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Journal of Psychosexual Health

Journal of Psychosexual Health

Published in Association with Karnataka Sexual Sciences Academy

eISSN: 26318326 | ISSN: 26318318 | Current volume: 5 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Dr T. S. Sathyanarayana Rao is the founder editor of the Journal of Psychosexual Health (SSH). It is an open access, quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, launched by SAGE Publishing, which is the official publication of the Karnataka Academy of Sexual Sciences. The growing importance of psychosexual health, the need for compiling high-quality systematic research in the field of sexuality and sexual well-being, and the lack of a journal dedicated to the same formed the basis of starting this journal. Psychosexual well-being forms an integral component of mental health; however, it is often under-researched and stigmatized. This was the impetus to initiate this journal and provide a common platform for all scientists, researchers, and other medical professionals to learn, contribute, and publish in this particular field for its advancement and to increase awareness in the public.

The name of the journal itself emphasizes the etiology of psychosexual disorders. Biological, psychological, and social factors influence the psychosexual health of an individual. A number of specialties currently deal with part of the problem including Andrology, Urology, Internal Medicine, and Gynecology. However, they focus mostly on the organic aspect when our focus should be on the biopsychosocial model. SSH is open to all specialties directly or indirectly related with psychosexual health. It attempts to cover all the basic sciences related to psychosexual health; socio-cultural aspects, including anthropology, theology, sociology, and psychology; and related medical and surgical fields. The journal’s board has eminent scholars from the field around the world such as Nirmal Lamichanne, Chittaranjan Andrade, Sandeep Grover, Afzal Javed, Lasantha Malavige, G. Prasad Rao, Lesley Jo Weaver, and Narayana Reddy to name but a few.

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

Journal Highlights

· Provides rigorous & double-blinded peer review
· Open access journal with no Article Processing Charge (APC)
· Articles made freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons License

The Journal of Psychosexual Health aims to address all aspects of sexuality, sexual health, psychology of sexual behavior, and psychiatric aspects of sexual medicine practice, with a focus on publishing well-conducted research and scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. To ensure transparency and quality, the journal follows a rigorous double-blind peer-review process. It hopes to serve as a conduit to articulate the holistic needs of patients, caregivers, and medical practitioners alike. The goal is also to amalgamate all medical, surgical, and other allied branches related to sexual medicine practice into a single unified entity that can transcend barriers in communication and function as a quintessential broadcast for the latest views and pioneer advances in the field. As a first dedicated journal on psychosexual health and sexual medicine in Asia Pacific, in general, and in India, in particular, this journal encompasses a broad gamut of topics such as sexual practices, sexual development, its impact on interpersonal relationships between partners and emotional well-being, the LGBT community, gender dysphoria, socio-cultural aspects of human sexuality, basics of sexuality, sexual practice, sexual dysfunctions, sexual disorders, sexual problems in specific populations, evaluation and management, related medical topics, sexual abuse, legal aspects, evolution of sexuality through time, impact of media, and sex education in schools, community, and medical institutions. The journal accepts original research, systematic and narrative reviews, contemporary viewpoints, commentaries, reflective narratives, book reviews, case reports, and a special “Art Column” for literary and socio-cultural discourse on sexuality and sexual health. The journal as a primer offers contemporary vistas in human sexuality.

T S Sathyanarayana Rao Professor, Department of Psychiatry,JSS Medical College, Mysore, affiliated to JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research
Deputy Editors and Chief Journal Coordinators
Debanjan Banerjee Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Abhinav Tandon Dr AK Tandon Neuropsychiatric Centre, Allahabad
Assistant Editors
Mohammed Shamshul Ahasan Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh
Rithvik Kashyap JSS Hospital, Mysore
Nirmal Lamichanne Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Center Pvt. Ltd., Nepal
Shivananda Manohar J JSS Medical College & Hospital, Mysore
Amrit Pattajoshi Hi-Tech Medical College, Bhubaneshwar
Associate Editors
Radwa S. Abdelazim Cairo University Psychiatry Department, Cairo
Chittaranjan Andrade National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore
Rajashekar Bipeta Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
Sandeep Grover PGIMER, Chandigarh
Ruben Harnandez Medico Psiquiatra Sexologo, Venezuela
Om Prakash Jhirwal Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS), New Delhi
Roy Abraham Kallivayalil Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala
Vasan S.S Manipal Fertility, Bangalore
Column Editors
Atul Ambekar All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Rajni Chatterjee Consultant Psychiatrist, Bhopal
Sanjay Deshpande Consultant Sexologist, Nagpur
Jayan Mendis General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka
Pratima Murthy National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore
Amit Mutha Grant Medical College & Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai
Pandiyan. N Madras Medical College, Chennai
Natesh Prabhu Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College and Hospital, Chennai
Sravanti Sanivarapu National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore
Aleem Siddiqui Era’s Lucknow Medical College and Hospital, Lucknow
Anurag Srivastav Fortune Multispeciality Hospital, Hyderabad
Rajesh Taneja Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals Delhi, New Delhi
Adarsh Tripathi King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
G. Venkataramana Vatsayana Clinic, Hyderabad
Lesley Jo Weaver University of Alabama, USA
Afzal Javed Consultant Psychiatrist, England
T Kamaraj Indian Association for Sexology, Chennai
Vivek Kirpekar NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur
Lasantha Malavige Asiri Surgical Hospital, Sri Lanka
Rajesh Raman JSS Medical College & Hospital, Mysore
G. Prasad Rao Asha Hospital, Hyderabad
Narayana Reddy Chennai
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    Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Table of Contents:

