Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Translational Developmental Psychiatry is a peer reviewed open access journal providing a platform for the exchange of high-quality scientific knowledge and research findings among professionals in the field of developmental psychiatry. The Journal publishes innovative original research articles, reviews, hypothesis papers, case reports and letters to the editor covering translational aspects of neuropsychiatric disorders in different developmental epochs: infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Each developmental stage is headed by a specialist Section editor working closely together with the Chief Editor to select the best articles for publication.

The term “translational” means that for research results to be published in the Journal they not only need to be relevant to human psychopathology and patient care but also to have the potential to be “translated” into new clinical and scientific knowledge and hence potentially new diagnostic approaches and treatment modalities. Animal research related to mental health as well as studies in adults are of interest as long as a developmental and, above all, a translational perspective is given. The Journal also welcomes research papers showing negative findings as such results are of equal importance when compared with positive results and also advance the knowledge in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Using an open access publication model, Translational Developmental Psychiatry aims to make innovative research widely, rapidly, and freely available to the psychiatry and neuroscientific community and beyond, in particular to researchers from countries without the funds required for costly journal subscriptions.

Social media component:
Upon acceptance of an article, the authors are asked (but not obliged) to give a short video (or audio) presentation of their work comparable to a short poster presentation at a scientific meeting. By means of this short presentation, authors are able to better capture the interest of readers browsing through the journal’s content on the internet.

Indexing:
Translational Developmental Psychiatry is indexed/tracked/covered by DOAJ. Since Translational Developmental Psychiatry is a new journal (launched in 2013) The Publisher is currently dedicated to having it indexed/tracked/covered by a number of relevant databases, including PubMed Central/PubMed, MEDLINE and Scopus, and also to work toward an impact factor. Once the journal has been accepted for inclusion in the various databases, and an impact factor obtained, all articles – i.e. as from volume 1, 2013 – will be included.

Material in Translational Developmental Psychiatry will also be distributed by EBSCO, one of the world's largest content aggregators and research database providers, which helps link the content in the Journal into the research literature.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Original Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

PhD Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Hypotheses

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Videotaped lectures - Lectures (versal)

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Abstracts/Conference proceedings

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical perspectives/Mini-Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical Perspectives

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Conference proceedings - Proceedings (versal)

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Clinical perspectives - Perspectives (versal)

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Study protocols

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Translational research and education methods

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Translational Developmental Psychiatry are subject to rigorous peer review.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Chief Editor. Articles that are felt to be appropriate for full review are then assigned to a Section Editor who carries through the entire peer review process up to acceptance or rejection of the paper. All papers are reviewed by at least two independent referees.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail.

Translational Developmental Psychiatry has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity. Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round
4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Chief Editor if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles published in Translational Developmental Psychiatry are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e. after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published regularly, only in volumes per year, but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Translational Developmental Psychiatry is published  Open Access under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. Authors retain the full copyright to their work. For more information see the copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

Translational Developmental Psychiatry is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.translationaldevelopmentalpsychiatry.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:

http://www.translationaldevelopmentalpsychiatry.net/index.php/tdp/oai


 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).