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Information for Authors

Instructions for Authors

1. All works sent to the editors of the Journal of Mood Disorders, including all supplementary material, must abide by the following rules, prepared considering the style and nature of the Journal and the "Uniform Requirements for the Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals "established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, updated in October, 2001 ( Additional editorial information may be found on the World Association of Medical Editors' website at

2. Works must be original and unpublished, written in Spanish or English, and conform to the publication rules of the Journal. The works that satisfy the formal requirements will be submitted to the editorial committee. The Journal reserves the right to make modifications to the original texts.

3. All material must be sent via email and in Microsoft Word files for PC. Authors are required to keep a copy of the paper and of the email sent. The work must be submitted in the following format: page number on the top right corner, beginning with the title page, without headings, double-spaced, in letter size paper, Times New Roman 12-point font, flush-left. Text length is limited depending on the type of paper: Revision of articles, 25 pages max; Research papers, 20 pages max; clinical cases, 10 pages max (including up to 2 tables and 2 figures); and no more than 80 references. Letters to the Editor and brief reports must not exceed the 3 pages, including up to 6 references and 1 table or figure.

4. Front page: the title of the paper must be brief yet informative, and written in both English and Spanish. Authors must be identified by their first name, last name, and the first letter of the maternal last name. Those who would like to include their maternal last name may use a hyphen in between both last names. Identify each institution, department, division, or service associated with each author during the development of the paper, and source(s) of any grant-funded financial support in areas such as research, equipment, medication, or all of them.) All financial support received must be disclosed, stating explicitly whether the organization providing the funding influenced the design of the study, the compiling of data, the analysis or the interpretation of the data, and the preparation, revision or approval of the manuscript.
Separately, indicate the name, mailing address, email address and phone number of the author who will manage the communications related to the manuscript and with the editorial committee.

5. The second page must include a summary in Spanish, no longer than 250 words. The format must be structured as follows: introduction, methodology, results, and conclusions. Do not use non-standardized abbreviations. Authors must propose three to ten key words in both Spanish and English, which must be selected from the list of the Index Medicus ( (Medical Subjects Headings). Authors are advised to provide their own English translation of the title and abstract of the paper.

6. Authors are not required to use an uniform format, although for observation and experimental articles the recommendation is to use sections that have the following headings: introduction, methodology, results, and discussion. When reporting on experiments on human subjects, authors must disclose compliance with the ethical standards of the Helsinki Declaration (1975), updated in 1983. A letter of approval from the Ethical Committee of the institution in which the research took place must also be attached.

7. In research papers, the methodology section must include: the selection of the subject under study: patients or experimentation animals, organs, tissue, cells, and their respective controls. Identify the methodology, instruments or devices, and procedures used, with the adequate precision to allow others observers to reproduce the results. If a well-established, commonly used methodology was employed (even statistical ones), only identify it and cite the corresponding references. When the methodology has been published but is not well known, provide references and include a brief description. If it is a new methodology, or if a established methodology was modified, please describe it with precision, justify their use, and detail their limitations. Identify drugs and chemical compounds used, with their generic name, their dose, and administration protocols. Identify the patients by correlative numbers; do not use their initials or the numbers in their medical records. Always indicate the number of patients or observations, the statistical methodology used, and the mean level previously chosen to evaluate the results.

8. Tables must be shown in separate pages, indicating their approximate corresponding position in the text. They must be identified with Arabian numbers and text in the top border. Number tables in consecutive order, and use descriptive titles that explain their contents without having to refer back to the text of the manuscript (title of the table). Write a short or brief heading over each column. Use horizontal lines to separate column heading and general titles only. Data columns must be separated by spaces, not vertical lines. Use footnotes whenever explanatory notes are required, including them at the bottom of the page. Use footnotes for all non-standard abbreviations. Cite each table consecutively, in order of appearance as referenced in the text.

