Psychiatry today

About the journal

“Psihijatrija danas” (Psychiatry Today) is an official journal of the Serbian Psychiatric Association. It is published twice a year. From 1969 to 1975 it was published under the name “Anali Zavoda za mentalno zdravlјe” (Annals of the Institute of Mental Health) (26 published issues).
It is indexed in the following databases:
• PsychoInfo
• Psychological Abstracts
• Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory
• SCIndeks



Prof. Dr Dušica Lečić-Toševski
Assistant Editors
Assoc. Prof. Milica Pejović Milovančević , MD, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Olivera Vuković, MD, PhD
Čedo D. Milјević, MD, clinical assistant
Bojana Pejušković, MD, clinical assistant
Maja Milosavlјević, MD
Editorial Board
S. Akhtar (Philadelphia)
J. Aleksandrowicz (Krakow)
M. Antonijević (Belgrade)
S. Bojanin (Belgrade)
M. Botbol (Paris)
S. Branković (Belgrade)
J. Bukelić (Belgrade)
G. N. Christodoulou (Athens)
R. Cloninger (St. Louis)
M. Divac Jovanović (Belgrade)
S. Đukić Dejanović (Kragujevac)
G. Grbeša (Niš)
V. Išpanović Radojković (Belgrade)
V. Jerotić (Belgrade)
M. Jašović Gašić (Belgrade)
A. Knežević (Novi Sad)
V. S. Kostić (Belgrade)
Z. Lopičić (Belgrade)
Ž. Martinović (Belgrade)
M. Munjiza (Belgrade)
J. E. Mezzich (New York)
M. Pejović (Belgrade)
D. Petrović (Belgrade)
M. Pines (London)
S. Priebe (London)s thereof
M. Preradović (Belgrade)
M. Riba (Ann Arbor)
G. Rudolf (Heidelberg)
N. Sartorius (Geneva)
V. Starčević (New Castle)
N. Tadić (Belgrade)
I. Timotijević (Belgrade)
S. Varvin (Oslo)
M. Vincent (Paris)
V. Šušić (Belgrade)
D. Švrakić (St. Louis)


Instructions for contributing authors

PSIHIJATRIJA DANAS is an official journal of the Serbian Psychiatric Association that publishes papers in psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines. The journal is published twice a year, and as needed publishes thematic issues and contributions within the regular volumes. The journal Psihijatrija danas is freely accessible. Papers may be submitted in the Serbian or English languages, but the abstracts have to be written in both Serbian and English.
The journal publishes original, previously unpublished papers: review papers and research studies, case reports, book reviews and letters to the editor.

Review papers should be written by a single author, unless the other is not a psychiatrist. They should include own, previously published results and should not exceed 7500 words.

Research papers have to be based on study protocol and include statistical analysis of the findings. They should not exceed 3000 words.

Case reports should cover interesting cases and descriptions thereof when new diagnostic and treatment methods are applied. They should not exceed 1500 words.

General papers present positions on psychiatric theory and practice, psychiatric services, borderline areas of psychiatry and other disciplines, etc. They should not exceed 2000 words.

Special papers cover areas of special interest and are usually written as invited contributions.

Book reports contain critical reviews of selected books.

Letters to the Editor– short letters (up to 400 words) may contain comments or critical review of papers published in Psihijatrija danas, comments on relevant psychiatric issues, preliminary research reports, suggestions for the Editorial Board, etc.
Editorial duties. The Psihijatrija danas Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision on which papers will be published. In the decision making process the Editor-in-Chief is led by the editorial policy abiding by the legal regulations governing libel, breach of copyrights and plagiarism. The Editor should not have any conflict of interest relating to the submitted papers. If there is such conflict of interest, the Editorial Board shall decide on the appointment of reviewers and fate of the manuscript. If identity of the author and/or reviewers remains unknown to the other party, the Editor shall guarantee such anonymity. The Editor should judge the manuscript on the basis of its content, without any racial, gender-based, religious, ethnic or political prejudices. The Editor should not use unpublished material from the submitted manuscripts for his/her own research without written approval of the author.
Author’s duties. Authors shall be fully accountable for the content of the submitted manuscripts, as well as validity of experimental results, and have to submit authorization for data publishing by all parties involved in the study. Authors who want to include figures or parts of text that have already been published elsewhere should obtain previous approval of the copyright holders and submit the proof of such approval with the submitted manuscript. Any material without such proof shall be treated as an original contribution of the author. Authors are also required to guarantee that the manuscript does not contain any unsubstantiated or illegal claims and does not violate rights of others.
Authors are required to abide by ethical standards relating to scientific research; therefore contributions must not include any plagiarism. Plagiarism , implies taking somebody else’s ideas, words or other forms of creative expression and passing them as one’s own. It represents major violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also include violation of copyrights, which is punishable under the law. Manuscripts with clear indications of plagiarism will be rejected by default. If it is established that a paper published in Psihijatrija danas is a case of plagiarism, the author will be required to send a written apology to the authors of the original paper.

