Authors' instructions

Authors must read the relevant information on this website and the ejournalplus website, especially the Editorial Instructions, Publication Ethics, 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). The paper should aim to provide a global perspective on a current topic in psychiatry and mental health. 

The GP editorial board may decide to consider other types of articles (please enquire with the Editor-in-Chief before considering a submission). 


All articles have to be written or translated into the 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, there is an article processing charge of £300 for publication in Global Psychiatry.

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: A hypothesis-based approach Global Psychiatry, 2018, 1(1): 3-6. 2 

All manuscripts must be structured as follows:

  • Title page(s), comprising:
  • Title (less than 20 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 all parts of the preparation, conduct, evaluation and write-up of the study should qualify for authorship).
  • List of affiliations of authors (organisation, city, country)
  • Abstract (less than 300 words, structured in Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions).
  • 5-10 Keywords.
  • Introduction.
  • Material and methods (please include a statement on ethics approval and informed consent. Please clarify the informed consent procedures). 
  • Results.
  • Discussion. 
  • Figures and tables (please clarify but do not repeat contents from figures/tables in the text).
  • Acknowledgements (if applicable), should include the following: 
    • 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).

Declarations need to be placed before the list of references and must include confirm that the authors have read and understand the relevant information on the website including the Editorial Instructions, Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement, including: 

    • 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 study. 
    • permission to use copyrighted material including online content. 
    • that all standards of ethical research conduct have been upheld during the realisation of the work. 
    • that the authors commit themselves to pay the article processing fees (currently none) as published by Global Psychiatry on its website on the day of submission. 
    • 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.

References (conventional PubMed NLM or Harvard System within the text and for references). 

Cover letter 

Every submission should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating the name, address and contact details of the corresponding author. 

Submission of manuscripts 

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 do not have a conflict of interest in relation to the review of the publication either financial, academic, institutional, religious, or through private connections. 

Author enquiries 

All enquiries 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 required. 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 databases 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. If they do not do this voluntarily the editors will do this. 

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 these procedures.

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. For more information, please see the Guide for Reviewers section. 

GP editorial style decisions (in alphabetical order)

Please make sure you write all aspects of your paper in British English as we publish from the UK. For example, use ise, ised, isation endings (not ize etc). This excludes organisations that take US spellings e.g. World Health Organization.

We want GP published medical papers to have consistency, not only in the high quality of research content, but also in how the papers are written and presented from an editorial point of view. Here are some common examples of wording/style preferences that have been flagged at the proofreading stage for authors to look out for. Please continue to refer to this list, which is regularly updated.

  • 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.
  • Age: use hyphen – 30-50 years old; a 35-year-old woman.
  • Capitalisation: 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. 
  • Citations: in-text citations – author (year) said… OR  (author, year) for indirect citations. 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.  
  • Comorbidity
  • 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:
  • Contractions: do not use contractions in scientific and academic reporting e.g. isn’t, wasn’t. Spell things out.
  • Cut-off
  • Dates: UK style: 1 January 2020. Not need for superscript st
  • E.g.
  • Email: 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 
  • Fourfold
  • Hyperintensity
  • Hyphenation: 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.
  • Later-life
  • Lifespan
  • 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.
  • Numbers: 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
  • Obsessive-compulsive
  • Preprocessing
  • PubMed: 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.
  • References/endnotes: 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. 
  • Self-reporting
  • Well-being
  • Word-finding
  • 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: