Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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Edited By: Edmund Sonuga-Barke

Impact Factor: 5.669

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 2/65 (Psychology Developmental); 7/74 (Psychology); 9/124 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 12/136 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1469-7610

Associated Title(s): Child and Adolescent Mental Health



Author Guidelines


Please read the Notes for Contributors guidance below for all types of contributions and styles of manuscript. There is also specific guidance available on Practitioner Reviews and Research Reviews.


Why submit your article to The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry?

  • The leading, international journal covering both child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry

  • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective to the multidisciplinary field of child and adolescent mental health, though publication of high-quality empirical research, clinically-relevant studies and highly cited research reviews and practitioner review articles;

  • The journal reached an all time high in the most recent release of impact factors: Impact Factor 5.422 (2012); 5-Year Impact Factor 6.235 (2012): ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 2/65 (Psychology, Developmental); 11/121 (Psychiatry, Social Science); 7/75 (Psychology, Science) 15/135 (Psychiatry, Science)

  • Ranked in the Top 20 journals in psychiatry and psychology by citation impact over the last decade (Thomson Reuters, Essential Science Indicators)

  • Over 9,000 institutions with access to current content;

  • Massive international readership; nearly one million articles downloaded every year (40% North America, 30% Europe, 13% Asia-Pacific)

  • Quick turnaround times:

    ·         Decision on your paper in around 5 weeks (excluding reject without review decisions).
    ·         On average, articles are published online within 6 months from initial submission.

  • Articles appear on Early View before the paper version is published – Click here; to see the Early View articles currently available online; Epub entries on PubMed and widely indexed/abstracted, including MEDLINE, EMBASE and ISI Citation Indexes;

  • Acceptance to Early View publication approx. 6 weeks; Acceptance to print publication approx. 5 months;

  • Every manuscript is assigned to 1 of the 8 decision editors specialising in a particular subject domain. Acceptance rate is around 18%.

  • State of the art online submission site, simple and quick to use:- http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcpp_journal; dedicated journal Editorial Office for easy, personal contact through the peer review and editorial process; proof tracking tool for authors;

The journal encourages pre-submission enquiries, which may be sent via the Managing Editor at jcpp@acamh.org.uk.


Notes for Contributors

General

Contributions from any discipline that further knowledge of the mental health and behaviour of children and adolescents are welcomed. Papers are published in English, but submissions are welcomed from any country.  Contributions should be of a standard that merits presentation before an international readership.

Papers may assume either of the following forms:

  • Original articles
    These should make an original contribution to empirical knowledge, to the theoretical understanding of the subject, or to the development of clinical research and practice. Adult data are not usually accepted for publication unless they bear directly on developmental issues in childhood and adolescence. Original articles should not exceed 6000 words, including title page, abstract, references, tables, and figures; the total word count should be given on the title page of the manuscript.  Limit tables and figures to 5 or fewer double-spaced manuscript pages.  It is possible to submit additional tables or figures as an Appendix for an online-only version.  Manuscripts exceeding the word limit will not be accepted without permission from the Editor.

  • Review articles
    These should survey an important area of interest within the general field.  These include papers in the Annual Research Review, Research Review and Practitioner Review sections, which are usually commissioned.  Word limits for review papers are stated at the time of commissioning.


New Fast Track submission stream

From time to time papers are submitted to JCPP that their authors feel are of such exceptional merit and significance for the field that they require a faster decision than normal. In order to formalise the evaluation procedure and also to encourage the submission of more such papers, the JCPP is introducing a Fast Track submission route.

The goal is to have a first editorial decision within 15 days, and publication of finally accepted manuscripts online within 54 days of formal submission and 64 days from initial, pre-submission enquiry: timelines have been shown to be viable without compromising editorial peer review or feedback quality on the basis of a number of pilot studies.

Authors will now be able to submit papers they believe are of exceptional scientific or clinical significance or of a time sensitive nature for initial consideration as Fast Track papers to the Editor-in-Chief - Edmund Sonuga-Barke (ejb3@soton.ac.uk). Pre-submission outlines should ideally be sent 10 working days ahead of anticipated formal submission.

It is expected that no more than 5 per cent of submissions will be accepted as Fast Track papers; Editors may decide that a potential Fast Track submission can only be further considered as a regular submission at any point in the evaluation or peer review/editorial decision process.

JCPP Fast Track is open to all potential authors for original and empirical articles. The Editors look forward to receiving Fast Track enquiries and submissions: authors of accepted papers will be expected to fully participate in achieving high visibility for Fast Track articles reporting work of exceptional merit deserving of prioritised peer-review, expedited production and enhanced, publicised publication.