In case authors discover an important error in their manuscript after it has been published, they are required to notify the editor or publisher accordingly without delay, and cooperate with them in order to retract the paper or correct the errors.
Cover letter/file
• In the cover letter the author is required to confirm that the study has not been published previously and that the submitted paper is not submitted for review for publishing anywhere else. Copies of all required authorizations should be enclosed: for reprint of already published material, use of illustrations and information on public figures or acknowledgments to people who contributed to the study.

Authorship. Authorized manuscript accepted for publication should be accompanied with a certificate of authorship. Each author should have participates in drafting of the manuscript sufficiently to be able to take over responsibility for the whole text and results presented. The authorship shall be based only on substantial contribution to the study concept, obtaining the results or analysis and interpretation of results, manuscript planning or its critical review of major intellectual importance, final drafting of the manuscript version prepared for publishing. Authors should submit description of contribution of each individual co-author. All others who contributed, but not to the authorship level, should be named in the Acknowledgment with description of their specific contribution, and their permission to include the name should be obtained.

Plagirism includes the following:
• Literal or almost literal taking or intentional paraphrasing (in order to cover up the plagiarism) parts of text of other authors without clearly quoting the source or marking the copied fragments (e.g. by using the inverted comas);
• Copies of equations, figures or tables from papers by other authors without proper quoting the source and/or author’s permission or approval of the copyright owner to use them.
Statement of conflict of interest. Any manuscript should be accompanied with a signed statement in which the authors disclose any possible conflict of interest or the absence thereof – e.g. Financial gain, personal relations, political or religious beliefs, etc.. (“Conflict of Interest Policy Statement” on the website of the World Association of Medical Editors – WAME,
Ethics. In papers reporting on human studies it should be highlighted that the procedure was conducted in compliance with ethical standards of the Committee on Human Studies or Helsinki Declaration. Approval of the competent ethics committee is mandatory. Names, initials or hospital file numbers should not be mentioned, particularly if the material is illustrated. Examples of ethics related statements:
• All conducted procedures in the studies involving human subjects were fully complaint with institutional and/or ethical standards of the national research board and with provisions of 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its subsequent amendments or similar ethical standards. / Statement of Human Wellbeing
• Formal consent is not required for this type of studies. / Retrospective studies
• This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors. /Statement if the paper does not involve human or animal subjects.


All submitted papers (except for editorials and invited contributions) shall be accepted for publishing after double anonymous expert review. Selection of reviewers is a discretionary right of the editor. Reviewers have to be competent in the subject matter of the manuscript. A reviewer should not have any conflict of interest with authors or sponsors of the study. If there is a conflict of interest, the reviewer is required to notify the editor accordingly without delay. A reviewer that finds him/herself incompetent for the subject matter of the paper is required to notify the editor accordingly without delay. Any review has to be unbiased. Comments relating to authors’ personality are deemed inappropriate. Reviewer’s opinion has to be clearly formulated and substantiated by argumentation. Reviewers shall not be paid for their service.

A review has to be submitted 30 days after receipt of the manuscript at the latest. Reviewer’s comments and objections are forwarded to the author for correction.

After the author has corrected the manuscript the paper is re-submitted to reviewers in case of major correction, and after approval of the reviewer the final Proof is sent. At this stage (Proof) only the typos and other minor errors may be corrected. Any corrections have to be made within 2 days; otherwise, it shall be deemed that the author has no objections.

Manuscripts sent to reviewers shall be treated as confidential documents.

During the whole process, reviewers shall be independent of each other. A reviewer shall not know the name of the other reviewer of the same manuscript. If the opinions of reviewers differ (accept/reject), the editor-in-chief may ask for opinion of other reviewers.

The Editorial Board is obliged to provide solid control of the quality of review. In case authors have substantiated objections to the review, the Editorial Board shall check whether the review was objective / unbiased and whether it met academic standards. If objectivity or quality of review are questionable, the editor shall ask for opinion of other reviewers.

Retraction of already published papers. Published papers will be accessible as long as possible in the format in which they were published, without any changes whatsoever. It may occasionally be required to retract a published paper (e.g. correction of error in order to preserve scientific integrity, in case of violation of publisher’s rights, rights of copyright holders, or authors themselves; in case of violation of ethical codes, i.e. in case the same manuscript was submitted to several journals at the same time, false statement of authorship, plagiarism, data manipulation aimed at cheating, and the like). In some cases, a paper may be retracted to correct subsequently identified errors in the manuscript or published paper.
Standards for overcoming the situations when a paper has to be retracted are defined by libraries and scientific bodies, and the same principle are adopted by the journal Psihijatrija danas: in e-version of the original paper (the one to be retracted) an HTML link is established with pertinent information on retraction. The retracted paper is kept in the original format, but with water mark RETRACTED on the pdf. document at each page.

