Editorial Policy and Guidelines for Authors, Reviewers and Editors 

Glasgow and Zurich, September 2020 

Scope of the journal

Global Psychiatry is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original scientific articles, systematic reviews and meta-analyses in all areas of psychiatry and mental health from all over the globe. 
The mission of Global Psychiatry is to advance global mental health by making relevant scientific knowledge globally accessible. 
It is our special endeavour to support young and new authors from all over the publishing their research. 
We also intend to document and report recent history and current psychiatric practice from all corners of the world. 

Authors’ instructions 

Authors must make themselves aware of all relevant information on the website of Global Psychiatry and the Editorial manager website especially these Editorial Instructions, the Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement and the tutorial for authors. 

Article types 

Global Psychiatry publishes original research articles, systematic reviews, meta- analyses, and “Global Perspectives”. 
Global Perspective articles must be authored by an international author group (usually comprising authors from at least three continents) and aim to provide a global perspective on a current topic in psychiatry and mental health. 
Exceptionally, the editorial board may decide to consider other types of articles (please inquire the Editor-in-Chief before considering such a submission). 


All articles have to be in English language. While we do not expect perfect English skills from our global authorship, the manuscripts must be easily understandable and any language issues must not distract from the content. 

Article processing charge 

Currently, we need to charge article processing charges for publication in Global Psychiatry. These charges will cover costs for services we need to buy in such as Copyediting, Typesetting, Proofreading, Indexing, DOI-allocation, Hosting etc. The current charge will be £300/ per paper. 

Article structure 

We recommend that the authors use a hypothesis-based approach for all parts of the manuscript, see Heun, How to write a scientific paper: Ahypothesis-based approach Global Psychiatry, 2018, 1(1): 3-6.

All manuscripts must be structured as follows: 

Title page(s), comprising:

Title (less than 30 words, it should refer to the main result and/or outcome of the study) 
Short title (less than 6 words) 
List of authors (indicate affiliations with superscript numbers, only those persons who have contributed to the all parts of preparation, conduct, evaluation and write-up of the study should qualify for authorship.) 
List of affiliations of authors (organization, city, country

Abstract (less than 300 words, structured in Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions) 

5-10 Keyword
Material and methods (Please include a statement on ethics approval and informed consent. Please clarify the informed consent procedures). 
Figures and tables (Please clarify but do not repeat contents from figures/tables in the text)

Declarations need to be placed before the list of references and must include: 

Acknowledgements (if applicable) 

authors’ contribution (if more than one author) 
ethical approval (mandatory, please indicate name and institution of ethics board and approval number, if available.) 
conflicts of interest (mandatory) 
funding (mandatory) 
informed consent (mandatory) 
study registration (mandatory) 

References (conventional Harvard System within the text and for references) 
Cover letter 

Every submission should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating: 

Name, address and contact details of the corresponding author 
Declarations confirming:

that the authors have read and understand the relevant information on the website including these Editorial Instructions and the Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement 

that all co-authors have substantially contributed to the preparation, conduct and content of the paper and the resulting manuscript and have approved the submitted version, we do not accept ghost or honour authorships of those who have not made a major contribution to all aspect of the research and the manuscript. 

- the funding information of the of the study 
- permission to use copyrighted material including the internet. 
- that all standards of ethical research conduct have been upheld during the realization of the work 
- that the authors commit themselves to pay the article processing fees as published by Global Psychiatry on its website
- that the paper has been solely submitted to this journal and is not published or under review in any other journal 
- information, outcome of previous submissions to other journals 
- the type of any potential conflict of interest and, if any, how it has been dealt with to prevent any undue influence on the content and presentation of the results and outcome of the paper. 

Submission of manuscript

All manuscripts and additional information have to be submitted through the Editorial Manager at: 

Statements of ethical approval and informed consent have to be individually submitted via the Editorial Manager. 
The list of authors should only include persons who have contributed in the preparation, conduct of the study and writing-up of the manuscript. 
Honour or ghost-authorships are not acceptable and will lead to the rejection of the paper. 

