THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY
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SCOPE
The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry is a leading source of information for the rapidly developing field of geriatric psychiatry. Topics include the diagnosis and classification of psychiatric disorders in later life, psychopharmacology, and other somatic treatments in geriatric psychiatry. Book reviews and letters to the editor are also included.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION
A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or preliminary report), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, must not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language, without the consent of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). Each person listed as an author is expected to have participated in the study to a significant extent. Although the editors and referees make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its editors, or the publisher.

All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the Editorial Manager Web site at http://jgp.edmgr.com.

First-time users: Please click the Register button from the main menu and enter the requested information. On successful registration, you will be sent an e-mail indicating your user name and password. Print a copy of this information for future reference. Note: If you have received an e-mail from us with an assigned user ID and password, or if you are a repeat user, do not register again. Just log in. Once you have an assigned ID and password, re-registration is unnecessary, even if your status changes (that is, author, reviewer, or editor).

Authors: Please click the login button from the menu at the top of the page and log in to the system as an Author. Submit your manuscript according to the author instructions. You will be able to track the progress of your manuscript through the system. If you experience any problems, contact Marianna Fiorini Hagan, Managing Editor: telephone: 215-521-8350; fax: 215- 827-5586; e-mail: Marianna.Hagan@wolterskluwer.com

ETHICAL/LEGAL CONSIDERATONS

Authorship: All persons listed as authors in a manuscript submitted to the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry assume responsibility for the contents of the manuscript. All authors warrant that they have reviewed and approved of the manuscript prior to its submission. A certification of authorship form must be signed by all authors (Form For Authors). Individuals who did not play principal roles in directly designing and or performing the study or writing should not be listed as authors. Acknowledgments of ancillary contributions can be made in a footnote.

Conflicts of interest: Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript. All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be included on the title page of the manuscript with the heading “Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding:”. For example:

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: A has received honoraria from Company Z. B is currently receiving a grant (#12345) from Organization Y, and is on the speaker’s bureau for Organization X – the CME organizers for Company A. For the remaining authors none were declared.

In addition, each author must complete and submit the journal’s copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (www.icmje.org/update.html). The form is readily available on the manuscript submission page (http://www.editorialmanager.com/jgp) and can be completed and submitted electronically. Please note that authors may sign the copyright transfer agreement form electronically. For additional information about electronically signing this form, go to http://links.lww.com/ZUAT/A106.

Patient anonymity and informed consent: It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a patient’s anonymity be carefully protected and to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. If identifying details do appear in text, tables, and/or figures, the author must provide proof of informed consent that he/she obtained from the patients (a signed permissions form). This informed consent should be indicated in the text of the article (in the Methods section, if appropriate) or in the acknowledgments at the end of the article. Photographs with bars placed over eyes of patients should NOT be used in publication unless permission from the patient is granted.

Compliance with NIH and Other Research Funding Agency Accessibility Requirements: A number of research funding agencies now require or request authors to submit the post-print (the article after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article) to a repository that is accessible online by all without charge. As a service to our authors, LWW will identify to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) articles that require deposit and will transmit the post-print of an article based on research funded in whole or in part by the National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, or other funding agencies to PubMed Central. The revised Copyright Transfer Agreement provides the mechanism.

Conflicts of interest: Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared. All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript. All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be included on the title page of the manuscript with the heading “Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding:”. For example:

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: A has received honoraria from Company Z. B is currently receiving a grant (#12345) from Organization Y, and is on the speaker’s bureau for Organization X – the CME organizers for Company A. For the remaining authors none were declared.

In addition, each author must complete and submit the journal’s copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (www.icmje.org/update.html). The form is readily available on the manuscript submission page (http://www.editorialmanager.com/jgp) and can be completed and submitted electronically. Please note that authors may sign the copyright transfer agreement form electronically. For additional information about electronically signing this form, go to http://links.lww.com/ZUAT/A106.

Permission to photocopy articles: Authors must submit written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use direct quotations, tables, or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted form elsewhere, along with complete details about the source. Permission to reproduce copies of articles for non-commercial use may be obtained from the Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923; Telephone: 978-750-8400; Fax: 978-750-4470; Web: www.copyright.com ; E-mail: customercare@copyright.com. For permissions to reuse the material for other purposes: Please go to the Journal website and click the ‘‘Permissions’’ link above the title of the paper in the abstract or html window for the relevant article. Alternatively, send an e-mail to customercare@copyright.com or e-mail journalpermissions@lww.com. Translation Rights & Licensing queries: Please contact Silvia Serra, Translations Rights, Licensing & Permissions Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health (Medical Research) Ltd, 250 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8RD, UK. Phone: +44 (0)207 981 0600; E-mail: Silvia.Serra@wolterskluwer.com. Any permissions fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

STATISTICAL GUIDELINES
Generally, the statistic guidelines for the Journal follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/index.html) (http://www.icmje.org/index.html) developed by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

PEER REVIEW
Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two impartial experts to determine their originality, scientific merit, and significance to the field. Reviewers will remain anonymous, but their comments will be available to authors.

