About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Peer Review Process

Publication Frequency

Publication Fee

Plagiarism Policy

Open Access Policy

Advertisement Policy

Print Subscription

Copyright & Licence

Focus and Scope

Kerala Journal of Psychiatry is published biannually by the Branch of Indian Psychiatric Society (Kerala), a charity registered in Thiruvananthapuram (TVM/TC/934/2014). The Journal aims to promote and publish research related to mental health and publishes original works in all fields of Psychiatry. We publish the following types of submissions:

  • Research reports
  • Case reports
  • Review articles
  • New in Psychiatry
  • Local innovations
  • Psychiatry in Kerala
  • Viewpoints
  • Rating scales in Malayalam
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Book reviews
  • Movie reviews

Peer Review Process

All submissions, except Editorial, Presidential Address, and book and movie reviews, will be screened by the Editors, and suitable articles will be forwarded for peer review. Two or more peer reviewers will review each manuscript. We follow the principle of blind peer review, i.e., the manuscripts will be forwarded to the reviewers so that they will not get to know the identity or other details of the authors. No person is permitted to take any role in the peer review of a paper in which they have an interest, defined as follows: fees or grants from, employment by, consultancy for, shared ownership in, or any close relationship with, an organization whose interests, financial or otherwise, may be affected by the publication of the paper. The average review time would be 2-4 weeks.

Publication Frequency

The Journal will be published biannually; One issue in May and the next in November. However, the articles will be posted online immediately after peer review and acceptance.

Publication Fee

Kerala Journal of Psychiatry does not collect any article submission or processing charge from the authors or their institutions

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism can occur in two forms: 1) author(s) intentionally copy someone else’s work and claim it to be their own, or 2) author(s) copy their own previously published material either in full or in part, without providing appropriate references.

KJP actively checks for plagiarism using Google, Grammarly and the free online plagiarism checker tool, http://www.duplichecker.com.

We reject the submission whenever plagiarism is detected in parts of a manuscript. If the author(s) submit a revised draft, we will send it again for peer review.

If the entire manuscript is plagiarized, we reject it and will not entertain any resubmissions.

Open Access Policy

At this website, this journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. All articles we publish online are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial 4.0 International License.

The Journal reserves the right to reject any advertisement considered unsuitable according to our set policies. The appearance of advertising or product information in the various sections in the Journal does not constitute an endorsement or approval by the Journal and/or its publisher of the quality or value of the said product or of claims made for it by its manufacturer.


The information and opinions presented in the Journal reflect the views of the authors and not of the Journal or its Editorial Board or the publisher. Publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Journal. Neither the Kerala Journal of Psychiatry or its publisher, nor anyone else involved in creating, producing or delivering the Kerala Journal of Psychiatry or the materials contained therein, assumes any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information provided in the Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, nor shall they be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages arising out of the use of the Kerala Journal of Psychiatry. The Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, nor its publisher, nor any other party involved in the preparation of material contained in the Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, represents or warrants that the information herein is in every respect accurate or complete. They are not responsible for any errors or omissions or the results obtained from the use of such material. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other sources.

The Journal is distributed free of cost to all the members of the Indian Psychiatric Society (Kerala) and is available free online.

A subscription to the print copies of the Kerala Journal of Psychiatry comprises two issues. Prices include postage. The annual subscription rate for non-members is as follows:

Institutional: INR 5,000 For India; $ 300 for other countries

Personal: INR 1,000 For India; $ 100 for other countries

Payments should be made as cheques or DDs drawn in favour of the Branch of Indian Psychiatric Society, Kerala, payable at Thiruvananthapuram and sent to the address of the Editorial Office.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 Licence that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Provided they are the owners of the copyright to their work, authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository, in a journal or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories, disciplinary repositories, or on their website) prior to and during the submission process.

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Journal History

The Journal was first started in 1985 with Dr KA Kumar as its editor.