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Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Guidelines for Authors
www.karger.com/pps_guidelines

Introduction
Submission
Conditions
Conflict of Interest
Plagiarism Policy
Sections
Arrangement
Color Illustrations
References
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Supplementary Material
Self-Archiving/Green Open Access, Author's ChoiceTM,
   Funding Organizations (NIH etc.)

Page Limitations and Charges
Proofs
Reprints



Introduction

‘Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics’ publishes research articles on clinical issues in medicine and psychiatry, with special reference to psychotherapy and psychosomatic research. The journal features editorials and review articles on current and controversial issues; innovations (both in terms of conceptualization and pilot studies); case management articles (biopsychosocial management in clinical medicine); clinical notes; letters to the editor (both comments on published articles and preliminary research).publishes research articles, reviews (special articles), clinical notes and letters to the editor on psychotherapy and/or psychosomatic research.



Submission

Only original papers written in English are considered and should be submitted online

Online Manuscript Submission

Should you experience problems with your submission, please contact:

giovanniandrea.fava@unibo.it

Giovanni A. Fava, MD
Dipartimento di Psicologia
Università di Bologna
Viale Berti Pichat 5
I–40127 Bologna (Italia)



Conditions

All manuscripts are subject to editorial review. Manuscripts are received with the explicit understanding that they are not under simultaneous consideration by any other publication. Submission of an article for publication implies the transfer of the copyright from the author to the publisher upon acceptance. Accepted papers become the permanent property of 'Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics' and may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications.
For legal reasons, we must receive your 'Submission Statement' with your original (hand-written) signature. Please download, print, sign and either fax or scan it to make it legally binding.



Conflict of Interest

All forms of support and financial involvement (e.g. employment, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership and options, expert testimony, grants or patents received or pending, royalties) which took place in the previous three years should be listed in the acknowledgement section of the paper, regardless of their potential relevance to the paper. In the cover letter to the editor, the corresponding author should certify that all forms of conflict of interest by all authors were clearly identified in the text.



Plagiarism Policy

Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. We define plagiarism as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 25% similarity and without citation.
If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s).



Sections

Authors should indicate in the cover letter which manuscript type is being submitted for publication.

Regular Articles: Fully documented reports of original research that must describe full sets of significant, original experiments in psychotherapy and psychosomatic research. An Abstract (see below 'Arrangement'), Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion sections are required. Consideration for publication is based on originality, novelty, scientific soundness, and appropriate analysis.

Clinical Notes: Abridged reports (no more than 2000 words) on clinical issues.

Case Management Articles: Biopsychosocial management of a briefly sketched case that illustrates clinical problems in the field. Case Management Articles integrate research evidence with clinical experience.

Special Articles: Comprehensive, state-of-the-art reviews covering a timely topic by experts in the field. Reviews may be invited by the editor but unsolicited contributions are welcome. Authors are asked to contact the editor-in-chief before submission in order to avoid clashes with other pending reviews. All reviews are subject to peer-review. An abstract of no more than 250 words is required.

Letters to the Editor: Letters are encouraged if they directly concern articles recently published in this journal. If accepted, the editor reserves the right to submit such letters to the authors of the articles concerned prior to publication in order to permit them to respond in the same issue of the journal. Letters commenting on published articles should not exceed 500 words plus a maximum of 10 references. No abstract is required. Letters may also be concerned with research findings, pilot data, case reports, novel hypotheses. This type of letter should not exceed 1000 words, may have only one table or figure, plus a maximum of 10 references. No abstract is required.

Editorials: They are usually invited by the editor and provide comments on specifically selected articles published in 'Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics'. Please send suggestions to the editor. No abstract is required.

Innovations: Encompass both original investigations breaking new grounds or novel conceptualizations of clinical issues.



Arrangement

Title page: The first page of each paper should indicate the title, the authors' names, the institute where the work was conducted, and a short title for use as running head.

Full address: The exact postal address of the corresponding author complete with postal code must be given at the bottom of the title page. Please also supply phone and fax numbers, as well as e-mail address.

Key words: Please supply 3–10 key words in English that reflect the content of the paper.

Abstract: Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words for regular articles, and no longer than 150 words for clinical notes. They should include the following information:

Background: The problem that prompted the study and the purpose of the study;
Methods: Data sources, subjects, design, measurements, data analysis;
Results: Most important findings;
Conclusions: Implications, future directions. Abstracts for Special Articles do not need to be structured. Editorials, Case Management articles and Letters to the Editor should not have an abstract.

Footnotes: Avoid footnotes. When essential, they are numbered consecutively and typed at the foot of the appropriate page.

Tables and illustrations: Tables and illustrations (both numbered in Arabic numerals) should be prepared on separate sheets. Tables require a heading and figures a legend, also prepared on a separate sheet. For the reproduction of illustrations, only good drawings and original photographs can be accepted; negatives or photocopies cannot be used. Due to technical reasons, figures with a screen background should not be submitted. When possible, group several illustrations on one block for reproduction (max. size 180 x 223 mm) or provide crop marks. On the back of each illustration, indicate its number, the author’s name, and ‘top’ with a soft pencil. Electronically submitted b/w half-tone and color illustrations must have a final resolution of 300 dpi after scaling, line drawings one of 800-1200 dpi.

Data analysis: Adequate description of statistical analysis should be provided, including the types of statistical tests and whether they were one- or two-tailed. Standard deviations, instead of standard errors of the mean, are preferred. All significant results must include the test value, degree(s) of freedom, and probability level.



Color Illustrations

Online edition: Color illustrations are reproduced free of charge. In the print version, the illustrations are reproduced in black and white. Please avoid referring to the colors in the text and figure legends.

Print edition: Up to 6 color illustrations per page can be integrated within the text at CHF 960.00 per page.