9. The term "Figure" corresponds to any illustration that is not a table. (e.g. graphs, radiographs, EEG and EMG register, etc.) Graphics must be produced by a professional or using a suitable computer software. Cite each Figure as referenced in the text in order of appearance, in consecutive order. If a Figure reproduces material already published, you must identify the original source and obtain written authorization from the author and the original editor to publish it in your work. Photographs of patients must cover part(s) of their faces in order to protect their identity. Figures that show images (x-ray, histology, etc.) must be submitted as photos, not photocopies. Present Figures' titles and captions in a separate page. Identify and explain every symbol, arrow, number, or letter employed to show any part of an illustration. Disclose amplification and methods of staining used in the reproduction of microscopic preparations.
The publication of Figures in color must be discussed with the Journal; costs will be set by the printers and shall be paid for by the authors.

10. Bibliographic references are limited to works cited in the text, must not exceed 40 entries (except for revision works, in which up to 80 entries can be accepted, as deemed necessary), and must be numbered consecutively in order of appearance in the text. In the text, references for charts and epigraphs at the bottom of illustrations, will be identified with Arabian numbers between parentheses. References cited only in charts or illustrations must be numbered in accordance to the sequence established by their order of appearance in the text.

11. Details about formatting and samples of proper citation form and different types of references can be found in the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" at

Below are some examples of the more frequent citations forms used:

I. Journals

a. Standard article
Format: Author(s), title of the paper, name of the journal according to the abbreviation in the Index Medicus, followed by the year; volume: first and last page with complete numbers. (we have decided to omit the number within the volume). Only the first six authors are listed. If there are more than six authors, the first six must be listed followed by the expression et al. in italics.

Angst J. Bipolarity from ancient to modern times: conception, birth and rebirth. J Affect Disord 2001; 67: 3-19

Akiskal HS, Hantouche EG, Allilaire JF, Sechter D, Bourgeois ML, Azorin JM, et al. Validating antidepressant-associated hypomania (bipolar III): a systematic comparison with spontaneous hypomania (bipolar II). J Affect Disord 2003; 73: 65-74.

b. Organization as author
The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing. Safety and performance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 164: 282-284

c. Volume with supplement
Diekstra REW. Suicide and the attempted suicide: An international perspective. Acta Psychiatr Scand 1989;40 Supl 354: 1-24

d. Number of pages with Roman numerals
Fisher GA, Sikic BI. Drug resistance in clinical oncology and hematology. Introduction. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 1995; 9:xi-xii.

II. Books and monographs

Format: authors, title of the book, city in which it was published, publishing house and year. Punctuation must be limited to the use of commas to separate authors among themselves.

a. Author(s) of the complete paper
Kraepelin E. manic-Depressive Insanity and Paranoia. Edinburgh: Thoemmes Press, 2002

b. Editor(s) as authors.
Yatham N, Kusumakar V, Kutcher S, editors. Bipolar Disorder. A Clinician’s Guide to Biological Treatments. New York: Brunner-Routledge, 2002
Gasto C. Historia. In: Vieta E, Gasto C, editores. Trastornos bipolares. Barcelona: Springer-Verlag Ibérica, 1997

c. Book Chapter
Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press, 1995

III. Other sources

a. Audiovisual material
HIV+/AIDS: the facts and the future [videocassette]. St. Louis (MO): Mosby-Year Book; 1995

b. Electronic material
Online Journal
Tsui PT, Kwok ML, Yuen H, Lai ST. Severe acute respiratory syndrome: clinical outcome and prognostic correlates. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 2003 Sept [date cited]. Available at:

Document at the website of an organization

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Updated October 2001. Available at: Access verified on February 12, 2005

12. Express your appreciation only to people and institutions who made significant contributions to your work.

13. Requirement guidelines for manuscripts, copyright responsibility notice, and transfer of copyrights.

Conflict of interests: There is no conflict of interest in this manuscript. Should conflict of interest exist, this will be disclosed in the document and/or explained in the title page, in the part of identification of funding sources.
The authors certify that the above-mentioned article is an original paper, and has not been published, except as an abstract. Once the paper is accepted by the Journal of Mood Disorders, the author's rights will be transferred to the latter. Likewise, the authors certify that the paper has not been sent simultaneously to other journals for publication. The authors agree, depending on the case, that this article be published in electronic media as the Editors of the Journal of Mood Disorders deems convenient.

The authors acknowledge that the order of their names in these manuscripts is their decision, and reflects the input of each of them in the preparation of this work.