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About

BJPsych Bulletin prioritises research, opinion and informed reflection on the state of psychiatry, management of psychiatric services, and education and training in psychiatry. It provides essential reading and practical value to psychiatrists and anyone involved in the management and provision of mental healthcare. Please see About BJPsych Bulletin for further details of the journal’s aims and scope.

BJPsych Bulletin is an open access, peer-reviewed journal owned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The journal is published bimonthly by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the College. There are no submission or publication charges to authors.

BJPsych Bulletin is not responsible for statements made by contributors and material in BJPsych Bulletin does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor-in-Chief or the College.

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online as a Microsoft Word document via https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjpsych-bulletin. Authors may track the progress of their manuscript(s) at any time via the submission website. For assistance with online submission, please email BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk or call + 44 (0) 20 3701 2720.

Peer Review

General enquiries regarding a paper's suitability before submission may be sent to BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.

All submissions are initially assessed for suitability by either the Editor-in-Chief, a handling editor or editorial board member. After the initial assessment, submissions are single blind peer reviewed by at least one independent, anonymous expert referee and the assigned handling editor. Read further details on Cambridge Core about what to expect during peer review.

Preparing your Submission

Checklist: What to Include

Authors will be asked to confirm the following elements are included during submission. Any omissions may cause delays.

Word Document:

Required Information

  1. Article Title – The title should be brief and relevant. Titles should not announce the results of articles and (apart from editorials) they should not be phrased as questions. Authors should ensure that the title given in this document matches the title they enter in the system during online submission.
  2. Author Names – The full names of the all the authors should appear on the title page in the form and order that is wished for publication.
  3. Author Details – At the end of the manuscript under heading About the authors the following should be listed: names, degrees (optional), job titles, affiliations (place of work including department) and countries at the time the work described in the paper was carried out.
  4. Corresponding Author – a corresponding author needs to be included. Full postal address (including post/zip code) and email address appropriate for publication required. We recommend avoiding personal email addresses.
  5. Clinical Trials Registration – In accordance with ICMJE guidelines, BJPsych Bulletin requires all clinical trials to be registered in a public trials registry at the beginning of the research process (prior to patient enrolment). Trial registration numbers should be included in the abstract, with full details of the trial in the Methods section. We require authors to register the protocol for systematic reviews on PROSPERO and include the registration number in the abstract.
  6. Abstract/Summary and Main Text – See relevant Article Type for individual specification.
  7. References – References should be numbered in the order that they appear in the text and listed at the end of the manuscript using the Vancouver style. All references must be cited in the text. Unpublished doctoral theses may be cited but no other citation of unpublished work, including unpublished conference presentations, is permissible. Authors are responsible for checking all references for accuracy and relevance before submission.
  8. Acknowledgements – Optional. Authors may acknowledge individuals or organisations who provided non-financial advice and/or support. Names and descriptions of the contributions of all non-author contributors should be included (as identified in the ICMJE guidelines).

Required Statements

  1. Declaration of Interest – All authors are required to complete the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest form. Please include a summary statement in your manuscript derived from the information in the forms. Where no known conflicts of interest exist, please include the following statement: "None".
  2. Funding Statement – Please provide details of the sources of financial support for all authors, including grant numbers. Grants held by different authors should be identified as belonging to individual authors by the authors' initials. For example: This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust (A.B., grant numbers XXXX, YYYY), (C.D., grant number ZZZZ); the Natural Environment Research Council (E.F., grant number FFFF); and the National Institutes of Health (A.B., grant number GGGG), (E.F., grant number HHHH). Where no specific funding has been provided for research, please provide the following statement: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
  3. Ethics Statement – All authors are required to follow the ICMJE guidelines on the protection of research participants. Articles reporting original research must include an ethical approval statement which either confirms that ethical approval was obtained for the work (giving details) or explains why ethical approval was not required. For further assistance in writing an ethics statement please visit Ethics Statement Generator.
  4. Consent Statement – Articles mentioning studies/research involving human participants must include the following statement in the Introduction or Methods section: Written [or verbal] informed consent was obtained from all subjects/patients. Where verbal consent was obtained this must be followed by a statement such as: Verbal consent was witnessed and formally recorded. This confirms that any research participant has consented to the inclusion of material pertaining to themselves, that they acknowledge that they cannot be identified via the manuscript, and that the participant has been fully anonymised by the author. If research participants are identifiable, authors should complete and upload a Consent Form. Where someone is deceased, authors must obtain written consent from the family or estate.
  5. Professional Medical Writer Statement – If a professional medical writer has been employed in connection to the work, the writer must submit a completed ICMJE Conflicts of Interest form and be named in the Acknowledgements section with their contact information.
  6. Author Contribution Statement – All authors should meet all four ICMJE criteria for authorship and a very brief description of the contribution of each author must be included.

