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Chronic Stress


Editor
Chadi G. Abdallah Yale University, USA
Associate Editor
John H. Krystal Yale University, USA


eISSN: 24705470 | ISSN: 24705470 | Current volume: 1 | Current issue: 1

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Article Processing Charge (APC) of $750, discounted from the full rate of $1500, is available for a limited time. The APC is payable upon acceptance.

Chronic Stress is a peer-reviewed, open-access, journal that focuses on the neurobiology, prevention, assessment, and treatment of the behavioral and biological effect of stress.

The role of resilience and the detrimental effects of chronic stress on our brains, bodies, and behavior are being increasingly recognized by scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, occupational researchers, and physicians of all medical specialties. Chronic Stress was created to publish research intended to advance our understanding of the nature and mechanisms of stress, as well as, to contribute to the identification of the biological, behavioral, and social interventions to prevent, assess, and treat the negative effects of stress and to foster and build resilience.

Visit the Aims and Scope page for details on article types and areas of particular interest to the journal.

Manuscript Submission

Why Publish Open Access in Chronic Stress

  • Visibility and Impact: Anyone anywhere in the world can read, use and cite your research
  • Rigorous Standards: Single-blind peer review policy
  • Speed: Avg. 37 days from submission to first decision and 8 weeks from acceptance to online publication
  • Flexibility: No page limits or page charges, and authors can publish full data sets, figures, tables, etc
  • Copyright: Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons License

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Chronic Stress is a peer-reviewed, open-access, journal that publishes original and review articles related to all aspects of stress, including preclinical and clinical studies of stress-related psychiatric disorders (e.g. mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders).

Chronic Stress focuses on the neurobiology, prevention, assessment, and treatment of the behavioral and biological effect of stress. Progress in the field of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience has been hampered by the lack of replicable biosignatures of diagnosis, biomarkers of treatment response, and biological surrogate treatment endpoints. This is especially affected by the fact that psychiatric diagnoses are heterogeneous syndromes and difficult to model preclinically. Conversely, prolonged stress has long been studied preclinically and is a major component of most psychiatric disorders, with a constellation of clinical biological abnormalities that appear to be disease non-specific and primarily related to the negative effects of prolonged stress (e.g. gray matter abnormalities). Chronic Stress highlights translational and clinical reports focusing on biomarkers and treatment of prolonged stress, regardless of the psychiatric diagnosis.

Chronic Stress was created to publish research intended to advance our understanding of the nature and mechanisms of stress, as well as, to contribute to the identification of the biological, behavioral, and social interventions to prevent, assess, and treat the negative effects of stress and to foster and build resilience. It aims to be a leading resource for by scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, occupational researchers, and physicians of all medical specialties. Types of papers currently being accepted for peer-review include original research papers, brief reports, research reviews, auto-commentary, correspondence, and commentary.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The neurobiology of mental illnesses
  • The role and the neurobiology of resilience
  • The effects of trauma and stress on the brain
  • The systemic effects of trauma and stress
  • The relationship between mental illnesses and trauma and stress
  • The relationship between medical illnesses and trauma and stress
  • Biological, behavioral, and social interventions to prevent or treat the negative effects of trauma and stress
  • Epidemiology of trauma and stress
  • Social impact of trauma and stress

For more information on the requirements for these papers, please read the complete Submission Guidelines.

