Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology

2014 Impact Factor: 2.242
2014 Ranking: 103/192 in Clinical Neurology | 70/140 in Psychiatry (SCI) | 25/50 in Geriatrics & Gerontology
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Alan M. Mellow, MD, PhD Ann Arbor VA Medical Center

eISSN: 15525708| ISSN: 08919887|Current volume: 28|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology brings together original research, clinical reviews, and timely case reports on all aspects of neuropsychiatric care of aging patients, including age-related biologic, neurologic, and psychiatric illnesses; psychosocial problems; forensic issues; and family care.

The journal offers clinicians and investigators from geriatric psychiatry, neurology, psychology, nursing, and social work the latest peer-reviewed information from respected researchers on cognitive, mood, anxiety, addictive, and sleep disorders in older patients. JGPN describes tested diagnostic tools and practical, cost-effective therapies. It also pursues advances in allied sciences as diverse as molecular biology and genetics, brain imaging, neuropathology, neuropsychology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and health sciences research.


Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology covers the full range of geriatric neuropsychiatric disorders. Some of the areas regularly reported on include:

  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
  • Behavioral and mood complications of neurological disorders, such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, and primary dementias.
  • Delirium
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Late-life addictions
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Complications of bereavement


Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology also increases your working knowledge of topics important to your practice, such as:

  • Evaluative methods
  • Delivery of care
  • Drug therapies
  • Therapeutics in dementia
  • Approaches from the viewpoints of health services research, mental health, and health systems
  • New agents
  • Genetics and diagnosis
  • Neuroimaging
  • Caregiver issues
  • Other psychiatric illnesses such as addiction and psychosis
  • Economics of psychiatric care
  • Ethical challenges
  • Late life psychosis


Every so often, Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology presents issues or parts of issues that focus on specific topics.  

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

JGPN presents the results of clinical and research studies considering all aspects of the psychiatric and neuralgic care of aging patients, including age-related biologic, neuralgic, and psychiatric illness; psychosocial problems; forensic issues; and family care. It pursues advances in allied sciences as diverse as molecular biology and genetics, brain imaging, neuropathology, neuropsychology, pharmacology, epidemiology and health sciences research, which have fueled the burgeoning body of knowledge in geriatric psychology and neurology.

Editorial Assistant
Sherry P. Becker, MPH Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, USA
Associate Editors
Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD Prof. of Neurology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Charles A. Marotta, MD, PhD The Miriam Hopsital
Gary D. Miner, PhD Alzheimer's Foundation
Cornelia Cremens, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Editorial Board Members
George S. Alexopoulos, MD Cornell University Medical College, White Plains, New York
William H. Anderson, MD Augusta Mental Health Institute, Augusta, Maine
Lee Baer, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Dan G. Blazer, MD, PhD Duke University
Andrew Brotman, MD Deaconness Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Ned Cassem, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts
Kenneth L. Davis, MD Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
David A. Drachman, MD Prof. and Chair, Dept. of Neurology
Carl Eisodorfer, MD, PhD University of Miami School of Med., Miami, Florida
Marshall Folstein, MD Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Alan J. Gelenberg, MD University of Arizona
Donald Goff, MD Freedom Trail Clinic, Boston, Massachusetts
C. G. Gottfries University of Goteborg, Hisings Backa, Sweden
Paula Grammas, PhD University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cyril I. Gryfe, MD, FRCPC Toronto, Canada
Stephen E. Hyman, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Lissy Jarvik, MD, PhD UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, California
Hideyo Katsunama, MD Tokyo Medical College Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Benjamin Liptzin, MD Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts
Linda A. Miner, PhD Southern Nazarene University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
George B. Murray, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
James A. Nathanson, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Michael Otto, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Eric Pfeiffer, MD University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida
Chester M. Pierce, MD Cambridge, Massachusetts
Bruce G. Pollock, MD, PhD Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
Peter V. Rabins, MD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Murray A. Raskind, MD VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinic Center, Seattle, Washington
Scott L. Rauch, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Barry Reisberg, MD Clinical Director, Aging and Dementia Research Center
Paavo J. Riekkinen, MD University of Kupio, Kupio, Finland
Carl Salzman, MD Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Andrew Satlin, MD McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts
Cary Savage, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Lon Schneider, MD USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
Charles A. Shamoian, MD Cornell University Medical College, White Plains, New York
Gary W. Small, MD UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, California
Theodore Stern, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Paul Summergrad, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Trey Sunderland, MD National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland
Owen Surman, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts
Virginia E. Tay, RN, MSN Cambridge, Massachusetts
Leon J. Thal, MD University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California
William Yamanishi, PhD University of Oklahoma Sciences Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jerome A. Yesavage, MD VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, California
George S. Zubenko, MD, PhD University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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    Instructions for Authors

    General Instructions:

    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the Editor: Alan M. Mellow, MD, PhD,

    Authors should keep for their own files a copy of all works submitted. Submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology is taken as evidence that no portion of the text or figures have been copyrighted, published, or submitted for publication elsewhere unless information regarding previous publication is explicitly cited and permission obtained (a copy of such permission must be provided with the manuscript).

    All material (abstracts, keywords, text, tables, and figure captions) should be typed double-spaced. Computer preparation is mandatory. Subheading should be used to designate the different sections of the text. References should be numbered consecutively throughout the text. Provide a list of three to six keywords to assist indexing of the article.
    Articles of any length are considered.
    Title page: The title should be brief and meaningful. The authors’ first and last names, academic or medical degrees, and affiliations should follow the title. Authorship should be limited to direct participants, although technical assistance can be acknowledged as a footnote. A separate paragraph should identify where the work was done, if supported by a grant or otherwise, and the meeting, if any, at which the paper was presented.

