Instructions for Authors
The journal Archives of Psychiatry Research
is an international
peer reviewed journal, open to scientists
dealing with all aspects of psychiatry or addictions.
The journal publishes original scientific and professional
papers, preliminary communications, reviews
and conference papers, case reports, news and book
reviews, letters to the editor, provided they have not
been published elsewhere.
All manuscripts should be written in English. Instructions
for preparation of manuscripts submitted
to Archives of Psychiatry Research
are consistent with the
recommendations issued by the International Committee
of the Medical Journal Editors, Uniform requirements
for manuscripts submitted to biomedical
journals (N Engl J Med 1997; 336: 309-315).
Journal income: Archives of Psychiatry Research
is an open
access journal and all its content is free and available at
Journal’s webpage. Journal is maintained and published
with the support of Ministry of Science, Education and
Sport of the Republic of Croatia. All Editorial work
and peer-review are maintained voluntarily.
Article processing charges:
article processing and publishing is free of charge.
The authors can send their
paper to the journal’ s e-mail or on a CD to the Editorial
Board of Archives of Psychiatry Research
, Sestre milosrdnice
University Hospital Center, Department of
Psychiatry, Vinogradska c. 29, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia.
Each manuscript submitted for consideration for
publication should be provided with a statement declaring
that the paper has not been published or accepted
for publication elsewhere.
Each manuscript received is
evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief. The manuscripts
that do not meet the main criteria listed in the Instructions
for authors are returned to authors. Contributions
that qualify for further consideration are further
processed. Each manuscript is subjected to the additional
editorial review of the methodological quality,
statistical analysis, and data presentation. The estimated
time from submission to the first decision is 4-8
weeks. Authors are usually given 4 weeks for manuscript
revision, while articles will be published within
2 to 6 months after acceptance. Archives of Psychiatry
Research gives equal consideration to every carefully
performed study investigating an important question
relevant to the Journal’s readership, whether the results
are negative or positive.
Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the whole
editorial process and also decision making responsibility.
The Editorial Board anonymously
sends all manuscripts received to two or more reviewers.
If the reviewers suggest any changes and/
or supplements, a copy of their reviews without the
names of the reviewers will be sent to the author to
make his final decision.
Authorship: Archives of Psychiatry Research
guidelines for authorship set forth by the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
(available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/
of-authors-and-contributors.html). Each author
should meet all four criteria as follows: 1. substantial
contributions to conception and design, acquisition of
data, or analysis and interpretation of data 2. drafting
the article or revising it critically for important intellectual
content 3. final approval of the version to be
published 4. agreement 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. According to
ICMJE: “In addition to being accountable for the parts
of the work the author has done, an author should be
able to identify which co-authors are responsible for
specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors
should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions
of their co-authors. All those designated as
authors, should meet all four criteria for authorship,
and all who meet the four criteria should be identified
as authors.“ All persons who have made substantial
contributions to the work but do not meet the criteria
for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments
section (technical help, writing assistance, language
translation service, general support, financial and material
support). All persons named in the Acknowledgments
section of the manuscript must give their permission
to be named. Statement for such permission is
included in the manuscript submission process.
Ethical approval and informed consent:
trials on human subjects, authors should indicate
whether the procedures were in accordance with
the ethical standards set by the responsible human experimentation
committee (institutional and national)
and latest version of the Declaration of Helsinki given
by World Medical Association (available at: http://
Ethical approval (institutional or national) should be
obtained for every study that includes collection of
additional patient sample of any biological material
(more than those required for the medical evaluation).
All subjects should sign an informed consent
form and this information should be provided in the
manuscript. Signed informed consent forms should
be archived by the authors. The authors have to provide
a statement that they have received and archived
all patient informed consent forms, as required during
the manuscript submission process. It should be
noted that informed consent to participate in the research
does not imply consent to publish personal individual
data (names, initials, pictures, hospital identification).
Therefore, for publication that includes any
individual data, patient must give his written consent.
