International Journal of Social Psychiatry
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International Journal of Social Psychiatry

2015 Impact Factor: 1.361
2015 Ranking: 88/136 in Psychiatry (SSCI)
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor
Professor Dinesh Bhugra Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
Letters Editor
Antonio Ventriglio University of Foggia, Italy
Editorial Assistant
Andrea Livingstone Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
Book Review Editor
Professor Dinesh Bhugra Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
Social Media Editor
Dr Lammata Bala Raju Leicester, UK


eISSN: 17412854| ISSN: 00207640|Current volume: 62|Current issue: 4 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Established in 1954, International Journal of Social Psychiatry provides a forum for the dissemination of findings related to social psychiatry. The journal is of interest to psychiatrists and other members of the multi-disciplinary team around the world concerned with the impact of social factors on individuals' well-being and mental health.

Social psychiatry as a branch of psychiatry deals with the social, environmental and cultural factors in the aetiology and outcomes of psychiatric disorders as affecting individuals as well as communities. In addition to research reports on original research, social psychiatry also provides a link with social anthropology, cultural psychiatry, sociology and other disciplines in the field of mental health and is equally influenced by them. International Journal of Social Psychiatry publishes original empirical research, review articles, book reviews and letters to the editor. The journal welcomes brief communications that get fast track publication, and also aims to reflect the international nature of the readership by publishing state of the art reviews from different parts of the world reflecting the practice of psychiatric disciplines.

International Journal of Social Psychiatry publishes:

  • studies on the role of social factors in the origins, course and outcome of psychiatric disorders
  • mental health needs of the international communities
  • papers from anthropologists, sociologists and other disciplines allied to mental health
  • critique of biological aspects of mental health and services
  • articles on needs assessment and service development and evaluation
  • research of international impact and of interest to international readership

Electronic access:

International Journal of Social Psychiatry is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://isp.sagepub.com

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


 

Established in 1954, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, a peer reviewed journal, provides a forum for the dissemination of findings related to social psychiatry. The journal is of interest to psychiatrists and other members of the multi-disciplinary team around the world concerned with the impact of social factors on individuals well being and mental health.

Social psychiatry as a branch of psychiatry deals with the social, environmental and cultural factors in the aetiology and outcomes of psychiatric disorders as affecting individuals as well as communities. In addition to research reports on original research, social psychiatry also provides a link with social anthropology, cultural psychiatry, sociology and other disciplines in the field of mental health and is equally influenced by them. International Journal of Social Psychiatry publishes original empirical research, review articles, book reviews and letters to the editor. The journal welcomes brief communications that get fast track publication, and also aims to reflect the international nature of the readership by publishing state of the art reviews from different parts of the world reflecting the practice of psychiatric disciplines.

International Journal of Social Psychiatry publishes:

  • studies on the role of social factors in the origins, course and outcome of psychiatric disorders
  • mental health needs of the international communities
  • papers from anthropologists, sociologists and other disciplines allied to mental health
  • critique of biological aspects of mental health and services
  • articles on needs assessment and service development and evaluation
  • research of international impact and of interest to international readership

Editorial Board
Kamaldeep Bhui Queen Mary University of London, UK
Jed Boardman UMDS, Guy's Hospital, London, UK
Susham Gupta East London NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Peter Jones University of Surrey, UK
Keith Lloyd Swansea University, UK
Stefan Priebe Queen Mary, University of London, and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Shulamit Ramon Anglia Ruskin University, UK
International Advisory Board
Renato Alarcon Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, Peru
Mauro G. Carta University of Cagliari, Italy
João Castaldelli-Maia Medical School, Fundação do ABC, Brazil
David Castle University of Western Australia, Australia
S K Chaturvedi National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, India
Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Andrea Fiorillo University of Naples, SUN, Italy
Wolfgang Gaebel Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany
Gerard Hutchinson University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Dilip Jeste University of California at San Diego, USA
Murad Khan Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Laurence J Kirmayer McGill University, Montréal, Canada
Valery Krasnov Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry, Russia
Inga-Britt Krause Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Diego D. Leo Griffith University, Australia
Roberto Lewis-Fernandez Columbia University, USA
Francis Lu University of California at Davis, USA
Mario Maj University of Naples, Italy
Driss Moussaoui Ibn Rushd University, Morocco
Tarek Okasha Okasha Institute of Psychiatry, Egypt
Solomon Rataemane University of Limpopo, South Africa
Miguel Roca University of Balearic Islands, Spain
Pedro Ruiz University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA
R Thara Schizophrenia Research Foundation, Chennai
Graham Thornicroft Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
Julio Torales Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay
Pichet Udomratn Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
      11.4 OnlineFirst publication
    12. Further information

