Instructions for Authors

Aims and Scope

THE ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY publishes original articles dealing with the all bio-psycho-social aspects of psychiatry. While traditionally the journal has published manuscripts relating to mobility, relocation, acculturation, ethnicity, stress situations in war and peace, victimology and mental health in developing countries, papers addressing all aspects of the psychiatry including neuroscience, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and ethics are welcome. The Editor also welcomes pertinent book reviews and correspondence. Preference is given to research reports of no more than 5,000 words not including abstract, text, references, tables and figures. There should be no more than 40 references and 4 tables or figures. Brief reports (1,500 words, 5 references) are considered if they have heuristic value. Books to be considered for review should be sent to the editorial office. Selected book reviews are invited by the editor.
All submitted manuscripts undergo a double-blinded peer review process. Each paper is reviewed by at least two reviewers. If a deputy or board member submits a paper it undergoes the same double-blind peer review, and the paper is handled by a different deputy editor.

Ethical/Legal Considerations
A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or preliminary report of no more than 400 words), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and if accepted, it must not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language, without the consent of The Israel Psychiatric Association. Each person listed as an author is expected to have participated in the study to a significant extent. Although the editors and referees make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its editors, or the publisher.

Policy on Experimental Investigation, Human and Animal Rights, and Informed Consent
It is the author's responsibility to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. All manuscripts must include a statement that the study was approved by the Institutional Review Board where the study was conducted, and that all participants provided written informed consent. In addition, all manuscripts dealing with experimental results in animals must include a statement that the study has been approved by an animal utilization study committee.

Clinical Trials Registration.

The Journal requires, as a condition of consideration for publication, registration of clinical trials in a public trials registry. (Such registration does not constitute previous publication.)

A clinical trial is defined as any research project that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to 1 or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes.

Policy on Conflict of Interest and Copyright

The ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY is the copyright holder of all articles accepted. The Journal does not hold itself responsible for statements made by contributors. Unless so stated, material in the Journal does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor or the Israel Psychiatric Association.
Each author must complete and submit the journal's copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (

A copy of the form is made available to the submitting author within the Editorial Manager submission process. Co-authors will automatically receive an Email with instructions on completing the form upon submission.

Authors must submit written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use direct quotations, tables, or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted form elsewhere, along with complete details about the source. Any permissions fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of the Israel Journal of Psychiatry.

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following format requirements will not be reviewed. Manuscripts should be submitted online through the Journal's Web site at . For any questions or queries, the editor may be contacted at Prof. Rael Strous, Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected]

Organization of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be submitted in English and contain the following individual files:

1. Title page: A text file containing:

1. a) Running title, not to exceed 35 characters including spaces and punctuation.
b)  Complete title, not to exceed two lines.
c)  Authors' names in the order in which they should appear. Provide the professional degrees and footnoted institutional affiliations for all authors including department, street address, state, and country.
d) Designation of corresponding author and his/her mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
e)    Acknowledgments: An optional paragraph to express appreciation for the contributions of non-authors.
f)     Conflicts of Interest statement and sources of funding:All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be included on the title page of the manuscript with the heading "Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding." Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest, including financial, consultant, institutional and other and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. For example:

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: A has received honoraria from Company ABC is currently receiving a grant (#12345) from Organization D, and is on the speaker's bureau for Organization E - the CME organizers for Company A. For the remaining authors none were declared.

2. Text file: A MS Word file without authors' names (to protect the peer review process). Please note that the journal does not allow footnotes in the manuscript text. In most cases, manuscripts should contain the following sections in the order listed:
a) Abstract: Full title and a one-paragraph description (250 words or less with subheadings) of the background (general purpose), methods, results, and conclusions of the research. A second paragraph should list Keywords, three to five words or short phrases that indicate the major focus of the manuscript for publisher indexing.
Clinical Trials Registration: If the article reports a clinical trial, give the trial registry name, URL, and registration number.

b) Introduction: A clear statement of the purpose of the study, a brief survey of salient literature, a description of the research setting if relevant, and the rationale for the general methodology chosen.

c) Methods: A precise description of subjects, procedures, apparatus, and methods of data analysis, all sufficiently detailed to allow other competent researchers to evaluate or replicate the study.

d) Results: A succinct presentation of significant data obtained, including tables or figures only to supplement not repeat the text.

e) Discussion: An extension (not reiteration) of the Results, emphasizing significant principles, relationships, generalizations and implications, relevance to previous studies, limitations, and suggestions for further research.

g) References: A numbered list of cited sources, using the style shown in the examples below. Note that all authors' names are listed; Journal names should be abbreviated according to abbreviations used in the NLM Catalog: ( The Accuracy of the references is the authors' responsibility. If a manuscript has been accepted for publication, list it as "in press" and give the journal name. Unpublished or privately published materials and personal communications are not references; relevant identifying information should be included in the text citation.

Within the text, citations should be numbered, and the numbers should be in parentheses (1); Except in unusual circumstances, no more than four references should be cited in support of any given point.

Examples of reference style:


  1. Goffman, Erving. Asylums: essays on the social situation of mental patients and other inmates. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Books, 1961.
  2. Slade M: Personal recovery and mental illness. A guide for mental health professionals. Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2009.

Journal articles

3. Mohr WK, Mohr BD. Mechanisms of injury and death proximal to restraint use. Arch Psychiatr Nurs 2000;14:285-295.

h) Figure legends: Figure legends must be submitted for all figures. They should be brief and specific, and they should be listed in the text file on a single page after the references.

3. Table Files:Tables must be labeled individually with a brief but descriptive title and submitted as separate electronic files. Tables should be submitted in their original file format (Word or Excel) and not as graphics files.

4. Remember:
- Cite figures and tables consecutively in your manuscript.
- Number figures in the figure legend in the order in which they are discussed.
- Upload figures consecutively to the submission web site and enter figure numbers consecutively in the Description field when uploading the files.

5. Copyright files. Each author must complete and submit the journal's copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" ( The form is readily available on the manuscript submission page and should be printed, signed, scanned and submitted together with the manuscript files.

After Acceptance

Page proofs and corrections: Corresponding authors will receive electronic page proofs to check the copyedited and typeset article before publication. Complete instructions will be provided with the e-mail for downloading the files and for returning the corrected page proofs to the production editor. It is the authors' responsibility to provide the final manuscript before publication production is initiated. The editorial office and the publisher may revise the text to conform to journal style; such changes are subject to review by authors during proofreading and will stand if they do not alter the authors' meaning. After manuscript acceptance, the publisher reserves the right to deny author corrections that do not affect the accuracy of the content; only the most critical changes to the accuracy of the content will be made after manuscript acceptance. Authors may be charged for alterations to the proofs beyond those required to correct errors or to answer publisher queries. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that there are no errors in the proofs. Proofs must be checked carefully and corrections returned to the production editor within 48 hours of the request.