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPT
Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

All parts of the manuscript, including reports, quotations, references, and tables, must be double spaced throughout. All four margins must be at least one inch. The manuscript should be arranged in the following order, with each item beginning a new page: 1) title page, 2) abstract: structured for Regular Research Articles and Brief Reports, unstructured for Clinical Review Articles and Special Articles; 3) text, 4) references, and 5) tables and/or figures. All pages must be numbered.

Word count/key words: Please note the revised word counts for manuscripts in the “Types of Articles” section. The number of words in the submitted manuscript should be typed in the upper right corner of the title page. At least three key words that describe the content of the submission should be typed in the lower right corner of the page.

Title page: Include on the title page (a) complete manuscript title; (b) authors’ full names, highest academic degrees, and affiliations; (c) name and address for one author who will be responsible for correspondence, including fax number, telephone number, and e-mail address; (d) address for reprints if different from that of corresponding author; and (e) all sources of support, including pharmaceutical and industry support, that require acknowledgment.

By line: Authors listed in the by line should be limited to principal researchers and/or writers; collaborators may be acknowledged in a footnote. Authors' first names are preferred to initials. Degrees should be included after each author's name.

Previous presentation: If the paper has been presented at a meeting, include the name of the meeting, the place, and the inclusive dates.

Acknowledgments: Grant support should be acknowledged in a separate paragraph and should include the full name of the granting agency and no more than four typed lines. Pharmaceutical company or other industry support of any kind must be acknowledged. List only persons who have made substantive contributions. Acknowledge material from other publications and submit written permission from the owner of the copyright to reprint any portion or figure with the manuscript.

Text: Use the active voice and first person. Organize the manuscript into four main headings: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

Structured abstract and key words: The structured abstract is a single paragraph no more than 250 words for Regular Articles, and no more than 150 words for Brief Reports. Please see the “Types of Articles” section for required headings. The abstract must be factual and comprehensive. Limit the use of abbreviations and acronyms, and avoid general statements (e.g. "the significance of the results is discussed"). At least three key words that describe the content of the submission should be included.

Unstructured abstract: The unstructured abstract must be used for Clinical Review Articles and Special Articles.

Style: Pattern manuscript style after the American Medical Association Manual of Style (9th edition) and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary (27th edition), and use Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition) to style the references. Refer to drugs and therapeutic agents by their accepted generic or chemical names rather than their trademark names, and do not abbreviate them. Trade or manufacturers' names are used only if the drug or equipment is experimental, unavailable in this country, or if such information is crucial to the evaluation of the results or replication of the study. Capitalize copyright or trade names of drugs and place in parentheses after the name of the drug. Provide in parentheses the names and locations (city and state in USA; city and country outside USA) of manufacturers of drugs, supplies, or equipment cited in a manuscript as they are required to comply with trademark law. Express units of measure in the metric system, and temperatures in degrees Celsius.

Abbreviations: Define abbreviations at first mention in text and in each table and figure legend. For a list of standard abbreviations, consult the Council of Biology Editors Style Guide (available from the Council of Science Editors, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814) or other standard sources.

References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Key the references (double-spaced) at the end of the manuscript. Cite the references in text in the order of appearance. Give text citation by number in parentheses. Avoid claims of priority and allusions to uncompleted work. State new hypotheses if warranted, but clearly label them as such. Do not cite a work that has been submitted for publication, but not yet accepted as a reference until it has been officially accepted. A work that has been accepted for publication but not yet published may be cited as a reference “in press.” If there are more than three authors, name only the first three authors and then use et al. Refer to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus for abbreviations of journal names, or access the list at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html. References that do not conform to the Journal's formatting requirements may be returned to the author. Sample references are given below:

Journal article
1. Rand NS, Dawson JM, Julio SF, et al: In vivo macrophage recruitment by murine intervertebral disc cells. J Spinal Disord 2001; 14:339–342

Book chapter
2. Todd VR: Visual information analysis: Frame of reference for visual perception, in Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Edited by Kramer P, Hinojosa J. Philadelphia, PA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999, pp. 205–256