Other Documents:

  1. Tables - Tables exceeding one printed PDF page will be moved into Supplementary Material – see below. Authors are encouraged to limit the number of tables/figures to a maximum of three. Tables should be numbered (e.g. Table 1, Table 2...) and referenced in the text of the manuscript. Authors must indicate the desired position of the table in the manuscript. Authors must obtain permission from the original publisher if they intend to use tables from other sources, and due acknowledgement should be made in a footnote to the table as follows: Permission to replicate this table has been given to the authors by XXX.
  2. Figures - Figures should be numbered (e.g. Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3...) and referenced in the text of the manuscript. Authors must indicate the desired position of the figure in the manuscript. Please consult the journal artwork guide for a detailed specification on accepted file formats. Authors must obtain permission from the original publisher if they intend to use figures from other sources, and due acknowledgement should be made in the legend as follows: Permission to replicate this figure has been given to the authors by XXX.
    Any figures supplied in colour will be published online in colour but converted to tints of the journal's Pantone shade for printing. The optional charge for full colour figure print publication is £200/$320 per figure (up to a maximum of £1000/$1600 per article). To request colour figures in print, authors should tick the appropriate box when submitting the manuscript. Authors who request colour figures in the printed version will be contacted after acceptance by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect colour charges. Authors should respond as soon as possible and follow their instructions to avoid delay in publication.
  3. Supplementary Material – Material related to a paper but not essential to a general understanding of the paper will be published as an online data supplement. Supplementary material is peer reviewed but will not be copy-edited or typeset and should be supplied as authors wish it to appear online. Supplementary material should be uploaded as a separate file and referenced in the manuscript. This material includes, but is not restricted to:
    • Additional data presented as tables or figures
    • Details of a search strategy employed in a literature review
    • Details of the literature retrieved but not further discussed in the body of the manuscript
    • Technical details of specialist (but not novel) methodology, statistical analysis and supporting references
    • Authors who have contributed in some sense to the paper but don't qualify for an authorship credit (e.g. group authorship) should be added to supplementary material rather than included in the footnote or acknowledgement section.

  4. ICMJE Conflict of Interest Form – All authors are required to complete the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest form disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias or be seen to bias their work as detailed in the ICMJE guidelines. The forms must be uploaded as supplementary files and will be published online for all accepted research papers.
  5. Licence to Publish Form - A signed Licence to Publish Form must be submitted online when submitting a revised version of the manuscript, or immediately after acceptance if no revision is required.
  6. CONSORT, PRISMA, or CHEERS Checklist/Flow Diagram – Must be included if relevant. See Transparent Reporting – Equator Guidelines for more information.

During Online Submission:

  1. Cover letter – Authors may include a cover letter highlighting the main strengths of the paper.
  2. Revised submissions – When submitting a revised manuscript, authors are expected to respond to reviewers' comments on the previous submission, point by point, where prompted on the online submission site. Authors should highlight in yellow those sections of the manuscript that have been changed in response to reviewers' comments.

Article Types

Jump to: | Editorial | Commentary | Original Paper | Review Article | Special Article | Current Practice | Against the Stream | Education and Training | PRAXIS | Interviews | Correspondence and eLetter | Obituary | Book Review

Editorial
  • Editorials may be controversial but must be backed up by appropriate references.
  • Opinion pieces not suitable as Editorials can be submitted as Special Articles.
  • The word count should be around 2,000 words excluding references.
  • An unstructured summary of approximately 100 words is required.

Commentary
  • Commentaries are commissioned articles commenting on other papers.
  • The length should be shorter than the paper with which the commentary is linked.
  • A new separate title should be given to the commentary (as opposed to using the title of the linked paper).
  • An unstructured summary between 50 and 100 words is required.

Original Paper
  • There is a preference for studies that will generalise to other areas and countries rather than being simply of local interest.
  • Preference will be given to full studies with appropriate statistics rather than preliminary enquiries.
  • We only consider qualitative studies of outstanding quality which contribute something new to the existing literature.
  • Surveys with a low response rate (less than 60%) will only be accepted for publication in exceptional circumstances and similar considerations apply to retrospective case note studies.
  • Papers on audit must demonstrate a completed audit cycle.
  • An abstract of 100–150 words is required and should be structured under three headings: Aims and Method, Results, and Clinical Implications.
  • If the paper is a report of a clinical trial, that trial must be registered in a public trials registry and the trial registration number stated in the abstract.
  • The recommended length is between 2,000 and 3,000 words.
  • A brief introduction (maximum 250 words) is required. Any more extended consideration of the relevant literature is appropriate in the Discussion section.
  • We encourage limiting the number of tables/figures to a maximum of three.
  • We suggest that authors review previous issues of BJPsych Bulletin and place their work in the context of material previously published.

