Guidelines for Authors

Psychiatry Issue Briefs

When developing your Brief be aware of your target audience and the message your Brief will convey - what are some specific things that the audience can take away from this Brief and/or put in their work and/or personal lives? How will the information you are presenting directly or indirectly affect providers, consumers, and family members?

Suggested Target Audience

  • Providers/Clinicians
  • Consumers
  • Families
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Researchers

Content Guidelines

    All Briefs should contain the following sections:
  • Introduction/Overview
  • Key Points or Results/Findings
  • Recommendations or Policy Implications/Future Directions
  • 2-3 highlighted sentences that summarize the Brief

Formatting Guidelines

  • Word limit is 1000 words - this does not include references
  • Please use APA style for bibliography and in-text references (author, year).

Other Considerations

  • You are encouraged to use bulleted items and lists whenever possible
  • Identify 1-2 quotes from the Brief that can be highlighted during formatting
  • Use of graphs or charts to highlight findings is encouraged

Examples of Types of Briefs (this is not an exclusive list)

  1. Provider-Focused
    • Focuses on topics of interest to the provider community, and offers real world strategies that providers can implement.
  2. Consumer and Family Member-Focused
    • Focuses on topics that involve consumers or directly affect the lives of consumers and their families.
  3. Issue Overview
    • Gives an overview of a specific issue in behavioral health services or policy.
  4. Policy Q & A
    • Reviews frequently asked questions and answers on a particular topic.
  5. Study Review
    • Reviews a specific study or a series of related studies.

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