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Journal of Mood Disorders
Journal of Mood Disorders
Periodical of Turkish Association for Psychopharmacology Mood Disorders Work Group (TAP MooD WorG)
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ISSN: 2146-1473 (Print)
ISSN: 2146 -2380 (Online)
Language: [ Turkish ]   [ English ]  
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Journal of Mood Disorders is a journal about mood disorders and a edited by “Turkish Association for Psychopharmacology Mood Disorders Section” (“TAP-MooDS”)

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Journal of Mood Disorders (JMOOD) is a publication of Turkish Association for Psychopharmacology Mood Disorders Section (TAP-MooDs). It has been published as a peer reviewed, quarterly, open-access, scientific journal on mood disorders since 2011. JMOOD includes articles about bipolar, unipolar and anxiety disorders addressing subjects such as psychopharmacology, biological psychiatry, behavioral science and adolescent psychiatry that are relevant to experimental, basic and clinical medical science.

Target Audience

Journal of Mood Disorders addresses the specialists and residents in psychiatry, psychology, neuorology, pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, physiology, neurochemistry and related sciences.

General Policies

Journal of Mood Disorders consider for publication papers in the following categories:
- Original Researches,
- Case reports,
- Reviews,
- Letters to the editor

Journal of Mood Disorders gives high priority to original studies in publication because of aiming to add findings of searches in Turkey to international science knowledge, to share them within international science milieu and to constitute the introduction of Turkish scientists. Meanwhile, Journal of Mood Disorders asks to the authors to translate their own articles to English or Turkish before publication. Thus, the readers should reach full text versions in both languages rather than abstract form of the paper and should download free.

Authorship and Responsibility

By submitting a manuscript to Journal of Mood Disorders, all persons named as authors warrant that they have reviewed and approved the manuscript prior to submission, and that they accept responsibility for the information contained in the submission. Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3. In multicentre studies, the individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship/contributorship defined above and editors will ask these individuals to complete journal-specific author and conflict-of-interest disclosure forms. All authors must sign a copyright transfer form in orderly. The names and surnames of all authors must be placed under the title of the manuscript. Individuals who were not principal researchers or writers should not be listed as authors, but should be acknowledged instead for their ancillary role in an acknowledgment footnote. By submitting original research, the authors warrant that the original research data are available for review upon a formal request from the Editor. All forms of support, including pharmaceutical industry support, must be acknowledged in the author’s footnote (see “Acknowledgments” below, in the Title Page section). Also, authors must disclose in their cover letter any commercial or financial involvements that might present an appearance of a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, including (but not limited to) institutional or corporate affiliations not already specified in the author’s footnote, paid consultancies, stock ownership or other equity interests, and patent ownership. This information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with reviewers.

Ethical Considerations

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of in 2000. Manuscripts that report the results of experimental investigation with human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure(s) had been fully explained. In the case of children, authors are asked to include information about whether the child’s assent was obtained in addition to that of the legal guardian. In addition, the consent of local or national ethics committee has to be sent within the manuscript. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed as in “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” ( The authors must mention in the methods seciton of the manuscript that they had performed the study in accordance with above-mentioned rules and emphasize that they had received informed consent from the participants. The Journal of Mood Disorders considers the most convenient ethical and scientific standards in published papers without any commercial interests. The Editor and Publisher do not guarantee and accept responsibility about the published features or definitions of commercial products. If there is a direct or indirect grant support, it should be acknowledged in a separate paragraph and should include the full name of the granting agency and grant number. Pharmaceutical company or other industry support of any kind must be acknowledged. Ethical as well as legal considerations require careful attention to the protection of a patient’s anonymity in case reports and elsewhere. Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, dates, photographs, and family pedigree must be avoided. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Patient consent should be written and archived either with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. It must be mentioned in the text that informed consent was obtained from the participants.

Editorship and The Relationship with Authors and Reviewers

The editor of a journal is the person responsible for its entire content. The editor, do not share the related information of manuscripts (submission of manuscript, contents, reviewing process, suggestions of reviewers or decision) other than authors or reviewers. Editor asks to the reviewers that the manuscripts are the private real estates and this is a privileged conduction. The reviewers and editorial board can not discuss the manuscripts clearly in the society. The reviewers are not allowed to have copies of the manuscripts for personal use and they can not share manuscripts with others. Unless the authors and editor permit, the reviews of the reviewers can not be published or disclosed. The anonymity of the reviewers is important. In particular situations, editor might share the review of the reviewer with other reviewers to enlighten the situation.


