Author instructions for manuscript preparation

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Current Psychiatry is a monthly, peer-reviewed publication delivered to nearly 40,000 U.S. psychiatrists in community and hospital practice; psychiatry residents; and advance-practice clinicians. Our mission is to provide these readers with up-to-date, evidence-based, practical advice by leading authorities, emphasizing solutions to common clinical problems.

We publish clinical reviews that provide diagnostic and treatment information that our readers can use in their practice today. Most topics are pretested for reader interest and clinical relevance. If you were invited to write, your topic scored of high reader interest and our Associate Editors recommended you as the author because of your expertise.

You may collaborate with up to 3 coauthors (including psychiatry residents), but all bylined authors must have an MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, or equivalent degree. Other contributors (medical students, research assistants) should not be listed in the byline but in an acknowledgement (see below).

Current Psychiatry does not accept articles written by, funded by, or prepared with assistance from commercial third-party interests, such as medical education companies, pharmaceutical companies, or corporate-supported advocacy organizations. Commercial entities that support such content should contact Publisher Sharon Finch ( to explore supplement opportunities with the journal. Questions about this policy should be directed to Editor Jeff Bauer (

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed for scientific integrity and clinical relevance by Current Psychiatry’s editorial board, invited expert reviewers, and readers. Accepted manuscripts are edited for clarity and style by the journal’s professional staff and sent to authors for revisions/approval before publication. In assigning copyright to the publishers, you agree to participate in the editing process, including review of the edited draft and final sign-off of page proofs (see “COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS” below).

Articles published in Current Psychiatry also are posted in full text on the journal’s Web site at We encourage you to submit supplemental material—tables, charts, sidebars, or audio or video files—to be archived with your article as “Web-exclusive” content.

In a cover letter to your submission, disclose any real or perceived commercial conflicts of interests that are relevant to the discussion in the manuscript. You will be asked to provide this information again, later, in a form (see “DISCLOSURES/ACKNOWLEDGMENTS” below).

Do you have questions? Contact Current Psychiatry Editor Jeff Bauer at 973-206-8964 or or Senior Editor Sathya Achia Abraham at 973-206-8248 or


  • Cover page
  • Introduction
  • Text
  • Bottom Line
  • References
  • Related resources
  • Drug brand names
  • Disclosure statements/acknowledgments
  • Tables, figures, charts, and other illustrations


Manuscript title: Write a title for your manuscript that offers a benefit or poses a challenge to the reader. Example: “How to predict response to maintenance therapy in bipolar disorder”

Deck: Summarize the article’s main message in one brief sentence. Taken together, the title and deck should compel your colleagues to read on.

Author credentials:

State academic appointment(s) below each person’s byline. For example:

Judith L. Jones, MD, PhD

Associate professor, department of psychiatry

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Contact information: Provide the contact author’s mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address.


1 or 2 paragraphs telling readers what they will learn from reading your article that will help them in their clinical practice.


No more than 2,000 words (excluding references, tables, charts, figures, Related Resources, Drug Brand Names list, disclosure statements/acknowledgments)

Current Psychiatry is intended to be scholarly but different from journals that publish original research. We encourage authors to “talk” with readers as if consulting with a colleague. Acceptable papers combine 1) evidence from clinical trials with 2) recommendations based on authors’ clinical experience. To see how other authors have integrated these two elements, visit our Web site at

Mention historical information and epidemiologic data sparingly, if at all. Include diagnostic tips, treatment recommendations, and case reports to make articles interesting, clinically useful, and readable. If you include case reports, omit or modify names and personal details that could identify case patients and may violate privacy laws.

Cite references in the text in numerical order (1,2,3…).

Tables and charts: Prepare 2 to 5 tables, sidebars, or charts. Consider one or more medication tables (with dosages), case vignettes, trends in treatment, or diagnostic criteria. A table or chart can make your manuscript more concise by organizing complex or voluminous clinical or statistical information into a single, self-contained graphic.

Consider including an algorithm or flowchart that illustrates the evidence-based approach to diagnosis or treatment that you describe in the article. Also, we encourage you to submit additional tables, sidebars, charts, or other information to be posted with your review article online at as “Web-exclusive” content.


Do not list references in alphabetical order, but number them (1, 2, 3…) as cited in the text. List up to 3 author names per article; for 4 or more, list the first 3 names, followed by et al. Use Index Medicus abbreviations for journal titles.

Journal citations: Authors. Article title. Journal Name. Year of publication; volume(number): inclusive pages.

Example: Smith R, Jones T, Roberts W. Managing the bipolar patient. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001;25(4):230-242.

Book chapters: Chapter author(s). Chapter title. In: Book editors. Book title. City of publication: Publisher; year:page numbers.

Example: Smith R, Jones T, Roberts W, et al. Managing the bipolar patient.
In: Barber Z, Peterson R, eds. General psychiatry. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Prentice Hall; 2001:45-68.


Summarize, in approximately 35 words, the article’s major take-home points, emphasizing the value of what you’ve discussed for everyday psychiatric practice.


Suggest 2 to 3 additional resources on your topic (books, articles, pamphlets, bulletins, consumer health/support groups, government agencies). Include at least one Web site.


List all pharmaceutical agents mentioned in your article, providing generic and brand names in alphabetical order. For example:

Citalopram • Celexa


Paroxetine • Paxil

Sertraline • Zoloft


Each author must submit a signed financial disclosure form (provided once the article is accepted for publication). The contact author should indicate to whom the honorarium is to be paid. Each authors who shares in the honorarium must complete a Federal W-9 form.

Acknowledgements are optional and may include a collaborator you wish to mention (such as a medical student or assistant) or a grant that may have helped fund the time you spent preparing your article.


If your article is accepted, you must assign the copyright to Current Psychiatry before the article can be published. We will provide you with this form when we send you the edited article for your revisions/approval.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder to republish tables, charts, or other materials that have been published previously. NOTE: Before you agree to pay any permission fee, send copies of the materials to Editor Jeff Bauer for review. The editors have final say in selecting graphic materials, based on fees, available editorial space, and relevance to the manuscript.


Submit your manuscript via ScholarOne Manuscripts, our online manuscript submission and review system, at


Thank you for preparing your article for the benefit of the readers of Current Psychiatry and their patients.