Depression and Anxiety

Cover image for Vol. 34 Issue 10

Edited By: Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH

Impact Factor: 4.971

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 7/121 (Psychology Clinical); 8/77 (Psychology); 15/139 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 19/142 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1520-6394

Associated Title(s): Anxiety, Depression

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Depression and Anxiety now requires that all authors fill out the ICMJE Form for Potential Conflicts of Interest upon initial submission of their manuscript and upload the completed forms as “Supplementary Material for Review”.  In addition, any information disclosed on the form should be summarized as a statement on the manuscript title page. Authors may download the disclosure form by visiting

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically. For complete instructions on how to do so, go to and follow the instructions for creating an account and submitting a manuscript.

Depression and Anxiety is using ScholarOne Manuscripts, which allows for online submission and review. Files uploaded to this system are ultimately used in the final production through a paperless system.

When submitting your article to ScholarOne Manuscripts, upload as many files as needed for your manuscript. These files will be combined into a single PDF document for the peer review process.

Microsoft Word Format is preferred for manuscript submission. Electronic versions in ASCII or PDF are not acceptable. Each figure must be uploaded separately as an image file using TIFF or EPS formatting. Each image file must include all subparts (A, B, C, etc.) to the figure. Subparts should not be uploaded individually. Figures saved as PDF or prepared in Word, Excel, Microsoft Publisher, Lotus 123, PowerPoint and Corel Draw are not acceptable files. Tables should appear at the end of the manuscript text in the main document and should not be uploaded as separate image files. A figure legend/list of captions should appear at the end of the manuscript text as well. All submissions should have a complete title page and abstract in the main document file.

General correspondence concerning a Depression and Anxiety submission may be directed to:

Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH
Editor-in-Chief, Depression and Anxiety
c/o   Paige Sammartino
111 River St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Manuscripts for consideration by Depression and Anxiety must be submitted solely to this journal, and may not have been published in another publication of any type, professional or lay. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. The journal will not be responsible for loss of manuscripts at any time. Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the corresponding author will be required to sign an agreement transferring copyright to the Publisher. All such manuscripts become the property of the Publisher, and no material published in Depression and Anxiety may be reproduced or published elsewhere without written permission from the Publisher, who reserves copyright.

Disclosure of conflict of interest and financial support is required at the time of submission and must be updated by the authors prior to the time of publication. All potential conflicts of interest and financial support, including direct or indirect financial or personal relationships, interests, and affiliations relevant to the subject matter of the manuscript that have occurred over the past three years, or that are expected in the foreseeable future, must be disclosed. This includes, but is not limited to, grants or funding, employment, affiliations, patents, inventions, honoraria, consultancies, royalties, stock options/ownership, or expert testimony.

Research performed on human subjects must be accompanied by a statement of compliance with the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) and the standards established by the author's Institutional Review Board and granting agency. The manuscript should state, if applicable, that informed consent was obtained for subjects after the nature of the procedures was explained. Photographs of recognizable subjects must be accompanied by signed consent of the subject of publication. Experiments on animals should be carried out in accordance with the guidelines published in the European Communities Council Directive of November 24, 1986 (86/609/EEC).

All statements in, or omissions from, published manuscripts are the responsibility of the authors, who will be asked to review proofs prior to publication. Reprint order forms will be sent with the page proofs. No page charges will be levied against authors or their institutions for publication in the journal.

All submissions must be accompanied by the names of four potential reviewers with their e-mail contact information.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.


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Referrals to the Journal "Brain and Behavior"

This journal works together with Wiley’s Open Access Journal, Brain and Behavior, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors will be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Brain and Behavior. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. The Editor of Brain and Behavior will accept submissions that report well-conducted research which reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Accepted papers can be published rapidly: typically within 15 days of acceptance. Brain and Behavior is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to