The language of the journal is both Turkish and American English.

Manuscript Organization and Format

All correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise specified. Papers should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating that the paper is intended for publication and specifying for which section of the Journal it is being submitted (i.e., original article, review article, or case report). In addition, a copyright transfer that has to be signed by all authors should be submitted. Authors will be notified of the receipt of their paper and the number assigned to it. The number should be included in all further correspondence. All parts of the manuscript, including case reports, quotations, references, and tables, must be double-spaced throughout. All four margins must be at least 2.5 cm. The manuscript should be arranged in the following order, with each item beginning a new page: 1) title page, 2) abstract, 3) text, 4) acknowledgement 5) references, and 6) tables and/or figures. All pages must be numbered consecutively.

Title Page

On the title page, include full names of authors, academic or professional affiliations, and complete address with phone, fax number(s) and e-mail address(es) of the corresponding author. Acknowledgments for personal and technical assistance should be indicated on the title page.

Abstract and Key Words

Title of the manuscript in English should be written in English abstract. The abstract should be no shorter than 400 and no longer than 500 words and structured as follows: objective, method, results, and conclusions. Objective -the primary purpose of the article; Method -data sources, design of the study, patients or participants, interventions, and main outcome measures; Results -key findings; Conclusions -including direct clinical applications. Case reports should include unstructured abstracts. Up to 3-10 key words should be in accordance with Index Medicus, Medical Subjects Subheadings (MeSH).



This section should contain a clear statement of the general and specific objectives as well as the hypotheses which the work is designed to test. It should also give a brief account of the reported literature. The last sentence should clearly state the primary and secondary purposes of the article. Only, the actual references related with the issues have to be indicated and data or findings related with the current study must not be included in this section.


This section should contain explicit, concise descriptions of all procedures, materials and methods used in the investigation to enable the reader to judge their accuracy, reproducibility, etc. This section should include the known findings at the beginning of the study and the findings during the study must be reported in results section.

The selection and description of the participants

The election, source of population, inclusion and exclusion criteria of the people who participate to experimental or clinical study must be clearly defined in this section. The particular study sample must be explained by the authors (i.e., why the study is performed in a definite age, race or sex population, etc.)

Technical information

The methods, apparatus (the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail must be defined to allow others to reproduce the results. References to established methods, including statistical methods (see below) must be given and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well-known must be povided; new or substantially modified methods must be described, the reasons for using them must be given, and their limitations of the methos must be evaluated. The all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration must be identified. Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.


The statistical methods must be described with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. If possible, findings should be quantified and presented with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Relying solely on statistical hypothesis testing, such as P values, which fail to convey important information about effect size must be avoided. References for the design of the study and statistical methods should be to standard works when possible (with pages stated). Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. The computer software used must be specified.


The results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first. The all the data in the tables or illustrations should not be repeated in the text; only the most important observations must be emphasized or summarized. Extra or supplementary materials and technical detail can be placed in an appendix where they will be accessible but will not interrupt the flow of the text, or they can be published solely in the electronic version of the journal. When data are summarized in the Results section, numeric results should be given not only as derivatives (for example, percentages) but also as the absolute numbers from which the derivatives were calculated, and the statistical methods used to analyze them should be specified. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess supporting data. graphs should be used as an alternative to tables with many entries; data should not be duplicated in graphs and tables.


The findings of the study, the findings and results which support or do not support the hypthesis of the study should be discussed, results should be compared and contrasted with findings of other studies in the literature and the different findings from other studies should be explained. The new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them should be emphasized. The data or other information given in the Introduction or the Results section should not be repeated in detail. For experimental studies, it is useful to begin the discussion by summarizing briefly the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice. The conclusions sould be linked with the goals of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not adequately supported by the data should be avoided. New hypotheses should be stated when warranted, but should be labeled clearly as such.

Tables, Graphics and Illustrations

Tables, graphics and illustrations should be numbered in Arabic numerals in the text. The places of the illustrations should be signed in the text.