For general enquiries about the Fast Track process, please contact the Managing Editor at the JCPP Editorial Office (Piers.Allen@acamh.org).

Authors’ professional and ethical responsibilities

Submission of a paper to JCPP will be held to imply that it represents an original contribution not previously published (except in the form of an abstract or preliminary report); that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and that, if accepted by the Journal, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the Editors. When submitting a manuscript, authors should state in a covering letter whether they have currently in press, submitted or in preparation any other papers that are based on the same data set, and, if so, provide details for the Editors.

Ethics
Authors are reminded that the Journal adheres to the ethics of scientific publication as detailed in the
Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (American Psychological Association, 2010).  These principles also imply that the piecemeal, or fragmented publication of small amounts of data from the same study is not acceptable. The Journal also generally conforms to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts  of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and is also a member and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).   

Authorship
Authorship credit should be given only if substantial contribution has been made to the following:

·          Conception and design, or collection, analysis and interpretation of data

·          Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and final approval of the version to be published

The corresponding author must ensure that there is no one else who fulfils the criteria who is not included as an author. Each author is required to have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content.

Conflict of interest
All submissions to JCPP require a declaration of interest. This should list fees and grants from, employment by, consultancy for, shared ownership in, or any close relationship with, an organisation whose interests, financial or otherwise, may be affected by the publication of the paper. This pertains to all authors, and all conflict of interest should be noted on page 1 of the submitted manuscript. Where there is no conflict of interest, this should also be stated. The JCPP Editor Conflict of Interest Statement can be found by clicking here. The JCPP Editor Conflicts of Interest Statement is published annually in issue 1 of each volume.

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance.  This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication.  For further information, see www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.

Informed consent and ethics approval

Authors must ensure that all research meets these ethical guidelines and affirm that the research has received permission from a stated Research Ethics Committee (REC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) , including adherence to the legal requirements of the study county. Within the Methods section, authors should indicate that ‘informed consent’ has been appropriately obtained and state the name of the REC, IRB or other body that provided ethical approval. When submitting a manuscript, the manuscript page number where these statements appear should be given.


Recommended guidelines and standards

The Journal requires authors to conform to CONSORT 2010 (see
CONSORT Statement) in relation to the reporting of randomised controlled clinical trials; also recommended is the Extensions of the CONSORT Statement with regard to cluster randomised controlled trials). In particular, authors must include in their paper a flow chart illustrating the progress of subjects through the trial (CONSORT diagram) and the CONSORT checklist. The flow diagram should appear in the main paper, the checklist in the online Appendix. Trial registry name, registration identification number, and the URL for the registry should also be included at the end of the methods section of the Abstract and again in the Methods section of the main text, and in the online manuscript submission. Trials should be registered in one of the ICJME-recognised  trial registries:

http://www.controlled-trials.com/isrctn/
Australian Clinical Trials Registry http://actr.ctc.usyd.edu.au
Clinical Trials http://www.clinicaltrials.gov
ISRCTN Register http://isrctn.org
Nederlands Trial Register http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/index.asp
UMIN Clinical Trials Registry http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr

Manuscripts reporting systematic reviews or meta-analyses should conform to the PRISMA Statement.
The Equator Network is recommended as a resource on the above and other reporting guidelines.

Access to data
If the study includes original data, at least one author must confirm that he or she had full access to all the data in the study, and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

CrossCheck
An initiative started by CrossRef to help its members actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Manuscript preparation and submission

Papers should be submitted online. For detailed instructions please go to:  http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcpp-camh  Previous users can Check for existing account. New users should Create a new account. Help with submitting online can be obtained from Piers Allen at ACAMH (E-mail: Piers.Allen@acamh.org.uk)

1. The manuscript should be double spaced throughout, including references and tables. Pages should be numbered consecutively.  The preferred file formats are MS Word or WordPerfect, and should be PC compatible. If using other packages the file should be saved as Rich Text Format or Text only.

2. Papers should be concise and written in English in a readily understandable style. Care should be taken to avoid racist or sexist language, and statistical presentation should be clear and unambiguous. The Journal follows the style recommendations given in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edn., 2001).

3. The Journal is not able to offer a translation service, but, authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Layout
Title:
The first page of the manuscript should give the title, name(s) and short address(es) of author(s), and an abbreviated title (for use as a running head) of up to 80 characters.