Proposal of reviewers

Please propose at least five experts who would have sufficient knowledge and expertise to provide a valuable review of the paper. However, you should make sure that those reviewers are unlikely to have no conflict of interest in relation to the review of the publication either financial, academic, institutional, religious, by private connections, or else. 

Author inquiries 

All inquiries should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at: 

Procedures and revisions 

All submissions will be initially assessed by one journal editor. If the manuscript falls into the journal’s scope and may eventually merit publication, it will be sent out for peer-review by at least two expert reviewers. 
We will ask reviewers to provide supportive and helpful review proposals. After completion of the peer-review, the handling editor will make a decision on the manuscript. This may be rejection, acceptance or requests for a revision. In case of the latter the improved manuscript after revision will be accepted, rejected or send out for review again, if need be. There may be the need for more than one revision. All editorial decisions are independent and final. 
The decision to accept or reject a manuscript will solely depend on its relevance, importance, originality and clarity. 
All studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent of the participants, which must be documented in the submission.
After publication, all articles will be added to appropriate reference databases, the list of data bases and indexes is published and regularly updated on the Global Psychiatry website. 
We will not tolerate plagiarism, double-publication, citation manipulation, data falsification, inappropriate author attribution or any other form of unethical research conduct. 
In case we detect or are made aware of any potential misconduct or falsification of data, at least two members of the editorial board will investigate these concerns and will invite the authors for clarifications. If the concerns cannot be sufficiently clarified we will expect the authors to retract the paper or if they do not do it voluntarily the editors will do this on behalf of the authors. 
The failure to declare any major conflict of interest by the authors, either financial, academic institutional, religious, political, or by personal relationship of any type will also lead to the rejection or withdrawal of the paper from the journal. Authors whose papers have to be withdrawn, will not have their article-processing charge refunded. Submission of a paper to this journal indicates the agreement with this procedure. 

Review and revision process 

The reviewers will provide you with a numbered list of comments and proposals. For submission of a revised manuscript, please address each point and indicate how and where you amended the paper in response. This journal will perform single blind reviews, meaning the authors are not made aware of the reviewers’ names or affiliations. The editors and publisher will protect the names and identities of the reviewers. 

Reviewer instructions 

Reviewers must make themselves aware of all relevant information on the website of Global Psychiatry and the Editorial manager website especially these Editorial Instructions, the Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement and the tutorial for reviewers. 
Reviews should be conducted timely, professionally and objectively, without criticism of the authors. Reviewers should not have any major conflicts of interest in relation to any paper that they review. Conflict of interest may be financial, academic, competitive, collaborative, related to religious or political beliefs, or by any relationship or connection with any of the authors, companies or institutions related to the paper. In case of any doubt reviewers should declare their possible conflicts of interest to the editor in charge of the manuscript. 
Reviewers will respect the confidentiality of the content of the paper and its data. Reviewers will keep the paper and its content confidential and will not discuss its content with third parties. They must report ethical or other concerns to the editor. 
Please provide a general recommendation on the value of this paper for publication to the editors. Please let us know what you formally recommend: accept, minor revisions, major revisions, revision and re-review, or rejection. You may want to comment on format, scientific and clinical relevance, actuality, style, clarity and coherence of presentation, originality of methods and results, and the quality of the data and the language. 
Reviewers will assess ethical issues such as previous publications of the presented research, plagiarisation of other publications, ethical approval, informed consent, fabrication or manipulation of data or data analyses, competing interests. Minor concerns or the lack of clarifications about such issues may be addressed within the review and editorial processes.
Major ethical concerns, ghost and honour authorships will lead to the immediate rejection of the paper. 
Please provide a numbered list of comments, critiques, proposals and recommendations for the authors helping them to improve the paper, if possible. Sorting by subheadings, i.e. title, abstract, introduction, etc. is helpful. The authors are expected to answer your comments and indicate the appropriate changes, point by point. 
Please indicate if you would like to add a short comment (max. 200 word) to the paper. This would be published with your name and affiliations below the paper. 
The performance of reviewers is subject to assessment by the Editor-in-Chief. 