    Abstract: An abstract of approximately 150 words should be provided on. This abstract should be factual and should present the reason for the study, the main findings, and the principal conclusions.

    Text: This should follow the usual format for scientific articles. Pages should be numbered consecutively. All abbreviations should be spelled out at first mention. Only generic names of drugs should be used.

    Figures and tables: Special care should be given to the preparation of figures and tables, including captions and explanatory information. Technical excellence is stressed. Lettering and arrows, where applicable, should be done in a professional manner. Color illustrations are unacceptable for publication without prior permission of the publisher. Recognizable photographs of patients must be masked and must carry with them written permission for publication. Captions for all figures should be typewritten double-spaced, with numbers corresponding to those on the figures themselves.
    Tables should be numbered consecutively according to their in-text citation. Each should be typed double-spaced and should be no larger than a single page. Include a brief descriptive title and an indication of its position in the text.

    References: Authors are responsible for correctness and completeness of references. References should be typed double-spaced on separate pages. They should be arranged according to their order of appearance in the text, and indicated by superscript numbers. References should be typed in accordance with the style shown below for book and journal articles. Up to four authors should be listed; when there are more than four, only the first three should be listed, followed by "et al." Abbreviations of journal names should conform to the style in Index Medicus. Abstracts, editorials, and letters to the editor should be noted as such. Personal communications, unpublished manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted, and similar unpublished items should not appear in the reference list. Such citations may be noted in the text. Some basic information regarding references and the refercne list has been listed below.

    References List 

    Basic rules for the reference list:

    • The title “References” is centered at the top of a separate page at the end of the document.
    • Entries are preceded by their number and are given in numerical order.
    • The reference list should be single-spaced. Single-space between entries.
    • The second line and all subsequent lines of each item in the reference list should be indented (hanging indent).
    • Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.

    Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check AMA (10th Ed).

    Books Author(s) separated by commas. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; year.

    Goldberg L, Elliot DL. Exercise for Prevention and Treatment of Illness. Philadelphia, Pa: FA Davis Co; 1994.

    Edited book. Author(s), eds. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; year.

    Armitage JO, Antman KH, eds. High Dose Cancer Therapy: Pharmacology, Hematopoietins, Stem Cells. Baltimore, Md: Williams & Wilkins; 1995.

    Chapter or article from a book Author(s) of article.  Title of article. In: Editor's name, ed. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; Year: Chapter or page number.

    Gamble VN. On becoming a physician: a dream not deferred. In: White EC, ed. The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves. Seattle, Wash: Seal Press; 1990:52-64.

    Articles in journals

    AMA style requires the use of standard abbreviations for all references, when applicable. Abbreviations for many common medical journals can be found in the AMA Manual of Style (pp.473-479). Additional abbreviations can be searched in the PubMed Journal Database (

    One author (do not include issue number or month unless volumes are not consecutively numbered)

    Author. Article title. Journal Title. Month Year;Volume:Inclusive page numbers.

    Angelo J. A survey of persons who use integrated control devices. Assist Technol. 1998;10:77-83.

    Articles in Online Journals

    The preferred citation style for an electronic journal uses a DOI (digital object identifier). The DOI provides a persistent link to the electronic item and is considered to be more stable than a URL. If the DOI is not given on the full text article or in the citation, use a DOI lookup tool to locate it ( or use the format for an article without a DOI.
    Article from online journals with DOI available. Note that when using a DOI, no access date or URL are used.

    Author. Title of article. Name of Journal. Year;vol(issue):pages. doi:xx.xxxx.

    Florez HR, Martinez RL. Outdoor exercise reduces the risk of hypovitaminosis D in the obese. J Steroid Biochem Mol Bio. 2007;103(3-5):679-681. doi:10.1016 /j.jsbmb.2006.12.032.

    Article from online journals without DOI available. The accessed date will often be the only date available.

    Author. Title of article. Name of Journal. Year;vol(issue);pages. URL. Published date. Updated date. Accessed date.

    Hay PJ. Understanding bulimia. Aust Fam Physician. 2007;36(9):708-712. Accessed October 11, 2009.

    Web pages
    Author or responsible body.
    Title of item cited. Name of website. URL. Published date. Updated date. Accessed date.

    World Health Organization. Saving the future generation in Darfur. World Health Organization. child_health/en/index.html. Published July 7, 2007. Accessed October 11, 2009.

    Other Media. Use for DVDs, videos, cd-roms, and other media formats.

    Author. Title [format]. Publisher place: Publisher; Year.

    Holzknect J. History of physical therapy in the United States [DVD]. New York, NY: Insight Media; 2007.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at

    Copyright: A transfer of copyright agreement is available at the manuscript submission web-site, and must be signed by all authors and returned prior to article publication.

    ICJME Uniform Requirements: The Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology adheres to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, including the requirement that clinical trials be previously registered in a public trials registry (such as in order to be considered for publication.

    Conflict of interest: Authors are requested to disclose any commercial association that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with their submitted article. Other types of association (e.g., consulting, stock ownership, or other equity interest or patent licensing arrangement) should be disclosed at the time of submission and will be held in confidence. Questions regarding conflict of interest should be directed to the editor: Alan M. Mellow, MD, PhD;; Mental Health Service Line (116MH); Ann Arbor VA Medical Center; 2215 Fuller Road; Ann Arbor, MI 48105, Tel: (734) 222-4351

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