Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 25/129 (Psychology Multidisciplinary); 37/136 (Psychiatry (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1943-278X

Author Guidelines

As of December 1, 2010 all manuscript submissions to Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior can be made online via Manuscript Central, the web-based submission, tracking and peer review system.

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior is devoted to emergent theoretical, scientific, clinical, and public health approaches related to violent, self-destructive, and life-threatening behaviors. It is multidisciplinary and concerned with a broad range of related topics including, but not limited to, suicide, suicide prevention, death, accidents, biology of suicide, epidemiology, crisis intervention, postvention with survivors, nomenclature, standards of care, clinical training and interventions, violence.

Brief Summary. Manuscripts should be submitted with a 100-word abstract. The entire manuscript, including references, quotations, text, and tables, and be double-spaced. American Psychological Association (APA) standard style should be used. Manuscript length, except under unusual circumstances, should not be over 20 double-spaced pages, and, ordinarily, should be shorter.

Original Contributions. Authors should only submit manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere, and are not under review by another publication. Cover Letter. With your submission include a cover letter designating one author as correspondent for the review process, and provide a complete address, including phone and fax. In this letter please attest that neither the manuscript nor any other substantially similar paper has been published, except as described in the letter. The corresponding author should also attest that in the case of several authors, each one has studied the manuscript in the form submitted, agreed to be cited as a coauthor, and has accepted the order of authorship. If author affiliations are given with regard to academic, hospital, or institutional affiliations, it is the author[s] responsibility to obtain any required permissions from the proper authorities to utilize such affiliations.

Editing. Manuscripts will be copyedited, and page proofs will be sent to the authors for review. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work. Manuscripts should not only be well written in the sense of organization and clarity, but should be explained in a manner that is interesting and engaging to readers with a wide range of backgrounds. All manuscripts should begin with an abstract of the paper.

Manuscript Preparation. Your paper should be double spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word. On the title page list the full names, affiliations, and professional degrees of all the authors. Abbreviations should not be used in the title or abstract, and should be very limited in the text.

Abstracts. The abstract should be displayed on a separate page and consist of not more than 100 words. It should present the reason for the study, the main findings, and the principal conclusions.

References. Reference lists should be prepared according to the style illustrated in the articles in this issue of the journal. This approach minimizes punctuation in the specific references, but utilizes the author and date in the text of the articles, to provide maximum information quickly to the reader.

Illustrations. Graphics should be executed in Microsoft Excel in either Mac or IBM formats for making graphs. If this is not possible, please submit camera ready copy. In all cases indicate the correct positioning of the item in the text. Illustrations should be cited in order in the text using Arabic numerals. A legend should accompany each illustration, and not exceed 40 words. Please include reproductions of all illustrations. As the author you are ultimately responsible for any required permissions regarding material quoted in your text, tables, or illustrations of any kind.

Tables. Tables should be cited in order in the text using Arabic numerals. Each table should be displayed on a separate page, and each must have a title.

Reviews and Decisions. Manuscripts are generally sent to outside reviewers, and you will be informed of the editorial decision as soon as possible. Ordinarily a decision will be reached in about 3 months after submission is acknowledged. A request for revising the manuscript along the lines suggested by the Editor and reviewers does not constitute a decision to publish. All revised manuscripts will be re-evaluated, and the Editors reserve the right to reject a paper at any point during the revision process.

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Copyright Transfer Agreement
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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 their own merit.

Membership. Information about membership in the American Association of Suicidology can be obtained by writing to:
Amy J. Kulp
Interim Executive Director
American Association of Suicidology
5221 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20015
telephone: (202) 237-2280
fax: (202) 237-2282