Tables capture information concisely and display it efficiently; they also provide information at any desired level of detail and precision. Including data in tables rather than text frequently makes it possible to reduce the length of the text. Each table should be typed or printed with double spacing on a separate sheet of paper. The tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and a brief title for each table should be supplied. Any internal horizontal or vertical lines should not be used and a short or an abbreviated heading should be given to each column. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. All nonstandard abbreviations should be explained in footnotes, and the following symbols should be used in sequence: *,†,‡,§,||,¶,**,††,‡‡ The statistical measures of variations, such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean should be identified. Be sure that each table is cited in the text. If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge that source fully. Additional tables containing backup data too extensive to publish in print may be appropriate for publication in the electronic version of the journal, deposited with an archival service, or made available to readers directly by the authors. An appropriate statement should be added to the text. Such tables should be submitted for consideration with the paper so that they will be available to the peer reviewers.

Illustrations (Figures)

Figures should be either professionally drawn and photographed, or submitted as digital prints in photographic-quality. In addition to requiring a version of the figures suitable for printing, authors are asked for electronic files of figures in a format (for example, JPEG or GIF) that will produce high-quality images in the Web version of the journal; authors should review the images of such files on a computer screen before submitting them to be sure they meet their own quality standards. For x-ray films, scans, and other diagnostic images, as well as pictures of pathology specimens or photomicrographs, sharp, glossy, black-and-white or color photographic prints should be sent, usually 127 x 173 mm. Letters, numbers, and symbols on figures should therefore be clear and consistent throughout, and large enough to remain legible when the figure is reduced for publication. Figures should be made as self-explanatory as possible, since many will be used directly in slide presentations. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends--not on the illustrations themselves. Photomicrographs should have internal scale markers. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Photographs of potentially identifiable people must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been cited in the text. If a figure has been published previously, the original source should be acknowledged and written permission from the copyright holder should be submitted to reproduce the figure. Permission is required irrespective of authorship or publisher except for documents in the public domain. Accompanying drawings marked to indicate the region to be reproduced might be useful to the editor. We publish illustrations in color only if the author pays the additional cost.

Legends for Illustrations (Figures)

The legends for illustrations should be typed or printed out using one spacing, starting on a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, each one clearly should be identified and explained in the legend. The internal scale should be explained and the method of staining in photomicrographs should be identified.

Units of Measurement

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be in degrees Celsius, blood pressures should be in millimeters of mercury. Authors must consult the Information for Authors of the particular journal and should report laboratory information in both local and International System of Units (SI). Drug concentrations may be reported in either SI or mass units, but the alternative should be provided in parentheses where appropriate.

Abbreviations and Symbols

Use only standard abbreviations; use of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on first mention unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement.

Case Reports and Word Limitation

Original papers and reviews have no specific word limitation. A case report must be strictly limited to 1000 words excluding abstract and have minimal figures, tables, and references. Letters to the Editor (maximum of 500 words, including references; no tables or figures) will be considered if they include the notation “for publication.” A letter must be signed by all of its authors. Letters critical of an article published in the journal must be received within 12 weeks.


All forms of support, including individual technical support or material support must be acknowledged in the author’s footnote before references.


Although references to review articles can be an efficient way to guide readers to a body of literature, review articles do not always reflect original work accurately. Readers should therefore be provided with direct references to original research sources whenever possible. On the other hand, extensive lists of references to original work on a topic can use excessive space on the printed page. Small numbers of references to key original papers often serve as well as more exhaustive lists, particularly since references can now be added to the electronic version of published papers, and since electronic literature searching allows readers to retrieve published literature efficiently. Using abstracts as references should be avouided. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as “in press” or “forthcoming”; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as “unpublished observations” with written permission from the source. Citing a “personal communication” should be avoided unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication must be obtained.

Reference Style and Format

The Uniform Requirements style for references is based largely on an American National Standards Institute style adapted by the NLM for its databases. Authors should consult NLM’s Citing Medicine ( for information on its recommended formats for a variety of reference types. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in the list of Journals in Index Medicus. In addition the list should be obtained in the web address of Accuracy of citation is the author’s responsibility. All references should be cited in text. Type references in the style shown below. List all authors; do not use “et al.” Abbreviations of journal names should conform to the style used in Index Medicus. If a journal is not indexed in Index Medicus, it should not be abbreviated.

Example for Journal:

1.For articles in journals:
For the published article from the journal which placed and abbreviated in MedLine:
1.Czubak A, Nowakowska E, Kus K, Burda K, Metelska J, Baer-Dubowska W, Cichocki M. Influences of chronic venlafaxine, olanzapine and nicotine on the hippocampal and cortical concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Pharmacol Rep. 2009;61:1017-23.