Format of Manuscript Elements

Manuscripts must be in English with wide (1 inch) margins, typed and double-spaced throughout. Number pages consecutively and include the corresponding author's name on each page. Manuscripts should contain each of the following elements in sequence: 1) Title page 2) Abstract 3) Text 4) Acknowledgments 5) References 6) Tables 7) Figure legends. Start each subdivision on a new page. Define unusual abbreviations at the first mention in the text. Please refer to the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual for standard abbreviations (fifth edition available from the Council of Biology Editors, Inc., One Illinois Center, Suite 200, 111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-4298). Webster's Third International Dictionary is the accepted source for spelling and capitalization. Use generic drug names in the text; use of brand names is optional, and these should be specified in parentheses. The text should be written in a uniform style, and its contents as submitted for consideration should be deemed final by the author and suitable for publication as follows:

Title Page. The title page should contain the complete title of the manuscript, names and affiliations of all authors, institution(s) at which the work was performed, and name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and E-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence. Authors should also provide a short title of not more than 45 characters (including spaces), and five to ten key words, not in the title but taken from Index Medicus , that will highlight the subject matter of the article.

Abstract. Abstracts must be 250 words or less, and should be intelligible without reference to the text. Abstracts must be organized into four sections: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions.   Purpose of the study should be included in Background and sample sizes must be included in Methods.

Research Articles. Research articles must be 3500 words or fewer, exclusive of tables, figures, and references, and include Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion sections conforming to standard scientific reporting style. The introduction should include a succinct summary of the known literature in the area and a rationale for and justification of the purpose of the study and why the experimental question and hypothesis are important or novel. Whenever possible, information on why the study is important for the practicing clinician should be provided,.Detailed information on statistics should be provided such as name of statistical test, whether tests were one- or two-tailed, test used for each set of data, and correction factors, if any, for multiple comparisons. Data and figures should present or reflect standard deviations rather than standard error of means. All significant and relevant non-significant results must include test values, degree(s) of freedom, and probability.   Aclear exposition of the clinical and scientific importance of the study.should be included    Articles should strive to highlight the clinical meaning of the constructs and results as opposed to their methodological and mechanistic implications.

Review/Theoretical Articles. Review and theoretical articles are usually invited, but submitted reviews or theory-oriented articles will be considered. Review or Theoretical Articles must be a maximum of  4500 words, exclusive of tables, figures and references. An abstract is required but need not be organized into four section (i.e., Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions). The text should flow smoothly, and subdivisions (e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results) within the manuscript are not necessary. Proposals for papers of this nature should be directed to the appropriate Editor-in-Chief, who will consult with the author before manuscript submission. The scientific rationale for, and clinical importance of, the review should be clearly articulated.

Reviewers. The author should provide the names and e-mails of five reviewers with expertise in the area who might be appropriately selected to review the manuscript.

References. List all sources in the reference list alphabetically by name. . In text citations should follow the author-date method. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.
Journal article:
Phelps, L. (1996). Discriminative validity of the WRAML with ADHD and LD children. Psychology in the Schools, 33, 5-12.
Book edition:
Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed. References should refer only to material listed within the text.

Tables. Each table must have a title and should be self-explanatory. Avoid duplicating information in the text. Number tables with Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text.


To ensure the highest quality production, your figures must be submitted in TIFF format according to the following minimum resolutions:

- 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.)

- 300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs)

- 600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines)

Vector-based figures (usually created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted as EPS. Do not submit figures in the following formats: JPEG, GIF, Word, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, PowerPoint, PDF. Graphs must show an appropriate grid scale. Each axis must be labeled with both the quantity measured and the unit of measurement. Color figures must be submitted in a RGB colorspace. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used.

Peer Review Scorecard Pilot

Depression and Anxiety is participating in Wiley's pilot of transferable peer review in which reviewers complete a standard scorecard in addition to their usual review. Authors of original research articles rejected with completed scorecards will be invited to transfer the manuscript, reviews, and scorecard to any of the other journals participating in the pilot. Wuthors will have the opportunity to revise their manuscript according to the review comments prior to transfer if they wish to do so. A list of participating journals and more information about the pilot can be found here. We believe that this system of preserving original peer review for the next journal's use will decrease repetitious review, save authors, reviewers and editors valuable time and significantly increase the speed to publication for many papers.