This is especially applied when it is not possible to obtain
anonymity of the data without distorting scientific
evidence. Regardless of the preserved anonymity, patients
presented in case report articles should always
sign informed consent. Case reports without patients’
consent are not eligible for publication in Archives of
Psychiatry Research. Specific types of case reports are
not obliged to obtain informed consent as long as
there are no patient’s personal data revealed. However,
if there is a need to publish a patient’s rare diagnosis
or specific demographic or personal data, by which patient’s
identity can be implied, than the authors must
obtain patient’s signed informed consent.
Conflict of interest: Archives of Psychiatry Research
all authors and reviewers to report any potential
conflicts of interest to ensure complete transparency
regarding the preparation and reviewing the manuscript
(research funding, grants, sponsorship, competing interests
etc.). According to the International Committee of
Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): “Conflict of interest
exists when an author (or the author’s institution) has
financial (employment, consultancies, stock ownership,
honoraria and paid expert testimony) or personal relationship,
academic competition or intellectual passion
that inappropriately influences his actions.” (available
at: http:// www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/
Preparation of Manuscript:
The manuscripts, including
all supplements, should be submitted in triplicate.
They should not exceed 20 pages typewritten on one
side of the paper, double-spaced throughout the paper,
including the list of reference s and tables (not
exceeding 30 lines on a page), with ample left side margin
Papers should be arranged as follows: Title page,
Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Subjects and
methods, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion
and conclusion(s), Acknowledgments (when appropriate),
References, Tables, Legends and Figures.
The title page should include: the title of
the article, phrased as concisely as possible; full first
and second name s of all author(s); names of the
department(s) and institution(s) to which the work
should be attributed; short running head of not more
than 40 characters; the name and address of the author
who will receive and respond to correspondence,
including the telephone/fax number and e-mail address
Abstract and Key words:
Abstract not exceeding 250
words, should be provided on a separate sheet of
paper. The abstract should briefly describe the topic
and aim of the study, methods, main results and conclusion.
The abstract should be followed by 3-10 key
words for the rapid identification classification of the
paper contents. In selecting the key words, the authors
should strictly refer to the Medical Subject Headings
(MeSH) list of the Index Medicus. The abstract should
be submitted in Croatian and English.
Manuscripts should be divided into following sections:
Introduction, Subjects and methods or Material
and methods, Results, Discussion and References.
In the Introduction, studies directly related to the presented
study should be briefly described. At the end of
the Introduction, the Aim of the study should briefly
describe the aim(s) and purpose of the study.
Subjects/Materials and methods:
should be so presented as
to allow the reader to repeat the study without further
explanations. The methods known from the literature
need not be described, but referred to by their generic
names (trade names can be given in parentheses).
Results should be presented clearly and logically.
Significance of the results should be expressed statistically.
All measurement results should be listed in SI
is the conclusive part of a paper, in which
the results are more extensively described and interpreted,
and compared with the existing knowledge in
the field. Conclusions are supposed to provide an answer
to the aim of the study.
Tables and figures:
Each table should be on a separate
sheet of paper with a heading and numbered as cited
in the text. Figures and other illustrations should be
numbered in same order as they are cited in the text.
Figures and sketches should be drawn in black ink on
white paper or tracing paper. Photographs should be
black-and-white, of high quality to allow good reproduction,
on glossy paper. The number, title of the paper
(without authors’ names) should be written and
top indicated in pencil on the back of each photograph.
Reproduction of figures and tables from other
sources should be accompanied by full reference and
permit by their authors and publisher.
The list of references should be written
on a separate sheet of paper, numbered according to
the first appearance in the text. The Vancouver style
should be followed thereby, e.g.:
Article in journal:
Name all authors if there are six or less; references
with more than six authors should be followed by »et
al«. The title of the journal should be abbreviated according
to Index Medicus:
Marušić S, Thaller V, Katinić K, Matošić A. The significance
of family therapy in the process of treatment
of alcoholism. Alcoholism 2000;36:51-60.