2.Kennedy SH, Rizvi SJ. Agomelatine in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder: Potential for Clinical Effectiveness.CNS Drugs. 2010 Mar 1. doi: 10.2165/11534420-000000000-00000.

For the published article from the journal which is not placed and is not abbreviated in MedLine:
Cetin M, Acikel C. Meta-analizler ışığında: Bütün antidepresanlar aynı mıdır? Klinik Psikofarmakoloji Bülteni- Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2009; 19:87-92.

2.For the supplement:
For the published article from the journal which placed and abbreviated in MedLine:
Wasylenski DA. The cost of schizophrenia. Can J Psychiatry 1994; 39 (Suppl.2): S65-S69.

For the published article from the journal which is not placed and is not abbreviated in MedLine:
Karamustafalioglu O. Depresyon Tedavisinde Tedaviye Yanıt, Remisyon Nedir? Nasıl Ölçülür? Klinik Psikofarmakoloji Bülteni- Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2010;20: ( Ek sayı-Suppl.1):S 16- S21

3.For articles in press:
Littlewhite HB, Donald JA. Pulmonary blood flow regulation in an aquatic snake. Science 2002 (in press)

4.For the citations from books:
Books edited by one editor:
Doğan O. Davranış Bilimleri. 2. Baskı, Sivas: Önder Matbaası, 1999: 41-49.

For the citation from a section of book edited by one editor:
Mc Nab S. Lacrimal surgery.In Willshaw H (editor). Practical Ophthalmic Surgery. NewYork: Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1992: 191-211.

For the citation from a section of book edited by more than one editor:
Taylor R. Depression and gynaecological disorders. In Textbook of Gynaecology, Robertson MM, Katona CLE (editors). First ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997: 133-144.

If the authors of the cited section are the editors of the book:
Diener HC, Wilkinson M (editors). Drug-induced headache. In Headache. Flst ed., New York: Springer-Verlag, 1988: 45-67.

For the citation from a translated book:
Milkman HB, Sederer LI. Alkolizm ve Madde Bağımlılığında Tedavi Seçenekleri. Doğan Y, Özden A, İzmir M (Translators) 1. Baskı, Ankara: Ankara Üniversitesi Basımevi, 1994: 79-96.

5.For the citation from thesis:
Konuk N. Major Depresyonda Seçilmiş Beyin Bölgelerinin MR Spektroskopi ile incelenmesi. Yayınlanmamış Uzmanlık Tezi, İstanbul Üniversitesi Cerrahpaşa Tıp Fakültesi, Psikiyatri AD, İstanbul 2001.

6.For the citation from posters:
Felek S, Kılıç SS, Akbulut A, Yıldız M. Görsel halüsinasyonla seyreden bir fligelloz olgusu. XXVI. Türk Mikrobiyoloji Kongresi Özet Kitabı, 22-27 Eylül 2000, Antalya: Mars Matbaası, 1994:53-56.
Submission to Journal

All new manuscripts must be submitted through the Journal of Mood Disorders online manuscript submission and peer review system ( Complete instructions are available at the website.
A cover letter should accompany with manuscripts including the knowledges of:
•The findings of previous same studies should be informed and should be cited. The copies of previous same studies shpuld be sent with manuscripts that might help to the editor in decision process.
•The knowledge of “all authors have read and accepted the study in its form, all authors meet the criteria for being in authorship” should be stated.
•All helpful things for editorial ship should be stated: The comments of previous editor/reviewers and the response of authors should be added if the manuscript has been sent to another journal for consideration, previously. The editor requested these information to accelerate the publication process.
•The authors are kindly requested to control last checklist before submission.


It is hoped that this list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal’s editor for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.

Ensure that the following items are present:

•Cover letter to the editor
•The category of the manuscript
•Acknowledgement of “the paper is not under consideration for publication in another journal”
•Disclosure of any commercial or financial involvement
•Reviewing the statistical design of the research article
•Last control for fluent English
•Copyright transfer form
•Permission of previous published material if used in the present manuscript
•Acknowledgement of the study “in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of in 2000.
•Statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure(s) had been fully explained.
•Indicating whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed as in “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”.
•Title page
•The title of the manuscript both in Turkish and in English
•All authors and affiliations (e-mail address, full postal address, telephone and fax numbers)
•Abstracts (400-500 words) Both in Turkish and in English
•Key words: 3 to 10 words (in Turkish and in English)
•All tables (including title, description, footnotes)


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