Special Article
  • Special Articles include review articles, reappraisal of existing knowledge, new theoretical interpretations or implications for practice, but rarely present original data.
  • Review articles may be narrative or systematic but there is a preference for the latter. For such articles there is no word limit or maximum number of references, tables or figures.
  • Articles should include either an unstructured summary of approximately 100 words, or an abstract of 100–150 words structured under three headings: Aims and Method, Results, and Clinical Implications.
  • Opinion pieces not suitable as Editorials can be submitted as Special Articles.
  • The recommended length is between 2,000 and 3,000 words.

Against the Stream
  • The Against the Stream editors commission articles for this section but also welcome unsolicited contributions. Pre-submission enquiries should be emailed to BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk .
  • Articles should tackle controversial issues of relevance to psychiatrists and mental health professionals. The idea is to challenge conventional wisdom and stimulate discussion.
  • We recommend that articles begin with a brief statement of the conventional wisdom/position on the topic as well as the evidence to support it. The conventional view should then be robustly challenged, and ideally the overall style of the article should be lively and readable.
  • Contributors should aim for around 1500 words and about ten key references to support the more controversial position.
  • An unstructured summary of approximately 100 words is required.
  • We suggest that authors review previous issues of BJPsych Bulletin and place their work in the context of material previously published.

Education and Training
  • The journal has a new trainees' section with specific article types (see Praxis) but is also interested in publishing high-quality educational research.
  • Topics of particular interest include recruitment in psychiatry, changes in the curriculum and new models of training.
  • Articles should include either an unstructured summary of approximately 100 words, or an abstract of 100–150 words structured under three headings: Aims and Method, Results, and Clinical Implications.
  • The recommended length is between 2,000 and 3,000 words.

PRAXIS
  • The Praxis section is handled by the Trainees' Section Editor. For details on the aims and scope read the editorial 'PRAXIS makes perfect?'
  • Articles fall under either Clinical Scenarios or Opinion/reflection/editorials. Before submitting a paper authors should approach the journal to discuss their ideas. Proposals and enquiries are welcome and should be sent to BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.
  • Clinical scenarios
    In any given scenario possible avenues for consideration can include neuroscience, diagnosis, formulation, transference and countertransference, practicalities, real-world service provision, ethical and legal considerations. Before submitting a paper authors should approach the journal to discuss their idea and obtain a template for a clinical scenario article type.
  • Opinion/reflection/editorials
    Subjects of articles for this section should fall broadly under the heading of personal and professional development. Topics of particular interest include, for example, psychodynamic and systemic approaches to resilience and burnout; consideration of what supervision should entail; trainee experiences of organising their own personal therapy and what meaningful patient involvement and co-production looks like in practice and in education. The word count should be around 2,000 words excluding references. An unstructured summary of approximately 100 words is required.

Interviews

Correspondence and eLetters
  • We are unable to consider submissions sent by email.
  • Letters should be submitted online as responses to published articles by navigating to the eLetters tab when viewing an article online and selecting 'Submit a response'.
  • General letters unrelated to a published article may be submitted by selecting 'Submit a General eLetter' on the journal website home page. Navigate to the eLetters tab at the top of the screen and click 'Submit a response'.
  • Letters may be up to 500 words in length with a maximum of 5 references.
  • All letters must include a Declaration of Interest statement.
  • All Letters will be considered by the Correspondence Editor. Accepted letters will appear online and a selection from these will subsequently be included in the printed journal at the Correspondence Editor's discretion.

