Psycom Pro Editorial Guidelines

Psycom Pro – a psychiatry and mental health resource, for clinicians and by clinicians – welcomes unsolicited article proposals. As a digital publication, articles are reviewed and accepted for publication on an ongoing basis.

Our audience consists of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, internal medicine and family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, neurologists, adolescent medicine specialists, addiction specialists, and more. More About Us.

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Our Standards

Articles featured in Psycom Pro are generated by medical professionals and medical writers. All editorial content must be:

  • Current: Presents up-to-date information, including the latest research, news, and recent developments in the field
  • Objective: Presents a balanced view of an issue, when one or more alternative views exist. Authors’ financial disclosures and any potential conflicts of interest must be reported and are published in connection with relevant articles and/or author bio pages.
  • Original: All submitted manuscripts must be original material that has not been submitted to another publication. Any prior publication of the material, such as components of symposia, poster abstracts, proceedings, books or chapters, articles published by invitation or reports, should be indicated upon submission.
  • Relevant: Submissions must present clinically relevant information for the practitioner working to diagnose or treat psychiatric and mental health disorders.
  • Scientifically Rigorous: All data and assertions presented must include primary sources as well as any relevant figures or tables.
  • Trustworthy: Core submissions such as case reports and novel methods are typically reviewed by one or more Editorial Advisory Board members and/or medical professionals for accuracy.

Editorial Content Submissions

Submissions to Psycom Pro are reviewed throughout the year on an ongoing basis. Lead-time between submission and publication is typically 1 to 3 months.

Psycom Pro authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of references (AMA style) as well as obtaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted materials, including repurposed images and figures. Copies of the correspondence granting permission should be included in the submission.

Lead authors will be asked to sign a Permission to Publish form and to denote any disclosures prior to publication.

Types of articles published by Psycom Pro:

  • Case Reports: Clinical vignettes, scripted provider-patient conversations, and case-based presentations may be based on a compilation of retrospective and/or hypothetical clinical situations. Details should be altered so that people and places cannot be easily identifiable. Submissions of 1800-2600 words, including citations, may include sections on: Patient History/Presentation, Examination/Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment Approach, Pre- and Post-Treatment Outcomes, and Discussion.
  • Reviews: Novel insights and deep-dives into specific or comorbid psychiatric disorders and treatment approaches (both pharmacological and/or behavioral). 1800-2600 words, including citations.
  • Literature Reviews: Reviews and expert commentary on recently published peer-reviewed articles and studies addressing overarching conditions, treatments, or guidelines affecting psychiatric practice.
  • Columns & Commentaries: Psycom Pro seeks submissions throughout the year for its regular columns (approximately 1200-1600 words), including:
    • Psychopharmacology FAQs: This Q&A format invites a medical expert to address a common question facing prescribers.
    • Tips from the Field: These mini primers offer clinician-to-clinician advice and examples for operating a daily practice, maintaining work/life balance, and/or engaging in a common patient scenario.
    • Guest Editorials & Commentaries: These opinion-based pieces address current topics facing the psychiatric and mental health care industry.
    • Considerations in Law & Ethics: Legal and ethical insights into and advice for daily clinical practice, including guideline updates, case reviews, and their practical implications.
    • Practice Essentials: 100-200 word recommendations of what gets you through the practice day, such as a book, podcast, meditation ritual, music, or mobile app. Submit your practice essential idea, with your name and affiliation, to

You can also submit Practice Essential tips and Psy-Q Trivia suggestions

Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions must be submitted in Microsoft Word via email to the Editor Angie Drakulich
  • Submissions must include the authors’ name, title/affiliation, email, telephone number, preferred address, and a brief bio for each author.
  • Citations must be reported in AMA style, with no more than 40 references per paper. References older than 10  years ago should be used minimally and only if no current research on the same subject exists.
  • Images, figures, and tables must be submitted with captions in high resolution as an EPS, TIFF, JPEG, or PDF. All graphics must be cited within the manuscript.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff and/or advisory board before being accepted for publication.
  • Authors whose papers are accepted will be required to sign our standard copyright and disclosure forms before publication.
  • Authors submitting case reports, systematic reviews/meta-analyses, or original study data are responsible for meeting the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations and HIPAA privacy guidelines.  When applicable, editors may request documentation of IRB approval or waiver.

Policies & Standards

  • Content Limitations: The content on the site is for educational purposes only. The site does not present medical advice and should never interfere with the patient and physician relationship. Visitors should consult with their physician on all matters pertaining to their medical condition.
  • Content Privacy: Extensive efforts are made to ensure that content on the site protects patient privacy. For example, if an x-ray is shown on the site, all items that might serve to identify the patient are removed prior to presentation. You can read the full Privacy Policy.
  • Content and FDA Labeling Limitations: Psycom Pro does not endorse, promote, or encourage the use of medical devices or medications in a manner that has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Appearance of an advertisement on a specific page does not indicate that Psycom Pro or the advertiser is promoting the use of a product for a non-approved use.
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Last Updated: Jun 16, 2021