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Aims and Scope The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry is the official publication of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists. The journal aims to educate and stimulate discussion regarding nature, causes and treatment of mental illness, development of psychiatric services, prevention of mental illness, promotion of mental health and health professional education. The journal will be of interest to psychiatrists, other clinicians with an interest in psychiatry, scholars and research scientists. It publishes original research and other scholarly articles in the area of psychiatry. It is a peer reviewed journal published biannually.
Categories of Articles
The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry publishes Editorials, Invited articles, Original Papers, Reviews, articles on Continuing Medical Education, and Brief reports. Letters to the Editor and Book Reviews are also welcomed.
Editorial Review and Acceptance
Submitted manuscripts are screened by the editors for suitability for publication in the journal. Suitable manuscripts are peer reviewed by two reviewers. The reviewers comments will be considered by the editors and authors may be required to revise the manuscripts accordingly. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.
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.
A statement must be included in the Methods section that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee. All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject gave informed consent. Patient anonymity should be preserved. Photographs should be prepared in a way which prevents human subjects being recognized (or an eye bar should be used).
Authors must include a statement in the covering letter that they agree to transfer copyright to the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry if the article is accepted for publication.
Editorials should not exceed 1500 words and may contain no more than one figure or table. Editorials should include an unstructured summary of 100 words.
The Editors may commission articles from experts in relevant areas which would be of interest to the general readership. These articles will not be sent for peer review.
Original articles should not exceed the maximum word count of 3000 words. A structured abstract not exceeding 250 words should be given at the beginning of the article, incorporating the following headings: Background; Aims; Methods; Results; Conclusions.
The journal publishes review articles which aim to educate the readers about the current evidence base in psychiatry.
Case studies and reports based on research evidence can be submitted as brief reports. Brief reports should not exceed 1000 words and should contain no more than one table or figure and 10 essential references. Brief reports should include an unstructured summary of 100 words.
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor can comment on articles published in the Journal or include content that promotes discussions among readers.
Articles submitted for publication in the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry should be typed in double spacing and prepared using MS Word. Please number all pages consecutively.
The manuscript should be prepared in the following order. (i) title page, (ii) abstract, declaration of interest and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgements, (v) references, (vi) figures, (vii) tables
A covering letter should accompany all submissions. The letter should include a statement that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not been considered for publication elsewhere. It should also include a statement regarding copyright transfer.
On the first page, give the full title of the article, full name(s) and academic degree(s) of all author(s), and institutional affiliation(s) of the authors. Give name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail address of the corresponding author. Support received from any grant, funding source, or commercial interest should be indicated. Provide a running title that is less than 45 characters.
Original papers, reviews and meta-analysis should be accompanied by a structured abstract not exceeding 250 words. Structured abstract should include background, aims, methods, results and conclusions. Editorials and brief reports should include an unstructured summary not exceeding 100 words.
Declaration of interest
All authors are required to disclose all potential conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests relevant to the subject of their manuscript. Authors without conflicts of interest should include a statement of no such interest in this section.
A maximum of 5 key words should be given after the abstract. They should, if possible, be drawn from the MeSH list of Index Medicus and be chosen with a view to useful cross-indexing of the article.
Original articles, brief reports and reviews should contain the following sections; Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion.
After the end of the text acknowledge sources of financial and material support, and those who have contributed intellectually, with their consent.
Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and relevance of all references. Reference lists not in the correct style will be returned to the author for correction. The Vancouver system of referencing should be used. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Indicate in the text with Arabic numbers inside brackets e.g. (1) or (2-5).
In the reference list, cite the names of all authors. If there are more than six authors, the first three should be named, followed by ‘et al’. Names of journals should be abbreviated in the style used in Index Medicus. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. John S, 2009, unpublished data). Manuscripts accepted but not yet published should include the phrase “in press”. All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.
1. Amsterdam JD, Shults J. Comparison of fluoxetine, olanzapine, and combined fluoxetine plus olanzapine initial therapy of bipolar type I and type II major depression--lack of manic induction. J Affect Disord 2005;87(1):121-30.
2. Calabrese JR, Huffman RF, White RL, Edwards S, Thompson TR, Ascher JA, et al. Lamotrigine in the acute treatment of bipolar depression: results of five double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Bipolar Disord 2008;10(2):323-33.
1. Rachman SJ. Fear and courage. 2nd ed. ed. New York ; Oxford: W. H. Freeman, 1990.
Chapter in a book
2. Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA, eds. Pathologic physiology: mechanisms of disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1999:457-72.
3. Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. Association of Cancer Online Resources, New York c2000-01. Available at: http://www.cancerpain.org/ (accessed May 2009).
Tables and figures
Tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals and have an appropriate heading. The tables should be mentioned in the text. The desired position of the table in the manuscript should be indicated by “insert table (no): about here”.
Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. If photographs of patients are used, either the subjects should not be identifiable or written permission to publish the photograph (for children, from both parents) must accompany the submission. All images must be saved as high-resolution eps or tiff files. Authors must obtain permission from the original publisher if they intend to use figures from other sources.
Tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript (after the references).
Submission of manuscripts
Manuscripts can be sent as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org Covering letter and main manuscript should be included in separate files.
Manuscripts can also be submitted online by logging into http://www.sljol.info
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry (SLJPSYC) is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Authors of articles published in SLJPSYC retain the copyright of their articles. They are free to reproduce and disseminate their work. The source (SLJPSYC) should be cited when articles published in the SLJPSYC are reproduced or stored in a repository.The material in the Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editors or the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists. The publishers are not responsible for any error of omission or fact.
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