References

In the text identify references by Arabic numerals [in square brackets]. Material submitted for publication but not yet accepted should be noted as ‘unpublished data’ and not be included in the reference list. The list of references should include only those publications which are cited in the text. Do not alphabetize; number references in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. The surnames of the authors followed by initials should be given. There should be no punctuation other than a comma to separate the authors. Preferably, please cite all authors. Abbreviate journal names according to the Index Medicus system. Also see International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals (www.icmje.org).

Examples

(a) Papers published in periodicals: Sun J, Koto H, Chung KF: Interaction of ozone and allergen challenges on bronchial responsiveness and inflammation in sensitised guinea pigs. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 1997;112:191–195.

(b) Papers published only with DOI numbers: Theoharides TC, Boucher W, Spear K: Serum interleukin-6 reflects disease severity and osteoporosis in mastocytosis patients. Int Arch Allergy Immunol DOI: 10.1159/000063858.

(c) Monographs: Matthews DE, Farewell VT: Using and Understanding Medical Statistics, ed 3, revised. Basel, Karger, 1996.

(d) Edited books: Parren PWHI, Burton DR: Anti-bodies against HIV-1 from phage display libraries: Mapping of an immune response and progress towards antiviral immunotherapy; in Capra JD (ed): Antibody Engineering. Chem Immunol. Basel, Karger, 1997, vol 65, pp 18–56.

Reference Management Software: Use of EndNote is recommended for easy management and formatting of citations and reference lists.



Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

S. Karger Publishers supports DOIs as unique identifiers for articles. A DOI number will be printed on the title page of each article. DOIs can be useful in the future for identifying and citing articles published online without volume or issue information. More information can be found at www.doi.org



Supplementary Material

Multimedia files and other supplementary files, directly relevant but not essential to the conclusions of a paper, enhance the online version of a publication and increase its visibility on the web. These files will undergo editorial review. The Editors reserve the right to limit the scope and length of the supplementary material. Multimedia and supplementary material should meet production quality standards for publication without the need for any modification or editing. Files should not exceed 10 MB in size. Figures and tables need to have titles and legends, and all files should be supplied separately and labeled clearly. All supplementary material should be referred to in the main text. A DOI number will be assigned to supplementary material and it will be hosted online at https://karger.figshare.com under a CC BY license. Authors will be charged a processing fee of CHF 250.00 for supplementary material.



Self-Archiving/Green Open Access

Karger permits authors to archive their pre-prints (i.e. pre-peer review) or post-prints (i.e. accepted manuscript after peer review but before production) on their personal or their institution’s internal website. In addition, authors may post their accepted manuscripts in public Open Access repositories and scientific networks (e.g. ResearchGate or Mendeley) no earlier than 12 months following publication of the final version of their article. For all self-archiving, the posted manuscripts must:

  • Be used for noncommercial purposes only
  • Be linked to the final version on www.karger.com
  • Include the following statement:

‘This is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: [insert full citation, e.g. Cytogenet Genome Res 2014;142:227–238 (DOI: 10.1159/000361001)]. The final, published version is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=[insert DOI number].’

It is the author’s responsibility to fulfill these requirements.

For papers published online first with a DOI number only, full citation details must be added as soon as the paper is published in its final version. This is important to ensure that citations can be credited to the article.

Manuscripts to be archived in PubMed Central due to funding requirements will be submitted by Karger on the author’s behalf [see Funding Organizations (NIH etc.)].

For self-archiving Author's ChoiceTM (Gold Open Access) articles, see Author's ChoiceTM.


Author's ChoiceTM

Karger’s Author's ChoiceTM service broadens the reach of your article and gives all users worldwide free and full access for reading, downloading and printing at www.karger.com. The option is available for a one-time fee of CHF 3,000.00, which is a permissible cost in grant allocation. More information can be found at www.karger.com/authors_choice.
The final, published version of the article may be posted at any time and in any repository or on other websites, in accordance with the relevant Creative Commons license. Reposted Open Access articles must:

  • Follow the terms of the relevant Creative Commons license
  • Be linked to the final version on www.karger.com
  • Include the following statement:

‘The final, published version of this article is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=[insert DOI number].’

It is the author’s responsibility to fulfill these requirements.

For papers published online first with a DOI number only, full citation details must be added as soon as the paper is published in its final version. This is important to ensure that citations can be credited to the article.


Funding Organizations (NIH etc.)

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy mandates that accepted, peer-reviewed manuscripts are archived in its digital database, PubMed Central (PMC), within 12 months of the official publication date. As a service to authors, Karger submits NIH-funded articles to PMC on behalf of the authors immediately upon publication. The NIH assigns a PMCID within approximately 1 month and the manuscript will appear in PMC after a 12-month embargo. For authors making their paper Open Access through Author's ChoiceTM, the embargo will be overridden, thereby accelerating the accessibility of the article. Karger also complies with other funders’ requirements (including Wellcome Trust and RCUK) for submission to PMC.
Authors should include information on their grant in the Acknowledgements section of their papers.



Page Limitations and Charges

There are no page charges for papers of 7 or fewer printed pages (including tables, illustrations and references). Each additional complete or partial page is charged to the author at CHF 325.00. The allotted size of a paper is equal to approx. 18 manuscript pages (including tables, illustrations and references). Letters commenting on published articles should not exceed 500 words of text plus references. Research letters should not exceed 1,000 words of text plus references. They may have only one table or figure.



Proofs

Unless indicated otherwise, proofs are sent to the corresponding author and should be returned with the least possible delay. Alterations other than the correction of printer's errors are charged to the author.



Reprints

Order forms and a price list are sent with the proofs. Orders submitted after the issue is printed are subject to considerably higher prices.