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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a scientific journal about mood disorders, which is a publication of Turkish Association for Psychopharmacology. It has been published as a peer reviewed, quarterly, open-access, scientific journal on mood disorders since 2011.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences includes articles about bipolar, unipolar and anxiety disorders addressing subjects such as psychopharmacology, biological psychiatry, behavioral science and adolescent psychiatry that are relevant to experimental, basic and clinical medical science.

The journal is using online manuscript submission, review and tracking systems. The review process is performed by the editorial board members of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; at least two independent reviewer's approval followed by the editor is required for the acceptance of any manuscript. Authors may submit manuscripts and track their progress through the system, hopefully to publication. Reviewers can download manuscripts and submit their opinions to the editor. Editors can manage the whole submission/review/revise/publish process.


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences addresses the specialists and residents in psychiatry, psychology, neurology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, physiology, neurochemistry and related sciences.


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences considers for publication papers in the following categories:

- Original Researches,

- Case reports,

- Reviews,

- Letters to the editor

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences gives high priority to original studies in publication because of aiming to add the findings of searches in Turkey to international scientific knowledge, to share them within the international science milieu and to constitute the introduction of Turkish scientists. Meanwhile, the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences may ask for the authors to translate their own articles to English or Turkish before publication. The original research papers givens priority at publishing . Case reports must be 1000 words maximum , excluding summary / abstract and to a maximum of fifteen references must be added. A letter signed by all authors must also be added separately.

The review articles to be published in the journal are authorized by the editor to the relevant authors working on the subject.


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and observes the following principles of Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement which is based on the recommendations and guidelines for journal editors developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Council of Science Editors (CSE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

All submissions must be original, unpublished (including as full text in conference proceedings), and not under the review of any other publication synchronously. Each manuscript is reviewed by one of the editors and at least two referees under double-blind peer review process. We reserve the right to use plagiarism detecting software to screen submitted papers at all times. We check for plagiary and fraudulent data; falsification (fabrication or manipulation of research data, tables, or images) and improper use of humans or animals in research. All manuscripts not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the publication. This also contains any possible malpractice discovered after the publication. In accordance with the code of conduct we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing.

We follow the COPE Ethics Flowcharts for dealing with cases of possible scientific misconduct and breach of publication ethics ( http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts )

Author Responsibilities

Authors should ensure that submitted work is original. They must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere or is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere, in any language. Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) should be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources should be appropriately credited and referenced. The author(s) of the original research articles (including short communications) must declare that they were involved in at least 3 of the 5 stages of the study as "designing the study", "collecting the data", "analyzing the data", "writing the manuscript" and "confirming the accuracy of the data and the analyses". All authors should disclose all issues concerning financial relationship, conflict of interest, and competing interest that may potentially influence the results of the research or scientific judgment. All financial contributions, supports or sponsorship of projects should be clearly explained. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published paper, it is the author's obligation to promptly cooperate with the Editor-in-Chief to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes. Please browse ICMJE recommendations on roles and responsibilities of authors on http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/

Responsibility for the Reviewers

Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. They should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Their judgments should be objective.

Reviewers should identify the relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. They must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the Editor-in-Chief if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author's side.

A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the topic of a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor-in-Chief and excuse himself from the review process.

Please review the COPE publication ethics guidelines on :


Editorial Responsibilities

Editors evaluate manuscripts for their scientific content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. They provide a fair double-blind peer review of the submitted articles for publication. They ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential before publishing.

Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication. They should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.

Editor-in-Chief does not allow any conflicts of interest between the authors, editors and reviewers. Only he has the full authority to assign a reviewer and is responsible for final decision for publication of the manuscripts in
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Please review the COPE publication ethics guidelines on http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/New_Code.pdf


This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.


The language of the journal is both Turkish and American English.


All correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise specified. Papers should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating that the paper is intended for publication and specifying for which section of the Journal it is being submitted (i.e., original article, review article, or case report). In addition, a copyright transfer that has to be signed by all authors should be submitted. Authors will be notified of the receipt of their paper and the number assigned to it. The number should be included in all further correspondence. All parts of the manuscript, including case reports, quotations, references, and tables, must be double-spaced throughout. All four margins must be at least 2.5 cm. The manuscript should be arranged in the following order, with each item beginning a new page: 1) title page, 2) abstract, 3) text, 4) acknowledgement 5) references, and 6) tables and/or figures. All pages must be numbered consecutively.

Title Page

On the title page, include full names of authors, academic or professional affiliations, and complete address with phone, fax number(s) and e-mail address(es) of the corresponding author. Acknowledgments for personal and technical assistance should be indicated on the title page.

Abstract and Key Words

Title of the manuscript in English should be written in English abstract. The abstract should be no shorter than 400 and no longer than 500 words and structured as follows: objective, method, results, and conclusions. Objective -the primary purpose of the article; Method -data sources, design of the study, patients or participants, interventions, and main outcome measures; Results -key findings; Conclusions -including direct clinical applications. Case reports should include unstructured abstracts. Up to 3-10 key words should be in accordance with Index Medicus, Medical Subjects Subheadings (MeSH).


This section should contain a clear statement of the general and specific objectives as well as the hypotheses which the work is designed to test. It should also give a brief account of the reported literature. The last sentence should clearly state the primary and secondary purposes of the article. Only, the actual references related with the issues have to be indicated and data or findings related with the current study must not be included in this section.


This section should contain explicit, concise descriptions of all procedures, materials and methods used in the investigation to enable the reader to judge their accuracy, reproducibility, etc. This section should include the known findings at the beginning of the study and the findings during the study must be reported in results section.

The selection and description of the participants

The election, source of population, inclusion and exclusion criteria of the people who participate to experimental or clinical study must be clearly defined in this section. The particular study sample must be explained by the authors (i.e., why the study is performed in a definite age, race or sex population, etc.)

Technical information

The methods, apparatus (the manufacturer's name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail must be defined to allow others to reproduce the results. References to established methods, including statistical methods (see below) must be given and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well-known must be povided; new or substantially modified methods must be described, the reasons for using them must be given, and their limitations of the methos must be evaluated. The all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration must be identified. Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.


The statistical methods must be described with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. If possible, findings should be quantified and presented with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Relying solely on statistical hypothesis testing, such as P values, which fail to convey important information about effect size must be avoided. References for the design of the study and statistical methods should be to standard works when possible (with pages stated). Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. The computer software used must be specified.


The results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first. The all the data in the tables or illustrations should not be repeated in the text; only the most important observations must be emphasized or summarized. Extra or supplementary materials and technical detail can be placed in an appendix where they will be accessible but will not interrupt the flow of the text, or they can be published solely in the electronic version of the journal. When data are summarized in the Results section, numeric results should be given not only as derivatives (for example, percentages) but also as the absolute numbers from which the derivatives were calculated, and the statistical methods used to analyze them should be specified. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess supporting data. graphs should be used as an alternative to tables with many entries; data should not be duplicated in graphs and tables.


The findings of the study, the findings and results which support or do not support the hypthesis of the study should be discussed, results should be compared and contrasted with findings of other studies in the literature and the different findings from other studies should be explained. The new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them should be emphasized. The data or other information given in the Introduction or the Results section should not be repeated in detail. For experimental studies, it is useful to begin the discussion by summarizing briefly the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice. The conclusions sould be linked with the goals of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not adequately supported by the data should be avoided. New hypotheses should be stated when warranted, but should be labeled clearly as such.

Tables, Graphics and Illustrations

Tables, graphics and illustrations should be numbered in Arabic numerals in the text. The places of the illustrations should be signed in the text.


Tables capture information concisely and display it efficiently; they also provide information at any desired level of detail and precision. Including data in tables rather than text frequently makes it possible to reduce the length of the text. Each table should be typed or printed with double spacing on a separate sheet of paper. The tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and a brief title for each table should be supplied. Any internal horizontal or vertical lines should not be used and a short or an abbreviated heading should be given to each column. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. All nonstandard abbreviations should be explained in footnotes, and the following symbols should be used in sequence: *,†,‡,§,||,¶,**,††,‡‡ The statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean should be identified. Be sure that each table is cited in the text. If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge that source fully. Additional tables containing backup data too extensive to publish in print may be appropriate for publication in the electronic version of the journal, deposited with an archival service, or made available to readers directly by the authors. An appropriate statement should be added to the text. Such tables should be submitted for consideration with the paper so that they will be available to the peer reviewers.