Open access
Psihijatrija danas is accessible openly. Papers published in the journal can be downloaded free of charge from the website or and may be distributed for educational and non-commercial purposes.

Authors will not be paid for the publication of their papers, and the copyright is transferred to the publisher. In case a manuscript is not accepted for publishing the authors keep all their rights. The manuscripts and appendices will not be returned. Approval of the publisher is required for any reproduction or re-publishing of any segment of a paper published in Psihijatrija danas.

Submitting a manuscript

Any manuscript and all annexes thereto should be sent to the following e-mail address:

Upon receipt, all manuscripts undergo preliminary checks in the office to see whether they fulfill the basic criteria and standards. Besides, plagiarism of the whole manuscript or parts thereof will also be checked. The authors will receive an acknowledgment of receipt of their manuscript by e-mail. Only manuscripts fulfilling the instructions will be forwarded for review. Conversely, the manuscript will be returned to authors with comments and objections.

Manuscript preparation


The following rights to the manuscript are transferred to the publisher, including any additional material and all parts, excerpts or elements of the manuscripr (The publisher may, but does not have to, take all of the rights listed below.):
• Right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript in the printed format, including the reprints on request;
• Right to print galleyproof and reprints of special editions of the manuscript;
• Right to translate the manuscript into other languages;
• Right to reproduce the manuscript using photomechanical and other devices, including without limitation photocopies, and right to distribute the photocopies;
• Right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript electronically or optically using all data carriers or storage media, and in particular in machine readable/digitalized format on electronic data carriers such as hard disk, CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), mini disk, data tapes, and the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript from these data carriers;
• Right to store the manuscript in the databases, including on-line databases, and the right to transfer the manuscript in all technical systems and modes;
• Right to make the manuscript accessible to public or to closed groups of users on the basis of individual requests for use on a monitor or other readers (including e-book readers) and printed format for users, either via the Internet, on-line service or internal or external networks.

In manuscript preparation, instructions for authors ICMJE Uniform Requirements (Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals) should be followed.

Use text processing for the manuscript (Word for Windows), font Times New Roman 12 pt, Latin alphabet, double spacing, left alignment and 1 cm paragraph indentation, without hyphenation and without the use of tabs. Use the Symbol font for symbols and special marks.

The paper should be printed on one side of an A4 paper with a 3.5 cm margin. All pages should be paginated, including the cover. The printed text should be accompanied with e-version in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx or rtf (disk CD Windows compatible containing only the file to be printed, or sent by e-mail). The printed copy should correspond to the e-version. Quite frequently, tables, graphs and figures have to be made again, so that their printed version is required, as well.

The cover page should spell out the paper title (no more than 12 words), first names and surnames of authors, their academic titles and affiliating institutions, as well as particulars of the corresponding author (first name, surname, address, phone # and e-mail).

Abstract (up to 300 words) should be provided on page 2, separately. The Abstract should contain the main facts from the paper as well as 3-6 key words. In the selection of key words, refer to Medical Subject Headings – MeSH ( No references should be included in the Abstract. The Abstract and keywords should be submitted in both Serbian and English.

The text should be divided into parts (e.g. for research papers: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion). Results presented in the tables should not be repeated in detail.

Footnotes are not allowed in articles.

Tables, graphs, and figures should be submitted on separate pages (in a separate file) with pertinent title, number (e.g. Table 1) and their place in the text should be marked. Avoid vertical and horizontal lines in the tables. Figures, drawings and other illustrations should be of good quality in one of the following formats: TIFF, JPEG, EPS.

Abbreviations should be used only when absolutely necessary. Specify the full wording first time it is mentioned in the text. Abbreviations used in tables and graphs should be explained in the legend.

Acknowledgment: All other persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in this manuscript (e.g., technical assistance, writing assistance, etc.) but who do not fulfill the authorship criteria should be named. Financial and other assistance should also be acknowledged (sponsorship, grants, research projects, equipment, medicines, etc

References: The list should include only the publications quoted in the text. References are numbered consecutively in the order they are first used in the text and identified with a number in square brackets. (Vancouver style –, e.g. Kernberg [1] claims that…

Journal titles should be shortened according to the Index Medicus (the list of journals can be found at

Abbreviations should not be used for journals not listed in the Index Medicus. A dot should be placed after a journal’s name. Pages are cited by specifying the first page and the last page, which specified without the repeated numbers (e.g. from page 274 to page 278 is cited as 274-8).

For papers with up to six authors, names of all authors should be given. For papers with more than six authors, only the first six should be named, after which “et al.” should follow.

1) An article in a journal: Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
2) A book chapter: Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93-113.
3) A bBook: Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
4) A dissertation: Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.
5) Unpublished material (in press): Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Forthcoming 2002.
6) An article from e-journal: Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 1 p.]. Available from:


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