in more than one publication, inclusion of individuals as authors who have not made a definite contribution to the work published or submission of multi-authored publications without the concurrence of all authors.
  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others: an important aspect of scholarly activity is the exchange of ideas among colleagues. Scholars can acquire novel ideas from others during the process of reviewing grant applications and manuscripts. However, improper use of such information can constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes misconduct.
  • Violation of generally accepted research practices: serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting of results.
  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research: including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, wilful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biological or chemical materials.
  • Inappropriate behaviour in relation to misconduct: this includes unfounded or knowingly false accusations of misconduct, failure to report known or suspected misconduct, withholding of information relevant to a claim or misconduct and retaliation against persons involved in the allegation or investigation.

Also included are redundant publication and duplicate publication, lack of declaration of competing interests and of funding/sponsorship, and other failures of transparency to be forms of misconduct.

Dealing with allegations of misconduct

If an editor or the Editorial Board has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behaviour, the Editorial Board may discuss the case in confidence with the institutional or national ethics committees.

If the case cannot be resolved by discussion with the author(s) and the editor still has concerns, the case may be reported to the appropriate authorities. If, during the course of reviewing an article, an editor is alerted to possible problems (for example, fraudulent data) in another publication, the editor may contact the journal in which the previous publication appeared to raise concern.

Readers that suspect misconduct in a published article are encouraged to report this to the Editors of the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry.

Plagiarism detection

The SLJP is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate.

 SLJP runs manuscripts through iThenticate screening prior to publication. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting

Copyright and authors' rights

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry allows authors (or their employers) to retain their copyright in their work. SLJP only requires an exclusive licence that allows us to publish the article in the journal and allows us to sub-licence such rights and exploit all subsidiary rights.

 The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Authors of articles published in SLJP retain the copyright of their articles. They are free to reproduce and disseminate their work. The source (SLJP) should be cited when articles published in the SLJS are reproduced or stored in a repository.

Authors’ rights

The licence allows authors to use their own articles for their own purposes without seeking permission from the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, subject only to acknowledging the first publication in the relevant journal and giving a full reference or web link, as appropriate.

Corrections to published work

Authors should inform the SLJP of any errors in their submitted manuscripts or published articles. If these are considered relevant and significant, the editorial board will decide to publish an erratum in the next issue. The erratum will be linked to the online version of the journal.

Complaints procedure

Authors are able to complain regarding any issues related to publishing of articles, the process of publishing, the editorial board / staff and the Editors of the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. Complaints may be made by email / letter and sent to the:

The Editor, Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists, No 6, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07.


Reprints and author copies

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry provides first authors with a copy of the printed journal. Further copies are available for purchase on request. Open access of the full text of the article is available at:

Responses to published work

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry welcomes reader responses to published articles. These should be submitted as “Letters to the Editor” via the Sri Lanka Journals Online website or emailed directly to

Letters relating to or responding to previously published items in the journal will be reviewed by the editor and shown to the authors of the original article, when appropriate.


Journal editors consider retractions in cases of evidence of unreliable data or findings, plagiarism, duplicate publication, and unethical research. We may consider an expression of concern notice if an article is under investigation. The retraction procedure depends on the publication stage of the article.


Publication embargo

All material accepted for publication in the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry is under embargo until it is published online. This means that until then it shouldn't be distributed to third parties or discussed with the media, with the exception of research distributed to journalists as part of an embargoed press release (either issued by Journal or in consultation with the Journal).

Authors whose research has been presented at a scientific meeting are still able to publish in the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. Prior presentation of the work at a conference should be acknowledged in the submitted manuscript.

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry will not accept submissions of manuscripts that duplicate material already published, or submitted, elsewhere. This may include manuscripts published as electronic preprints on publicly accessible servers.

Advertising and sponsorship

The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry may carry advertisements, which generates income for the purpose of publishing and editorial costs. However the journal maintains its independence from advertisers and editorial decisions are made independent of these. The SLJP adheres to the following guidelines:

  • We prohibit selling advertisements intended to be juxtaposed with editorial content on the same product.
  • Advertisements should be clearly identifiable as advertisements.
  • Editors have full and final authority for approving print and online advertisements and for enforcing advertising policy.
  • The SLJP will not carry advertisements for products proven to be seriously harmful to health.
  • Existing regulatory or industry standards for advertisements specific to Sri Lanka will be enforced.

Section Policies


  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Invited Articles

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed


  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Points of View

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

In Debate

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Original Papers

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Brief Reports

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Case Reports

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Snips from the Journals

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed


  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Letters to the editor

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed


  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Picture Story

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

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