Entire book
3. Kellman RM, Marentette LJ (eds): Atlas of Craniomaxillofacial Fixation. Philadelphia, PA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999

Paper in conference proceedings or abstracts
4. Moossy J: Anatomy and pathology of the vertebrobasilar system, in Vertebrobasilar arterial occlusive disease. Medical and surgical management. Edited by Berguer R, Bauer RB. Papers from the First International Conference on Vertebrobasilar Occlusive Vascular Disease, held in Detroit, MI, November 8 & 9, 1982. New York: Raven Press, 1984:1–13

Abstract
5. Sung JH, Manivel JC: Macrophages in ischemic infarcts of human brain. (Abstract) J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 1989; 48:342

Software
6. Epi Info [computer program]. Version 6. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1994

Online journals
7. Friedman SA: Preeclampsia: A review of the role of prostaglandins. Obstet Gynecol [serial online]. January 1988; 71:22-37. Available from: BRS Information Technologies, McLean, VA. Accessed December 15, 1990

Database
8. CANCERNET-PDQ [database online]. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute; 1996. Updated March 29, 1996

World Wide Web
9. Gostin LO: Drug use and HIV/AIDS [JAMA HIV/AIDS Web site]. June 1, 1996. Available at: http://www.ama-assn.org/special/hiv/ethics. Accessed June 26, 1997

Creating digital figures: Digital art should be created/scanned and saved and submitted as either a TIFF (tagged image file format), an EPS (encapsulated postscript) file. PPT (Power Point) files will also be accepted. Electronic photographs—radiographs, CT scans, and scanned images—must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Line art must have a resolution of at least 1200 dpi (dots per inch). If fonts are used in the artwork, they must be converted to paths or outlines or they must be embedded in the files. Color images must be created/scanned and saved and submitted as CMYK files. If you do not have the capability to create CMYK files, please disregard this step. Indicate in your cover letter that you are unable to produce CMYK files. Cite figures consecutively in the text, and number them in the order in which they are discussed. Figures that contain numerical data which could be expressed more succinctly or clearly in tabular form should be converted to tables.

Digital art checklist:

Detailed Figure Instructions: For a step by step guide for submitting Digital Art to please see the 5 Steps for Creating Digital Artwork.

Figure legends: Include legends for all figures. They should be brief and specific, and they should appear on a separate manuscript page after the references. Use scale markers in the image for electron micrographs, note the magnification of photomicrographs and electron micrographs, and indicate the type of stain used.

Tables: Tables are reserved for presentation of numerical data and should not be used as lists or charts. Values expressed in the same unit of measurement should read down, not across; when percentages are given, the appropriate numbers must also be given. Create tables using the table creating and editing feature of your word processing software. Do not use Excel or comparable spreadsheet programs. Cite tables consecutively in the text, and number them in that order. Table should be uploaded in a file separate from the main manuscript file. Each table should appear on a separate page and should include the table title, appropriate column heads, and explanatory legends (including definitions of any abbreviations used). Identify statistical measures of variations such as SD and SEM. Omit internal horizontal and vertical lines. Tables should be double-spaced, no wider than 120 characters (10 inches), including spaces, and no more than 70 lines

Supplemental Digital Content

Supplemental Digital Content (SDC): Authors may submit SDC via Editorial Manager to LWW journals that enhance their article's text to be considered for online posting. SDC may include standard media such as text documents, graphs, audio, video, etc. On the Attach Files page of the submission process, please select Supplemental Audio, Video, or Data for your uploaded file as the Submission Item. If an article with SDC is accepted, our production staff will create a URL with the SDC file. The URL will be placed in the call-out within the article. SDC files are not copy-edited by LWW staff, they will be presented digitally as submitted. For a list of all available file types and detailed instructions, please visit http://links.lww.com/A142.

SDC Call-outs
Supplemental Digital Content must be cited consecutively in the text of the submitted manuscript. Citations should include the type of material submitted (Audio, Figure, Table, etc.), be clearly labeled as "Supplemental Digital Content," include the sequential list number, and provide a description of the supplemental content. All descriptive text should be included in the call-out as it will not appear elsewhere in the article.
Example:
We performed many tests on the degrees of flexibility in the elbow (see Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, which demonstrates elbow flexibility) and found our results inconclusive.