Illustrations (Figures)

Figures should be either professionally drawn and photographed, or submitted as digital prints in photographic-quality. In addition to requiring a version of the figures suitable for printing, authors are asked for electronic files of figures in a format (for example, JPEG or GIF) that will produce high-quality images in the Web version of the journal; authors should review the images of such files on a computer screen before submitting them to be sure they meet their own quality standards. For x-ray films, scans, and other diagnostic images, as well as pictures of pathology specimens or photomicrographs, sharp, glossy, black-and-white or color photographic prints should be sent, usually 127 x 173 mm. Letters, numbers, and symbols on figures should therefore be clear and consistent throughout, and large enough to remain legible when the figure is reduced for publication. Figures should be made as self-explanatory as possible, since many will be used directly in slide presentations. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends--not on the illustrations themselves. Photomicrographs should have internal scale markers. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Photographs of potentially identifiable people must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been cited in the text. If a figure has been published previously, the original source should be acknowledged and written permission from the copyright holder should be submitted to reproduce the figure. Permission is required irrespective of authorship or publisher except for documents in the public domain. Accompanying drawings marked to indicate the region to be reproduced might be useful to the editor. We publish illustrations in color only if the author pays the additional cost.

Legends for Illustrations (Figures)

The legends for illustrations should be typed or printed out using one spacing, starting on a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, each one clearly should be identified and explained in the legend. The internal scale should be explained and the method of staining in photomicrographs should be identified.

Units of Measurement

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be in degrees Celsius, blood pressures should be in millimeters of mercury. Authors must consult the Information for Authors of the particular journal and should report laboratory information in both local and International System of Units (SI). Drug concentrations may be reported in either SI or mass units, but the alternative should be provided in parentheses where appropriate.

Abbreviations and Symbols

Use only standard abbreviations; use of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on first mention unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement.

Case Reports and Word Limitation

Original papers and reviews have no specific word limitation. A case report must be strictly limited to 1000 words excluding abstract and have minimal figures, tables, and references. Letters to the Editor (maximum of 500 words, including references; no tables or figures) will be considered if they include the notation "for publication." A letter must be signed by all of its authors. Letters critical of an article published in the journal must be received within 12 weeks.


All forms of support, including individual technical support or material support must be acknowledged in the author's footnote before references.


Although references to review articles can be an efficient way to guide readers to a body of literature, review articles do not always reflect original work accurately. Readers should therefore be provided with direct references to original research sources whenever possible. On the other hand, extensive lists of references to original work on a topic can use excessive space on the printed page.

Small numbers of references to key original papers often serve as well as more exhaustive lists, particularly since references can now be added to the electronic version of published papers, and since electronic literature searching allows readers to retrieve published literature efficiently. Using abstracts as references should be avouided. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press" or "forthcoming"; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Citing a "personal communication" should be avoided unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication must be obtained.

Reference Style and Format

The Uniform Requirements style for references is based largely on an American National Standards Institute style adapted by the NLM for its databases. Authors should consult NLM's Citing Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html) for information on its recommended formats for a variety of reference types. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in the list of Journals in Index Medicus. In addition the list should be obtained in the web address of http://www.nlm.nih.gov. Accuracy of citation is the author's responsibility. All references should be cited in text. Type references in the style shown below. List all authors; do not use "et al." Abbreviations of journal names should conform to the style used in Index Medicus. If a journal is not indexed in Index Medicus, it should not be abbreviated.

Example for Journal:

1. For articles in journals:

For the published article from the journal which placed and abbreviated in MedLine:

1. Czubak A, Nowakowska E, Kus K, Burda K, Metelska J, Baer-Dubowska W, Cichocki M. Influences of chronic venlafaxine, olanzapine and nicotine on the hippocampal and cortical concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Pharmacol Rep. 2009;61:1017-23.

2. Kennedy SH, Rizvi SJ. Agomelatine in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder: Potential for Clinical Effectiveness.CNS Drugs. 2010 Mar 1. doi: 10.2165/11534420-000000000-00000.

For the published article from the journal which is not placed and is not abbreviated in MedLine: Cetin M, Acikel C. Meta-analizler ışığında: Bütün antidepresanlar aynı mıdır? Klinik Psikofarmakoloji Bülteni- Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2009; 19:87-92.

