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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

This journal operates a double blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the Editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of one independent expert reviewer to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.

Each submission should contain several documents:

  1. Title page - this document should contain the title of the article, a running title (if the article is in French, English title and running title should be provided), the names of the authors and their affiliations and the contact information of the corresponding author, including the mailing address, the phone and fax-number and the email address
  2. Manuscript - this document contains the content of the article and is the one which will be provided to the Reviewers for assessment. The name of the authors cannot be specified in the manuscript in order to ensure the blind review of the submission. The manuscription contains the abstract (if the article is in French, an English abstract should be provided), the keywords (maximum 6; English keywords should be provided for a submission in French) and the core of the article (the details of the sections depending on the type of article, can be found below). Heading (Introduction, Methods...) are used; sub-headings can also be used if necessary to facilitate the reading. Footnotes are discouraged and if used should be limited.
  3. Acknowledgments - this document contains all the acknowledgments that the authors want to make. This document may also contain a statement that the content was approved by an ethical review board, or that the consent of the patients/participants was obtained, or that the study follows the recommendation of the Declaration of Helsinki. It is important that the acknowledgements be provided in a separate file, as they may impact the blind review. 
  4. Conflict of Interest - this document contains the competing interest of the authors, such as any prior involvement in pharmaceutical studies/presentations...

Articles type

Letter to the Editors - this is a short article in order to update the reader about a situation, a case... which does not require extensive details. The length of the letter is limited to 3 pages (approximately 250 words per page) and up to 10 references. The letter should start by "Dear Editor" and does not require an Introduction heading; further headings, including a conclusion heading may be used if appropriate. 

Original Article - this can be research or practice oriented. There is no limitation in terms of word numbers; however we suggest to not go over 10 to 15 pages long (250 words per page). There is no limitation in terms of the number of references.

Review - Metanalyses and Literature Reviews have to be considered here. We encourage the authors to not go over 10 to 15 pages long (250 words per page); there is no limitation in terms of the number of references as long as they are relevant to the review. We encourage the authors to use the PRISMA Statement in order to present and analyze their data (

Case Report - this is a brief description of an unusual case or case series. This needs to provide a critical comment or new information on the field explored by the case.

Jurisprudence - this type intends to provide the readers with a short version of a recent legal evolution. This Article Type cannot exceed 5 pages (approximately 250 words per page) and up to 10 references. It has to be designed in three parts : 1. Introduction, that states the legal bases before the new law implementation/case law decision; 2. Legal Evolution that described the events/case law which led to the change; and 3. Conclusion, that describes the new bases and the expected outcomes in the future.

Comments - this type is designed for the authors who desire to comment a previously published article in this journal. This Article Type cannot exceed 3 pages (approximately 250 words per page) and up to 10 references. The content of the comments has to specifically address the points written in the commented article.


In the core manuscript, the references should appear by consecutive Arabic number in bracket square, in the order in which they appear in the text. Following the Discussion/Conclusion section, the references' list should be listed in the order they appear in the text. Please refer to the following example according to the reference origin:

Journal publication - Eke AW, Seto MC, Williams J. Examining the criminal history and future offending of child pornography offenders; a extended prospective follow-up study. Law Hum Behav 2011;35:466-78

Book - McLaren A. A prescription for murder: the Victorian serial killing of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995 or Canadian Pharmacists Association (Eds). Compendium of pharmaceuticals and specialties. Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2015

Book Chapter - Arboleda-Florez JE, Baillie P. Automatism. In: Bloom H, Schneider RD (Eds). Law and mental disorder: a comprehensive and practical approach. Toronto, Canada: Irwin Law Inc, 2013:297-318

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