New Psychiatry

An international multilingual journal

Independent-minded, scientifically sound, beyond the conventional wisdom


New Psychiatry Journal




New ideas often are rejected in scientific journals, especially in psychiatry, while mediocre articles that support mainstream views are published easily. New Psychiatry is a journal for new ideas, as long as they are conceptually defensible and scientifically supportable.

The journal is supported by the University of Chile allowing it to be open access for readers and for authors, without any fees. Further, peer review will be open, unlike almost all scientific journals, making the review process much more fair than is the case with most scientific journals. The journal seeks to reach clinicians, not just academics especially in non-English speaking countries, especially Latin America and Central and Southern Europe.  Hence it will be multilingual, soliciting articles in the major European languages as well as other languages in the future.  Artificial intelligence technology will be used to translate articles into English, if not originally written in that language.  



Publisher: ScienceOpen, Germany




Founder and Co-editor: S. Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH, Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts USA

Co-editor: Paul A. Vohringer MD MPH, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile


Editorial Board

Andrea Amerio MD, Univeristy of Genoa, Italy

Rodrigo Nel Cordoba Rojas MD, Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia

Federico Daray MD, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sivan Mauer MD, Universidad de Parana, Curitiba, Brazil

Luis Risco MD, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Seyed Mehdi Samimi Ardestani MD, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Gabriele Sani MD, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy

Gustavo Vasquez MD,  Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada





Call for Papers:


We encourage contributions that challenge the conventional wisdom in current psychiatry, such as the simplistic acceptance of the DSM/ICD system of diagnosis, the use of medications for symptoms without attention to the medical model of disease, inattention to the psychopathology tradition, and limited knowledge of the history of psychiatry.  We encourage conceptual or philosophical analysis of the assumptions of contemporary psychiatry, as well as its critics. We also solicit work in fields that are poorly appreciated among mental health clinicians, such as exisential approaches to psychiatry. 



Instructions for Authors:


Manuscript guidelines


The manuscript should include: Title page (title, authors, affiliations, contact, abstract, keywords (up to 10), conflict of interest statement); Main text (introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, figures with captions, tables with captions) Acknowledgments (Funder), References.

There are no word limits for submissions, but manuscripts should be concise and well-written.


Manuscripts may be written in any standard program including Word and LaTeX. Authors will upload a pdf for peer review. Upon submission of revised manuscripts authors will also be requested to submit a pdf version with tracked changes. Only after final acceptance of a manuscript will the author be requested to submit Word or LaTeX files for typesetting.

There are no strict formatting requirements, but all manuscripts should follow the basic structure for reporting scientific research above.

References should be in JAMA (American Medical Association) style. It is essential to include full author(s) name(s), journal or book title, article or chapter title, year of publication, volume and issue. DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) for each reference should be added wherever possible. They are not mandatory but strongly encouraged. Bibliography management tools such as EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, Reference Manager are recommended.

Tables should be black and white/greyscale only and formatted as simply as possible for best accessibility. See some guidelines here:

Images should be submitted in high resolution for the typesetter after final acceptance of the manuscript.

Alt Text

To support the visually impaired, this journal includes Alt Text (alternative text), a short piece of text tagged to your figure to describe for readers contents of the image. This text can be used by screen readers to make the object accessible to people that cannot read or see the object.  Add Alt Text using Microsoft Word tools or as a separate figure caption. Further information on Alt Text for images can be found here: .

Peer review 

To encourage new ideas with fair publication, peer review will be open access, meaning peer reviewers will be identified and their reviews will be publicly accessible. In this manner, new ideas will not be quashed by the anonymous opinions of academic peer reviewers without any public awareness.  High scientific standards still will be maintained: sufficient scientific evidence or rationale will be required for papers, and conceptual soundness and rigor will be needed.  One-sided papers that ignore alternative viewpoints, or are based on demonstrably false or misleading factual premises, will not be published. Open peer reviews will provide rationales for such non-publication.



Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing


This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Users are allowed to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially), as long as the authors and the publisher are explicitly identified and properly acknowledged as the original source.



Ethics policy


All material presented must be acquired according to ethical standards and approved by legally appropriate ethical committee(s).

