How to prepare a manuscript for submission

Please save the manuscript under the following filename:


gjp-article-yourname-Original.docx (or doc)


Please format the manuscript according to the following rules. Experienced Word users may use a formatting template (DOWNLOAD)






Dagobert W. McScrooge1, Daisy J. Duck2, and Donald R. Duck2 ; NO TITLES like M.D. etc.; please give full first name and NOT ONLY INITIALS


Please provide SHORT TITLE which will be displayed over every page


1Department of Parapsychology and Neuro-Imaging, Entenhausen School of Medicine 2Department of Duck Psychoanalysis, Entenhausen, C.A.


Corresponding author: Daisy J. Duck, M.D., Ph.D. (full title), Department of Parapsychology and Neuroimaging, Entenhausen School of Medicine, 5th Ave., Entenhausen, C.A..,





Abstracts should be structured: Background: .... Objective: .... Method: ... Results: .... Conclusions: …


Key Words: ducks, geese  (Please use keywords from Index medicus)


Acknowledgements/Financial Disclosure for every author: e.g. „The study was supported by a grant of Walt Disney Industries, Entenhausen“


Received: 8.7.2011(Insert day of submission)

Revised version: 8.6.2011 (Insert day of resubmission, if applicable)

Published: (Leave blank)



Introduction (H1) (Do NOT type headings in all capital letters)


PLEASE use the typing correction and hyphenating function of your word processor. Press F7 (Word for Windows). Set language to English USA). DON'T use indentions in the first line of a paragraph. DO NOT insert blank lines after paragraphs or headlines. AVOID italics and bold fonts in the text.

Generic drug names should NOT be capitalized (e.g. haloperidol).


Methods (H1)

Methods should be described using full sentences.


Subjects (H2)

Please use the newest version of DSM or ICD to describe the diagnoses of the patients.



Statistical Analysis (H2)


Always give name of the test (e.g., t test), statistic (e.g., t=2.96), degrees of freedom (e.g., df=1), and p value (e.g., p=0.043 or p<0.0001).


Results (H1)

Results given in tables should not be repeated in the text.Don't forget REFERENCES to the tables in the text, e.g. (Table 1).



TABLES: PLEASE use all table functions provided by your word processor. Every number must have a SEPARATE CELL within the table. DO NOT USE BLANK SPACES TO PRODUCE TABLES. PLEASE USE THE TABULATOR!

Use Roman numbers for numbering of the tables („Table 1.“) Table Caption: Capitalized; Arial Bold 9. Place Caption ABOVE Figure. Explain ALL Abbrevations in the Table Caption. DON'T FORGET: Statistical Tests, Degrees of Freedom, Statistic (e.g. t, Chi2, F...), and Probability Values must be given in the table or in the table caption, e.g. HAMA = Hamilton Anxiety Scale; SD = Standard Deviation. Use only horizontal black lines over and under the table and under the main header.


Table 1. The table caption should be included in the table frame. Font: Arial 9. Explain Abbrevations: HAMA, Hamilton Anxiety Scale

Arial Bold 9

Column Headers: Capital
Letters, Bold

Mean Age (SD)


HAMA (Range)



Centered, right or decimal tabulator
32.3 (10.2)

Centered, right or decimal tabulator
38 (20-40)*


31.4 (9.8)

10 (2-18)

*p < 0.001 (remarks below the table should be integrated in the table frame)



Figure 1: Arial Narrow 9 Bold. Explain Abbrevations in the Figure Caption. Place Caption ABOVE Figure



If the figures are part of the Word file, just position them within the *.doc file. If figures were made using other programs than Word or Excel, save them in a separate file, preferably in the *.jpg format. Use the following file names:







References (H1)

Authors' names should appear in the text, e.g., (Miller et al., 1998). DON'T USE NUMBERS. References MUST be sorted alphabetically. Every reference is 1 paragraph. Do NOT insert blank lines after each reference. 


References MUST BE according to the style of the German Journal of Psychiatry. Accuracy of citation is the author's responsibility. Citations appear parenthetically in the text and must be listed in alphabetical, not in numbered order. In-text-citations should be as follows:


“... was reported (Kraepelin 1897).”

or : “Kraepelin et al. (1897) reported ...”.

In the case of 2 authors, use the “&” sign: (Miller & Stevens, 2008).

In the case of 3 and more authors, use “et al.”: “(Miller et al., 2005)” Don’t forget the dot and comma behind “et al.,”


References should be listed in ALPHABETICAL ORDER at the end of the article as follows:   


Neumann AE, Neumann BB, Neumann C. Lithium: an overview. J Irreproducible Results 1996;1:34-37

Brausepulver B. Psychiatry today. La Paz: Psychiatric Press 1991

Reinhardt DJ. Jazz therapy. In: Armstrong L, Holliday B (eds) Music therapy for psychiatric disorders. London: Acapella Press; 1991:20-40



Please check the punctuation:

There should be a blank after, but not before a full stop, a comma, a colon, a semicolon or the second bracket.

There should be a blank before, but not after the first bracket.

Use the ± sign instead of +/-

No double blanks between words.