    1. Article types

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry publishes original research and review articles in the fields of social and community psychiatry and in related topics. Social psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry dealing with the social, environmental and cultural factors in the aetiology and outcomes of psychiatric disorders as affecting individuals as well as communities. It also provides a link with social anthropology, cultural psychiatry, sociology and other disciplines in the field of mental health and is equally influenced by them.
    International Journal of Social Psychiatry publishes:

    • studies on the role of social factors in the origins, course and outcome of psychiatric disorders
    • mental health needs of the international communities
    • papers from anthropologists, sociologists and other disciplines allied to mental health
    • critique of biological aspects of mental health and services
    • articles on needs assessment and service development and evaluation
    • research of international impact and of interest to international readership

    The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    1. Original Articles.  Articles and reports on original research.

    2. Review Articles. Review Articles will, in a scholarly fashion, summarise an important area of the literature.

    Original and Review papers are generally restricted to a maximum of 4,000 words, (excluding title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Authors who suspect that their articles will have to be cut anyway should make the required deletions before submitting.

    3. Letters to the Editors. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editors, in order to ensure a timely appearance in print. Letters should be a maximum of 500 words in length, with no more than 10 references.

    4. Editorials and Brief Reports. Editorials are generally invited by the Editor and reflect on topics of current controversy or to serve as introductions to themed editions of the journal. Brief reports will be up to 1,000 words in length and provide a brief account of innovative work in the field.

    5. Book Reviews.  The principal aim of book reviews is to make the readers aware of recently published books of significance to the field. Unsolicited book reviews are not accepted.

    Books for review should be addressed to the Editor.
    6. Editorials and Brief Reports. Editorials are generally invited by the Editor and reflect on topics of current controversy or to serve as introductions to themed editions of the journal. Brief reports will be up to 1000 words in length and provide a brief account of innovative work in the field.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which reviewers’ names are withheld from authors; however, authors’ names are included in the manuscript sent to reviewers. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for reviewer identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is usually reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within three months of submission.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X 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

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

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry and SAGE take 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 we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned.

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry is hosted by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web-based online submission and peer review system – SAGE Track. Please read the manuscript submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijspsych to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year, it is possible that you have had an account created for you.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a journal contributor's publishing agreement. This is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains the copyright of the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of the copyright. Exceptions may exist in which an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case, the copyright will be transferred from the author to the society.

    For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. International Journal of Social Psychiatry does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    Submission of an article will be taken to indicate that it has not been published in its present form elsewhere or that it is at present being assessed by another journal. Where articles have been presented at congresses or conferences this should be indicated.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    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.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), International Journal of Social Psychiatry additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    10.2 Journal Style

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    10.3 Reference Style

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    10.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    Structured abstracts are required for original papers. For data-based papers the Journal will expect abstracts, of up to 200 words, to contain a description of the Background to the study, its Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions. For qualitative studies the Journal will consider such papers with an abstract of no more than 100 words, under the headings of Background, Material, Discussion and Conclusions. Key words: up to 5 appropriate key phrases or 6-8 key words should also be included.

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints.

    11.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in International Journal of Social Psychiatry with SAGE. 

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office:

    Professor Dinesh Bhugra (Editor) or Andrea Livingstone (Editorial Assistant)
    PO 25, Section of Social Psychiatry
    Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
    De Crespigny Park
    London SE5 8AF UK

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 0047

    Email: dinesh.bhugra@kcl.ac.uk and andrea.livingstone@kcl.ac.uk

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