Lundstrom I, Nylander C. An electrostatic approach to
membrane bound receptors. Period Biol 1983;85(Suppl
Books and monographs:
Personal author or authors
Eisen HN. Immunology: an introduction to molecular
and cellular principles of the immune response. 5th
ed. New York: Harper and Row; 1974. p. 406.
Dausset J, Colombani J, eds. Histocompatibility testing
1972. Copenhagen: Munksgaard; 1973. p. 12-18.
Chapter in book:
Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading
microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA, ed. Pathologic
physiology: mechanism of disease. Philadelphia:
WB Saunders; 1974. p. 457-472.
DuPont E. Bone marrow transplantation in severe
combined immunodeficiency with unrelated MLC
compatible donor. In: White HJ, Smith R, eds. Proceedings
of the Third Annual Meetings of the International
Society for Experimental Hematology.
Houston: International Society for Experimental Hematology;
1974. p. 44-46.
Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly’s
access and utilization (dissertation). St. Louis
(MO): Washington University; 1995.
References will not be checked by the Editorial
Office. Responsibility for their accuracy and completeness
lies with the author.
Proofs and reprints:
Galley proofs are sent to the
corresponding author indicated on the title page for
correction; no changes to the original manuscript will
be allowed at this stage. The corrected proofs should
be returned (preferably by fax +385 1 37 68 287) to
the publisher within 48 hours after the reception. If
this period is exceeded, the galleys will be proofed by
the editorial staff of the publishing house only and
printed without the author’s corrections.
The Editorial Board keeps the right to publish papers
regardless of the sequence of their receipt. Manuscripts
will not be returned to authors, and all printed
papers become the property of the editor. The authors
will receive 20 free reprints of the paper published.
Corrections, Retractions and Expressions of Concern
In an effort to better serve researchers, librarians, and the academic community, Archives of Psychiatry Research and its editorial board, believes clarity in the publishing record is a critical component of information distribution. Recognizing a published article as a finalized version establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable.
It is presumed that manuscripts report on work based on honest observations. However, occasionally information becomes available which may contradict this. In such situations we apply Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines on corrections, retractions and expressions of concern.
Errors in published papers may be identified requiring publication of a correction in the form of a corrigendum or erratum. Because articles can be read and cited as soon as they are published, any changes thereafter could potentially impact those who read and cited the earlier version. Publishing an erratum or corrigendum increases the likelihood readers will find out about the change and also explains the specifics of the change.
Corrigenda and Errata are published on a numbered page and will contain the original article's citation. Cases where these corrections are insufficient to address an error will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the Editor in Chief. Inadequacies arising from the normal course of new scientific research are not within the scope of this and will require no correction or withdrawal.
Expressions of Concern
Where substantial doubt arises as to the honesty or integrity of a submitted or published article it is the Editor in Chief's responsibility to ensure that the matter is adequately addressed, usually by the authors' sponsoring institution. It is not normally the Editor in Chief's responsibility to carry out the investigation or make a determination. The Editor in Chief should be promptly informed of the decision of the sponsoring institution and a retraction printed should it be determined that a fraudulent paper was published. Alternatively, the Editor in Chief may choose to publish an expression of concern over aspects of the conduct or integrity of the work.
Articles may be withdrawn by corresponding author before accepting for publication. Articles which have been published under an issue could not be withdrawn.
Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Occasionally a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication. The retraction of an article by its authors or the editor under the advice of members of the scholarly community has long been an occasional feature of the learned world. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this best practice is adopted for article retraction:
Article removal: legal limitations
- A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed by the authors and/or the editor is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.
- In the electronic version, a link is made to the original article.
- The online article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the link resolves; the reader can then proceed to the article itself.
- The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
- The HTML version of the document is removed.
In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.
In cases where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk, the authors of the original article may wish to retract the flawed original and replace it with a corrected version. In these circumstances the procedures for retraction will be followed with the difference that the database retraction notice will publish a link to the corrected re-published article and a history of the document.