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Instructions for Authors Format Requirements
Instructions for Authors

Types of Articles
The Journal publishes original articles, review articles, case reports, editorials, special communication, analysis, debates, book reviews, and letters to the Editor.

Peer Review Process
Each paper submitted for publication will be assessed by 2 independent reviewers. Additional and statistical review may be performed at the discretion of the Editorial Board. The final publication decision lies with the Editorial Board.

 The peer review process generally takes 6 to 12 weeks. The corresponding author will be informed of the outcome by mail, along with the reviewers’ comments. Reviewers and authors will remain anonymous. There should be no direct reference to the authors in the manuscripts, other than in the title page, in order to maintain anonymity.

Papers are accepted on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published in any other journals. Authors will be requested to sign a copyright assignment when a paper is accepted for publication. Accepted papers become the property of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the College. The principal author must ensure that all co-authors listed agree to the submission of the paper. Any written or illustrative material already published elsewhere must be duly acknowledged and accompanied by the written consent of the copyright owner. A summary or full text of the published papers may also be published in the Journal’s websites <>, which allow free access by all browsers, as well as in any other format or language, for free or for charged access as determined by the College.

Responsibility of the Authors
All persons named as authors must agree that they have reviewed and approved the manuscript before submission and that they accept responsibility for the information contained in the article. Individuals who are not involved researchers or writers should not be listed as authors; alternatively, they may be acknowledged for their roles in the ‘Acknowledgement’ section on the title page.

The authors must agree that the original research data are available for review upon a formal request from the Chief Editor. The authors are responsible for all statements in their articles.

Financial Support and Conflicts of Interest
The author must disclose financial support received for the study (e.g., drug company) or any conflicts of interest in the ‘Acknowledgement’ section on the title page. Authors may refer to the <Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Conflicts of Interest> for guidance on disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work: Should the manuscript be accepted for publication following peer review, the disclosure information will be published in the Journal.

Informed Consent and Ethics Approval
For studies involving humans, manuscripts should clearly state that written informed consent was obtained after the experimental procedures were fully explained to the humans participating in the study. Studies involving humans or animals require approval from an ethics committee or institutional review board. Photographs of patients who can be identified should be accompanied by written informed consent to publish the photograph.

The Editorial Board or the publisher may edit the manuscripts for clarity, brevity, and consistency with the Journal’s style and format, as well as for readability.

All materials on electronic copy (emails: or diskette) can be sent to the Chief Editor. All papers should be written in English, using British spelling. The manuscripts should be word-processed or typed double-spaced on one side of good-quality A4 (21.0 x 29.7 cm) paper. Margins should measure 2.5 cm on all 4 sides. The pages must be numbered. Receipt of the paper will be acknowledged.

Once the paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal, the author will be asked to send an electronic copy of the article prepared on either an IBM-compatible personal computer or a Macintosh computer to facilitate the editing and publishing process. The author must name the software program used (e.g., Microsoft Word).

Style and Format Specifications
Manuscripts for submission should comply with the format guidelines of the latest edition of the Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals: writing and editing for biomedical publication, issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (available at

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