BJPsych Bulletin publishes original and scientific papers, review articles and opinion pieces dealing with treatment of mental disorders, administration, audit and management of psychiatric services and training in psychiatry. BJPsych Bulletin focuses on matters relevant to everyday clinical practice and management in psychiatry, and will prioritise articles which are of practical clinical relevance, topical and accessible. Papers will only be considered if they are of scientific merit.
BJPsych Bulletin complies with the International Committee of Medical Editors' Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (http://www.icmje.org/), which it recommends to its contributors and assessors.
The journal accepts personal stories/accounts or case reports only in exceptional circumstances. 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. 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.
Editorials may be controversial but must be backed up by appropriate references. Special Articles include 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. It is also suggested that authors review previous issues of BJPsych Bulletin and place their work in the context of material previously published.
• All papers, including editorials and commissioned papers, are sent for peer review.
• Papers will normally be 2000-3000 words in length.
• Full details of all the authors should be included in the article itself: name(s); job title(s), affiliation(s) and email address for the corresponding author.
• An abstract of 100-150 words (structured under the headings: Aims and Method, Results, and Clinical Implications) should be included with all papers except editorials and special articles, for which an unstructured summary of approximately 100 words is required. The abstract or summary should be included in the article itself.
• Original papers should include a brief introduction (maximum 250 words); any more extended consideration of the relevant literature is appropriate in the Discussion section.
• Authors are encouraged to limit the number of tables/figures to a maximum of three.
• 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 manuscript.
• Photographs and illustrations are welcome.
• A Declaration of Interest must be given and should list fees and grants from, employment by, consultancy for, shared ownership in, or any close relationship with, an organisation or individual whose interests, financial or otherwise, may be affected by the publication of your paper. This pertains to all the authors of the study. We recommend use of the disclosure form developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors for this purpose.
Authors are responsible for checking all references for accuracy and relevance in advance of submission. Reference lists not in the correct style will be returned to the author for correction. All references should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text and listed at the end of the article using the
The authors' names are followed by the full title of the article; the journal title abbreviated (in italics) according to the style of Index Medicus; the year of publication; the volume number (in bold type); and the first and last page numbers. References to book or book chapters should give the titles of the book (and the chapter if selected), names of any authors, name of publisher, names of any editors, and year. Examples are shown below.
1 Abdul-Hamid WK, Lewis-Cole K, Holloway F, Silverman M. Older people with enduring mental illness: a needs assessment tool. 2009; : 91-5.
2 Thornicroft GJ.
3 Gowers SG, Glaze R. Classification and epidemiology. In (2nd edn) (ed SG Gowers): 59-89. Gaskell, 2005.
4 Lancet. Burnished or burnt out: the delights and dangers of working in health (editorial). 1994; : 1583-4.
5 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of
6 Soni SD, Mallik A, Mbatia J, Shrimankar J. Late paraphrenia (letter). 1988; : 719-20.
7 Viding E, Frick P, Plomin R. Aetiology of the relationship between callous-unemotional traits and conduct problems in childhood. 2007; (suppl 49): s33-8.
Personal communications need written authorisation (email is acceptable); they should not be included in the reference list. Unpublished doctoral theses may be cited (please state department or faculty, university and degree). No other citation of unpublished work, including unpublished conference presentations, is permissible.
Submitting a paper
Contributions should be submitted in Word format please, via the Internet-based manuscript tracking system Bench>Press. We cannot accept contributions sent by e-mail. To register with the system and submit a paper please go to the following website: and click on create a new account. A unique account will be created for each contributor using his or her email address as identification. (Note for contributors with more than one email account: please ensure you use the same email address whenever logging on to the manuscript submission website.) For assistance with online submission, or to enquire about the progress of a submission, please email or telephone +44 (0)20 7235 2351 extension 2720.
All submissions that the Editor deems to be within the journal's remit and presented appropriately will be sent for review peers who declare that they have no conflict of interest in assessing the submitted manuscript. The assessments resulting from peer-review assist the Editor in deciding which manuscripts, perhaps after further revision, may be appropriate for publication. The Editor's decision is final, and space restrictions mean that not all high-quality papers can be accepted for publication.
