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International Journal of Social Psychiatry

2016 Impact Factor: 1.380
2016 Ranking: 89/139 in Psychiatry (SSCI)
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

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: 63 | Current issue: 5 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

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, UK
Shulamit Ramon University of Hertfordshire, UK and 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, 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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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Journal of Social Psychiatry

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijspsych 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 International Journal of Social Psychiatry will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    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. 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.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to International Journal of Social Psychiatry, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

    1.3 Writing your paper

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

    1.3.1 Make 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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    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

    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:

    • Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    • Approved the version to be published,
    • 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. 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.

    2.3 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.

    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.

    2.3.1 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.

    2.4 Funding

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry 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.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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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.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    International Journal of Social Psychiatry is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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 likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Journal of Social Psychiatry editorial office as follows:

    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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