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Writing a Commentary for Evidence-Based Mental Health

The commentary should focus on the article and the aim of the commentary is to discuss if and how the study can have an impact on evidence based practice 

Evidence Based Mental Health has a specific format for this type of commentary. To keep your commentary in-line with the journal style, we ask that you provide a single-sentence declarative title and that you format your commentary according to the following sub-headings and section lengths:

  1. 1. Under the heading “What is already known on this topic”, please summarise in TWO max: THREE SENTENCES the context of the problem addressed by the paper, and how this research fits with previous work in this area
  3. 2. Under the heading “What this paper adds”, please write TWO max: THREE BULLET POINTS to explain what this article adds to the literature and our scientific knowledge
  5. 3. Under the heading “Limitations”, please write TWO max: THREE BULLET POINTS to highlight your major concerns of the study, considering both methodological (i.e. internal validity) and clinical issues (i.e. external validity)
  7. 4. Under the heading “What next in research”, please write in TWO max: THREE SENTENCES which will be in your opinion the next steps or directions to be taken to increase our knowledge in the field
  9. 5. Under the heading “Do these results change your practices and why?”, please write in TWO max: THREE SENTENCES which are for you the most important clinical implications from the study and if and how it will change your practice 

EBMH commentaries are accompanied by abstracts which are prepared in-house, so you do not need to specifically describe methods or state the results of the original study. The commentary needs to be no more than 450 words and must include at least one but no more than 3 references (not included in the word count).


BMJ journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  1. The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  2. The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  3. The BMJ itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  4. A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal's integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate


For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).

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