International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

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Edited By: Professor Alistair Burns, Manchester, UK

Impact Factor: 2.866

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 6/32 (Gerontology); 23/50 (Geriatrics & Gerontology); 34/133 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 52/140 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1099-1166

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


The rapidly increasing world population of aged people has led to a growing need to focus attention on the problems of mental disorder in late life. The aim of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry is to communicate the results of original research in the causes, treatment and care of all forms of mental disorder which affect the elderly. The Journal is of interest to psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, nurses and others engaged in therapeutic professions, together with general neurobiological researchers.

The Journal provides an international perspective on the important issue of geriatric psychiatry, and contributions are published from countries throughout the world. Topics covered include epidemiology of mental disorders in old age, clinical aetiological research, post-mortem pathological and neurochemical studies, treatment trials and evaluation of geriatric psychiatry services.

Further information about the Journal, including links to the online sample copy and contents pages, can be found on the Journal homepage .


The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry invites the following types of submission:

Research Articles

Research Articles are the Journal’s primary mode of scientific communication. Peer-review of Research Articles will be handled by the most appropriate Editor . Research Articles must not exceed 3500 words of body text, and are limited to 6 figures/tables.

Review Articles

Review Articles will typically be solicited by the Editors. Authors who wish to submit an unsolicited review should first contact one of the Editors to determine its suitability for publication in the Journal. All reviews will be peer-reviewed. Reviews must not exceed 4500 words of body text, and are limited to 6 figures/tables and 150 references.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, or Correspondence, may be in response to issues arising from recently published articles, or short, free-standing pieces expressing an opinion, but should not exceed 700 words of body text, and are limited to 1 figure/table and 5 references. Letters are not subject to external peer-review.


All submissions should be made online at the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry ScholarOne Manuscripts site— . New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre.


Manuscripts must be written in English.

Text should be supplied in a format compatible with Microsoft Word for Windows (PC). Charts and tables are considered textual and should also be supplied in a format compatible with Word. All figures (illustrations, diagrams, photographs) should be supplied in jpg, tiff or eps format.

All manuscripts must be typed in 12pt font and in double space with margins of at least 2.5 cm.

Manuscripts must comply with the word limits defined in section 2, and include:

Title Page

The first page of the manuscript should contain the following information:

  • the title of the paper
  • a running head not exceeding 50 characters
  • 2–6 article keywords and up to 4 key points
  • names of authors
  • names of the institutions at which the research was conducted
  • name, address, telephone and fax number, and email address of corresponding author
  • the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s)
  • the word count of the body text

Structured Abstracts

Authors submitting Research and Review Articles should note that structured abstracts (maximum 250 words) are required. The structured abstract should adopt the format: Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusions. (Authors of Reviews may use Design instead of Method.) Abstracts should contain no citation to other published work.

Letters to the Editor do not require abstracts.


This should in general, but not necessarily, be divided into sections with the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion.

Research Letters and Correspondence should be formatted in one continuous section.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be inserted in the appropriate place in the text but should be included at the end of the paper, each on a separate page.

Tables and figures should be referred to in text as follows: Figure 1, Figure 2; Table 1, Table 2. The place at which a table or figure is to be inserted in the printed text should be indicated clearly on a manuscript. Each table and/or figure must have a legend that explains its purpose without reference to the text.

Any figure submitted as a colour original will appear in colour in the Journal's online edition free of charge. Colour figures will be printed in the Journal on the condition that authors contribute to the associated costs: £350 for the first page; £150 for each subsequent page thereafter. Corresponding authors will be invoiced post-publication.


References should be in 'Harvard' format, i.e, names and dates in brackets in the text (Jones, 2000; Smith and Jones, 2001; Jones et al ., 2002), and the full reference listed at the end of the paper, in alphabetical order by first author, as follows:

Porteus SD. 1959. The Maze Tests and Clinical Psychology . Pacific Books: Palo Alto.

Rabbitt PMA. 1982. How do old people know what to do next? In Aging and Cognitive Processes , Craik FIM, Trehub S (eds). Plenum Press: New York; 79–98.

Chou K-L, Chi I. 2004. Combined effect of vision and hearing impairment on depression in elderly Chinese. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 19 : 825–832. DOI: 10.1002/gps.1174

(Titles of periodicals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus.)

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote for reference management and formatting.


Original Publication

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. The author must supply a full statement to the Editor-in-Chief about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work.

Conflict of Interest

Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships between themselves and others that might bias their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist. Investigators should disclose potential conflicts to study participants and should state in the manuscript whether they have done so. Authors should describe the role of the study sponsor(s), if any, in study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, in the writing of the report and in the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such involvement, the authors should so state.


When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution's or a national research council's guide for, or any national law on, the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. A statement describing explicitly the ethical background to the studies being reported should be included in all manuscripts in the Materials and Methods section. Ethics committee or institutional review board approval should be stated.

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that the patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential but patient data should never be altered or falsified in an attempt to attain anonymity. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity.


All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article. Authorship credit should be based only on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2 and 3 must all be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship. All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the Acknowledgements section.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), adherence to these submission criteria is considered essential for publication in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry ; mandatory fields are included in the online submission process to ensure this. If, at a later stage in the submission process or even after publication, a manuscript or authors are found to have disregarded these criteria, it is the duty of the Editor-in-Chief to report this to COPE. COPE may recommend that action may be taken, including but not exclusive to, informing the authors' professional regulatory body and/or institution of such a dereliction.

The website for COPE may be accessed at:



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