Instructions for Authors

Turkish Journal of Psychiatry publishes papers on clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences.


The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The journal conforms to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (doaj.org/bestpractice).


Manuscripts submitted to Turkish Journal of Psychiatry will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Each submission will be reviewed by at least two external, independent peer reviewers who are experts in their fields in order to ensure an unbiased evaluation process.  The manuscripts submitted by editors or by the editorial board members are evaluated with an independent process. Author(s) are responsible to revise the manuscript with respect to the reviewers’ comments and recommendations. The Editorial Board may modify the accepted manuscript for formatting needs upon the approval of the submitting author.  The Editor in Chief is the final authority in the decision-making process for all submissions. 


All accepted manuscripts will be transferred to our production platform where copy editing and proofreading takes place. When the PDF of the article is created, an e-mail will be sent to the responsible author for checking. The author will make the necessary corrections on the PDF that he receives and send it to us within 2 days. Significant changes in the article pre-publication process will only be implemented by editorial decision.


An approval of research protocols by the Ethics Committee in accordance with international agreements (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects,” amended in October 2013, www.wma.net) is required for experimental, clinical, and drug studies and for some case reports. If required, ethics committee reports or an equivalent official document will be requested from the authors. For manuscripts concerning experimental research on humans, a statement should be included that shows that written informed consent of patients and volunteers was obtained following a detailed explanation of the procedures that they may undergo.


Turkish Journal of Psychiatry is extremely sensitive about plagiarism. All submissions are screened by a similarity detection softwares at any point during the peer-review and/or production process. Even if you are the author of the phrases or sentences, the text should not have unacceptable similarity with the previously published data.

When you are discussing others' (or your own) previous work, please make sure that you cite the material correctly in every instance.  In the event of alleged or suspected research misconduct, e.g., plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, the Editorial Board will follow and act following COPE guidelines.


Each individual listed as an author should fulfill the authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE - www.icmje.org). The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:
1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Submitting author is responsible for the accuracy of the author order and information.  Please check https://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html for the authorship requirements; if necessary, names of supporters and consultants should be mentioned in the "Acknowledgements" section. The name of the institution where the study is performed should be disclosed.


Turkish Journal of Psychiatry requires and encourages the authors and the individuals involved in the evaluation process of submitted manuscripts to disclose any existing or potential conflicts of interests, including financial, consultant, and institutional, that might lead to potential bias or a conflict of interest. Any financial grants or other support received for a submitted study from individuals or institutions should be disclosed to the Editorial Board. To disclose a potential conflict of interest, the ICMJE Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form should be filled in and submitted by all contributing authors. The journal s Editorial Board resolves cases of a potential conflict of interest of the editors, authors, or reviewers within the scope of COPE and ICMJE guidelines.

The Editorial Board of the journal handles all appeal and complaint cases within the scope of COPE guidelines. In such cases, authors should get in direct contact with the editorial office regarding their appeals and complaints. When needed, an ombudsperson may be assigned to resolve claims that cannot be resolved internally. The Editor in Chief is the final authority in the decision-making process for all appeals and complaints.


Statements or opinions expressed in the manuscripts published Turkish Journal of Psychiatry reflect the views of the author(s) and not the opinions of the editors, the editorial board, or the publisher; the editors, the editorial board, and the publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such materials. The final responsibility regarding the published content rests with the authors.


The manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with ICMJE-Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (updated in May 2022 - https://www.icmje.org/recommendations/). Authors are recommended to prepare manuscripts in accordance with the CONSORT guidelines for randomized research studies, STROBE guidelines for observational original research studies, STARD guidelines for studies on diagnostic accuracy, PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analysis, ARRIVE guidelines for experimental animal studies, and TREND guidelines for non-randomized public behavior.


Manuscripts should be submitted online through www.turkpsikiyatri.com. 
Manuscripts should be in accordance with research and publication ethics. The information about approval of ethics committee should be included in research manuscripts.
Submission Language
Turkish Journal of Psychiatry is published online both in Turkish and in English. The authors working at the Turkish Institutions submit their manuscripts only in Turkish. If these manuscripts are accepted for publication, the authors will be asked to provide the English translations of the manuscript with the proof of the English language proficiency if required.  
Manuscripts coming from the authors working outside of Turkey can be submitted both in Turkish and in English. Turkish translations of the manuscripts submitted in English will be covered by the Journal.
Novelty of the submission
Novelty, scientific quality, and the citation potential are the most important criteria for publication.  Submitted data should not be previously published or accepted for publication or under review for publication elsewhere.  Abstract-only conference presentations may constitute an exception.  The authors should mention if the data was partly or fully presented in a meeting in the manuscript during the submission.  The Journal reserves the right to ask for assurance if deemed necessary.
Types of papers

  1.  Research Papers
    Manuscripts of original research conducted in concordance with the scientific methods and guidelines will be published in this section.
  2. Review Articles Articles reviewing and discussing latest knowledge on a topic relevant to the Journal’s interests will be published in this section.  This section includes narrative reviews and expert opinions.  Systematic reviews and meta-analysis can be considered as a research paper or a review article based on the editorial board’s decision. 
  3. Case Reports
    Interesting clinical case presentations will be published in this section. 
  4. Language Issues
    Debates on the language issues in psychiatry will be published in this section.
  5. Letter to the Editor
    This section welcomes manuscripts which can form grounds for discussion on different topics covered in the journal.  Brief case presentations may be published as a letter to the editor per the editor’s request and the authors approval.
  6. Book Reviews
    Reviews of books published on brain health, psychiatry and psychology will be published in this section.  Book reviews are mostly on an invitation basis.

