Frequently Asked Questions


What is Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science?
Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science (BP:GOS) is a peer-reviewed, rapid-publication, international journal that was launched in 2020. It is a gold open-access journal, published online-only.

Where can I find information about submitting to Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science?
Our Guide for Authors is available here. We also have optional checklists available to help authors adhere to our submission guidelines. The checklist for new submissions is available here. The checklist for revised submissions is available here.

How can I submit to Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science?
Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science is pleased to accept direct submissions in addition to referrals from the parent journal. We invite you to submit at

Can I have my paper transferred from Biological Psychiatry?
Transfer offers are made by the editors when issuing a decision at Biological Psychiatry or Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. If your paper was rejected at one of these journals and you did not receive a transfer offer, you may still submit directly to BP:GOS through our website at

I received an offer to transfer my paper from one of the other Biological Psychiatry journals. What do I do now?
If you received an offer from the editors to transfer your paper, follow the link in the decision letter to "Accept Transfer Offer". Clicking that link will immediately transfer your submission to the Editorial Office at BP:GOS.

Do articles published in Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science appear in PubMed?
Yes. All papers published in BP:GOS are deposited in PubMed Central once the corrected proof is available. Once deposited, papers then also become searchable in PubMed.

Does Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science have an Impact Factor?
Not yet. A minimum of two years of publication are required before a new journal can apply for inclusion in Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation reports, which is followed by a lengthy evaluation period. Because Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science will be upholding the same high standards as the other journals in the Biological Psychiatry family, we anticipate rapid progress in our goal of establishing BP:GOS as a premier venue for open-access research in biological psychiatry.

How do I find more information about what options and resources are available to fund publication in an open access journal like BP:GOS?
We understand that the world of open access publishing is complicated and that navigating through it can be difficult. We have put together a resource guide for authors in an effort to assist, available here:

I am considering submitting a manuscript to Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, but would like to ensure it is of potential interest to the journal. Do you accept pre-submission inquiries?
Yes, we are pleased to respond to pre-submission inquiries, which should be sent by email to [email protected]. Please include/attach the abstract if possible. Note that we can never guarantee acceptance even if we confirm potential interest in the paper.

I am considering submitting a manuscript to Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, but it exceeds the maximum word limit. Must I reduce it prior to initial submission?
No, you may proceed with submission. We do not require articles to meet our length requirements until the first revision is prepared and submitted. You may receive some suggestions from the reviewers and/or editors about areas of your manuscript that are unnecessarily lengthy or that are better suited for classification as Supplemental Information, and you can work to reduce the length of the paper at the revision stage. 

My revised manuscript is over the word limit after addressing all of the reviewer concerns. What can I do?
Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science enforces its word limits when a revised manuscript is submitted. Needing to address the reviewers’ concerns is not a sufficient reason for exceeding the journal’s maximum word limits. We advise you to take a critical look at your manuscript to ensure that it is written as concisely and clearly as possible. Additionally, we strongly encourage the use of Supplemental Information. This can be text, tables, and/or figures that are relevant to the work but not critical to support the findings.

I want to appeal the rejection decision on my paper. How do I proceed?
All appeals must be submitted in writing to [email protected], and should include justification for overturning the original rejection decision. Appeals should not be submitted directly to the handling editor. Appeals are taken seriously and carefully evaluated by the editorial team.

My paper was rejected by Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, but I have revised it and/or added new data. Can I submit it as a new paper?
No. Unsolicited revisions (i.e., submitting a revised paper as a new paper) are generally not allowed. If you wish to challenge the original rejection decision, you should submit an appeal to [email protected].  

Does the journal permit shared/joint authorship?
Yes, the journal permits shared/joint authorship in either the first or senior positions. This is considered separate from the person designated as the corresponding author. Simply denote on the title page which authors contributed equally and, should the article be accepted for publication, a notation will be included in the published paper.

Can we assign one corresponding author to handle the submission process, but designate a different one upon acceptance?
We require that only a single person be responsible for the manuscript from submission through publication. The corresponding author should not be changed after submission without a valid reason. If the corresponding author wants to ensure that another author also receives communications about a manuscript, please contact the Editorial Office.

Can we name two corresponding authors in the final, published version of the paper?
Yes. We require that only a single person be responsible for the manuscript from submission through acceptance. However, we do permit two individuals to be named in the final, published version of the paper. Authors may denote this on the title page of their paper, and if the paper is accepted for publication, this information will be included in the published paper. Note that the Editorial Office will continue to communicate solely with the “primary” corresponding author.

A preprint of my paper is posted on bioRxiv. Can I still submit to Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science?
Yes, the Journal permits the submission of manuscripts that have been posted on preprint servers, including bioRxiv or medRxiv. This information should be disclosed in the Acknowledgments/Disclosures section of the paper.

My NIH-funded manuscript has been accepted by Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science. How do I comply with the NIH Public Access Policy?
As a service to our authors, our publisher, Elsevier, will deposit manuscripts to PubMed Central that have reported NIH-funded research. The full Elsevier policy is available here. To initiate this process, the corresponding author must indicate that the study received NIH funding when completing the Rights and Access Form, which is sent to the corresponding author via email after acceptance.

My manuscript has been accepted by Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science, and the study’s funding body has manuscript archiving requirements. What do I need to do?
Our publisher, Elsevier, has established agreements and policies with multiple funding bodies in the U.S. and U.K. Please see the full details here.

How soon will my accepted article be published?
Accepted articles are published online, prior to copyediting, within one week of final acceptance. They become immediately citable, with an assigned digital object identifier (DOI) number. The corrected proof then replaces the accepted-article version when it is published online, which takes an average of 28 business days. Articles are published in their final paginated form 6-8 months after acceptance, on average. Please ensure you respond to all proof inquiries as quickly as possible to prevent any delays in this process.

How fast will my manuscript be evaluated?
The average time from submission to first decision is less than 20 days, with an editorial rejection (reject without peer review) decision issued within 5 days. Please keep in mind that if your manuscript has been sent out for peer review, it may take longer than 20 days to receive enough reviews for an editor to reach a decision.

I want to use material from an article published in Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science.  How do I obtain permission?
Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science is a gold open-access journal and therefore permission is not always required to reuse content, which is dependent on the specific license for the specific article. We recommend locating the desired article on either ScienceDirect or the journal website. Then, check the specific license details to verify whether or not you need permission and/or complete the RightsLink request form that opens in your browser if needed. To get to the permission form from ScienceDirect, select “Get Rights and Content” from the right-hand side of the page. From the journal website, select “Rights/Permissions” from the right-hand toolbox. Authors do not need to request permission to reuse portions or extracts from their own article in other works. In all cases, proper attribution to the original work is always required. Complete instructions are also available here.

I am interested in submitting special cover art for Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science. How can I do so?
We are happy to accept scientifically and visually interesting images that would be suitable for cover art. At the “Attach Files” screen during the submission process, you may upload additional images for consideration as cover art. You may also email the files to the Editorial Office. Please note that all images that appear in the paper are automatically considered.

Thank you for your interest in Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Editorial Office by phone at 254-522-9700 or by e-mail at [email protected].