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AUTHOR GUIDELINES

AMERICAN JOURNAL
OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY

 We are interested in receiving manuscripts on topics related to the interface of psychiatry and law, original manuscripts written exclusively for our readers, forensic psychiatrists and attorneys.

Submission: Please submit the original typewritten manuscript, typed, double-spaced, and two copies for reviewers. Please do not staple or paper-clip the pages. Maximum length of manuscripts: 40 pages; minimum length, 10pages.

Research Papers: Papers in this class should exhibit considerable research and rigorous scientific thinking. They should evidence the objective of the study and the population studied, outline the methodology, describe the instruments used and provide results and discussion. Please take note that your paper will be read not only by psychiatrists and psychologiss but equally by attorneys and judges; therefore, clarify the narrative and any statistical data so that is readable by all.

Other Papers: A diversity of other papers in the area of forensic psychiatry are equally welcome. These include clinical case reports; reviews of expert court testimony; skills in the area of expert psychiatric testimony in court; discussion of legal cases; personal essays and opinion papers. Since we are a forensic journal, it is expected that all papers submitted will reference legal issues. Transcripts and excerpts from law courts may be submitted. Psychiatric reports and other protected documents should be thoroughly fictionalized before submitting. Please take note that your paper will be read by psychiatrists, psychologists and, equally, by attorneys and judges.

Grammar and Spelling: Please reread your paper for grammatical and spelling errors before submitting it to the Journal.

Tables: Tables are the author's responsibility. They must be "phototypeset" and sized to fit the journal page of 4 3/4 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches long. If you would like the Journal to have the tables phototypeset for you, a price will be quoted for the work.

Abstract: A 100-300 word abstract must accompany the paper and include the objective of the paper and, if a scientific paper a concise description of the methods, results and conclusions. Again let us remind you that the paper will be read by attorneys and often in court, where it may be heard by jurors. Make your statements clear.

Capitals and Numbers: Do not capitalize any letters other than first letter of the first word in a sentence, the first letter of a proper name, acronyms (ANOVA, PTSD), manuals (DSM-IV), first letters of each word of book titles or diagnostic inventories or scales (Mississippi Scale for Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). Do not capitalize diagnostic disorders (borderline personality disorder). Use numbers for percentages (20%) for more than nine entities (12 patients). See section below on referencing.

Italics and Underlining: Refrain from using italics or from underlining anything.

Foreign Authors: The Journal occasionally receives papers with excellent content but in unacceptable written English. In these cases, we will request that the author have a native English or American colleague rewrite the paper and then resubmit it.

Editing: If the paper should require excessive editing, the author will be contacted and asked to spend more time on the paper or to engage the services of a professional writer.

Property: The submitted paper becomes and remains the sole property of the Journal at the time of publication. The Journal reserves all rights to reproduce or to permit reproduction of the published paper.

Manuscript Return: Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your submission if you wish to have the original paper returned, should it be rejected.

CV: Please enclose a curriculum vitae with the submission. Also enclose a brief biographical paragraph, which will be printed with your paper.

Galleys and Reprints: The senior author will receive galleys to permit necessary corrections (not lengthy rewrites). A reprint order form will be sent with the galleys.

Citing and Referencing: Even the most original paper will contain a reasonable number of scholarly references. Some of these references will trace chronologically earlier work by scholars who have contributed to the subject area. These contributions will be recognized in the introductory portion of the paper, even if discordant with the authorís viewpoint. Personal essays and opinion also should reflect outside reading and referencing. Papers not bearing any references are likely to be rejected.

Referencing Sample

Text (numbered citations in red) :

Factitious disorders refer to those conditions that individuals willfully create by producing signs and/or symptoms of physical or mental illness in order to assume the sick role. These disorders are distinguished from somato-form disorders (i.e., conversion disorder), in which the symptom production is completely unconscious and involuntary (1), by the complex voluntary behavior involved in creating the symptoms and are separated from malin-gerers who feign or fabricate illness for specific gain. Formerly known as Munchausen's-by&endash;proxy in DSM-III-R (2), factitious disorder by proxy (FDP), in DSM-IV, is defined as the deliberate production or feigning of physical or psychological signs or symptoms in another person who is under the individual's care (3). Thus, in cases of FDP, there is a perpetrator and a victim.

The perpetrator is usually an adult in a position of caring for someone else in a dependent position. Usually the perpetrator is a parent or caregiver caring for a child or elderly parent or other relative. The victims are usually children at preverbal or early verbal stages of development (i.e., newborns, infants, or toddlers), but may also include elderly parents or relatives, usually a disabled or somehow dependent adult. In 1977, Meadow (4) described the first case in the literature of Mun-chausen's-by-proxy with physical symptoms.

End References (numbers in red):

1. Maldonado JR, Spiegel D: Conversion Disorder. Review of Psychiatry, Volume 20. Washington, D.C., American Psychiatric Press, 2000

2. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3rd Ed. Washington, American Psychiatric Association, 1987

3. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Ed. Washington, American Psychiatric Association, 1994

4. Meadow R: Munchausen's syndrome by proxy: the hinterland of child abuse. Lancet 1977; 2:343-345


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