Editors‘ responsibilities 

Editors must support a swift, fair, professional and supportive review process. 
Editors and reviewers must have no conflicts of interest in relation to any paper that they edit or review. Conflicts of may be financial, institutional, academic, by private relationship or else. Potential conflicts of interest should be declared and should be discussed with the Editor-in-Chief. 
Editors as well as reviewers will respect and protect the confidentiality of the content of the paper and its data. 

Editors as authors 

Editors or members of the editorial board may and are welcome to submit papers to the journal. Manuscripts submitted by an editor will be handled by a different editor in order to ensure the integrity of the editorial process. Like all other manuscripts, manuscripts submitted by editors are subject to independent peer-review and acceptance for publication is based solely based on scientific merit. 
Editors will not be allowed to have any influence of the editorial decisions made by another editor of the journal. 
To support transparency for the readers, editors must declare their position as members of the editorial board in the conflict of interest statement of the paper. 


Complaints of any type will be handled by the Editor-in-Chief. S/He may ask other members of the editorial board to support him/ her

Additional comments on the manuscript style



Write in British English not American English as your publisher is in the UK, so use ise, ised, isation endings (not ize etc) excl organisations taking US spellings eg World Health Organization.

Decisions made (in alphabetical order)


Abbreviations and acronyms

Spell out any abbreviations and acronyms at first mention and include the acronym in brackets afterwards, thereafter use the acronym in copy.


            Use hyphen – 30-50 years old; a 35-year-old woman.


Use Sentence case for all banner titles, menu titles, headings, subheads, clickthrough buttons, and other titles. It is easier to skim read lower case text. 


In-text citations – author (year) said… OR  (author, year) for indirect citation

For 2: author & author (year) said … or (author & author, year)

For more than 2 authors include 1 et al., (year). The same if repeated in the text. 

No forenames/initials. 


Conscious language

Be aware of changes in language usage which have been gathering pace over the last few years e.g humankind not mankind. 

Think about how you represent a people group and define them in writing. Avoid stereotyping e.g. the elderly, frail old man. 

If you are unsure, go to this incredible resource:


Do not use contractions in scientific and academic reporting e.g. isn’t, wasn’t. Spell things out.



            UK style: 1 January 2020. Not need for superscript st



Not e-mail

En dash and em dash

Follow Guardian style for writing and use the spaced en dash to present extra/additional info that is part of a sentence, but not vital to the meaning.

For more info, go to ‘dashes’ here:

Foreign words

Include a brief explanation in brackets at first mention 




Dates: Use a hyphen for year dates spanning more than one year e.g. 2012-2015 and within words.

Job titles

Job titles are upper case when used alongside a name, official title or job description. But lower case when describing a function e.g. the president said.





Medical conditions 

Do not capitalise disorders or medical conditions e.g. anxiety not Anxiety, depressive disorder not Depressive Disorder, but capitalise disease nouns e.g. Alzheimer’s disease.


Use numerals not written out eg, 29 years old, not twenty-nine years old. 

Numbers one to nine spelt out and numerals thereafter e.g. 10, 29, 31 etc




Use PubMed for references –

Quotation marks 

Use curly quote marks not straight e.g. “ not ". 

Use double quote marks for direct speech and single quotes for words within the quoted section. Use double quotes for words that aren’t actually quotations.


Use pubmed style i.e authors, title, journal year, citation. It is easier to cut and paste from pubmed. 

For articles/reports with lots of authors e.g. 20 authors, just take six and add at al. for the references. 




Year/time periods

Century: Write out in full until 10, no numeral e.g. first and second centuries, rather than 1st or 2nd, but 21st century.

Use this dictionary for spellings: Oxford University Press: