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History of Psychiatry

History of Psychiatry

eISSN: 17402360 | ISSN: 0957154X | Current volume: 35 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

History of Psychiatry is a fully peer reviewed international journal. History of Psychiatry publishes research articles, analysis and information across the entire field of the history of mental illness and the forms of medicine, psychiatry, cultural response and social policy which have evolved to understand and treat it. It covers all periods of history up to the present day, and all nations and cultures.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

History of Psychiatry is available on SAGE Journals Online.

Professor G E Berrios University of Cambridge, UK
Assistant Editors
Jonathan Andrews Newcastle University, UK
Allan Beveridge Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK
Tom Dening University of Nottingham, UK
Tilmann Habermas Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
David Healy North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Bangor, UK
Book Reviews Editors
Dennis Doyle St Louis College of Pharmacy, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Pierre-Henri Castel Université Paris Descartes, France
Louis C. Charland University of Western Ontario, Canada
Catharine Coleborne University of Waikato, New Zealand
Gayle Davis University of Edinburgh, UK
Ian Dowbiggin History Department, University of PEI, Canada
Eric. J. Engstrom Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Waltraud Ernst Department of History, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Filiberto Fuentenebro Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Sander L. Gillman University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Anne Harrington Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Paul Hoff University of Zurich, Switzerland
Rafael Huertas Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Spain
Edgar Jones Weston Education Centre, UK
Elizabeth Lunbeck Vanderbilt University, Cambridge, USA
Hilary Marland University of Warwick, UK
Mark S. Micale University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
Volker Roelke Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany
Elisabeth Roudinesco Paris, France
Johan Schioldann University of Adelaide, Australia
Andrew Scull University of California, San Diego, USA
Sonu Shamdasani University College London, UK
Akihito Suzuki Keio University, Japan
Mathew Thomson University of Warwick, UK
Joost Vijselaar Utrecht University, Netherlands
Olivier Walusinski Independent Scholar, France
Wen-Ji Wang National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Matthias M. Weber Senior Physician, Germany
David Wright McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: History of Psychiatry

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below prior to submitting your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of History of Psychiatry will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to History of Psychiatry, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    History of Psychiatry publishes research articles, analysis and information across the entire field of the history of mental illness and the forms of medicine, psychiatry, cultural response and social policy which have evolved to understand and treat it. It covers all periods of history up to the present day, and all nations and cultures.

    The journal publishes: full-length papers (max. 10,000 words); Classic Texts; essay and book reviews; occasional short notes; annotated lists of dissertations.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    History of Psychiatry adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions
    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    History of Psychiatry requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. Please note a Fellowship should also be mentioned, with its title and name of the provider. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    History of Psychiatry encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    2.6 Research Data 

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    History of Psychiatry and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    After the paper has been accepted and before its publication,  Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    History of Psychiatry offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Word templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    TITLE PAGE of a paper should include the title, the author's name and affiliation, full postal address, and e-mail address. History of Psychiatry uses anonymize reviews. To facilitate this, the author is requested to ensure that the file, apart from the title page, contains no clue to identity, and that the first page of the text is headed with the paper's title but no other identification.

    ABSTRACT, in not more than 120 words, and five keywords in alphabetical order, should be included before the text.

    NOTES. In the text, each endnote should be indicated by a superscript arabic numeral.

    CLASSIC TEXT. Authors may submit candidate typescripts.

    (1) Together, the introduction and the text should not be more than 10,000 words.

    (2) The introduction should: (a) justify why the translated paper is considered as classic or seminal; and (b) contextualize the translation historically, that is, provide biographical details on the author and information on the contemporary issues and debates that led the author to write the paper in question. Classic papers should be chosen on the basis of having illuminated their own historical period rather than as being 'forerunners' of current clinical categories or issues.

    (3) The original formatting (paragraphs, headings and references, etc.) of the classical text must be changed as little as possible. The accompanying scholarly apparatus should include a justification for any change, together with clarifications, historical notes, references and translational difficulties. To help the reader to make up his/her own mind, it is advisable to add the problematic terms in brackets.

    (4) Copyright regulations must be respected. Papers whose authors have died 70 or more years ago are usually free from copyright. If the journal in which the article first appeared is extant, it is advisable to ask permission from the journal editor. Any fees or charges levied by the journal must be borne by the translator.


