Infant Mental Health Journal

Cover image for Vol. 36 Issue 6

Edited By: Paul Spicer, PhD

Impact Factor: 1.071

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 58/68 (Psychology Developmental)

Online ISSN: 1097-0355

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Author Guidelines

The Infant Mental Health Journal (IMHJ) is the official publication of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and is copyrighted by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.

Information for Contributors

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, its international focus, and its commitment to clinical science, the IMHJ publishes research articles, literature reviews, program descriptions/evaluations, clinical studies, and book reviews on infant social–emotional development, caregiver–infant interactions, and contextual and cultural influences on infant and family development. The Journal is organized into three sections: Research, Clinical Perspectives, and Book Reviews. Research focuses on empirical research. Clinical Perspectives allows for more diversity in types of submissions and is designed to advance infant mental health practice and scholarship. Requests for book reviews should be sent by the author or publisher to the Editor In Chief. Please do not send a copy of the book until the request is approved.

The Journal welcomes a broad perspective and scope of inquiry in infant mental health and has an interdisciplinary and international group of associate editors, consulting editors, and reviewers who participate in the peer review process. In addition to regular submissions to the Journal, proposals for special issues or sections are also welcome. These should be discussed with the Editor In Chief prior to submission.

MANUSCRIPTS for submission to the Infant Mental Health Journal should be forwarded to the Editor as follows:

  1. Go to your Internet browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer).
  2. Go to the URL
  3. Register (if you have not done so already).
  4. Go to the Author Center and follow the instructions to submit your paper.
  5. Please upload the following as separate documents: the title page (with identifying information) and all remaining files without any identifying information, including the body of your manuscript, and each table and figure. Please note that the cover letter is uploaded directly into a field in the on-line submission platform.
  6. The Title Page should include a discussion of any conflicts of interest, human subjects approvals, and funding. Acknowledgements may also appear here. The Infant Mental Health Journal complies with all relevant recommendations from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in these areas.
  7. Your abstract should be uploaded into the appropriate field at the submission website and should also be included in the main text of the manuscript. The abstract in the manuscript must include 3-5 key words listed at the end of the text.
  8. Please note that this journal's workflow is double-blinded. Authors must prepare and submit files for the body of the manuscript and any accompanying files that are anonymous for review (containing no name or institutional information that may reveal author identity).
  9. All related files will be concatenated automatically into a single .PDF file by the system during upload. This is the file that will be used for review. Please scan your files for viruses before you send them, and keep a copy of what you send in a safe place in case any of the files need to be replaced.
  10. Style must conform to that described by the American Psychological Association Publication Manual , Sixth Edition, 2009 (American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242). Authors are responsible for final preparation of manuscripts to conform to the APA style.

Manuscripts generally do not exceed 10,000 words and will be assigned for peer review by the Editor or Associate Editor(s) and reviewed by members of the Editorial Board and invited reviewers with special knowledge of the topic addressed in the manuscript. The Editor retains the right to reject articles that do not meet conventional clinical or scientific ethical standards. Normally, the review process is completed in 3 months. Nearly all manuscripts accepted for publication require some degree of revision. There is no charge for publication of papers in the Infant Mental Health Journal. The publisher may levy additional charges for changes in proofs other than correction of printer's errors. Authors have the option to participate in Wiley’s OnlineOpen program which allows authors of primary research articles to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication and archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For more information, please visit the OnlineOpen page.

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and must be read carefully because final responsibility for accuracy rests with the author(s). Author(s) must return corrected proofs to the publisher in a timely manner. If the publisher does not receive corrected proofs from the author(s), publication will still proceed as scheduled.

Additional questions with regard to style and submission of manuscripts should be directed to the Editor: Paul Spicer, PhD, at