Author Guidelines

Short Articles:

Text (bibliography excluded):

text is expected to be between 8,000 and 10,000 characters including spaces.

Figures and tables:

  • 3-5 figures and/or tables are expected.
  • Attach legends. Figures and tables must be cited in the text and numbered consecutively.
  • Please supply images and tables as separate files.

Essential Bibliography

Each citation (up to 15) should be numbered consecutively and listed at the end of the manuscript.

The first three Authors must be listed, followed by “et al.” if necessary.

Examples of correct bibliographic citations for:

Articles and journals:

Schatzberg AF, Samson JA, Bloomingdale KL, et al. Toward a biochemical classification of depressive disorders, X: urinary catecholamines, their metabolites, and D-type scores in subgroups of depressive disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1989;46:260-8.


Kaplan HI, Sadock BJ. Comprehensive textbook of Psychiatry. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins 1985.

Book chapters or conference proceedings:

Cloninger CR. Establishment of diagnostic validity in psychiatric illness: Robins and Guze’s method revisited. In: Robins LN, Barret JE, editors. The validity of psychiatric diagnosis. New York: Raven Press 1989, pp. 74-85.


Software and format:

text must be submitted as an editable Word document (.doc or .docx); TIFF or EPS format is preferable for images, with minimum image resolution of 300 dpi and size of 100 x 150 mm. Other possible formats for images are JPEG and PDF. Please do not incorporate images into Word file.


Please send your manuscripts for publication to:

Lucia Castelli

Office: + 39 050 31 30 224



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