We encourage authors to be aware of standardised reporting guidelines when preparing their manuscripts:

  • Case reports - CARE
  • Diagnostic accuracy - STARD
  • Observational studies - STROBE
  • Randomized controlled trial - CONSORT
  • Systematic reviews, meta-analyses - PRISMA
  • Animal research / In vivo experiments - ARRIVE

In all cases of publication ethics the journal will refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines:

Reporting research that involves human subjects or data requires a declaration that the investigations were carried out following the rules of the Declaration of Helsinki ( Approval from the institutional review board (IRB) or other appropriate ethics committee must be obtained before undertaking the research to confirm the study meets national and international guidelines. A statement including the project identification code, date of approval, and name of the ethics committee or institutional review board must be included as ‘Institutional Review Board Statement’ article. For example: "All subjects gave their informed consent for inclusion before they participated in the study. The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, and the protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of XXX (Project identification code)." The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

Reporting research that involves animals required a statement that authors have the relevant approval for their study from an appropriate ethics committee and/or regulatory body before the work starts. The ethical statement provides editors, reviewers and readers with assurance that studies have received this ethical oversight. Authors are responsible for complying with regulations and guidelines relating to the use of animals for scientific purposes. Authors should ensure that they follow the ARRIVE guidelines for reporting animal research.

The manuscript should follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and aim for the inclusion of representative human populations (sex, age and ethnicity) according to those recommendations. The terms sex and gender should be used correctly. Additionally, when studies describe groups by race, ethnicity, gender, disability, disease, etc., explanation regarding why such categorization was needed should be clearly stated in the article.



Data policy


By publishing in the journal authors are required to make research data available to editors and reviewers, and to readers upon request. For some research data, deposition in repositories is required and this is encouraged for all research data. For some papers, the decision to publish will be affected by whether or not authors share their research data.


  • Data sharing via repositories for some research data
  • Data availability statements
  • Data sharing on request

Optional / Encouraged

  • Data citation
  • Data sharing via repositories for all research data
  • Prepare and share Data Management Plans



Definition of research data

This policy applies to the research data that would be required to verify the results of research reported in articles published in the journal. Research data include data produced by the authors (“primary data”) and data from other sources that are analysed by authors in their study (“secondary data”). Research data includes any recorded factual material that are used to produce the results in digital and non-digital form. This includes tabular data, code, images, audio, documents, video, maps, raw and/or processed data.

Definition of exceptions

Research data that are not required to verify the results reported in articles are not covered by this policy.

This policy does not require public sharing of quantitative or qualitative data that could identify a research participant unless participants have consented to data release. The policy also does not require public sharing of other sensitive data, such as the locations of endangered species. Alternatives to public sharing of sensitive or personal  data include:

  • Deposition of research data in controlled access repositories
  • Anonymisation or deidentification of data before public sharing
  • Only sharing metadata about the research data

Stating the procedures for accessing your research data in your article and managing data access requests from other researchers.


Embargoes on data sharing are only permitted with the agreement of the Editors.

Supplementary materials

Sharing research data as supplementary information files is discouraged. Research data of the types listed in “Mandatory data sharing (specific papers)” must not be uploaded as supplementary information files. The journal will require authors to deposit these in an approved repository as a condition of publication.

Data repositories

The preferred mechanism for sharing research data is via data repositories. Please see <recommended repository list> or for help finding research data repositories. Research data of the types listed in “Mandatory data sharing (specific papers)” must be uploaded to an appropriate repository. The journal will require authors to deposit these in an approved repository as a condition of publication.

Data citation

The journal encourages authors to cite any publicly available research data in their reference list. References to datasets (data citations) must include a persistent identifier (such as a DOI). Citations of datasets, when they appear in the reference list, should include the minimum information recommended by DataCite and follow journal style.

Data licensing

The journal encourages research data to be made available under open licences that permit reuse freely. The journal does not enforce particular licenses for research data, where research data are deposited in third party repositories. The publisher of the journal does not claim copyright in research data.

Researcher/ author support

Questions about complying with this policy should be sent to

Data availability statements

The journal requires authors to include in any articles that report results derived from research data to include a Data Availability Statement as part of the submission process. The provision of a Data availability statement that is compatible with the journal’s research data policy will be verified as a condition of publication. Data availability statements should include information on where data supporting the results reported in the article can be found including, where applicable, hyperlinks to publicly archived datasets analysed or generated during the study. Where research data are not publicly available, this must be stated in the manuscript along with any conditions for accessing the data. Data Availability statements must take one of the following forms (or a combination of more than one if required for multiple types of research data):


  • The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available in the [NAME] repository, [PERSISTENT WEB LINK TO DATASETS]
  • The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the currentstudy are not publicly available due [REASON WHY DATA ARE NOT PUBLIC] but are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
  • The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the currentstudy are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
  • Data sharing not applicable to this article as no datasets were​       generated or analysed during the current study.
  • All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this​           published article [and its supplementary information files].


The data that support the findings of this study are available from [third party name] but restrictions apply to the availability of these data, which were used under license for the current study, and so are not publicly available. Data are however available from the authors upon reasonable request and with permission of [third party name].