    1. Open Access

    2. Article Processing Charge (APC)

    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & Scope
    3.2 Article types
    3.3 Writing your paper

    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy
    4.2 Authorship
    4.3 Acknowledgements
    4.4 Funding
    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    4.7 Clinical trials
    4.8 Reporting guidelines
    4.9 Research data

    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics
    5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Formatting
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Supplemental material
    6.4 Reference style

    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript
    7.2 Title, keywords and abstract
    7.3 Information required for completing your submission
    7.4 ORCID
    7.5 Information required for completing your submission
    7.6 Permissions

    8. On acceptance and publication

    8.1 Sage Production
    8.2 Online publication
    8.3 Promoting your article

    9. Further information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Psychosexual Health will be reviewed. 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.

    1. Open Access

    Journal of Psychosexual Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity.

    For general information on open access at Sage please view our Open Access FAQs.

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    There is no article processing charge to publish in Journal of Psychosexual Health.

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aim and scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Psychosexual Health, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope

    3.2 Article types

    The journal accepts the following article types:

    a. Original Articles (details given below)
    b. Review Articles
    c. Editorials/Guest Editorials
    d. Brief Research Communications
    e. Viewpoints
    f. CMEs/Grand Rounds/Commentaries/Current Theme
    g. Literature, History, Art in Sexual Medicine
    h. Case Reports
    i. Letter to the Editor
    j. My Voice
    k. Book Review(s)
    l. Announcements

    3.2 a: Original Research Papers: These should only include original findings from high-quality planned research studies such as experimental designs, outcome studies, case–control series and surveys with high response rates, randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, and cost-effectiveness analyses. The word limit is 5000 excluding references and an abstract (structured format) of not more than 250 words.

    3.2 b: Review Articles (invited): These are systemic and critical assessments of the literature which will be invited. Review articles should include an abstract of not more than 250 words describing the purpose of the review, collection and analysis of data, with the main conclusions. The word limit is 5000 words excluding references and abstract.

    3.2 c: Invited, approximately 1500 words. Please contact the Editor.

    3.2 d: Brief Research Communication: These manuscripts, with not more than 1 table/figure, should contain short reports of original studies or evaluations, service oriented research which may not be methodologically sound but points towards a potential area of scientific research or unique first-time reports. The word limit is 1500 words and up to 20 references, and an abstract (structured format) of not more than 150 words.

    3.2 e: Viewpoint: These should be experience-based views and opinions on debatable or controversial issues that affect the profession. The author should have sufficient, credible experience on the subject. The word limit is 3000 words.

    3.2 f: Grand Rounds (Case Conference): should highlight one or more of the following: diagnostic processes and discussion, therapeutic difficulties, learning process or content/technique of training. This may be authored by an individual or a team, and may be an actual case conference from an academic department or a simulated one. Commentaries and Current Themes: should address important topics, which may be either multiple or linked to a specific article. The word limit is 3000 words with 1 table/figure and up to 20 references.

    3.2 g: Literature/History/Art in Sexual Medicine: Original contributions are welcome which cover both literature as well as psychosexual health/sexualities/sexual medicine. These can be in the field of poetry, drama, fiction, reviews or any other suitable material. The word limit is 2000 words.

    3.2 h: Case Reports: These should contain reports of new/interesting/rare cases of clinical significance or with implications for management. The word limit is 1500 words and up to 10 references, and an abstract of not more than 150 words.

    3.2 i: Letters to the Editor: These should be short, decisive observation with the notation ‘for publication’. The word limit is 500 words and up to 5 references. Letters critical to an article published in the journal must be received within 8 weeks of publication of the article.

    3.2 j: My Voice: In this section multiple perspectives are provided by patients, caregivers and paraprofessionals. It should encompass how it feels to face a difficult diagnosis and what this does to relationships and the quality of life. Personal narratives, if used in this section, should have relevance to general applications or policies. Articles should underline the need to treat patients, rather than diseases, and to understand the impact such journeys may have on patients’ carers and families. The word limit is 1000 words.

