Stress and Health

Cover image for Vol. 30 Issue 2

Impact Factor: 1.036

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 58/75 (Psychology); 88/121 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 101/135 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1532-2998

Author Guidelines


Stress and Health uses online submission and peer review which allows authors to track the progress of their manuscripts via a web interface. All submissions to the journal must be submitted at 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 the 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

All papers must be submitted via the online system

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author unless specifically requested. The journal 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.

File types. Manuscript text should be submitted in .doc, .docx or .rtf, format. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. Manuscripts should be in APA style and follow the most current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

  • The title page must list the full title, and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • 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.
  • In the Introduction section include a brief statement explaining what the paper adds to the existing literature on the subject.
  • 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 l and number one and prime, between k and kappa.

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 involving human volunteers must include details of ethical approval. These should include:

    (a) the name of the Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee that approved the study and all protocols,
    (b) the date of this 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.
  • Randomised 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 and flowchart. The checklist and flowchart should be uploaded at the time of manuscript submission using the file designation 'Supplemental Files' (for the checklist) and ‘Figure’ (for the flowchart). The raw data, ideally in Excel format, should also be submitted.

Further information can be found in our Ethical Guidelines document.

Research Articles report original research with the potential to make significant empirical and/or theoretical contributions to the existing stress and health literature. Manuscripts in this category should not normally exceed 6,000 words (inclusive of references, figures and tables).

Short Communications may not meet all the criteria of a full length article, but nonetheless makes a contribution to the literature by virtue of its innovation, novel area of investigation and/or unique sample. Manuscripts in this category should also include validity work on significant measures in the field, or the development of new measures. Although a Short Communication may be narrower in scope than a full-length article, it must make an empirical or theoretical contribution to receive consideration for publication in Stress and Health. Submissions in this category should not normally exceed 3, 000 words (inclusive of references, figures and tables).

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.  Authors who wish to submit ideas for Conceptual Reviews and/or Commentaries are welcome to do so, via the Editorial Office (

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 ( which aims directly to improve health outcomes by identifying and disseminating examples of best clinical practice.

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.

Reference style . The APA system of citing sources indicates the author's last name and the date, in parentheses, within the text of the paper.

A. A typical citation of an entire work consists of the author's name and the year of publication .

Example: Charlotte and Emily Bronte were polar opposites, not only in their personalities but in their sources of inspiration for writing (Taylor, 1990).
Use the last name only in both first and subsequent citations, except when there is more than one author with the same last name. In that case, use the last name and the first initial.

B. If the author is named in the text, only the year is cited .

Example: According to Irene Taylor (1990), the personalities of Charlotte. . .

C. If both the name of the author and the date are used in the text, parenthetical reference is not necessary .

Example: In a 1989 article, Gould explains Darwin's most successful. . .

D. Specific citations of pages or chapters follow the year .

Example: Emily Bronte "expressed increasing hostility for the world of human relationships, whether sexual or social" (Taylor, 1988, p. 11).

E. When the reference is to a work by two authors, cite both names each time the reference appears .

Example: Sexual-selection theory often has been used to explore patters of various insect matings (Alcock & Thornhill, 1983) . . . Alcock and Thornhill (1983) also demonstrate. . .

F. When the reference is to a work by three to five authors, cite all the authors the first time the reference appears. In a subsequent reference, use the first author's last name followed by et al . (meaning "and others") .

Example: Patterns of byzantine intrigue have long plagued the internal politics of community college administration in Texas (Douglas et al ., 1997)
When the reference is to a work by six or more authors, use only the first author's name followed by et al . in the first and all subsequent references. The only exceptions to this rule are when some confusion might result because of similar names or the same author being cited. In that case, cite enough authors so that the distinction is clear.

G. When the reference is to a work by a corporate author, use the name of the organization as the author .

Example: Retired officers retain access to all of the university's educational and recreational facilities (Columbia University, 1987, p. 54).

H. Personal letters, telephone calls, and other material that cannot be retrieved are not listed in References but are cited in the text .

Example: Jesse Moore (telephone conversation, April 17, 1989) confirmed that the ideas. . .

I. Parenthetical references may mention more than one work, particularly when ideas have been summarized after drawing from several sources. Multiple citations should be arranged as follows .


  • List two or more works by the same author in order of the date of publication: (Gould, 1987, 1989)
  • Differentiate works by the same author and with the same publication date by adding an identifying letter to each date: (Bloom, 1987a, 1987b)
  • List works by different authors in alphabetical order by last name, and use semicolons to separate the references: (Gould, 1989; Smith, 1983; Tutwiler, 1989).

All references must be complete and accurate. Online citations should also include date of access. Use MedLine abbreviations for journal names. They can be found at: If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Journal Article

Murzynski, J., & Degelman, D. (1996). Body language of women and judgments of vulnerability to sexual assault. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26, 1617-1626.


Paloutzian, R. F. (1996). Invitation to the psychology of religion (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Book with More than One Author

Natarajan, R., & Chaturvedi, R. (1983). Geology of the Indian Ocean . Hartford, CT: University of Hartford Press.
Hesen, J., Carpenter, K., Moriber, H., & Milsop, A. (1983). Computers in the business world . Hartford, CT: Capital Press.
And so on. The abbreviation et al. is not used in the reference list, regardless of the number of authors, although it can be used in the text citation of material with three to five authors (after the initial citation, when all are listed) and in all parenthetical citations of material with six or more authors.

Web Document on University Program or Department Web Site

Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials . Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Website:

Stand-alone Web Document (no date)

Nielsen, M. E. (n.d.). Notable people in psychology of religion . Retrieved August 3, 2001, from

Journal Article from Database

Hien, D., & Honeyman, T. (2000). A closer look at the drug abuse-maternal aggression link. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15 , 503-522. Retrieved May 20, 2000, from ProQuest database.

Abstract from Secondary Database

Garrity, K., & Degelman, D. (1990). Effect of server introduction on restaurant tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20 , 168-172. Abstract retrieved July 23, 2001, from PsycINFO database.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Shea, J. D. (1992). Religion and sexual adjustment. In J. F. Schumaker (Ed.), Religion and mental health (pp. 70-84). New York: Oxford University Press.

Illustrations. Supply each illustration on a separate sheet, with the lead author's name and the figure number, with the top of the figure indicated, on the reverse. Supply original photographs ; photocopies or previously printed material will not be used. Line artwork must be high-quality laser output (not photocopies). Grey shading (tints) are not acceptable; lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Supply artwork at the intended size for printing. The artwork must be sized to the text width of 75 mm (one column) or 155 mm (two columns).

Supporting Information (online only). Additional material such as video clips, lengthy Appendices (e.g. extensive reference lists or mathematical formulae/calculations), etc, that are relevant to the parent article but is not essential or fundamental to the study, may also be considered for publication and should be submitted as supporting information. This is material which does not or cannot appear in the printed and online edition of the journal. Please refer to all supporting information in the manuscript using Table S1, Figure S1, etc, and supply such information as separate files (i.e. not embedded within the main manuscript). Further information on suitable file formats etc may be found here.

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.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
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

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 Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Pre-Submission English Language Editing Services. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found by clicking here. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

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

Authors wishing to publish via OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

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.

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 If you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Additional copies of the journal may be ordered.

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