    (1) LENGTH: Reviews should be between 500 and 1000 words, unless a reviewer is asked to write a longer essay review of up to 3000 words which sets the content of a book in a wider or comparative context and/or covers more than one book.

    (2) CONTENT: Reviews should generally comment on the following issues:

    1. a) the contents of the book in broad terms
    2. b) the book's readability/stylistic qualities
    3. c) the distinctiveness, originality and breadth of the book
    4. d) the scholarly standards achieved by the book, including issues of historical and factual accuracy
    5. e) the intellectual and structural coherence and representativeness of the book (especially if an edited collection of essays)
    6. f) the importance of the book's contribution to existing historiography and methodologies in the field, and how significantly it adjusts our existing knowledge
    7. g) the importance/utility of the book for different audiences, especially historians of psychiatry and clinicians, and for historians in general
    8. h) the utility or importance of the book as a source of reference or undergraduate textbook (where appropriate)
    9. i) any other particular strengths or limitations of the book as perceived by the reviewer

    Avoid personal and other comments that are not adequately substantiated or might be deemed libellous. The editors reserve the right to refuse material where deemed inadequate.


    The heading of a review should be in the following format:

    Author(s), title of book under review, name of publisher, place(s) of publication (including state if USA), year of publication, number of pages, number of illustrations (if any), ISBN (hbk and pbk if available), price.


    Susan K Morrisey, Suicide and the Body Politic in Imperial Russia Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2011; xv+384 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-86545-6.

    Reviewers should supply their name, title, institutional affiliation, full postal address, email, phone and fax numbers at the end of the typescript, and before any references.

    Reviews should (unless otherwise stated) be submitted within 3 months of reviewers receiving review copies of publications, preferably as an email attachment. Send to Allan Beveridge or Matthew Smith (at the addresses below), with a statement of the review's word length, including any references. Neither the editors (on behalf of History of Psychiatry) nor the publisher accept responsibility for the views of reviewers as presented in their contributions. Reviewers should not submit reviews that have been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere. Confirmation of the review's originality and unpublished nature will be required in the form of a publishing agreement or copyright assignment, which the reviewer will be asked to complete and post to the publisher (Sage). Publication of the review is subject to signature of this publishing agreement. The editors hope to publish reviews as soon as possible after accepting them. However, publication of a review in any specific issue of the journal cannot be guaranteed. The review editors reserve the right to make minor editorial changes to the submitted text, but substantive alterations will be made only in consultation with the reviewer. Proofs of reviews (as PDF files) will be supplied to reviewers for checking.

    Dr Dennis Doyle, St Louis College of Pharmacy, USA

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files

    4.4 Reference style

    History of Psychiatry adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Provide a list of references (not numbered), typed double-spaced starting on a new page, at the end of the paper, typed with same right margin as text. Arrange them in alphabetical order, using the following style for book, chapter in a book, journal article and web page, respectively.


    Author A and Author B (year) Book title. Place: Publisher name.

    Shorter E (2005) A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Note that a book title in English uses capitals on nouns.

    Chapter in a book:

    Author A (year) Chapter title. In: Author A and Author B (eds) Book Title. Place: Publisher, 00-00.

    Laqueur T (1989) Bodies, details, and the humanitarian narrative. In: Hunt L (ed.) The New Cultural History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 176-204.

    Article in a journal:

    Author A and Author B, (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00-00.

    Author A, Author B and Author C (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00-00.

    Iffy L, Lindenthal J, Szodi Z and Griffin W (1989) Puerperal psychosis following ablaction with bromocriptine. Medicine and Law 8: 171-174.

    Article accessed online:

    Author A and Author B (year) Article title. Journal XX: 1-00; accessed (date) at: URL.

    Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 296: 1-4; accessed (7 Oct. 2009) at:

    Office of National Statistics) (2010) National statistics; accessed (2011) at:

    Note that a journal reference includes full title of journal (no abbreviations), Arabic volume number, first and last page of article.

     If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    PAPERS should be submitted to: Professor German E. Berrios, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 9AN, UK ( It should be submitted by email as a Microsoft Word file. Authors should keep a copy of the file for checking the proofs.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    The Editor does not accept changes to the online version.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the History of Psychiatry editorial office as follows:

    Professor German E. Berrios,
    Robinson College,
    University of Cambridge,
    CB3 9AN, UK

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