Information for Authors & Reviewers



CLICK HERE for a detailed overview of manuscript preparation, including general policies, the review process, types of manuscripts published, guidelines for preparing tables and figures, and tips for uploading the manuscript to ScholarOne Manuscripts, the journal’s Web-based submission and peer review system.


Psychiatric Services uses a Web-based submission system to accelerate the peer review process and shorten the time from manuscript submission to publication decision.

To submit a paper, please visit the manuscript submission site at ScholarOne Manuscripts and either create an account or use an existing account. Then follow the instructions to upload the manuscript. All submissions must be blinded and must include a title page with disclosure information.


Review Information for Contributors on the journal’s Web site for policy information. Please visit the American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. (APP), Web site for forms.


Broad access to the research literature and the rights of our authors are important to APA, the publisher of Psychiatric Services. Read our public access policy for guidelines on deposit mandates for research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others and institutional repositories.


All authors receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which their article is published. All copies are mailed to the corresponding author shortly after the first of the month.

Author reprints are no longer available. Authors who subscribe to the journal can download a copy of their article as a PDF and use it to create personal reprints. Nonsubscribers can use pay-per-view ($15 per article) to download the PDF.

Click here for information on ordering bulk reprints for commercial use.





Individuals interested in reviewing for Psychiatric Services are encouraged to contact the Editorial Office.

Abstracts of articles within a reviewer’s given area of expertise are sent via e-mail to the reviewer. Reviewers are asked to complete the review within three weeks. The e-mail provides instructions for declining the invitation to review and for accessing the manuscript on ScholarOne Manuscripts.


Most competing interests, financial or otherwise, do not disqualify a reviewer from participating in the peer review process, but the journal requests that reviewers indicate any potential conflict that may arise in reviewing a particular manuscript. Reviewers who have a competing interest should decline to review and inform the Editorial Office Reviewer status is not affected in any way.


Psychiatric Services uses a double-blind review, in which the author's identity is removed from the manuscript before it is sent to reviewers and reviews are unsigned. In submitting their manuscripts for review, authors entrust the journal with the results of their scientific work and creative effort, on which their reputation and career may depend. Authors’ rights may be violated by disclosure of the confidential details of the review of their manuscript. Reviewers must never copy, share, or discuss a manuscript under review or the data reported in it with anyone without written permission of the journal’s Editor and the authors.


The American Psychiatric Association (APA), in keeping with American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines, offers AMA Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 Credit™ for review of manuscripts submitted to Psychiatric Services.

The Editor will award credit for reviews submitted on time that provide a comprehensive and constructive critique of a manuscript and reveal an extensive knowledge of the literature and evidence base. A review deemed worthy of CME credit should not only assist an author in preparing a revision suitable for publication but also provide an important educational service to clinicians and investigators regarding their medical/scientific writing.

By submitting such a review, participants also will have improved their own skills by performing critical analysis of the medical literature, identifying gaps in knowledge, and obtaining new information to contribute to their research and practice.

Once a review has been judged worthy of CME credit, the reviewer will be notified by the APA Department of CME. An evaluation will be provided quarterly to all participants in the form of an Impact Survey. Participants will complete the Impact Survey and then indicate the number of credits earned and check a box to formally attest that credit was earned. A CME certificate will be generated by APA and sent to the participant. Up to three AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per manuscript review may be granted, with up to five reviews per year (total of 15 credits per calendar year). The APA Department of CME will maintain CME records for ten years, in keeping with ABPN requirements for recertification.

To be eligible, reviewers must have a disclosure form on file in the journal’s Editorial Office before the review is submitted. Credits will not be awarded retroactively.

CME Opportunities

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