Obituary
  • The journal aims to publish obituaries on psychiatrists who have made a significant contribution to the specialty or in other fields. Members and Fellows of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, friends and family may submit obituaries to the journal.
  • Contributors should kindly note that submission does not guarantee publication. All submitted obituaries will be considered and may be edited at the discretion of the Obituaries Editor.
  • As a general rule, the word count for brief obituaries is between 350 and 400; longer articles should be between 750 and 1,000 words long.
  • The name and positions held by the individual should be included in the article's title or opening paragraph. A description of the person's main achievements should follow, and by way of background, information about the subject's parents and childhood (if thought to be relevant), medical education, specialist training and positions held should follow. Personal information about the subject's marriage or partnerships, children, outside interests and last illness (in no particular order) could also be included. One or two references from academic or scientific journals illustrating the person's contribution to research along with any anecdotes or stories about the individual are always welcome.
  • Obituaries that have previously appeared in a national or local newspaper may be considered and if necessary may be altered to make them more relevant to the readers of the journal.
  • Articles should be sent as Word documents and include a good quality photo of the individual ideally with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Preference is given to jpeg or tiff file types. Submissions should be emailed to the Obituaries Editor, Philip Graham — pjgraham32@gmail.com with copy to BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.
  • Members and Fellows of the College may write their own obituaries during their lifetime and email them to BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk. Contributors should kindly note that submission does not guarantee publication.

Book Review
  • Book reviews are commissioned by the book review editors. Enquiries should be emailed to BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.
  • Submitted book reviews should include the name, job title, postal address and email address of the corresponding author as well as full book details: book title, author(s), price, whether the hardback or paperback, publisher, publication year and number of pages. A picture of the book cover should be supplied.

The British Journal of Psychiatry and BJPsych Bulletin accept copies of books for review but submitting a copy does not guarantee a review will be published. Only one copy of the book should be sent to the Publishing Team, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB.

Case reports are not considered for publication in BJPsych Bulletin and should be submitted to BJPsych Open.

Transparent Reporting: Equator Guidelines

Authors must abide by the following guidelines and documentation, if applicable:


Statistics

Attention should be paid to clear description of study designs and objectives, and evidence that the statistical procedures used were both appropriate for the hypotheses tested and correctly interpreted. The statistical analyses should be planned before data are collected and full explanations given for any post hoc analyses carried out. The value of test statistics used (e.g. t, F-ratio) should be given as well as their significance levels so that their derivation can be understood. Standard deviations and errors should not be reported as ± but should be specified and referred to in parentheses.

Trends should not be reported unless they have been supported by appropriate statistical analyses for trends. The use of percentages to report results from small samples is discouraged, other than where this facilitates comparisons. The number of decimal places to which numbers are given should reflect the accuracy of the determination and estimates of error should be given for statistics. Use of confidence intervals is encouraged but not mandatory. Authors are encouraged to include estimates of statistical power where appropriate. To report a difference as being statistically significant is generally insufficient, and comment should be made about the magnitude and direction of change.

Qualitative research

The Editorial team recognises that the term 'qualitative research' encompasses diverse methods, manuscripts will be evaluated based on the appropriateness of the selected framework, the coherence of the report and its adherence to quality criteria consistent with the methodology and method as follows:

Epistemological and/or theoretical frameworks
  • The epistemological underpinnings and/or theoretical framework are made explicit and applied consistently

Study design and method
  • The research goal is clear, justified and in context regarding the literature
  • The approach matches the purpose of research and is justified
  • Methods of sampling, data collection, data management and analysis are made explicit and consistent with the methodology
  • Analytical and interpretative processes are described in full

Findings, discussion and implications
  • Findings represent the depth and breadth of data
  • Findings and interpretations are supported by the data
  • Direct quotations, exemplars or other data presentations are used judiciously to illustrate the findings
  • Findings are presented in a way that is consistent with the methodology, method and study aims
  • Authors are appropriately cautious about knowledge claims
  • Findings are explored theoretically and applications discussed

Process issues
  • The report provides an account of reflexive practice in keeping with the methodology

ORCID

ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and through integration in key research workflows such as publication and grant applications, links your professional activities. We encourage authors to link their ORCID identifier to their ScholarOne account. If you do not already have an ORCID identifier, registration is fast and free, and you can register directly from your ScholarOne account or at https://orcid.org/register.

Data Sharing

Authors are required to maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data on reasonable request. Authors are encouraged to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others, if appropriate.

Language Editing Service

Where English is not a native language we encourage authors to have their manuscripts checked by an English language native speaker before submission. This will ensure that manuscripts are judged at peer review exclusively on academic merit. Cambridge University Press partners with American Journal Experts to provide a high-quality service to authors. Use of this service is entirely voluntary and does not guarantee acceptance, nor does its use require authors to later submit to a Cambridge journal.

Policies

Publication ethics

Authors are expected to be aware of and comply with best practice in publication ethics. This includes, but is not restricted to: avoiding duplicate or multiple submissions, plagiarism and manipulation of figures/data. Authors must ensure that submissions to BJPsych Bulletin are not under consideration, accepted for publication or previously published elsewhere. All content overlap with published or submitted content must be acknowledged and cited. Submitted articles will be checked using duplication-checking software (Crossref™ Similarity Check) at revision stage.

