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Submitting papers

Send via the postal system on CD-ROM or USB stick as a Microsoft Word file.


All document files must have the author's name and email address on.

Graphics should be in .GIF or .jpg or jpeg format.

Our postal address for submissions is:

Editorial Dept., 243 Chester Road, Heslby, Cheshire, WA6 0AQ, UK.


We cannot undertake to return submitted material. Please retain a copy of all materials sent. All e mails regarding the papers will be sent to the first author unless specifically indicated otherwise. A cover letter should indicate that the paper is intended for publication in accordance with these instructions.



Scientific research papers, review papers, brief reports, computer programs, news and all other articles are accepted for consideration on the basis that they are original material and have not been published in part or whole elsewhere, and if the work of multiple authors that they have been endorsed by each author.



Each quoted author should have contributed substantially to the represented work in terms of conceptual design or analysis, writing of the article and final approval of the article in order to take public responsibility for the content. First-named authors must guarantee this to be so.



Authors should clearly state the statistical methods used and considered in the design of their studies. Statistical advice must be demonstrated as having been sought at an early stage of the study's inception. Where relevant the exact statistical tests must be stated with reference to confidence intervals.


Copyright transfer

Articles are considered on the basis that the author(s) transfer copyright to Priory Lodge Education Ltd for all publication purposes in whatever form and for permanent or temporary retention in an archive retrieval system. If you submit an article we consider that you have agreed to this.


Disclosure of commercial interests

Sources of support for the research or article must be acknowledged in the paper, together with the disclosure at the time of submission of any financial involvement that might present an appearance of conflict of interests.


Patient Anonymity and Consent

Since On-Line journals are largely available for public access ethical and legal considerations mandate that patients' anonymity be preserved. Research papers must indicate informed consent for procedures and the involvement of an ethical committee, proof of which may be required in the review process of the paper.


Review process

Papers will usually be acknowledged upon receipt.

All scientific papers will be independently peer reviewed to determine the originality of research and the viability of publication.

We believe that it is vital for the scientific process that acceptance of papers is on merit and therefore paper authors and paper referees remain anonymous to each other throughout the process. Some authors may be sent reviewers' comments when asked to make revisions to the paper.


The editorial decision is final. Articles are accepted with the understanding that the editorial staff have the right to make revisions aimed at greater clarity or conformity of style. We aim to reach this decision within three months of submission. Rarely, this decision may take longer. Because of the nature of electronic publishing authors may amend text to a limited extent, with editorial agreement, after publication. Where alterations are made these will be detailed on the amended paper.

We like new volunteers, who are accomplished in their field to act as referees.


Components of scientific research papers

  • Title
  • Authors and affiliations
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Methods and Aims
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • References

We accept a range of paper styles and presentations. We will even consider software for distribution on-line. As guidelines only :

  • Review articles should be about 7,500 words.
  • Research papers should be about 5,000 words.
  • News items should not exceed 250 words.
  • Noticeboard items should not exceed 150 words
  • Case reports and brief reports should be about 2,500 words . See Consent.
  • Letters to the Editor should not exceed 500 words.

Reference Style

Accuracy of citation is the author's responsibility. References should be cited in the text in the form (Author et al, 1993) and listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article as follows:

Author, J M, Author, B H, Author, T D, Author, S. (1993) Reference Style. Psychiatry Journal. Vol. 2, 64-78.

Berenson, G. (1987) A Title of an Article. Archives of Psychiatry. 23, 34-56.


Limited numbers of illustrations (figures/photos) are possible if submitted in GIF, PNG or JPG within the document. We cannot undertake to return materials sent to us, whether or not they are accepted.

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