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CASES THAT TEST YOUR SKILLS
Author instructions for manuscript preparation
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Current Psychiatry is a peer-reviewed, monthly journal that provides useful, readable clinical information to more than 40,000 practicing psychiatrists, residents, and advanced practice psychiatric nurses in the United States.
Your Cases That Test Your Skills article should educate our readers on how to handle a difficult clinical scenario that they are likely to face in practice. Your article should blend current, applicable evidence with your clinical experience.
Clinicians who are interested in writing a Cases That Test Your Skills article should begin by contacting Senior Editor Erica Vonderheid at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the proposed topic.
When preparing your manuscript, please follow these guidelines:
Software: Prepare the article as a Word document for PC or Macintosh.
Length: No more than 2,000 words (9 to 12 typed pages, double-spaced), excluding references, tables, charts, figures, Related resources, and drug brand name list (see below).
Contact information: Provide the corresponding author’s mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address.
Text format: Divide your text into three segments, each pertaining to a specific phase of the case (e.g., history, evaluation, treatment, further treatment, follow-up, and/or conclusion). The first segment should contain:
- a subhead stating the case’s phase (e.g., “history”)
- a description of the patient’s presenting symptoms and how they are diminishing her quality of life
- a multiple-choice question challenging the reader to devise a solution for the patient
- the author’s observations on how he or she reached a diagnosis and planned treatment based on existing evidence and clinical experience.
The latter two segments should follow the same format (subhead, case description, question, observations) and should address the clinical findings, treatment, gains/setbacks achieved in treatment, and—if applicable—change in diagnosis. All three segments should reinforce the article's central teaching point(s). If possible, explain in the final segment how the patient is doing after treatment.
For more information, please refer to previous "Cases That Test Your Skills" articles in Current Psychiatry.
Author credentials: State each author’s current academic appointment(s) in the byline. For example:
Joseph L. Jones, MD
Associate professor, department of psychiatry
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Bottom line: At the end of the article, include a brief (40-word) summary of why psychiatrists should read your article. Include the article's main take-home points, emphasizing their value in everyday practice.
Tables and charts: Provide 2 to 4 tables, sidebars, or charts to illustrate your article. Suggested topics include diagnostic criteria, differential diagnoses, clinical features that suggest a diagnosis, and medications with recommended dosages and evidence supporting their use. Prepare charts in Word or PowerPoint.
If applicable, devise an algorithm or flowchart that illustrates the evidence-based approach to diagnosis or treatment described in the article.
Clinical photos may be used if such images reinforce the article’s point (eg, a photo showing self-mutilation on a suicidal patient). Photos of brain scans will be considered if the pertinent finding is evident. Clearly label each illustration, and avoid indenting photos with paper clips. Eliminate any information that might reveal the patient’s identity.
References: Provide references—about 15 maximum—and follow AMA style. Do not list references in alphabetical order. Instead, number the references (1, 2, 3, . . .) in the text as they are cited. At the end of the article, number and list references in order of appearance.
Related resources: In addition to your references, suggest 2 or 3 sources of additional information on your topic, such as books, articles, pamphlets, bulletins, consumer health groups, and government agencies. Include at least one Web site.
Disclosure/copyright: A signed financial disclosure and copyright agreement form (both provided upon assignment) must be submitted with your article. Include your Social Security number on the disclosure form so that we can pay your honorarium.
Drug brand names: If medications are mentioned in your article, provide a list of the generic and brand names alphabetized by generic name. For example:
Permissions: If you wish to reuse a table or chart that has been published elsewhere, you are responsible for obtaining permission before submitting it. Forward photocopies to us for review before you apply for permission or agree to pay a permission fee.
Also, tell us the source of your scans or photos so that we can give proper attribution. You are responsible for obtaining permission for use of such material.
E-mail your article and illustrations as attachments to email@example.com.
Mail any non-electronic materials to:
7 Century Drive, Suite 302
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Manuscripts are subject to peer review and editing. Often we ask authors to work with us to revise articles prior to publication. We will ask you to review the edited version in time to make necessary corrections.