BJPsych Bulletin takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and the reputation of the journal. Any claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal will be investigated according to COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).

BJPsych Bulletin reserves the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal, or appropriate legal action.

Any concerns in this regard must be brought to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief via BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk .

To ensure unbiased review, submissions from the editors and members of the editorial board are welcome but will be peer reviewed by an independent Editor.

Cambridge University Press's Ethical Guidelines can be found here: Publication Ethics and Ethical Standards.

Appeals and Complaints

If an author believes their manuscript has been incorrectly rejected, an appeal letter can be submitted by responding to the decision email directly or contacting BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.

To have an appeal considered, please provide full details regarding your reasoning for the appeal letter. All appeals are reviewed and discussed by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board twice a year at Editorial Board meetings, with a final decision subsequently communicated to the author via email. We can consider only one appeal per manuscript.

Please direct all complaints to the Editor-in-Chief or the editorial office at BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk.

After Acceptance

Licence to Publish

Contributions are accepted for publication on the condition that their substance has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Authors retain the copyright of their work but must complete and return a licence to publish form. This form must be submitted online when submitting a revised version of a manuscript, or immediately after the article has been accepted for publication if no revision is required. This licence will only be transferred to the Publisher if the article is accepted in the journal.

Open Access

BJPsych Bulletin is an open access journal. There are no submission or publication fees for papers published in the journal. Open access is the practice of making published research freely accessible to all. Whilst there are a number of mechanisms for making this content freely available, the Gold open access model used by BJPsych Bulletin requires that the published 'version of record' be made freely available to all immediately upon publication, with additional usage rights.

Authors are able to choose from the following Creative Commons licences:

  • CC-BY (Attribution)
  • CC-BY-NC-SA (Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike)
  • CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivatives)

For information on what each licence allows, please visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/. If no selection is indicated on the licence to publish form, the article will be published under a CC-BY licence. Authors are able to post their final published article elsewhere as per the terms of the copyright agreement, but note however that we can currently only track usage statistics for article views and downloads from our own site.

The publisher will deposit papers into PubMed Central automatically on publication on the authors' behalf and in the case of Wellcome-funded papers, BJPsych Bulletin is fully compliant with the Wellcome open access policy.

Proofs

First proofs will be emailed to the corresponding author after acceptance (NB: proof emails are sometimes filtered into junk and authors should look out for this). Authors should check their first proofs and answer any queries that have arisen during copyediting and typesetting within two days. Authors must check proofs carefully and note that once the article has been published online no further changes can be made. For more details on the Production process, see our comprehensive guide.

Online Publication

BJPsych Bulletin articles are published online as a Version of Record (VoR) using the Cambridge FirstView model. Articles are published in final form 2–3 weeks after receipt of corrected author proofs. Articles are paginated independently, fully citable with an assigned digital object identifier (DOI) and made freely available.

Press Releases

To coordinate and provide additional publicity for your publication surrounding a press release being planned by your institution or by/via yourself, including Twitter and Facebook, please email societymarketing@cambridge.org with copy to BJPBulletin@rcpsych.ac.uk as soon as possible after your article is accepted.

Sharing Your Article

The corresponding author will receive a link to the article on publication; as the journal is open access, the article will be free to download. You are free to share your article based on your choice of Creative Commons licence:

Personal web page

Department or institutional repository

Non-commercial subject repository

Commercial repository or social media site (e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu, SSRN)

VoR (under CC-BY)

On publication

On publication

On publication

On publication

Version of Record(under CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND)

On publication

On publication

On publication

Not permitted

Note that the BJPsych Bulletin offers Cambridge Core Share, which allows authors, readers and subscribers to share a link to a read-only version of an article anywhere at any time.

Authors are encouraged to actively promote their articles to their colleagues and contacts around the world. Our suite of resources are available to help you engage with your readership, increase your visibility and make your article more discoverable online. When tweeting about your article, please include the journal portfolio handle @TheBJPsych and the hashtag #BJPBulletin.

Abstracting and indexing services

BJPsych Bulletin is registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and all articles are deposited in PubMed Central automatically on publication. See this page for a full list of where articles in BJPsych Bulletin are indexed.

Digital Preservation

Cambridge University Press publications are deposited in the following digital archives to guarantee long-term digital preservation:

  • CLOCKSS (journals)
  • Portico (journals and books)

Last Updated: March 2019