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Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology

Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand

Ole Jakob Storebø

EDITOR IN CHIEF : Sven Bölte; Ole Jakob Storebø

Number of Issues : volume open

Subject: Medicine

eISSN: 2245-8875



License type: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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We are pleased to inform you that Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology has been selected for coverage in Clarivate Analytics products and services. Beginning with V. 5 2017, this publication will be indexed and abstracted in Emerging Sources Citation Index.

  • The Journal Citation Indicator 2020 - 0.15
  • ICV 2020 = 100.00
  • The Journal is funded by grants from the The Nordic Board for Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOP-HS), Psychiatric Research Unit, and Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorder at Karolinska Institutet (KIND) via the Stiftelsen Barnforskning.

From volume 2019 the journal is published in a continous format.

Focus and Scope

The Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (SJCAPP) is an international scientific journal of research and practice covering a broad scope of high value articles in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology. The journal publishes quantitative and qualitative research on: diagnosis, assessment, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatments, behavior, cognition, epidemiology, development, training, cross cultural issues, neuroscience and genetic aspects related to mental disorders in children, adolescents and families. The journal also welcomes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary submission if relevant for childhood psychopathology. The journal’s readership covers all disciplines relevant to the field, and thus publishes concise and well written papers only, avoiding jargon and technicism. The Journal publishes short and full length original papers, systematic and narrative reviews, case studies, letters, theoretical articles including perspectives and debate, and book reviews.

Peer Review Process

All papers will undergo editorial screening.  Original articles, reviews, and case studies will be blindly peer- reviewed by at least two peer reviewers. Peer reviewers are asked to submit their review within three (3) weeks. All articles will be fast-tracked through the peer-review and editorial process and we will endeavour to publish accepted papers within 2 weeks of final acceptance.

Publication Frequency

SJCAPP publishes accepted papers online immediately after completion of peer-review and editorial processes. Papers will subsequently be collated as quarterly editions for indexing and citation purposes.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license users are free to share the work (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), if the contribution is properly attributed and used for non-commercial purposes. The material published in the journal may not be altered or built upon.

Journal History

The Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (SJCAPP) was founded in 2012 by a group of researchers and clinicians from Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, Denmark.  Their aim was to establish an open-access, peer-reviewed, and fast-track outlet for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology which would engage clinicians and researchers in a constructive dialogue and offer readers interested in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology free access to high quality, scientific information in all areas of the discipline. The founding editor is Ole Jakob Storebø.

Rejection rate: 2020: 34.6%


Ole Jakob Storebø

Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department and Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, Denmark



Sven Bölte - Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Karolinska Institutet (KIND), Sweden
Ole Jakob Storebø - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department and Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, Denmark

Associate Editors

Sune Bo Hansen - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department and Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, Denmark

Advisory Board

Tobias Banaschewski - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Mannheim, Germany
David Coghill - Centre for Neuroscience University of Dundee, Scotland
Stephen V. Faraone - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research, SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA
Susan Shur-Fen Gau - Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taiwan
Christopher Gillberg - Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Jessica Alice Hellings - Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA
Martin Holtmann - University hospital for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Emily J.H. Jones - Department of Psychology, University of London, UK
Sunil Karande, M.D. (Pediatrics) - Department of Pediatrics, King Edward Memorial Hospital | KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India
Ørjan G. Martinsen - Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway
Yael Shmueli-Goetz - Anna Freud Centre, London, UK
Edmund J. S. Sonuga-Barke - Institute of Disorders of Impulse and Attention, University of Southampton, UK
Rosemary Tannock - Neurosciences & Mental Health Research Program, University of Toronto, Canada

International Editors

Angela M. Reiersen - Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

Section Editors

Bodil Aggernæs - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department, Region Zealand, Denmark
Mette Ellemose Andersen - Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Niels Bilenberg - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, South Danish University, Denmark
Ask Elklit - Danish Research Unit of Psychological Trauma, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Karin Ensink - School of Psychology, University Laval, Quebech, Canada
Barbara Hoff Esbjørn - Department of Psychology, Copenhagen University, Denmark
Einar Heiervang - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department, Oslo University, Norway
Siv Kvernmo - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department, Tromsø University, Norway
Rikke Lambæk - Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark
Jan-Olov Larsson - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Carla Sharp - Department of Psychology, University of Houston, USA
Erik Simonsen - Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, and Copenhagen University, Denmark
Anne Mette Skovgaard - Institute for Neuroscience, Copenhagen University, Denmark
Andre Sourander - Child Psychiatry, University of Turku, Finland
Mini Tandon - Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
Mikael Thastum - Department of Psychology and Behavioural Scineces, Århus University, Denmark
Per Hove Thomsen - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric, Århus University, Denmark
Mette Skovgaard Væver - Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Assistant Editors

Pernille Darling Rasmussen - Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Department and Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, Denmark

Editorial Secretary

Dorit Mortensen - Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand, Roskilde, Denmark


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Online Submissions:

To publish in Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, authors are not required to pay an article processing charge (APC).