List of Supplemental Digital Content
A listing of Supplemental Digital Content must be submitted at the end of the manuscript file. Include the SDC number and file type of the Supplemental Digital Content. This text will be removed by our production staff and not be published.
Example:
Supplemental Digital Content 1. wmv

SDC File Requirements
All acceptable file types are permissible up to 10 MBs. For audio or video files greater than 10 MBs, authors should first query the journal office for approval. For a list of all available file types and detailed instructions, please visit http://links.lww.com/A142.

TYPES OF ARTICLES
Please note the submission requirements for each article type listed below.

Regular Research Articles
Regular Research Articles are original papers demonstrating the results of scientific studies. Regular Research Articles are based on empirical data. They can contain case vignettes, but clinical descriptions cannot be used as the main content of the article. The text of the article should contain no more than 3500 words, in addition to an abstract of 250 words and up to 40 references. This word count includes only the main body of text (i.e., not abstract, references, tables, or figures).

Structured Abstracts are required for all research articles; this abstract should be limited to 250 words or less. Please use the following headings in your abstract: Objectives, Design, Setting, Participants, Intervention (if any), Measurements, Results, and Conclusions. 

Brief Reports
Brief Reports are original papers demonstrating the results of scientific studies. Brief Reports are based on empirical data. Brief Reports should contain no more than 1500 words (not including references), in addition to a structured abstract of less than 150 words. Please use the following headings in your abstract: Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Brief Reports may include 1 table or figure and up to 10 references.

Clinical Review Articles
Clinical Review Articles are evidence-based, state-of-the-art overviews of topics that are relevant to the practice of geriatric psychiatry. In general, these articles focus on aspects of a disorder, syndrome, or modality of treatment. Practical, clinically-based considerations and recommendations should be highlighted. Clinical Review Articles should be a balanced review of the literature, not simply a review of the author’s own work. These articles contain no more than 5,000 words. This word count includes the main body of text, the references, and an unstructured abstract of less than 250 words. Clinical Reviews may have up to 4 tables and/or figures and up to 75 references.”

Authors intending to write Clinical Review Articles are advised to inform the Editor-in-Chief before proceeding, to ensure that the topic is considered suitable and timely for publication in the journal.

Special Articles
Special Articles are usually overview articles that synthesize existing knowledge on a topic relevant to geriatric psychiatry. They must contain comprehensive literature reviews. Special Articles may not exceed 7,500 words. This word count includes an unstructured abstract of 250 words and all references.

Authors intending to write Special Articles are advised to inform the Editor-in-chief before proceeding to ensure that the topic is considered suitable and timely for publication in the journal.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor that comment on an article published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry will be sent to the authors for reply. Space will not allow the publication of all submitted letters. Letters to the editor must be signed by all authors and become the property of the Journal. Letters to the Editor should be less than 500 words with a maximum of 5 references. Single case reports or studies on a small number of cases may also be considered for publication in this section.

AFTER ACCEPTANCE
Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that the Editor-in-chief and the editorial staff have the right to make revisions aimed at greater conciseness, clarity, and conformity with Journal style. Accepted manuscripts will be edited and sent to the first named (or corresponding) author for corrections and answers to editorial queries. Authors who will be away from their offices for a long period or who change address after notification of acceptance should inform the Journal staff.

Page proofs and corrections: Corresponding authors will receive electronic page proofs to check the copyedited and typeset article before publication. Portable document format (PDF) files of the typeset pages and support documents (e.g. reprint order form) will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail. Complete instructions will be provided with the e-mail for downloading and printing the files and for faxing the corrected page proofs to the publisher. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that there are no errors in the proofs. Changes that have been made to conform to journal style will stand if they do not alter the authors' meaning. Only the most critical changes to the accuracy of the content will be made. Changes that are stylistic or are a reworking of previously accepted material will be disallowed. The publisher reserves the right to deny any changes that do not affect the accuracy of the content. Authors may be charged for alterations to the proofs beyond those required to correct errors or to answer queries. Proofs must be checked carefully and corrections faxed within 24 to 48 hours of receipt, as requested in the cover letter accompanying the page proofs.

Author reprints: Authors will receive a reprint order form and a price list. Reprint requests should be faxed with the corrected proofs, if possible. Reprints are normally shipped 6 to 8 weeks after publication of the issue in which the item appears. For any questions regarding reprints or publication fees, contact the Reprint Department by mail at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 351 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; by phone at 1-800-341-2258; by fax at 410-528-4434; or by e-mail at: reprints@wolterskluwer.com.

Publisher's contact: Fax corrected page proofs, reprint order form, and any other related materials to Journal Production Editor, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 410-558-6481. You may also return proofs by mail to Journal Production Editor, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 351 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2436.