2. For the supplement:

For the published article from the journal which placed and abbreviated in MEDLINE:

Wasylenski DA. The cost of schizophrenia. Can J Psychiatry 1994; 39 (Suppl.2): S65-S69. For the published article from the journal which is not placed and is not abbreviated in MedLine: Karamustafalioglu O. Depresyon Tedavisinde Tedaviye Yanıt, Remisyon Nedir? Nasıl Ölçülür? Klinik Psikofarmakoloji Bülteni- Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2010;20: ( Ek sayı-Suppl.1):S 16- S21

3.For articles in press:

Littlewhite HB, Donald JA. Pulmonary blood flow regulation in an aquatic snake. Science 2002 (in press)

4.For the citations from books:

Books edited by one editor:

Doğan O. Davranış Bilimleri. 2. Baskı, Sivas: Önder Matbaası, 1999: 41-49.

For the citation from a section of book edited by one editor:

Mc Nab S. Lacrimal surgery.In Willshaw H (editor). Practical Ophthalmic Surgery. NewYork: Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1992: 191-211.

For the citation from a section of book edited by more than one editor:

Taylor R. Depression and gynaecological disorders. In Textbook of Gynaecology, Robertson MM, Katona CLE (editors). First ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997: 133-144.

If the authors of the cited section are the editors of the book:

Diener HC, Wilkinson M (editors). Drug-induced headache. In Headache. Flst ed., New York: Springer-Verlag, 1988: 45-67.

For the citation from a translated book:

Milkman HB, Sederer LI. Alkolizm ve Madde Bağımlılığında Tedavi Seçenekleri. Doğan Y, Özden A, İzmir M (Translators) 1. Baskı, Ankara: Ankara Üniversitesi Basımevi, 1994: 79-96.

5. For the citation from thesis:

Konuk N. Major Depresyonda Seçilmiş Beyin Bölgelerinin MR Spektroskopi ile incelenmesi. Yayınlanmamış Uzmanlık Tezi, İstanbul Üniversitesi Cerrahpaşa Tıp Fakültesi, Psikiyatri AD, İstanbul 2001.

6.For the citation from posters:

Felek S, Kılıç SS, Akbulut A, Yıldız M. Görsel halüsinasyonla seyreden bir fligelloz olgusu. XXVI. Türk Mikrobiyoloji Kongresi Özet Kitabı, 22-27 Eylül 2000, Antalya: Mars Matbaası, 1994:53-56.


All new manuscripts must be submitted through the
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences online manuscript submission and peer review system (). Complete instructions are available at the website.

A cover letter should accompany with manuscripts, including the knowledges of:

•The findings of previous same studies should be informed and should be cited. The copies of previous same studies should be sent with manuscripts that might help to the editor in the decision process.

•The knowledge of "all authors have read and accepted the study in its form, all authors meet the criteria for being in authorship" should be stated.

•All helpful things for editorial ship should be stated: The comments of previous editor/reviewers and the response of authors should be added if the manuscript has been sent to another journal for consideration, previously. The editor requested this information to accelerate the publication process.

•The authors are kindly requested to control last checklist before submitting.

Coresspondence Adress:

Prof. Dr. Mesut ÇETİN,

Caddebostan Mahallesi, Bağdat Caddesi Birgen İş Merkezi 226/7, Çiftehavuzlar, 34728 Kadıköy / İstanbul
Tel& Faks: +90 (216) 464 2888
Mobil telefon (GSM): +90 (532) 272 3252
Elektronik posta adresi: psikofarmakoloji@gmail.com


It is hoped that this list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal's editor for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors, for further details of any item.

Ensure that the following items are present:

•Cover letter to the editor

•The category of the manuscript

•Acknowledgement of "the paper is not under consideration for publication in another journal"

•Disclosure of any commercial or financial involvement

•Reviewing the statistical design of the research article

•Last control for fluent English

•Copyright transfer form

•Permission of previous published material if used in the present manuscript

•Acknowledgement of the study "in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of in 2000.

•Statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure(s) had been fully explained.

•Indicating whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed as in "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals".

•Title page

•The title of the manuscript both in Turkish and in English

•All authors and affiliations (e-mail address, full postal address, telephone and fax numbers)

•Abstracts (400-500 words) Both in Turkish and in English

•Key words: 3 to 10 words (in Turkish and in English)



•All tables (including title, description, footnotes)