Stress and Health

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Impact Factor: 1.814

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 45/76 (Psychology); 62/133 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 84/140 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1532-2998



Author Guidelines


Online Submission of Manuscripts

Stress and Health uses an online submission and peer review system, which allows authors to track the progress of their manuscripts via a web interface. All submissions to the journal must be submitted at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/smi. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance the click then Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every page. If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Office by email at SMIedoffice@wiley.com.

Article Types

Research Articles report original research with the potential to make significant empirical and/or novel theoretical contributions to the existing stress and health literature. Manuscripts in this category should not normally exceed 35 double spaced A4 pages (12-pt. font) pages (inclusive of references, figures and tables). Please note: Randomized controlled trials submitted for publication must be registered in a public registry of controlled trials. The trial registration number must be included in the manuscript. Manuscripts reporting RCTs must also follow the CONSORT statement and will not be considered for publication without a completed CONSORT checklist. The checklist should be uploaded at the time of manuscript submission using the file designation 'Supplemental Files'. The raw data, ideally in Excel format, should also be submitted.

Short Communications are typically narrower in scope than a Research Article. Nonetheless, they contribute to the literature, e.g., due to their: unique sample; replication of a high-profile finding in need of independent confirmation; validation of significant measures in the field; or the development of new measures. Submissions in this category should not normally exceed 17 double spaced A4 pages (12-pt. font) pages (inclusive of references, figures and tables). Occasionally, action editors may request that a Research Article be resubmitted as a Short Communication.

Review Articles may include meta-analyses or conceptual work resulting in significant new theoretical insights into the field of stress and health. To be considered for publication, these must go beyond merely summarizing the extant literature. Reviews are expected to adhere to the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines. Authors should submit the 27-item PRISMA checklist and a four-phase flow diagram in their Supplementary manuscript files.

Registered Reports represent a new format of research article in which manuscripts containing a study proposal are reviewed for publication consideration prior to data collection. Thus, Registered Reports are evaluated based solely on the intrinsic merit of the research proposal rather than the statistical significance of the eventual results. The peer review process for Registered Reports happens in two stages. Initial Stage 1 submissions include the complete Introduction, Method, and Proposed Analyses. Stage 1 submissions are evaluated based on: 1) the significance of the research question(s) and potential contribution of findings to knowledge; 2) the logic, rationale and plausibility of the proposed hypotheses; 3) the rigor of the proposed methodology and statistical analysis; and 4) the extent to which the methodology is sufficiently clear such that an independent investigator could replicate the procedures and analysis. If the Stage 1 submission is conditionally accepted, authors are guaranteed publication of their final manuscript predicated upon them carrying out the research protocol exactly as proposed and drawing appropriate conclusions about the findings. Upon completion of their study, authors submit a Stage 2 submission to allow for a review of the final manuscript to ensure those conditions were met. Please see Probst & Hagger (2015) for further details. Specific submission guidelines can be found here.

Invited Conceptual Review articles and Commentary articles will only be considered upon invitation by the Editors. Conceptual Review articles offer a synthesis of current knowledge in a field where rapid or significant progress has been made. Commentary articles discuss particularly novel and/or controversial topics related to stress and health.

Please note: Stress & Health does not consider manuscripts presenting the results of animal studies. Moreover, case reports are not considered for publication in the journal. Authors of case reports are encouraged to submit to the Wiley Open Access journal, Clinical Case Reports (http://www.clinicalcasesjournal.com) which aims directly to improve health outcomes by identifying and disseminating examples of best clinical practice.

Ethical Guidelines

  • Authors should supply a conflict of interest statement with their submitted manuscript, detailing any financial or personal relationships that may bias their work, or a declaration that they have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
  • Original research studies and Registered Reports involving human participants must provide details of ethical approval, including:
    a) the name of the Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee that approved the study and all protocols,
    b) the date of the approval and
    c) the number of the certification or document which verified approval of the study.
  • Identifying details of patients and study participants should be omitted. If identifying information is essential for scientific purposes, or if there is any doubt about the adequacy of the anonymity protection used, the patient (or parent/guardian) must give written informed consent for publication. Authors should provide this statement of informed consent upon submission of the manuscript.
  • Authors may only submit original unpublished work that is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must not substantially overlap with previously published works drawn from the same dataset. Authors using such data must acknowledge this in their cover letter to the Editor, and if their manuscript is accepted, include information regarding any relevant prior publication(s) in the final manuscript. The journal also employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal, you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Further information can be found in the Publisher’s Ethical Guidelines document.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. Manuscripts (including References) should be in APA style and follow the most current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • File types. Manuscript text should be submitted in .doc, .docx or .rtf format.
  • The title page must list the full title of the manuscript, and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the corresponding author.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Supply an abstract of up to 200 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to five keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes. Use words from the medical subject headings list of Index Medicus where possible.
  • Figures and illustrations. These must be supplied in separate files, in .tif, .eps or .jpg format.
  • Generic or chemical names should be used for all compounds, materials and products should be identified. Sources of unusual materials and chemicals, and the manufacturer and model of equipment used, should be indicated. Materials and products should be identified in the text by the generic name followed by the trade name in brackets.
  • All abbreviations should be preceded the first time they appear by the full name except the SI symbols for units which are to be used without explanation. Distinction should be made between capital and lower case letters, between the letter O and zero, between the letter I and number one and prime, between k and kappa.

Upon Acceptance of a Manuscript


Copyright. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. The corresponding author MUST submit the CTA as it is a requirement for publication. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp.

OnlineOpen. OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to 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 the full list of terms and conditions, see http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406241.html.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform the Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and RCUK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Article Proofs and Offprints. Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for author services at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Note to NIH Grantees. Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley-Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.


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