International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

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Edited By: Professor Dr Hans-Ulrich Wittchen

Impact Factor: 3.759

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 22/133 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 35/140 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1557-0657

Author Guidelines

Effective with the 2012 volume, the journal will be published in an online-only format. Colour images are now free of charge and authors can make use of the many opportunities for articles in the online environment.

Initial Manuscript Submission
The International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including Quick and easy submission Administration centralised and reduced Significant decrease in peer review times. From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at

Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Office by e-mail (

Authors must also supply the following:

  • A Declaration of Interest Statement declaring any competing interests. Without this we are legally unable to publish the article. Please submit your completed forms during the submission process to the Editorial Manager: Sebastian Trautmann, Technische Universität Dresden / 01062 Dresden, Germany or e-mail to

  • Permission Request Form– it is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce (in all media, including electronic) material which has appeared in another publication.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by Wiley-Blackwell. Submitted material will not be returned to the author unless specifically requested.

Manuscript style
Please write in English (UK). All submissions must follow the format below:

  • The title page must list the full title, short title and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including current e-mail address, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs (the corresponding author).

  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s). Please include details in an Acknowledgements section.

  • Articles should not exceed about 5000 words.The word limit does not include tables, figures, references and title page. However, submissions shorter than that are appreciated.

  • For articles, supply an unstructured abstract of up to 200 words, together with three to five keywords.

Acceptable file formats

Text: Manuscript should be submitted as one text file in either Word document (.doc) or RTF (.rtf). Do not submit your file as a PDF.

Tables: Should form an integral part of the text file. Tables submitted as photographs or graphics will be rejected and will delay the submission process.

Figures: You are required to send high-resolution grahics files. Micrographs (tone) should be supplied as TIFF (.tif) files; labelled micrographs (combination) or charts/graphs/diagrams (line) can be supplied as a TIFF or EPS (.eps) format. Details of how to prepare figures can be found at

Figures for reviews must be sent separately and conform to the same standards as the Figures for publication. They should not be embedded into the text of your initial submission.

Reference style: References should be arranged alphabetically by author surname. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author, published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where multiple authors are listed in the reference, please cite in the text as ‘Maxwell et al. (1999)’. All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. References should be listed in the following style:

Website: The Geriatric Website ( [ 1 April 1999 ]

Paper in a journal: Thierry K.L., Spence M.J. (2004). A real-life event enhances the accuracy of preschoolers' recall. Appl Cognit Psychol, 18(2), 297-309, DOI: 10.1002/acp.965

Book: Hare RD, Schalling D (1978). Psychopathic Behaviour: Approaches to Research. New York: Wiley.

Chapter in a book: Oucho JO, Gould WT, Smith FK, Brown PL, Jones RH (1993). Internal migration, urbanization and population distribution. In Foote KA, Hill KH, Martin LG (eds) Demographic Change in Sub-Saharan Africa. Washington DC: National Academy Press. pp 255-296.

Personal communications and unpublished data should not be listed in the reference section but should be given in full in the text.

At the end of the Acknowledgements sections, there must be a statement of these interests or the following statement: "Competing interests: the authors have no competing interests.” Please see our Ethics policy for full details on all ethical requirements prior to submission of your manuscript.

Further information
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF of your article will be available via Author Services. Please therefore sign up for Author Services ( if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.


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.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

NIH Public Access Mandate and other funding body requirements of accepted papers
For those interested in the Wiley-Blackwell policy on the NIH Public Access Mandate, please visit our policy statement. Please read our frequently asked questions on this topic which can be found in our Author Services website at