Data formats and standards

The journal encourages authors to share research data using data formats and standards recognised by their research community. Please see for more information on established data sharing formats and standards.


The journal prefers research data to be shared in open file formats – those that do not require proprietary software to access - where possible. For example, tabular data should be shared as CSV files rather than XLS files.

Mandatory data sharing (specific papers)

For certain types of research data, submission to a community-endorsed, public repository is mandatory. The journal will require authors to deposit data of these types in an approved repository as a condition of publication.

Research data and peer review

Peer reviewers are encouraged to check the manuscript’s Data Availability statement. Where applicable, they should consider if the authors have complied with the journal’s policy on the availability of research data, and whether reasonable effort has been made to make the data that support the findings of the study available for replication or reuse by other researchers. Peer reviewers are entitled to request access to underlying data (and code) when needed for them to perform their evaluation of a manuscript.




The journal encourages authors to prepare Data Management Plans before conducting their research and encourages authors to make those plans available to editors, reviewers and readers who wish to assess them.



Peer Review


To encourage new ideas with fair publication, peer review will be open access, meaning peer reviewers will be identified and their reviews will be publicly accessible. In this manner, new ideas will not be quashed by the anonymous opinions of academic peer reviewers without any public awareness.  High scientific standards still will be maintained: sufficient scientific evidence or rationale will be required for papers, and conceptual soundness and rigor will be needed.  One-sided papers that ignore alternative viewpoints, or are based on demonstrably false or misleading factual premises, will not be published. Open peer reviews will provide rationales for such non-publication.



Author Agreement


Open Access Publishing Agreement

By submitting my manuscript to the New Psychiatry Journal published by ScienceOpen (hereafter the ‘Publisher’), I herewith grant permission to the Publisher to publish my article upon editorial acceptance under the following publishing agreement.

I hereby confirm that this is my original work and that

  • I own the sole copyright in this work
  • And/or I have obtained permission from all other Authors to execute this Agreement on their behalf if necessary

And that the work

  • Has never been published before.

I understand that in granting this consent I am granting to the Publisher the Rights to publish under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license the Contribution in the English language in digital form; moral rights will be retained by the original Author/s and copyright will be held by the Author.

I agree to this Publishing Agreement, consent to execution and delivery of the Publishing Agreement electronically, and agree that confirming my consent electronically during the manuscript submission process with an electronic signature shall be given the same legal force as a handwritten signature.

Terms of Use

  1. The Contribution will be made Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY License) which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the Contribution is properly cited.
  2. The Journal (and Publisher) reserves the right to require changes to the Contribution, including changes to the length of the Contribution, as a condition of its acceptance. The Journal (and Publisher) reserves the right, notwithstanding acceptance, not to publish the Contribution if for any reason such publication would in the reasonable judgment of the Journal (and Publisher), result in legal liability or violation of journal ethical practices. If the Journal (or Publisher) decides not to publish the Contribution, the Author is free to submit the Contribution to any other journal from any other publisher.
  3. As above, the final Contribution will be made Open Access under the terms of the CC-BY license. Reproduction, posting, transmission, or other distribution or use of the final Contribution in whole or in part in any medium by the Author as permitted by this Agreement requires a citation to the Journal suitable in form and content as follows: (Title of Contribution, Author, Journal Title and Volume/issue, Digital Object Identifier (DOI), Date). Links to the final published Contribution should be provided following the guidance below on best practices.

Retained Rights

The Author retains all proprietary rights in addition to copyright, such as patent rights in any process, procedure, or article of manufacture described in the Contribution.

Author's Representations

The Author(s) certify that they have participated sufficiently in the intellectual content, conception, and design of this work or the analysis and interpretation of the data (when applicable), as well as the writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have their name listed as a contributor. The Author(s) believe the manuscript represents valid work. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in the cover letter. The Author(s) certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study has been or will be published separately. If requested by the editors, the Author(s) will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributors in connection with the content of this paper have been disclosed in the cover letter. Sources of outside support for the project are named in the cover letter.

Use of Information

The Author(s) acknowledges that, during the term of this Agreement and thereafter (for as long as necessary), the Publisher and the Journal may process the Author’s data, including storing or transferring data outside of the country of the Contributor’s residence, to communicate with the Author(s) and that the Publisher has a legitimate interest in processing the Author(s)’ personal data. By entering into this Agreement, the Author(s) agree to the processing of personal data (and, where applicable, confirms that the Author has obtained permission from all other authors to process their data). The Publisher and the Journal shall comply with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations relating to data protection and privacy and shall process such personal data.



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