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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Presubmission Instructions

Detailed Author Guidelines are available as a PDF file here. KJP does not collect any article submission charge from the authors or their institutions. 

Revised Manuscripts

  • For major revisions, the authors must provide a letter addressing each of the reviewers’ comments separately and in point form by first recording the reviewer's comment and following it with the author's response.
  • The author must track all changes made in the revised manuscript.
  • The new drafts should be submitted at this website, under the control panel area for the original submission, using the "Upload Author Version" option under the "Review" tab.

Proofs

The Editors reserves the right to correct errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation, to clarify obscurities and remove redundancies, to improve infelicities of style, to enhance or change the way the paper is organized, and to ensure that the paper (text and graphics) conforms to the Journal’s requirements. No major changes will be made without consulting the author.

Research Report

KJP will consider only those studies which have been -

  • Conducted in Kerala
  • Done by a group of researchers comprising mostly of IPS Kerala members, or
  • Done in a sample comprising mostly of Keralites.

The manuscript -

  • Should not exceed 5000 words (excluding references and abstract).
  • Should have a structured abstract, within 250 words, under following headings: Background (the rationale for the study); Methods (how the study was done); Results (major findings); Conclusions (a discussion of the results).
  • Should be divided into sections with the following headings: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion.
  • In the Methods section, name the ethics review board that approved the study, and provide details of informed consent from human subjects and the manner in which it was obtained (written or oral).
  • When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical analysis used.

Case Report

  • Should not exceed 1500 words (excluding the abstract and references)
  • Should not use more than 10 references
  • Should have an unstructured abstract within 150 words
  • Should be divided to Introduction, Case report, and Discussion.

Review Article

  • Should not exceed 3000 words (excluding abstract and references)
  • Should have an unstructured abstract within 200 words

New in Psychiatry

Review articles that describe and critically evaluate any new treatment modality that would be of relevance to Psychiatrists practicing in Kerala can be submitted to this section.

  • Should not exceed 3000 words (excluding abstract and references)
  • Should have an unstructured abstract within 200 words

Local Innovation

Detailed descriptions and methodology of any innovative approaches to psychiatric treatment, community interventions, service delivery, etc. implemented and found practical, acceptable and successful (even without any associated objective data) in Kerala settings can be submitted to this section.

  • Should not exceed 2000 words (excluding the references)
  • Should have an unstructured abstract within 200 words

Psychiatry in Kerala

This section will accept articles which examine and review the details of practice of any aspect of Psychiatry in Kerala, suggest steps for improvements in the scenario, etc.

  • Should not exceed 3000 words (excluding the references)
  • Should have an unstructured abstract within 200 words

Viewpoint

Experience-based views and opinions on important, debatable or controversial issues that affect the practice of Psychiatry in Kerala can be submitted to this section.

  • The author should have sufficient, credible experience on the subject.
  • Should not exceed 3000 words.
  • Need no abstract

Rating Scale

Malayalam translations of valid rating scales available in English or other languages can be submitted to this section.

  • Authors should include the details of validation process they have used while translating the scale.
  • Include a copy of the original rating scale in English along with the submission. (The original version will not be published in KJP.)

Letter to Editor

  • Need no abstract
  • Should not exceed a word count of 500 (excluding the references)
  • Should not use more than five references.

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