    3.2 k: Book Reviews: Recent or any work of substance and interest which can be reviewed to disseminate the relevance. The authors must submit two copies – one for the editorial office and another copy for the reviewer. 500–1000 words.

    3.2 l: Announcements: Information regarding conferences, meetings, courses, awards and other items likely to be of interest to readers should be submitted with the name and address of the person from whom additional information can be obtained (up to 100 words).

    3.3 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.

    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable
    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors

    •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper

    •  The author has recommended the reviewer

    •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    If the named authors for a manuscript change at any point between submission and acceptance, an Authorship Change Form must be completed and digitally signed by all authors (including any added or removed) . An addition of an author is only permitted following feedback raised during peer review. Completed forms can be uploaded at Revision Submission stage or emailed to the Journal Editorial Office contact (listed on the journal’s manuscript submission guidelines). All requests will be moderated by the Editor and/or Sage staff.

    Important: Changes to the author by-line by adding or deleting authors are NOT permitted following acceptance of a paper.

    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.

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    4.3 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.

    4.3.1 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.

    4.3.2 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    4.4 Funding

    Journal of Psychosexual Health 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.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests                 

    It is the policy of Journal of Psychosexual Health to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    4.7 Clinical trials

    Journal of Psychosexual Health conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

    4.9 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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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 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.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism
    Journal of Psychosexual Health 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 plagiarized 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.

    5.1.2 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.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Journal of Psychosexual Health publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page. Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request. 

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    A few points to be kept in mind while preparing your manuscript:

    1. Submit good quality colour images. Each image should be less than 400 kb in size. Size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images (keep up to 800 pixels or 4 inches). All image formats (jpeg, tiff, gif, bmp, png, eps, etc.) are acceptable; jpeg is most suitable. Do not zip the files.
    2. For original articles the abstract should be structured and state the Context (Background), Aims, Settings and Design, Methods and Material, Statistical analysis used, Results and Conclusions. Below the abstract should provide 3 to 6 keywords.
    3. Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material. Tables with more than 10 columns and 25 rows are not acceptable. Limit the number to minimum required.
    4. Number tables in Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief caption for each.
    5. Place explanatory matter in table notes, not in the heading. Explain in notes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table. Please use superscripts a, b, c, …, for this purpose.
    6. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text.
    7. Figure captions (maximum 40 words, excluding the credit line) should be given in Arabic numerals. When symbols, arrows or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the caption. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.
    8. Article title/headings in title case.
    9. References cited in superscript in the text without bracket.
    10. References according to the journal’s instructions.
    11. Avoid abbreviations in abstracts, at the beginning of sentences, and as definitions in headings.
    12. Don’t use commas for 4-digit numbers.

    6.2 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  

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    6.3 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.

    6.4 Reference style

    Journal of Psychosexual Health adheres to the AMA Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.

    Reference citations represented by superscripted numbers; the numbers are ordered in sequence from the first mention of the cite in text and correspond to a numbered reference list:

    In a study by Smith et al,1 ….

    Smith and Jones21 demonstrated that …

    … according to studies12,14-17; in addition …

    In the reference list, names of all the authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors should be used, followed by “et al.”


    Journal article (in print, published ahead of print):

    Crews DW, Gartska WR, Meyer B, et al. The physiology of the garter snake: an analysis. Sci Am. 1981;245:158-159.

    Armstrong DD. Rett syndrome neuropathology review [published online May 3, 2001]. Brain Dev. doi:10.1002/CD1023.


    Voet D, Voet JG. The Science of Biochemistry. 3rd ed. New York, NY: J Wiley; 1990.

    Chapter in a book:

    Kuret JA, Murad F. Adenohypophyseal hormones. In: Gilman AG, Taylor P, eds. The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 8th ed. Orlando, FL: Grune & Stratton; 1976:1334-1360.

    Paper presented at a conference:

    Eisenberg J. Market forces and physician workforce reform: why they may not work. Paper presented at: Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges; October 28, 1995; Washington, DC.

    Online journals

    Blackburn TA. Updating autologous chondrocyte implantation knee rehabilitation. Orthopedic Tech Review. 2003;5:30-33. Accessed January 7, 2005.


    FDA resources page. Food and Drug Administration website. Accessed June 23, 2000.

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Journal of Psychosexual Health is hosted on Sage Track Sage, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. 

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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. 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).

    7.4 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 unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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 recognized.

    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.

    7.5 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 on 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).

    7.6 Permissions

    Please 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 Journal Author Gateway.

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for Sage Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

    8.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned 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.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

    8.3 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. In addition, Sage is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Journal of Psychosexual Health editorial office as follows:

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