Information for Authors including editorial standards for the preparation of manuscripts

Evidence-based Psychiatric Care, a quarterly on line, open access journal, is the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Psychiatry (SIP).
The journal publishes contributions in the field of psychiatry in electronic format (PDF/HTML) and in English, in the form of regular articles, reviews, short articles, case reports, letters to the editors and commentaries.

  • The material submitted should not have been previously published, and should not be under consideration (in whole or in part) elsewhere and must conform to the current regulations regarding research ethics. If an experiment on humans is described, a statement must be included that the work has been performed in accordance with the principles of the 1983 Declaration of Helsinki. The Authors are solely responsible for the statements made in their paper, and must specify that consent has been obtained from patients taking part in the investigations and for the reproduction of any photographs, and report the approval of local ethic committee or institutional review board. For studies performed on laboratory animals, the authors must state that the relevant national laws or institutional guidelines have been adhered to.
  • For the publication of each article, a contribution will be asked to the authors for covering the costs of publishing services (technical editing, page layout, tables, diagrams and optimization, management, coordination of contacts with authors for the production of printed version) and to initiate and manage the paperwork for the indexing of the journal in the main international index (Scopus, Psychinfo, Excerpta Medica, Index Medicus, Current Contents).

Conflict of Interests. In the letter accompanying the article, Authors must declare whether they obtained funds or other forms of personal or institutional financial support – or if they are under contract – from Companies whose products are mentioned in the article. This declaration will be treated by the Editor as confidential, and will not be sent to the referees. Accepted articles will be published accompanied by a suitable declaration stating the nature of the financial sources.

Only papers that have been prepared in strict conformity with the editorial norms outlined herein will be considered for publication. Eventual acceptance for publication is conditional to the results of a peer review process, consisting of a critical assessment by experts in the field and implementation of any changes requested, and the final decision of the Editor.


General instructions

  • Software and text: please save files in .DOC, .RTF or .DOCX format.
  • Illustrations: a) send pictures in separate files from text and tables; b) software and format: preferably send images in .TIFF or .JPEG or .PDF format, resolution at least 300 dpi (100 x 150 mm).
  • The text must be written in English.
  • The first page of the manuscripts must contain the names of the Authors and of the Institute or organisation to which each Author is affiliated; the name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers of the Author to whom correspondence and galley proofs should be sent; a set of keywords.
  • Tables must be limited in number (the same data should not be presented twice, in both the text and tables), typewritten on separate pages, and numbered consecutively with Roman numerals. In the text and legend to the tables, Authors must use, in the exact order, the following symbols: *, †, ‡, §, **, ††, ‡‡ …
  • Figures: please strictly follow the above-mentioned instructions.
  • The references must be identified in the text by Arabic numbers in upper script and listed at the end of the manuscript in the order of citation. In case of papers by more than 5 Authors, the first 3 Authors should be indicated, followed by et al.
  • Journals should be cited according to the abbreviations of Index Medicus.


Examples of the correct format for bibliographic citations:

Journal articles:
Schatzberg AF, Samson JA, Bloomingdale KL, et al. Toward a biochemical classification of depressive disorders, X: urinary catecholamines, their metabolites, and D-type scores in subgroups of depressive disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1989;46:260-8.

Kaplan HI, Sadock BJ. Comprehensive textbook of Psychiatry. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins 1985.

Chapters from books or material from conference proceedings:
Cloninger CR. Establishment of diagnostic validity in psychiatric illness: Robins and Guze’s method revisited. In: Robins LN, Barret JE, editors. The validity of psychiatric diagnosis. New York: Raven Press 1989, pp. 74-85.

  • Acknowledgements and the citation of any grants or other forms of financial support should be provided at the end of the paper, after the list of references.
  • Notes to the text, indicated by asterisks or similar symbols, should appear at the bottom of the relevant page.
  • Mathematical terms and formulae, abbreviations, and units of measure should conform to the standards set out in Science 1954;120:1078.
  • Drugs should be referred to by their chemical name; the commercial name should be used only when absolutely unavoidable (capitalising the first letter of the product name and giving the name of the pharmaceutical firm manufacturing the drug, town and country).
  • Authors are required to correct and return galley proofs of their paper within 4 days of receipt.


Categories of papers:

Manuscripts will be organized in five main categories. Namely:

  1. Regular articles and reviews (which may also include invited articles). Text length: 18.000 characters or more, with spaces, excluding summary, tables and/or figures and references. The text of regular articles should be subdivided into the following sections: Summary, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, and Discussion and Conclusions.
  2. Short articles: this space is dedicated to brief communications of clinical and experimental data and to preliminary data of ongoing research of particular interest. Text length: no more than 12.000 characters, with spaces, including summary, figures and/or tables (no more than 4), and references (max 15).
  3. Meet-the-expert: in which a well-reputed clinician and/or researcher will provide a short evidence-based review related to an explicit issue.

Reviews, articles (both regular and short), and meet-the-expert should contain a window reporting the main implications for psychiatric care that derive from the data presented in the publication.

Reviews, articles (both regular and short) and meet-the-expert should have summaries subdivided in the following sections: Objectives, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions.


4. Case reports: in which original experiences related to individual or few subjects are described. Text length: about 4.000-5000 characters, with spaces. Max 1 figure or table and no more than 5 references.

5. Letters to Editors and Comments concerning articles or reviews published in the Journal: text length: about 2.000-3.000 characters, with spaces. Max 1 figure and/or table and no more than 5 references.

The paper must be sent to: