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Biological Psychiatry: Quick facts and submission tips

Yateendra Joshi | Apr 15, 2016 | 12,863 views
Know Your Journal: Biological Psychiatry

Aims and scope

Biological Psychiatry publishes contributions, both basic and clinical, on a range of topics related to the pathophysiology and treatment of major neuropsychiatric disorders.


Elsevier, for the Society of Biological Psychiatry (Jacksonville, Florida)

Frequency of publication

Twice a month (24 issues a year, divided into two equal volumes)

Editorial information

Dr John H Krystal is the Editor. He is with the Yale University School of Medicine and VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut. His research has focused on alcoholism, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The editor is supported by a large team, which includes eight deputy editors, an editorial committee comprising six members, a large (90+ members) editorial board, an administrative editor, a managing editor, and a publication coordinator.

More information here: 



Biological Psychiatry encourages both basic and clinical contributions, particularly those related to genetic and environmental risk factors, neural circuitry and neurochemistry, and important new therapeutic approaches. Contributions are considered under the following categories:

  • Archival reports: full-length research papers, typically in the IMRaD format, main text no more than 4000 words, and a 250-word structured abstract
  • Priority communications: similar to archival reports but limited to conceptual advances in the field and not for preliminary results
  • Reviews: concise (up to 4000 words) overviews of recent topics, unstructured abstract of 250 words, up to 150 references
  • Techniques and methods: ‘new, improved, or noteworthy comments about techniques or methods relevant to basic or clinical research in, or treatment of, psychiatric disorders’, up to 3000 words of main text, unstructured abstract of 250 words, half a page of tables or figures
  • Correspondence: online only, related to contributions published in the journal, up to 1000 words, no abstract
  • Comments and editorials: generally invited, up to 1500 words and no more than 10 references
  • Early career investigator commentaries: provide publishing opportunities to early career investigators, online only and with only one author, up to 1500 words and no more than 10 references



All manuscripts must be uploaded through the Elsevier Editorial System at after logging in as an author (new authors are required to register first). The journal welcomes pre-submission enquiries (email along with an abstract).



Biological Psychiatry has a very high rejection rate (about 90%): roughly 60% of the submissions are rejected without editorial review in about 5 days; the other 40% are sent for regular review. Authors may suggest up to six names as potential reviewers but none should share the author’s affiliation. Each paper is usually reviewed by three independent reviewers.



Biological Psychiatry has a useful FAQ page for authors:( Although word limits for different categories are strictly enforced, the limits apply from the first revision onwards. The journal promotes good writing: ‘A focused and clearly written manuscript is more likely to appeal to the readership. The brevity and clarity of the presentation will be taken into consideration by the Editors.’

Accepted articles go online immediately, within one week of final acceptance and before they are copy-edited, and can be cited (each is assigned a DOI, or digital object identifier). The final edited and proof-read versions follow in about four weeks. Overall, most articles are published with 4–5 months after submission.



The impact factor for 2014 is 10.255.



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