Manuscript Submission

Assistant Managing Editor
Chris Averill Yale University, USA
Prerana Purohit, BA Yale University, USA
Managing Editor
Lynnette Averill, PhD Yale University, USA
Commissioning Editor
Christa Walker SAGE Publishing, USA
Editorial Board
Ana Andreazza, Pharm, PhD University of Toronto, Canada
Lior Carmi, PhD Sheba Medical Center, Israel
Hagit Cohen Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Jeremy Coplan, MD State University of New York Downstate, USA
Ronald Duman, PhD Yale University, USA
Irina Esterlis, PhD Yale University, USA
Adriana Feder Icahn School of Medicine, USA
Elbert Geuze, PhD Utrecht University Medical Center, Netherlands
Rodrigo Grassi-Oliveira, M.D., Ph.D. Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Jenny Guidi, Psy.D., Ph.D. University of Bologna, Italy
Neil Harrison, Ph.D. University of Sussex, UK
Alessandro Ieraci, PhD University of Milan, Italy
Siegfried Kasper, M.D. Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Nastassja Koen, MBChB, PhD University of Cape Town, South Africa
Christoph Kraus, MD, PhD Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD University of Western Ontario, Canada
Cheng-Ta Li, M.D., Ph.D. National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Israel Liberzon, PhD University of Michigan, USA
Sanjay Mathew, MD Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Alexander “Sandy” McFarlane, MD University of Adelaide, Australia
Katie McLaughlin, PhD University of Washington, Department of Psychology, USA
Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, MD, MSc, MBA University of Heidelberg, Germany
Euripedes Constantino Miguel, MD University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rajendra Morey, MD Duke University, USA
James Murrough, MD Icahn School of Medicine, USA
Robert Pietrzak, PhD Yale University, USA
Maurizio Popoli, PhD University of Milan, Italy
Jason J. Radley, PhD University of Iowa, USA
Ann Rasmusson, MD Boston University, USA
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD Harvard University, USA
Rainer Rupprecht University of Regensburg, Germany
Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD Yale University, USA
Joao R. Sato, DSc Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
Steven Southwick, MD Yale University, USA
Dan J. Stein, MD, PhD University of Cape Town, South Africa
Tung-Ping Su, MD National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Heike Tost, MD, PhD Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, Germany
Gregers Wegener, MD, PhD, DSc Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Douglas Williamson, PhD Duke University, USA
Steven H. Woodward, PhD VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA
Joseph Zohar, MD Tel Aviv University, Israel

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing,
and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
formulated by the International Committee of
Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/chronicstress to upload your manuscript. Please note that
manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Chronic Stress will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original
work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the
Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published
elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of
any copyright works not owned by you.

Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here: 

SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT

 

  1. Open Access
  2. Article processing charge (APC)
  3. What do we publish?
    3.1 Aims & scope
    3.2 Article types
    3.3 Writing your paper
    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
  4. Editorial policies
    4.1 Peer Review Policy
    4.2 Authorship
    4.3 Acknowledgements
    4.3.1 Writing assistance
    4.4 Funding
    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    4.7 Clinical Trials
    4.8 Reporting guidelines
    4.9 Data
  5. Publishing policies
    5.1 Publication ethics
    5.1.1 Plagiarism
    5.1.2 Prior publication
  6. 5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
  7. Preparing your manuscript
    6.1 Word processing formats
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Supplementary material
    6.4 Reference style
    6.5 English language editing services
  8. Submitting your manuscript
    7.1 How to submit your manuscript
    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    7.3 Information required for completing your submission
    7.4 ORCID
    7.5 Permissions
  9. On acceptance and publication
    8.1 SAGE Production
    8.2 Continuous publication
    8.3 Promoting your article
  10. Further information

 

1. Open Access

Chronic Stress is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made
freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license
and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of
article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon
acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open
Access FAQs
.

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2. Article processing charge (APC)

If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
(APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.

An introductory Article Processing Charge (APC) of $750, discounted from the full rate of $1500, is
available for a limited time. The APC is payable upon acceptance.

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3. What do we publish?

3.1 Aims & scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Chronic Stress, please ensure you have read the Aims &
Scope
.

3.2 Article types

Original Research papers should include:
 

Title page

  • Title (up to 150 letters and spaces) Running title (up to 60 letters and spaces) Authors
    (including highest degree)
  • Affiliations (including location of the institution, e.g. New Haven, CT, USA) Emails of all
    authors
  • Contact information of corresponding author
  • Number of words and items for each of the following: abstract, text, figures, tables, and
    references Keywords: 5-10

Abstract

  • Background (recommended word limit is 80)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion (recommended word limit is 80)
  • Text
  • Introduction (up to 1,500 words)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion

Acknowledgments (optional)
Funding
Declaration of Conflicting Interests
References
Figure legends (if applicable)
Figures (if applicable)
Tables (is applicable)
Supplemental Materials (optional)

Review, Correspondence, and Commentary papers should include:

