The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
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The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine

2015 Impact Factor: 0.824
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Biopsychosocial Aspects of Patient Care

Editor
John R. Freedy, M.D., PhD Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Other Titles in:
Psychiatry

eISSN: 15413527 | ISSN: 00912174 | Current volume: 51 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine bridges the gap between clinical psychiatry research and primary care clinical research.

Providing a forum for addressing:
The relevance of psychobiological, psychological, social, familial, religious, and cultural factors in the development and treatment of illness; the relationship of biomarkers to psychiatric symptoms and syndromes in primary care; research on dealing with the challenges of managing psychiatric syndromes in the setting of multiple medical co-morbidities; the impact of financial and technological changes in clinical practice on the broad scope of psychiatry health care; the significance and meaning of disease to the emotional and psychological state of individuals, and medical education research that helps prepare future practitioners to address these issues.

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

The aim of The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine (IJPM) is to provide a forum where researchers, educators, and clinicians concerned with mental health, primary health care, and related aspects of medical care from around the world can educate each other and advance knowledge concerning psychobiological, psychosocial, biobehavioral, and social theory, methods, and treatment as they apply to patient care. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: psychobiological, psychological, social, religious, and cultural modifiers of illness; the minor and moderate mental disorders seen and treated in primary care medical practice; biomedical etiologies of mental health symptoms; research from successful collaborative, multidisciplinary models such as geriatrics; and health services research. IJPM bridges the gap between publications that adopt an almost exclusively research orientation and those that are more narrowly focused on clinical psychiatry, apart from the mainstream of primary care medicine. The Journal publishes original research, review articles, innovative clinical and educational programs, and illustrative case reports. People at all stages of career development, from student through seasoned professional, are encouraged to submit their work for editorial consideration.

Editor-in- Chief
John R. Freedy, MD, PhD Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Associate Editor
Ronald E. Acierno Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Founding Editor
Editorial Board
Ananda B. Amstadter Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
Patricia A. Arean University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
Dan G. Blazer Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
Jair de Jesus Mari Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, BR
Dana E. King West Virginia University, Morgantown, VA, USA
Harold G. Koenig Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
John S. Lyons Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
David Mahoney Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Stephen R. Rapp Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
Paula Rochon University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CA
Randy Sansone Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH, USA
Herbert C. Schulberg Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
Himanshu P. Upadhyaya Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Simon C. Wessely King's College London, London, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

    Manuscript

    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpm/.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 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.

    Guidlines for submitting a manuscript are given below:

    1. Article types

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    2.2 Authorship

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    2.4 Funding

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    2.7 Data

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    3.4 Permissions

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    4.3 Supplementary material

    4.4 Journal layout

    4.5 Reference style

    4.6 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    6.2 Access to your published article

    6.3 Online First publication

    7. Further information


    1. Article Types

    Original Research

    1. Limit submissions to biopsychosocial aspects of disease and patient care. The goal of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine is to address the complex relationships among biological, psychological, social, religious and cultural systems in patient care. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum where researchers and clinicians in psychiatry, medicine, family medicine, and surgery from around the world can educate each other and advance knowledge concerning biological, psychological, and social theory, methods, and treatment as they apply to patient care. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: psychobiological, psychological, social, religious and cultural modifiers of illness; mental disorders seen in outpatient medical practice; doctor-patient interactions; ethical issues in medicine; biomedical etiologies of mental symptoms; research from successful collaborative, multidisciplinary models such as geriatrics; and, health services research. The journal will publish original research, review articles, innovative educational programs, editorials, and illustrative case reports.
    2. Require all co-authors to read final submitted draft carefully and comprehensively. Preliminary review by senior colleagues and science editors is also strongly encouraged.
    3. Double space all text. Number all pages starting with the title page.
    4. Arrange manuscript in the following order with each item beginning a new page:Title Page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgments, References, Tables / Figures.
    5. The title page should have a title which is informative, declarative, and concise.Authors' first names, middle initials, and last names should be provided followed with the highest academic degree and institutional affiliation for each author. If the paper has been presented at a meeting, give the name of the meeting, the location, and the inclusive dates. Provide a full address for the author who is to receive correspondence about the manuscript and reprint requests.
    6. Abstract should be a single paragraph no longer than 250 words, structured with headings: Objective-, Method-, Results-, Conclusions-. Authors of research articles should include: Objective-question(s) addressed by the study; Method-design of the study, setting (location and level of clinical care), patients or participants (basic manner of selection), interventions (if any), main outcome measures; Results-main findings; and Conclusions-principal conclusion emphasizing new and important aspects of study or observations, including direct clinical applications, if appropriate. Authors of review articles should include the following information, under the headings indicated: Objective-the primary purpose of the review article; Method-data sources, study selection (the number of studies selected for review and how there were selected), data extraction (primary rules for abstracting data and how they were applied); Results- methods of data synthesis, key findings; and Conclusions-including potential applications and research needs.
    7. After abstract include 3 to 10 index words* and "(Int'l. J. Psychiatry in Medicine 2012;30:000-000)". *(from MeSH list of Index Medicus)
    8. The text should include four major sections with headings: Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion.

      Manuscripts should not exceed 3000 words.

      INTRODUCTION: The headings should be on a separate line next to the left margin. Where appropriate, additional subheadings and sub-subheadings can be used indented and underlined at the beginning of a paragraph, respectively.

