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Instructions for Authors

  1. The WCPRR publishes original research papers, written in English (UK or US spellings are acceptable but must be consistent), with the understanding that no substantial part has been, or will be, published elsewhere.
  2. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright is transferred to the publisher if and when the article is accepted for publication.
  3. The WCPRR publishes:

    Original papers

    Original research or theoretical papers
    Accounts of cultural psychiatric research or clinical practice based on original, rather than confirmatory data. Typically, original research papers will present new data derived from a sizable series of subjects or patients,
    and should be based on original rather than confirmatory data .
    Original research and theoretical papers should not exceed 7500 words, including an abstract of no more than 250 words, references, tables and figures.

    Case Reports

    Case reports are short papers that illustrate either a previously unrecognized disorder or a new aspect of a known condition. Ethical and legal considerations require the protection of a patient's anonymity. Case reports should not exceed 2.000 words, including an abstract of no more than 150 words, references, tables and figures.

    Review Articles

    Review articles should not exceed 5000 words, including an abstract of no more than 250 words, references, tables and figures. Subjects of review articles may be:

    1. Overview papers on selected topics of interest to cultural psychiatry. Prospective authors should submit a formal and detailed proposal to the Editor, indicating the title and a brief outline of the content. Manuscripts should provide a review and synthesis of relevant literature.
    2. Review papers of one or several ( 1 to 3) published or unpublished articles
      Any professional articles that already has been published in a peer-review journal and unpublished articles in their original languages (that can be displayed as attachments) can be reviewed: WCPRR is particularly interested in authors who are from countries in which publication of their work is difficult to achieve because of limited resources and lack of local or regional journals
      The factors relevant for selection of review papers are: the significance of the topics addressed; the importance for the readers to acquire the information (particularly for those who have limited access to journals); and representation of review articles from various geographic regions, language systems, and cultural backgrounds.
    3. Book reviews;  books relating to cultural psychiatry or culture and mental health can be considered and selected for book review. Special consideration will be given to authors who are members of WACP.

    For published books or articles which need permission from publishers/authors, proper procedure will need to be followed to obtain official permission for review.

    Summary article

    This type of article is the summary of one or several ( 1-3 ) articles, published or unpublished. It must be summarised (with no additional commentary) by the authors themselves and should not exceed 3000 words. The main purpose is to introduce our readers to papers written by authors around the world, which are relevant to cultural psychiatry.

    Letters to the Editor

    Brief letters (maximum of 500 words, including references; no tables or figures) will be considered if they include the notation "for publication."
    Letters to the Editor concerning local issues or communications about cultural psychiatry will be considered.
    Letters critical of an article published in the WCPRR must be received within 8 weeks of the article's publication. Letters received after the deadline will not be considered for publication; those considered will be sent to the authors for reply. Such letters must include the title and author of the article and the month and year of publication.

    Images in Cultural Psychiatry

    In addition to the regular articles/reviews above mentioned, WCPRR has established a special section devoted to: Images in Cultural Psychiatry. Accordingly, authors can forward to the Editor a visual image they consider to be of particular importance for understanding a specific topic in cultural psychiatry.

    The photo/ picture must be accompanied by a text (maximum 3000 words) including:

    1. a clear and concise description of the image.
    2. the author's subjective reason why the image has a strong impact on him/her and, by inference, on  other scholars of cultural psychiatry
    3. an emic description of the  meanings  embedded in and attributed to the image,  as understood by the population that created the image.
    4. an etic explanation of the  epistemological  value of the image for contemporary western psychiatry.
  4. Authors are requested to send manuscripts by e-mail (including text, tables and figures) typewritten with double-spacing, 70 characters per line, 25 lines to the page (both MAC and WINDOWS Microsoft Word formats are accepted).
    Authors are kindly recommended to download and use the model file wcprr.dot below, editing their manuscripts according to this model.
  5. Manuscripts must be written in concise and correct English. They should be carefully checked for correctness of typing, spelling and grammar before they are submitted.
  6. Manuscripts should be organized and should be arranged in the following order, with each item beginning a new page:
    a) cover letter, b) title page, c) abstract, d) text, e) acknowledgments, f) references, and g) tables and/or figures. All pages must be numbered, starting with title page as page 1.