Title page
A separate title page should be submitted with all submissions and this page should include:
· The full title of the manuscript as well as a short title (running head) of no more than 50 characters,
· Name(s), affiliations, highest academic degree(s), and ORCID IDs of the author(s),
· Grant information and detailed information on the other sources of support,
· Name, address, telephone (including the mobile phone number), and email address of the corresponding author,
· Acknowledgment of the individuals who contributed to the preparation of the manuscript but who do not fulfill the authorship criteria.
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  1. Lengths of reviews or original research papers should not exceed 20 pages and the case reports should not exceed 10 pages with double spacing with 12-point Times New Roman font and double spacing, including figures and tables.  The length can be changed in line with the editors and the reviewers’ suggestions.  An abstract of 230-250 words should be added to all manuscripts except the book reviews and the letter to the editors. The abstract of a research manuscript should include the following titles: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusion.
  2. First page of the submitted manuscripts should contain an abstract followed by 3-6 keywords listed in MeSH database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh) . Pages following the abstract should be numbered. Submitted files which contain the manuscript body should not include names of the authors. 
  3. Submitted manuscripts should not contain any footnotes. All necessary explanations should take place in the text.
  4. Each figure and table should be on a separate page. The quality of the figures should be adequate for print (at least 300 dpi). Titles and legends of the tables should be presented with the tables. Localization of the figures or tables should be pointed out in the text.
  5. In-text citations should be indicated with the name of the author and publication year. There should not be a comma between the name and date. If there are more than two authors, they will be expressed as "(the name of the first author) et al.", but if there are two authors, both of the authors should be mentioned.
  6. Examples: In a study on this subject (Crow 1983)........, Crow and Snyder (1981) reported that .........., ........ related studies (Snyder et al. 1982)........, ....... in one study (Crow and Snyder
    If one author published multiple manuscripts in the same year, they should be clarified as (Freud 1915a), (Freud 1915b). If there are more than one references in a certain point, they should be given in the same parenthesis separated from each other with commas.

    Examples: (Crow 1981, Snyder 1980) (Crow 1981, Snyder et al. 1970).

  7. References should be separately presented at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order. Surname(s) and initial(s) of name(s) of the author(s) will be written without commas or dots. If there are more than three authors of a reference, the others will be mentioned as "et al." phrase. Then, publication date of the reference will be written in parentheses.
  8. a) If the reference is an article, following the date, full name of the manuscript, name of the journal (abbreviations of Index Medicus should be used), volume (if absent, number of issue in parenthesis) and pages will be written.

    Winokur G, Tsuang MT, Crowe RR (1982) The lowa 500: affective disorder in relatives of manic and depressed patients. Am J Psychiatry 139: 209-12.

    b) If the reference is from the supplement of a journal;

    Kozkas HG, Homberg LK, Freed GD et al. (1987) A pilot study of MAOIs. Acta Psychiatr Scand 63 (Suppl. 290): 320-8.

    c) If the reference is a book, following name(s) of the author(s) and publication date, name of the book, edition number (if there are more than one edition), location of publication, publisher and pages will be written. If the book is translated from another language, original language and name(s) of translator(s) should be mentioned.

    Mark IMJ (1987) Fears, Phobias and Rituals. New York, Oxford University Press, p. 97.

    d) If the reference is a chapter or article of a book with multiple authors, name of the author of the chapter or article, date, name of the chapter or article, name of the book, edition number, volume, editors of the book, location of publication, publisher and pages should be presented.

    Meltzer HY, Lowy MT (1986) Neuroendocrine function in psychiatric disorders. American Handbook of Psychiatry, 2nd ed., vol. 8, PA Berger, HKH Brodie (Ed), New York . Basic Books Inc, p. 110-117.


    e) If the reference is an electronic journal (Generally volume and issue numbers or pages are absent):

    1. Use exact date of releasing.
    2. Mention address of direct access and date of download.

    Frederickson BL (2000, April 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention & Treatment 3, Article 0001a. downloaded from http://journals.apa.org/prevention/volume3/pre0030001a.html on 20th November 2000.

7.  The author is responsible for the accuracy of the references. References which are transmitted from other references or not subject to direct utilization should not be mentioned. Unpublished data, personal connections, or abstracts of manuscripts which are accessed via Medline search may not form source documents.
Article Processing Charge

Article processing charge (APC) of Turkish Journal of Psychiatry is USD 300 for all article types except for the letter to the editor and the book reviews.  The APC is only in effect for the accepted manuscripts and the payment will be processed after the review process is completed and the manuscript is in its final form.

Special Condition for the Psychometric Studies

Journal has the right to publish the original scales, surveys and the questionnaires in studies assessing the psychometric properties of that scale. The manuscript will be taken into the peer-review process upon the acceptance of this condition. Information on the use and copyrights of the scale will be provided on the Journal website with the accepted manuscript.


When submitting a revised version of a paper, the author must submit a detailed Response to the reviewers” that states point by point how each issue raised by the reviewers has been covered and where it can be found (each reviewer s comment, followed by the author s reply and line numbers where the changes have been made) as well as an annotated copy of the main document.  If the submitting author(s) believe that additional time is required, they should request this within the initial 30-day period.

Accepted manuscripts are copy-edited for grammar, punctuation, and format by professional language editors. Once the publication process of a manuscript is completed, it is published online on the journal s webpage as an ahead-of-print publication before it is included in its scheduled issue. A PDF proof of the accepted manuscript is sent to the corresponding author and their publication approval is requested within 2 days of their receipt of the proof.