All letters should be submitted via the website as eLetters and will be considered by the Correspondence Editor. We cannot accept letters sent by e-mail or post. We are unable to provide individual feedback or inform authors of the outcome of submitted eLetters. Authors should check the website 7-14 days after submission to see whether or not their letters have been published.
1- If your letter is in response to an article published in BJPsych Bulletin, find the article to which your letter refers - you can search for the article via Current issue or via the Archive, under All issues. Click the article, and either click on the eLetters tab at the top of the article, or, on the right hand side column of the screen, click Respond to this article. Fill in the section COMPOSE ELETTER and click Submit at the bottom - this action should be followed by an acknowledgment message at the top of the screen.
2- If your letter is a general one click Letter to the editor on the homepage, underneath SUBMIT A LETTER UNRELATED TO A PUBLISHED ARTICLE. Then on the next screen click Submit a response to this article - link underneath PUBLISHED ELETTERSFill in the section COMPOSE ELETTER and click Submit at the bottom.
When an eLetter is published in response to a previously published article, the corresponding author of that article is notified and may choose to respond. The Correspondence Editor will screen all eLetters for libellous content, and has discretion to edit eLetters further before online publication. Some eLetters will be selected for later inclusion in the printed journal; these may be subject to substantive editing at the discretion of the Correspondence Editor.
aims to publish obituaries on psychiatrists who have made a significant contribution to the specialty or in other fields. The obituary may be submitted to the journal by Members and Fellows of the
As a general rule, articles should be between 750 and 1,000 words long with the name and positions held by the individual in the 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.
will also consider obituaries that have previously appeared in a national or local newspaper: such pieces may be altered to make them more relevant to the readers of the journal.
Articles should be sent as Word documents and include either an original photo sent by post, which will be returned, or a good, high-resolution electronic version - e.g. jpeg or tiff file - sent by email.
Members and Fellows of the College are invited to write their own obituaries during their lifetime and send them to Connie Santos Sinclair by email.
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 Editor.
Book reviews tend to be commissioned by the book review editors. If you would like to submit a book review for consideration, please email [email protected] in the first instance.
Involvement of professional writers
If a professional medical writer has been employed in connection with the work, this must be stated clearly and the writer named in the Acknowledgements section. Their contact details must be supplied, and they will be required to submit a . Details of the disclosure may be included in the published work at the Editor's discretion.
If an individual patient is described, his or her consent should be obtained and submitted with the manuscript. Our consent form can be downloaded here - The individual should read the report before submission. Where the individual is not able to give informed consent, it should be obtained from a legal representative or other authorised person. If it is not possible for informed consent to be obtained, the report can be published only if all details that would enable any potential reader (including the individual or anyone else) to identify the person are omitted. Merely altering some details, such as age and location, is not sufficient to ensure that a person's confidentiality is maintained. Contributors should be aware of the risk of complaint by individuals in respect of defamation and breach of confidentiality, and where concerned should seek advice.
Authors are expected to be aware of and comply with best practice in publication ethics, including (but not restricted to) avoiding multiple submission, plagiarism and manipulation of figures/data. Any concerns in this regard must be brought to the attention of the Editor. The procedures recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics will be followed in investigating allegations of misconduct. If conclusive evidence of misconduct is found, undertakes to publish a correction or retraction as necessary to correct the scientific record.
General information and copyright
Manuscripts accepted for publication are copyedited to ensure readability and to ensure conformity with house style. Contributions are accepted for publication on the condition that their substance has not been published or submitted elsewhere. For manuscripts accepted since January 2014, authors retain the copyright in their work.
There is no submission or publication fee for papers published in . is an open access journal; use of current content is governed by the Creative Commons Attribution licence 4.0. The publisher will deposit papers into PubMed Central on the authors' behalf and in the case of Wellcome-funded papers, the journal is fully compliant with the Wellcome open access policy.