The BJPsych Bulletin will be piloting a mentoring scheme for authors submitting papers to the journal. The aim is to guide authors whose articles have potential but are in need of tweaking before reaching a sufficient standard whereby they can be sent out for review.
Mentors will be experienced researchers or academics with top level teaching skills and bags of motivation! They will provide feedback on the study design and statistical analyses, as well as writing tips, including how to contextualise the paper in light of the current scientific thinking in the UK and internationally. There will be advice on how to maximise the article’s impact through the use of search-engine friendly titles, abstracts and keywords, and how to understand the difference between a solid but pedestrian manuscript, and one that will inspire the development of current practices.
How it will work
Mentors and mentees will agree a predetermined timetable of tasks and activities. It is envisaged that the average process for a paper would require a maximum of about 12 hours over a period of up to 6 months – it is unlikely that a paper needing more than six revisions, each taking about 2 hours, will have reached the threshold for inclusion in the scheme. The mentoring scheme does not guarantee publication. If the paper is eventually published, credit will be given to the mentor by means of an acknowledgement. The scheme will run on a trial basis, subject to regular informal reviews. At the end of 12 months the journal’s editorial board will decide on the feasibility of continuing the scheme.
How to proceed
Authors wishing to have papers considered for mentoring should submit them via the Bulletin Bench>Press website – http://submit-pb.rcpsych.org – requesting entrance into the scheme via the cover letter. The editor or editorial board member will contact authors of articles already submitted to the journal which would benefit from mentoring. If you would like to be a mentor please email firstname.lastname@example.org