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Information for Authors & Reviewers

Authors

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS ON PREPARING MANUSCRIPTS
CLICK HERE for a detailed overview of manuscript preparation, including general policies, disclosure of competing interests, the review process, types of manuscripts published, and guidelines for preparing tables and figures.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION
Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail attachment to kmoeller@psych.org. Please indicate that the attachment is a manuscript intended for publication in FOCUS. For manuscripts submitted by regular mail, three copies of the manuscript and a computer disk containing the manuscript should be submitted to Deborah J. Hales, M.D., Co-Editor, FOCUS: Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry, 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825, Arlington, Va. 22209-3901; (703) 907-7300. A notation on the disk should specify the file name, word processing software, and the type of computer used. Papers should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating that the paper is intended for publication.

AUTHORSHIP, DISCLOSURE, AND COPYRIGHT TRANSFER
Review the FOCUS Guidelines for Authors on Preparing Manuscripts for details on authorship, disclosure, and copyright transfer.

PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY
Broad access to the research literature and the rights of our authors are important to American Psychiatric Publishing (APP), the publisher of FOCUS. Read our public access policy for guidelines on deposit mandates for research funded by NIH and others and institutional repositories.

AUTHOR REPRINTS
No author reprints are furnished gratis. A reprint order form will be sent to the corresponding author before publication of the article. Reprints are mailed to the corresponding author approximately 6 weeks after the article has been published. Articles can be downloaded by subscribers from the journal website at focus.psychiatryonline.org.

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Reviewers

BECOMING A REVIEWER
Individuals interested in reviewing for FOCUS should contact the Editorial Office.

Abstracts of articles within a reviewer’s given area of expertise are sent via e-mail to the reviewer. Reviewers are asked to complete the review within three weeks.

COMPETING INTERESTS
Most competing interests, financial or otherwise, do not disqualify a reviewer from participating in the peer review process, but the journal requests that reviewers indicate any conflict they may have in reviewing a particular manuscript. Reviewers who have a competing interest can decline to review and inform the Editorial Office. Reviewer status is not affected in any way.

CONFIDENTIALITY
FOCUS uses a double-blind review. In submitting their manuscripts for review, authors entrust the journal with the results of their scientific work and creative effort, on which their reputation and career may depend. Authors’ rights may be violated by disclosure of the confidential details of the review of their manuscript. Reviewers should never copy, share, or discuss a manuscript under review or the data reported in it with anyone without written permission of the journal’s Editor and the authors.

CME Opportunities
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