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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the “Cover letter”).
  • Cover letter (You should upload your cover letter at “Cover letter” section of the online submission process).
  • The main manuscript (including title, authors, affiliations, running title, abstract, text, acknowledgements, financial/conflict of interest disclosure, sources of funding, authors' contributions, ethical consideration, references, tables and legends for figures) is in Microsoft Word . (Use Word “template”)
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines
  • References adhere to the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, for papers with more than three authors only the first three Authors must be indicated, followed by "et al.".
  • Where available, DOI names for the references have been provided.
  • Images are in .TIFF or .JPEG format, resolution at least 300 dpi (upload in separate files, see Author Guidelines for details. IMPORTANT: maximum dimension for each single file/image is 2 MB). Authors should provide colour images when available which will be printed with no additional cost.
  • The (Authorship Statement Form) is properly filled in, signed, saved in .pdf format and uploaded in the next step of the submission process.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts are examined by the editorial staff and evaluated by expert peer reviewers assigned by the editors. Both clinical and basic articles will also be subject to statistical review, when appropriate. Provisional or final acceptance is based on originality, scientific content, and topical balance of the journal. Decisions are communicated by email, generally within eight weeks. All rebuttals must be submitted in writing to the editorial office.

Manuscript submission must be done according to the following categories:

Original articles 

(maximum 5000 words, 8 figures or tables). A structured abstract of no more than 250 words should be included.

Reviews, Editorials 

(maximum 4000 words for Reviews and 1600 words for Editorials). These are usually commissioned by the Editors. Before spontaneously writing an Editorial or Review, it is advisable to contact the Editor to make sure that an article on the same or similar topic is not already in preparation.

Case Reports, Scientific Letters

(maximum 1500 words, 10 references, 3 figures or tables, maximum 5 authors). A summary of 150 words may be included.

Letters to the Editor 

(maximum 700 words, 5 references). Letters commenting upon papers published in the journal during the previous year or concerning news in the myologic, cardio-myologic or neuro-myologic field, are welcome. All the Authors must sign the letter.

Rapid Reports

(maximum 400 words, 5 references, 2 figures or tables). A letter should be included explaining why the author considers the paper justifies rapid processing.

Congress Proceedings

Congress or Meeting Proceedings will be taken into consideration.

lnformation concerning new books, congresses and symposia, will be published if conforming to the policy of the Journal.

The manuscripts should be arranged as follows:

Original and short articles and reviews must be written in English. The paper must include:

  • Title page
  • Summary: should be about 3000 typewritten characters (including spaces). It should be divided into 4 sections: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • A set of key words
  • Main text with the following sections: a. Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions for original and short articles and systematic reviews; b. Appropriate headings and subheadings for narrative reviews.
  • Ethical consideration
  • Acknowledgements
  • Funding
  • Conflicts of interest statement
  • Author’ contribution
  • References
  • Figure titles/legends
  • Tables

Pages should be numbered (title page as page 1).

Title page. The AA are invited to check it represents the content of the paper and is not misleading. A short running title is salso suggested.

Key words. Supply up to six key words. Whenever possible, use terms from Index Medicus – Medical Subject Headings.

Text. Only international SI units and symbols must be used in the text. Tables and figures should be cited in numerical order as first mentioned in the text. Patients must be identified by numbers, not initials.

Ethical consideration

All manuscripts submitted to Italian Journal of Psychiatry must include a statement detailing this, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate. In case a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should be detailed in the manuscript, together with the name of the ethics committee that granted the exemption.
Manuscripts may be rejected if the Editor considers that the research has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework.

If a study has not been submitted to an ethics committee prior to commencing, retrospective ethics approval usually cannot be obtained and it may not be possible to consider the manuscript for peer review. How to proceed in such cases is at the Editor(s)’ discretion.

Authors will be expected to have obtained ethics committee approval and informed patient consent for any experimental use of a novel procedure or tool where a clear clinical advantage based on clinical need was not apparent before treatment.

For retrospective/protocol studies in which only aggregate data (e.g., incidences of TB in a certain region) are analysed, the Ethical Approval by an appropriate Committee is usually not required, as the data cannot be traced back to specific patients.


Within this section, list those contributors who have not met the authorship criteria.


Authors should describe in the “Funding” section, at the end of the manuscript, all funding sources (e.g. full name of funding organizations, grant numbers). The role of the sponsor, if any, in the study design, in the acquisition analysis and interpretation of data, in drafting the manuscript should be briefly described. If the sponsor has not been specifically involved in the research this should be stated.

Conflicts of interest

Authors must fully disclose any existing or potential conflicts of interest of a financial, personal or any other nature that could affect or bias their research. If applicable, authors are also requested to describe the role of the finding source(s) in the study design, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, and writing of the manuscript. No potential conflicts of interest must also be explicitly stated.

Authors’ contributions

The individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section.

Illustrations. Figures should be sent in .jpeg or .tiff format, with at least 300 dpi as resolution. Composed figures must be saved as a single file in .Jpeg or .tiff format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. The individual images within a compound figure must all have the same size (IMPORTANT: maximum dimension for each single file/image is 2 Mb). Legends should be typed double-spaced and numbered with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, each should be explained clearly in the legend. For photomicrographs, the internal scale markers should be defined and the methods of staining should be given.

If the figure has been previously published a credit line should be included and permission in writing to reproduce should be supplied. Color photographs can be accepted for publication, but the cost to be covered by the authors.


Tables. Tables should be self-explanatory, double spaced on separate sheets with the table number and title above the table and explanatory notes below. Roman numbers should be used for tables and correspond with the order in which the table is first mentioned in the text.

Indicate all Authors, from 1 to 3. If their number is greater than 3, indicate only the first 3, followed by “et al.”
Arabic numbers in the text must be superscript.
References in the list must be numbered as they appear in the text, with the reference number superscript.

DOI NAME MUST BE INCLUDED WITH EACH REFERENCE (when available and preceded by  If not available, indicate the PMID number

Examples of the correct format for citation of references:

Journal articles: Shapiro AMJ, Lakey JRT, Ryan EA, et al. Islet transplantation in seven patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus using a glucocorticoid-free immunosuppressive regimen. N Engl J Med 2000;343:230-238.

Books: Smith DW. Recognizable patterns of human malformation. Third Edition. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co. 1982.

Chapters from books or material from conference proceedings: Krmpotic-Nemanic J, Kostovis I, Rudan P. Aging changes of the form and infrastructure of the external nose and its importance in rhinoplasty. In: Conly J, Dickinson JT, Eds. Plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. New York, NY: Grune and Stratton 1972. p. 84

Please check each item of the following checklist before mailing:

  • Three-six index terms, short title for running head (no more than 40 letter spaces) on the title page.
  • Name(s) of the author(s) in full, name(s) of institution(s) in the original language, address for correspondence with email address on the second page.
  • Summary (maximum 250 words).
  • References, tables and figures cited consecutively as they appear in the text.
  • Figures submitted actual size for publication (i.e., 1 column wide or 2 columns wide).
  • Copyright assignment and authorship responsibility signed (with date) by all Authors.
  • References prepared according to instructions.
  • English style.
  • Patients in photographs not recognisable.