Helpful Hints Regarding the Submission Process: 
Once you enter the manuscript submission system, you will need to select a manuscript type (Research Article, Editorial, Review, Case Report, Letter to the Editor, Commentaries, or Qualitative Research Article). You will then have the option to upload the following file types: Manuscript (main text), Figure, Table, Supplementary File, and Conflict of Interest Documents. Do not include author names in the manuscript, figure, table, or supplementary files since these will be visible to reviewers. You do not need to include a title page within the main manuscript or in a separate file because the submission system will request that you enter the full title, running head, and all author names separately, and will then automatically create a cover page (you will see author names on the cover page of the submission PDF that you approve, but blinded reviewers will not see author names in the review version).
The system will also prompt you to enter up to six key words, classification (topic or area of research), suggested reviewers, word count, and abstract. The submission system may be able to detect your abstract if it is labeled within your main manuscript document, but you will need to check to make sure it appears correctly in the system and edit if necessary. You will need to enter all author names, affiliations, and email addresses and make sure that these are ordered appropriately within the system. You will also need to answer additional questions to make sure you have followed journal policies. 

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. 
- Confirm that the submission has not been previously published, and that it is not currently under consideration by another journal. 
- The Editorial Manager System is configured in double blind mode, so no author’s details are available to reviewers and opposite. However, authors still need to make sure that the uploaded main manuscript, table, figure, and supplementary file documents do not contain information that would easily identify the author(s).  
- Authors must comply with the SJCAPP ethical standards. In our document about “Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement” authors can read about duties of authors regarding reporting standards, data access, originality, plagiarism, ethics, multiple, redundant or concurrent publication, acknowledgement of sources, authorship of papers (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors-ICMJE), disclosure and conflict of interests. 
- Each individual author will need to submit information regarding funding sources and potential conflicts of interest using the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest. Please have each author download the form, complete the required information in all sections, and then click the “Generate Disclosure Statement” box in Section 6 of the form. Clicking this box will automatically generate a disclosure statement based on the information entered into the form. Each form should then be saved (with author’s last name added to the file name). Editorial Manager will request uploading of these forms during the submission process.
- For information about copyright see the document on SJCAPP Open access agreement.

Author Guidelines
- Word limits (excluding abstract, tables, figures, references) are 5000 words for original articles and 6000 for reviews. Other formats have a maximum of 2000 words. In case of exceeding limits, please consult the editors.
- The manuscript must be prepared using a .rtf, .doc, or .docx file format.
- Manuscripts must be written in English in a readily understandable style, avoiding sexist and racist language.
- The text must be single-spaced, using Arial 12.

The text is structured as follows:
- Title – You do NOT need to include a title page in your uploaded documents. The Editorial Manager System will ask you to enter title, running head, author names, and contact information (this information will be used to automatically generate a cover page for your submission PDF, and author names will not be visible in the version sent for peer review). If you choose to  include a title page in your main manuscript document, make sure it does NOT identify the authors. Also, do NOT upload a title page as a supplementary file. Supplementary files are viewable by the reviewers, so they should NOT include author names or contact information.
- Abstract - Maximum 300 words incorporating the following headings: Background; Objective; Method; Results; Conclusions; Key words. The abstract should not contain unexplained abbreviations.
- Main Text - Original research articles consist of: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Clinical Significance, References.  Reviews and other formats can be organized differently.
- Acknowledgements – Describe any funding or other resources which supported the research. Non-authors who contributed to the work but do not qualify for authorship may also be mentioned, but authors must have permission from these individuals in order to include them in the acknowledgements.
- Disclosures – Authors must disclose any real or potential conflicts of interest, especially those related to commercial industry. If there are no conflicts, this must be specifically stated. Each author must complete the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest, which will be uploaded to the manuscript submission system separately from the main text document (this document will not be visible to the reviewers). If your manuscript is accepted for publication, Information provided through this form will be used to generate the Disclosures statement for the final article. When checking article proofs, authors must confirm that the Disclosure section is complete and accurate.
- References - Use the Vancouver style with numbers in round brackets for citations within the main text and a numbered list in the Reference section.
- Statistics - Use APA guidelines for reporting statistics in articles.
- Abbreviations - All abbreviations must be spelt out on first usage and only widely recognized abbreviations will be permitted.
- Randomised Controlled Trials - The Journal recommends authors use the newest version of the CONSORT guidelines. In particular, a flow chart illustrating the progress of participants through the trial (CONSORT diagram) must be included.
- Systematic Reviews - The Journal recommends authors use the newest version of the PRISMA statement for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
- Supplementary Material - This is encouraged, especially when authors wish to share additional information that will not fit within the manuscript word limit. Supplementary files can be uploaded during the submission process, and reviewers will be able to access this material through a link.
- Proofs - Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail as a PDF file.
- Registration of Clinical Trials - The Journal recommends that all clinical trials are registered in a public trials registry.

Peer review policyManuscripts submitted to SJCAPP are only accepted for publication after going through external peer review, following initial evaluation by one of the Editors (menu bar: Overview).

All matters relating to the editorial policies of SJCAPP should be addressed in writing to Editors-in Chief:
Ole Jakob Storebø ( or Sven Bölte (, 
Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Editorial Office
Psychiatric Research Unit, Region Zealand,
Fælledvej 6,4200 Slagelse, Denmark