Abstract: The abstract should not exceed 300 words and should be structured in the following way with bold marked headings: Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions; Keywords; Abbreviations.  The abbreviations will apply where authors are using acronyms for tests or abbreviations not in common usage. 

Key points: All papers should include a text box at the end of the manuscript outlining the four to five Key (bullet) points of the paper. These should briefly (80-120 words) outline what’s known, what’s new, and what’s clinically relevant.

Headings: Articles and research reports should be set out in the conventional format: Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.  Descriptions of techniques and methods should only be given in detail when they are unfamiliar.  There should be no more than three (clearly marked) levels of subheadings used in the text. 

Acknowledgements: These should appear at the end of the main text, before the References.

Correspondence to. Full name, address, phone, fax and email details of the corresponding author should appear at the end of the main text, before the References.

References
The JCPP follows the text referencing style and reference list style detailed in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edn.)i.

References in text: References in running text should be quoted as follows:
Smith and Brown (1990), or (Smith, 1990), or (Smith, 1980, 1981a, b), or (Smith & Brown, 1982), or (Brown & Green, 1983; Smith, 1982).

For up to five authors, all surnames should be cited in the first instance, with subsequent occurrences cited as et al., e.g. Smith et al. (1981) or (Smith et al., 1981).  For six or more authors, cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. However, all authors should be listed in the Reference List. Join the names in a multiple author citation in running text by the word ‘and’. In parenthetical material, in tables, and in the References List, join the names by an ampersand (&).  References to unpublished material should be avoided.

Reference list:  Full references should be given at the end of the article in alphabetical order, and not in footnotes. Double spacing must be used.

References to journals should include the authors’ surnames and initials, the year of publication, the full title of the paper, the full name of the journal, the volume number, and inclusive page numbers. Titles of journals must not be abbreviated and should be italicised.

References to books should include the authors’ surnames and initials, the year of publication, the full title of the book, the place of publication, and the publisher's name.

References to articles, chapters and symposia contributions should be cited as per the examples below:

Kiernan, C. (1981). Sign language in autistic children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22, 215-220.

Thompson, A. (1981). Early experience: The new evidence. Oxford: Pergamon Press.

Jones, C.C., & Brown, A. (1981). Disorders of perception. In K. Thompson (Ed.), Problems in early childhood (pp. 23-84). Oxford: Pergamon Press.

Use Ed.(s) for Editor(s); edn. for edition; p.(pp.) for page(s); Vol. 2 for Volume 2.

Tables and Figures
All Tables and Figures should appear at the end of main text and references, but have their intended position clearly indicated in the manuscript.  They should be constructed so as to be intelligible without reference to the text.  Any lettering or line work should be able to sustain reduction to the final size of reproduction.  Tints and complex shading should be avoided and colour should not be used unless essential.  Figures should be originated in a drawing package and saved as TIFF, EPS, or PDF files.  Further information about supplying electronic artwork can be found in the Wiley-Blackwell electronic artwork guidelines at http://authorservices.wiley.com/prep_illust.asp

Nomenclature and symbols
Each paper should be consistent within itself as to nomenclature, symbols and units. When referring to drugs, give generic names, not trade names. Greek characters should be clearly indicated.

Manuscript processing

Refereeing
The Journal has a policy of anonymous peer review and the initial refereeing process seldom requires more than three months. Most manuscripts will require some revision by the authors before final acceptance. The Editorial decision on the suitability of a manuscript for publication is final.  

Proofs 
Proofs will be sent to the designated author only.  These will be sent via email as a PDF file, and therefore a current email address must be provided with the manuscript.  Only typographical or factual errors may be changed at proof stage. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.  

Offprints
The designated author will receive a PDF file of their article.  The designated author should undertake to forward copies of the PDF file to their co-authors. 

Copyright

Exclusive Licence Form
Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Please note that signing the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material.

Download the Exclusive Licence Form here

Advice for NIH authors
JCPP and Wiley-Blackwell will support NIH funded authors by posting the accepted version of articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance by the journal. The accepted version is the version that incorporates all amendments made during peer review, but prior to the publisher’s copy-editing and typesetting. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication.  The NIH mandate applies to all articles based on research that has been wholly or partially funded by the NIH and that are accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008.

Please let the editorial office know that you are an NIH-funded author when you submit your article.

Alternatively, any author wishing to publish their article open access can do so using our author-pays Online Open service – please see details below.


Online Open


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, please visit the OnlineOpen homepage.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment online form

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on its own merit.

Liability

Whilst every effort is made by the publishers and editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement appears in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the publishers, the editorial board and editors, and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement. 

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