Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I find information about submitting to Biological Psychiatry?

Our Guide for Authors is available at We also have optional checklists available to help authors adhere to our submission guidelines. The checklist for new submissions is available here. The checklist for revised submissions is available here.

I am considering submitting a manuscript to Biological Psychiatry, but it exceeds the maximum word limit. Must I reduce it prior to initial submission?

No, you may proceed with submission. Due to our very high rejection rate, we do not require original research articles to meet our length requirements until the first revision is prepared and submitted. You may receive some suggestions from the reviewers and/or editors about areas of your manuscript that are unnecessarily lengthy or that are better suited for classification as Supplemental Information, and you can work to reduce it at the revision stage. Authors should note that this is general policy but the editors, at their discretion, may specifically request reductions to length prior to sending a submission out for peer review.

My revised manuscript is over the word limit after addressing all of the reviewer concerns. What can I do?

Biological Psychiatry strictly enforces its word limits when a revised manuscript is submitted. Needing to address the reviewers' concerns is not a sufficient reason for exceeding the journal's maximum word limits. We advise you to take a critical look at your manuscript to ensure that it is written as concisely and clearly as possible. Additionally, we strongly encourage the use of Supplemental Information. This can be text, tables, and/or figures that are relevant to the work but not critical to support the findings. Supplemental Information is published online, but does not appear in print and therefore, does not count against the word limits.

I want to appeal the rejection decision on my paper. How do I proceed?

All appeals must be submitted in writing to [email protected], and should include justification for overturning the original rejection decision. Appeals should not be submitted directly to the handling editor. Appeals are taken seriously and carefully evaluated by the editorial team. However, due to the volume of submissions that we receive and in order to ensure that all appeals are handled fairly and consistently, note that we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time or positive outcome. Decisions on appeals can take up to several weeks.

My paper was rejected by Biological Psychiatry, but I have revised it and/or added new data. Can I submit it as a new paper?

No. Unsolicited revisions (e.g., submitting a revised paper as a new paper) are generally not allowed. If you wish to challenge the original rejection decision, you should submit an appeal to [email protected].

Can we assign one corresponding author to handle the submission process, but designate a different one upon acceptance?

We require that only a single person be responsible for the manuscript from submission through acceptance. The corresponding author should not be changed after submission without a valid reason. If the corresponding author wants to ensure that another author also receives communications about a manuscript, please contact the Editorial Office.

Does the journal permit shared/joint authorship?

Yes, the journal permits shared/joint authorship in either the first or senior positions. This is considered separate from the single person designated as the corresponding author. Simply denote on the title page which authors contributed equally and, should the article be accepted for publication, a notation will be included in the published paper.

Can we name two corresponding authors in the final, published version of the paper?

Yes. We require that only a single person be responsible for the manuscript from submission through acceptance. However, we do permit two individuals to be named in the final, published version of the paper. Authors may denote this on the title page of their paper, and if the paper is accepted for publication, this information will be included in the published paper. Note that the Editorial Office will continue to communicate solely with the "primary" corresponding author.

A preprint of my paper is posted on bioRxiv. Can I still submit to Biological Psychiatry?

Yes, Biological Psychiatry permits the submission of manuscripts that have been posted on preprint servers, including bioRxiv. This information should be disclosed in the Acknowledgments/Disclosures section of the paper. If the article is accepted for publication, authors must be able to transfer copyright to the Society of Biological Psychiatry, or agree to the terms of and pay the associated fee for an open-access license.

Does Biological Psychiatry require clinical trials registration?

Yes. As a condition of submission, Biological Psychiatry requires registration of all clinical/interventional trials, defined as any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes. Applicable studies must have been registered prior to patient enrollment. Submissions for which prospective registration was not completed will be rejected outright.

My NIH-funded manuscript has been accepted by Biological Psychiatry. How do I comply with the NIH Public Access Policy?

As a service to our authors, our publisher, Elsevier, will deposit manuscripts to PubMed Central that have reported NIH-funded research. The full Elsevier policy is available here: To initiate this process, the corresponding author must indicate that the study received NIH funding when completing the Publishing Agreement Form, which is sent to the corresponding author via email after acceptance.

My manuscript has been accepted by Biological Psychiatry, and the study's funding body has manuscript archiving requirements. What do I need to do?

Our publisher, Elsevier, has established agreements and policies with multiple funding bodies in the U.S. and U.K. Please see the full details here:

How soon will my accepted article be published?

Accepted articles are published online, prior to copyediting, within one week of final acceptance. They become immediately citable, with an assigned digital object identifier (DOI) number. The corrected proof then replaces the accepted-article version when it is published online, which takes an average of 28 business days. Articles are published in print 6-8 months after acceptance, on average. Please ensure you respond to all proof inquiries as quickly as possible to prevent any delays in this process.

What percentage of submissions does Biological Psychiatry accept?

Our current acceptance rate for unsolicited papers is less than 10%.

What is the likelihood that my submission will be sent out for peer review?

The Editors of Biological Psychiatry send out approximately 40% of submissions for peer review, while the other 60% are editorially rejected, i.e., rejected without peer review, within 5 days.

How fast can Biological Psychiatry evaluate my manuscript?

The average time from submission to first decision is less than 20 days, with an editorial rejection (reject without peer review) decision issued within 5 days. Please keep in mind that if your manuscript has been sent out for peer review, it may take longer than 20 days to receive enough reviews for an editor to reach a decision.

I want to use material from an article published in Biological Psychiatry. How do I obtain permission?

All permissions are handled through our publisher, Elsevier, using RightsLink®. Simply locate the desired article on either ScienceDirect or the journal website. From ScienceDirect, select "Get Rights and Content" from the right-hand side of the page. From the journal website, select "Rights/Permissions" from the right-hand toolbox. Then, complete the request form that opens in your browser. Authors do not need to request permission to reuse portions or extracts from their own Biological Psychiatry article in other works. Complete instructions are also available here:

I am interested in submitting special cover art for Biological Psychiatry. How can I do so?

We are happy to accept scientifically and visually interesting images that would be suitable for cover art. At the "Attach Files" screen during the submission process, you may upload additional images for consideration as cover art. You may also email the files to the Editorial Office. Please note that all images that appear in the paper are automatically considered.

Thank you for your interest in Biological Psychiatry. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Editorial Office by phone at +1 254-522-9700 or by e-mail at [email protected].