      METHOD: Participants. The method section for research studies should provide a comprehensive description of the subjects. This includes the nature of the subject group, (including informed consent), methods of recruitment, and the manner of selection and number who entered and completed the study. Informed Consent and IRB approval.Indicate that the appropriate procedures were followed in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation, and that IRB approval was obtained. In most cases, this should clearly state that after complete description of the study to the subjects, written informed consent was obtained.Procedures Procedures, interventions (if any), measurements used (including information about reliability as appropriate), and methods of data analysis (or synthesis for reviews) should be provided. Adequate description of statistical methods should be provided.Analysis Statistical tests that are not well known should be described and referenced. Spell out all abbreviations (other than those for units of measure) the first time they are used. Idiosyncratic abbreviations should not be used. Generic rather than trade names of drugs should be used.

      RESULTS: The Results should include all important results. Results usually begin with a description of the sample, and then proceed to study results. Include the test value, appropriate numeric value, and statistical test of significance. For example, "The analysis of variance indicated that those who received the interventions had significantly lower levels of depression than those assigned to the control condition (F=4.32, df=3, 37, p<0.05)." Present the results in a logical sequence in the text, tables and figures. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables. Emphasize or summarize only important observations.

      DISCUSSION: The Discussion should emphasize new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Relate the findings to other relevant studies. Do not repeat in detail data or material given in the Introduction or Results. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data or review. Include implications and limitations of the study. Include implications for future research.

    9. In Acknowledgments, report grant or any other financial support in a separate paragraph and include the full name of the granting agency and grant number.Drug company support of any kind must be acknowledged.
    10. References are to be cited in text in numerical order [1], with brackets [2]. The brackets should come before punctuation marks such as commas and periods, not after.
    11. References are to be listed in numerical sequence at the end of the article. All authors, Article title. Journal Title (spelled out) Year; Volume Number: Pages inclusive. e.g. Journal Article - 1. Smith J, Jones RK. This is it. World Research Journal 2012;41:1-10, DOI. Book - 2. Jones RK, Smith J. Primary care. In: Well IM, editor. All we know. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2012:18-50, DOI. Accuracy of each citation is the authors' responsibility. References should conform exactly to the original spelling, accents, punctuation, etc. Authors should be sure that all references listed have been cited in the text. Personal communications, unpublished manuscripts, manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted should not be included in the reference list. Manuscripts actually in press may be cited with journal or publisher/ location.
    12. Figures should be referenced in text and appear in numerical sequence starting with Figure 1 (even if only one figure). Line art must be original drawings in black ink proportionate to our page size, and suitable for photographing. Indicate top and bottom of figure where confusion may exist. Labeling should be 8 point type. Clearly identify all figures. Figures should be drawn on separate pages and their placement noted by inserting:
                                              -Insert Figure 1 here-
    13. Tables must be cited in text in numbered sequence starting with Table 1 (even if only one table). Each table must have a descriptive title. Any footnotes to tables are indicated by super lower case letters. When tables include numbers and percent, the absolute number should be given first and the percent in parentheses (%). Tables should be typed on separate pages and their approximate placement indicated within text by inserting: 
                                              -Insert Table 1 here -
      References in tables and figures are numbered as though the tables and figures were part of the text.
    14. Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page where referenced. They should be numbered with super Arabic numbers without parentheses or brackets. Footnotes should be brief and usually should not exceed three lines.
    15. Authors will be notified of the receipt of their paper and a number that has been assigned to it. This number should be included in all further correspondence. Reviewed manuscripts will not be returned except upon special request made in the original submission letter and if a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope is included.
    16. Authors may suggest three potential unbiased reviewers, but their use is not guaranteed.

    Review Articles

    Review articles are accepted at IJPM and are published at a rate of one per issue. The Journal does consider unsolicited reviews, but authors should be aware that invited reviews are likely to have a higher priority.

    1. Review articles should be no more than 3000 words
    2. Abstract—include an abstract of less than 300 words, no headings
    3. Article outline for a Review
    4. Describe the topic/problem, including definitions, and epidemiology.

    Summarize any controversy or tension around the topic, if any.

    1. Review the recent literature regarding the topic, which is usually an area of psychiatry/psychology/spiritual/social symptoms or condition in relation to either a primary care problem or a primary care patient population.
    2. Review shortcomings of the current literature and areas that need to be addressed in future research.
    3. Summary—including recommendations for addressing this area for practicing physicians.

    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer Review Policy

    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should expect to have reviewer’s comments within approximately 6 weeks. In general, Editors will seek advice from two or more expert reviewers about the scientific content and presentation of submitted articles.

    Authors are requested to suggest the names, affiliations and contact information of up to three individuals who may be suitable to serve as referees, but the Editors are under no obligation to use all or any of these individuals as reviewers.

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.

    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.

    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:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. 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.

    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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations 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

    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 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

    It is the policy of The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 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 here

    2.6 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.

    2.7 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [“alongside their article submissions” or “if the articles are accepted”] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) will also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at ijpm@musc.edu.

    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

    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 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.

    3.4 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.

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. 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. 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. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal Layout (update coming soon)

    4.5 Reference Style

    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.6 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.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit [https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpm] to login and submit your article online.

    Email your manuscript to the Editorial Office: ijpm@musc.edu

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. 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 the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
     
    5.3 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. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online first publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet.

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office as follows: ijpm@musc.edu.

     

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