Authors Informations

Information for Authors including editorial standards for the preparation of manuscripts

The Journal of Psychopathology publishes contributions in the form of monographic articles, news, update articles in clinical psychopharmacology, forums in the field of psychiatry.

The material submitted should not have been previously published, and should not be under consideration (in whole or in part) elsewhere; it must conform with the regulations currently in force regarding research ethics. If an experiment on humans is described, a statement must be included that the work was performed in accordance with the principles of the 1983 Declaration of Helsinki. The Authors are solely responsible for the statements made in their paper, and must specify that consent has been obtained from patients taking part in the investigations and for the reproduction of any photographs. For studies performed on laboratory animals, the authors must state that the relevant national laws or institutional guidelines have been adhered to.

Only papers that have been prepared in strict conformity with the editorial norms outlined herein will be considered for publication. Eventual acceptance is conditional upon a critical assessment by experts in the field, the implementation of any changes requested, and the final decision of the Editor.

Conflict of Interests. In the letter accompanying the article, Authors must declare whether they obtained funds, or other forms of personal or institutional financing – or if they are under contract – from Companies whose products are mentioned in the article. This declaration will be treated by the Editor as confidential, and will not be sent to the referees. Accepted articles will be published accompanied by a suitable declaration, stating the source and nature of the financing.

General instructions

Online submission: authors are requested to submit their manuscripts to:
Manuscripts should be accompanied by the “Permission form” downloadable from the website, signed by all authors to transfer the copyright.
Software and text: please saving files in .DOC or in .RTF format.
Illustrations: a) send pictures in separate files from text and tables; b) software and format: preferably send images in .TIFF or .JPEG or .PDF format, resolution at least 300 dpi (100 x 150 mm).

The text must be written in English. The paper must include:
1. Title (both in English and Italian);
2. Summary (in English) (Summary should be about 3000 typewritten characters (including spaces). It should be divided into 4 sections: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions);
3. A set of key words (in English
4. Legends for tables and figures (each figure and/or each table on separate pages, both in English and Italian);
5. Authors are invited to suggest 3 national or international referees for their article.

The first page of the manuscript must also contain the names of the Authors and the Institute or organisation to which each Author is affiliated; the category under which the Authors wish the work to be published (although the final decision rests with the Editor); the name, mailing address, and telephone and fax numbers of the Author to whom correspondence and the galley proofs should be sent.

Tables (in 3 copies) must be limited in number (the same data should not be presented twice, in both the text and tables), typewritten one to a page, and numbered consecutively with Roman numerals. In the text and legend to the tables, Authors must use, in the exact order, the following symbols: *, †, ‡, §, **, ††, ‡‡ …

Figures, please strictly follow the above-mentioned instructions.

The references must be limited to the most essential and relevant references, identified in the text by Arabic numbers in upper script and listed at the end of the manuscript in the order of mention. The first 3 Authors must be indicated, followed by et al. Journals should be cited according to the abbreviations set out by Index Medicus.

Examples of the correct format for bibliographic citations:

Journal articles:
Schatzberg AF, Samson JA, Bloomingdale KL, et al. Toward a biochemical classification of depressive disorders, X: urinary catecholamines, their metabolites, and D-type scores in subgroups of depressive disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1989;46:260-8.

Kaplan HI, Sadock BJ. Comprehensive textbook of Psychiatry. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins 1985.

Chapters from books or material from conference proceedings:
Cloninger CR. Establishment of diagnostic validity in psychiatric illness: Robins and Guze’s method revisited. In: Robins LN, Barret JE, editors. The validity of psychiatric diagnosis. New York: Raven Press 1989, p.74-85.

Acknowledgements and the citation of any grants or other forms of financial support should be provided at the end of the paper, after the list of references.

Notes to the text, indicated by asterisks or similar symbols, should appear at the bottom of the relevant page.

Mathematical terms and formulae, abbreviations, and units of measure should conform to the standards set out in Science 1954;120:1078.

Drugs should be referred to by their chemical name; the commercial name should be used only when absolutely unavoidable (capitalizing the first letter of the product name and giving the name of the pharmaceutical firm manufacturing the drug, town and country).

Authors are required to correct and return galley proofs of their paper within 4 days of receipt.

Specific instructions for the various categories of papers:

1. Editorials:only upon invitation by the Editor-in-chief or the Editorial Board are brief discussions on general and practical aspects of topics of current interest. The text must not exceed 10 typewritten pages (2000 typewritten characters).
2. Original articles (which may also include invited articles). The text should be subdivided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, and Discussion and Conclusions. The manuscript should not exceed 40.000 typewritten characters, including the summary, tables, figures and references (max 35). Summary should be no more than 3000/3500 typewritten characters. It should be divided into 4 sections: Objective(s), Method(s), Results, Conclusion(s). Tables and figures must be cited in the Summary. In the Objective(s) section, the aim (or the aims) of the work must be clearly summarised (i.e., the hypothesis the Authors aim to verify); in the Method(s) section, the Authors must report the context of the study (i.e., general paediatrics, Hospital, Specialist Centre …), the number and the kind of subjects under analysis, the kind of treatment and of statistical analysis used. The Results section should refer to the results of the study and of the statistical analysis. In the Conclusion(s) section should report the significance of the results as related to clinical implications.
3. Brief articles: this space is dedicated to brief communications of clinical and experimental data and to preliminary data of ongoing research of particular interest. The manuscript should not exceed 20.000 typewritten characters, including the summary, tables, figures and references (max 10).
4. Case reports: brief articles (maximum 4000/4500 typewritten characters) in which clinical original experiences from medical practice are described.
5. Assessment and instruments in psychopathology: this section hosts articles on psychological and psychopathological assessment instruments aiming at improving knowledge of psychological functioning of those subjects with mental and behavior disorders in different reference models. The use of such instruments is not limited to clinical population but also includes non-clinical and general population. This section also accepts studies on validation and translation into Italian of instruments, new assessment instruments and competing studies of new assessment instruments with other procedures of assessment than psychopathological constructs. The manuscript should not exceed 40.000 typewritten characters, including the summary, tables, figures and references (max 35).
6. Clinical psychopharmacotherapy: articles reporting the latest developments in the area of drug therapy should be subdivided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion and Conclusions. The text must not exceed 30.000 typewritten characters including the references, tables, figures, and summary (3000/3500 typewritten characters, excluding figure legends and table captions).


The Journal of Psychopathology is published quarterly. Annual subscription: € 70,00 for Italy; € 85,00 for all other countries; € 30,00 for single issues (when available).
All correspondence concerning subscriptions (including payments) should be addressed to:
Journal of Psychopathology – Pacini Editore S.p.A.
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