Infant Mental Health Journal

Cover image for Vol. 36 Issue 1

Edited By: Hiram E. Fitzgerald

Impact Factor: 1.133

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 52/65 (Psychology Developmental)

Online ISSN: 1097-0355

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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.

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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.  In addition, there is particular interest in neurobiological organization, longitudinal evidence of early preventive-intervention effectiveness,  assessment during infancy and early childhood, and those conditions that place infants and/or families at risk for less than optimal development. The Journal is organized into three sections: Research and Prevention/Intervention Studies, Clinical Case Studies and Perspectives, and Book Reviews. The first section on Research and Intervention Studies involves peer reviewed traditional research journal models. However, the Clinical Case Studies and Perspectives section allows for more diversity both in types of submissions and through the peer review process. This increased flexibility provides the opportunity to expand both the interdisciplinary and international scope of the Journal. The Book Review Editor screens books that are received by the Journal and requests a review from an appropriate person. The book reviews are then reviewed by the Book Review Editor and the Journal Editor. The Journal welcomes a broad perspective and scope of inquiry into infant mental health issues 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, the intent is to publish two special issues or sections each year that may be guest edited and which provide an in-depth exploration through a series of papers of an issue that may be of particular interest to the readers of the Journal.  The  Journal also publishes special sections within an issue that focus on a highly defined topic.  Please submit requests for special issues directly to the Editor. 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).
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3. Register (if you have not done so already).
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), the body of your manuscript (containing no identifying information), each table, and each figure.
Please note that this journal's workflow is double-blinded. Authors must prepare and submit files for the body of the manuscript that are anonymous for review (containing no name or institutional information that may reveal author identity).
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.

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.  In addition, authors must provide a statement of conflict of interest that will be published on the title page of the article, as well as an explanation of the contributions each author made to the work described in the submitted paper.

Manuscripts are assigned for peer review by the Editor or Associate Editor(s) and are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board and invited reviewers with special knowledge of the topic addressed in the manuscript. The Infant Mental Health Journal requires submissions to conform to the Sixth Edition of the American Psychological Association and its policies on conflict of interest, authorship, and ethical compliance. 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. 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: Hiram E. Fitzgerald, PhD, at

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