    Cover Letter

    Cover letters should include statements regarding authorship, disclosure and copyright transfer. Cover letters must include the names of two suggested reviewers and their e-mail addresses.

    Title page

    This should include: (A) title of paper; (B) an abbreviated version of the title not exceeding 40 letters and spaces; (C) name of author(s), including first name(s); authors' first names are preferred over initials. Degrees should be included after each author's name; (D) name of department(s), institution(s), city (ies) and state(s) in which the work was done, including full postal address; (E) a list of 5-10 keywords for indexing purpose. The title should be concise and clear.


    An abstract should state the rationale of the study, the methods, the main findings and the conclusions drawn from the findings. The abstract should be self-explanatory, without reference to the text. Abbreviations may be included, provided that they are defined in the abstract, as well as in the main text.

    Main text

    Original articles should conform to the following organizational plan: introduction, materials and methods, results, and discussion. The introduction should include a brief review of the literature related to the subject of the paper, and a short statement on the aims of the work presented. Materials and methods should be described with sufficient detail to allow other workers to duplicate the study. Previously reported procedures may be referred to by citation, but newly adopted modifications should be specified in detail. Results must be clearly and concisely described, with the help of appropriate illustrative material, as indicated. The discussion should be limited to the reported findings and their implications. Footnotes to the text should be typed and numbered consecutively at the foot of the appropriate page, using a line for separation from the text.


    The number of references should be adequate, but not excessive; to this purpose, the use of appropriate recent reviews is recommended. Each reference should be cited in the text by author's surname and publication year in parenthesis (i.e. Smith, 2001) and listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. Articles in press (accepted for publication), may be cited within the text (i.e. Smith, in press) and included in the bibliography; the name of the journal in which they will appear, and if possible volume and year, should be indicated. References to unpublished materials may be cited in parentheses in the text (i.e. Smith, in press), but not in the bibliography. Abstracts may be cited only when they contain substantial data not published elsewhere. Their nature should be stated in the bibliography by the addition of the term ("Abstract") at the end of the reference.
    References to articles in journals should be listed as follows: authors' names and initials, title of article, name of journal, volume, page numbers and year.
    i.e.: Jilek WG, Jilek-Aall L. The mental health relevance of traditional medicine and shamanism in refugee camps of northern Thailand. Curare, 13: 217-224, 1990
    References to articles or chapters in books should be listed as follows: authors' names and initials, title of article or chapter, name and initials of editor(s), title of book, edition (other than first), city of publication, publisher, year, volume, page numbers.
    i.e.:Prince RH, Okpaku SO, Merkel L. Transcultural psychiatry: a note on origins and definitions. In: Okpaku SO (Ed.), Clinical methods in transcultural psychiatry, Washington DC, American Psychiatric Press, 1998, pp 3-17.
    References to books should be listed as follows; authors' name and initials, title of book, edition (other than first), city of publication, publisher, year, volume.
    i.e Metge J, Kinlock P. Talking past each other. Wellington, Victoria University Press, 1979


    Figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers. Legends should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet.
    The approximate position of each illustration in the text should be indicated by the author.


    Tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbers. Each table must have a concise heading and should be comprehensible without reference to the text. Tabular data should in general not be duplicated in the text or figures. Authors are also requested to indicate the approximate position of each table in the text.

    Abbreviations, symbols and nomenclature

    Abbreviations and symbols should be clearly defined; preferably in the text.

  7. Galley proofs will be sent to the first author, unless otherwise indicated. Proofs should be returned within 1 week of receipt.
  8. All submitted manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and sent out to two referees. Authors are usually notified within 8 weeks about acceptance of their manuscript.

Manuscripts should be submitted to:

Vittorio De Luca (Editor in Chief)
Via Giorgio Baglivi 5, 00161 Roma, Italy