Title page

  • Title (up to 150 letters and spaces)
  • Running title (up to 60 letters and spaces)
  • Authors (including highest degree)
  • Affiliations (including location of the institution, e.g. New Haven, CT, USA)
  • Emails of all authors
  • Contact information of corresponding author
  • Number of words and items for each of the following: abstract, text, figures, tables, and
    references
  • Keywords: 5-10
  • For Commentaries, add the phrase “Comment on (citation to your original article).”
    underneath the keywords

Abstract (unstructured; optional for Correspondence)
Text (structure is determined by the authors)
Acknowledgments (optional)
Funding
Delcaration of Conflicting Interests
References
Figure Legends (if applicable)
Figures (if applicable)
Tables (if applicable)

Original Research: These are reports of original data and findings in a topic within the scope of
Chronic Stress. Authors are encouraged to write concise Introduction. Stating the rationale and
study hypotheses in the Introduction is required. Supplement Materials are available, however,
primary methods and findings should be sufficiently described in the body of the paper. While
pilot work of potential significant impact is welcomed, the preliminary nature of the findings
should be highlighted throughout the report. Limitations of the study should be mentioned in
the Discussion. Authors are discouraged of overstating/over-interpreting the report findings.
Brief reports addressing a single or few research questions would be considered. Reports
focusing on the “sustained threat” construct (a.k.a. chronic stress or distress construct) in the
Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) will be prioritized.

Review: These are scholarly reviews of a topic within the scope of Chronic Stress. Authors should
avoid excessive jargon. While summarizing the extent literature in tables is encouraged, the text
of the review should not be a bibliographic annotation of the published literature. Authors
should integrate the data presented, while proposing working models and highlighting the
strengths and weakness of the findings, as well as the future directions of the field. High quality
figures depicting the presented models are encouraged.

Correspondence: These are letters to the editors regarding a report or a letter published in
Chronic Stress.

Commentary: Commentaries are by invitation only. These are short summaries of significant
recent and forthcoming papers, published elsewhere, that provide additional insights, new
interpretations or speculation on the relevant topic. These manuscripts may include models,
which due to space limitations were not included or discussed in the original paper.
Commentaries may be written in free form, meaning that they do not need to be structured as a
research paper, however it must include an abstract of 150-200 words. They should be between
1000-2000 words and have no more than 25 references. Please include keywords for indexing
purposes. Figures are encouraged, but no more than three. Please give your commentary a brief
title and add the phrase “Comment on (citation to your original article).” underneath the
keywords. Commentary material may be peer reviewed at the editor’s discretion.

3.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to
further resources.

3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 

When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article,
write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway:
How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy

The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Chronic Stress
utilizes a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is
withheld from the authorAll manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining
rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief
who then makes the final decision.

As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of six peers who could
be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their
fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware
of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest
include (but are not limited to) the below: 

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript
(opposed reviewers).

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to
assess your manuscript.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no
involvement in the decision-making process.

Chronic Stress is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as
such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and
give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Chronic Stress can opt in to Publons in order to claim
their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers
claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name,
reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more
information visit the Publons website.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no
involvement in the decision-making process.

4.2 Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing
authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed
to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all
those who:

(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition,
analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have
participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the
content.

When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the 
individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully
meet the criteria for authorship.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone
does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for
authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines
for more information on
authorship.

4.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an
Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person
who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

4.3.1 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do
not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors
must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of
input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of
Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

4.4 Funding

Chronic Stress requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a
separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author
Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state
that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial,
or not-for-profit sectors.

4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of Chronic Stress to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors
enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of
your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists,
please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical
Association Declaration of Helsinki
.

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct,
Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
, and all papers
reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant
Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure
that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the
approval number.

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether
participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in
the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for
patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally
authorized representative.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics
committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has
adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals
published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

4.7 Clinical trials

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4.8 Reporting guidelines

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4.9 Data

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5. Publishing policies

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5.1.2 Prior publication

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6. Preparing your manuscript

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6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

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6.3 Supplementary material

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6.4 Reference style

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6.5 Neuroscience- based Nomenclature (NbN-2)

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6.6 English language editing services

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7.4 ORCID

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8. On acceptance and publication

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9. Further information

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