Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 2

Edited By: Lawrie Elliott

Impact Factor: 0.844

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 65/109 (Nursing (Social Science)); 68/111 (Nursing (Science)); 107/133 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 117/140 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1365-2850

Author Guidelines

Content of Author Guidelines: 1. Aims and Scope, 2. Authorship, appeals and permissions 3. Submission of Manuscripts, 4. Manuscript Types, 5. Manuscript Format and Structure, 6. After Acceptance


The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is an international journal which publishes research and scholarly papers that advance the development of policy, practice, research and education in all aspects of mental health nursing. We publish rigorously conducted research, literature reviews, essays and debates, and consumer practitioner narratives; all of which add new knowledge and advance practice globally.

All papers must have clear implications for mental health nursing either solely or part of multidisciplinary practice. Papers are welcomed which draw on single or multiple research and academic disciplines. We give space to practitioner and consumer perspectives and ensure research published in the journal can be understood by a wide audience. We encourage critical debate and exchange of ideas and therefore welcome letters to the editor and essays and debates in mental health.

Please read the instructions below carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Authors are encouraged to visit: Wiley Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.


2.1 Authorship and Acknowledgments

Authorship: Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal.

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). According to the ICMJE authorship criteria should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of, or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2 and 3.

It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgments.

Acknowledgments: Under Acknowledgments please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Please also include specifications of the source of funding for the study and any potential conflict of interests if appropriate. Suppliers of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included.

2.2 Appeal of Decision

Authors who wish to appeal the decision on their submitted paper may do so by e-mailing the editorial office with a detailed explanation for why they find reasons to appeal the decision.

2.3 Permissions

If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.

2.4 Copyright Assignment

Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work and its essential substance have not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Correspondence to the journal is accepted on the understanding that the contributing author licences the publisher to publish the letter as part of the journal or separately from it, in the exercise of any subsidiary rights relating to the journal and its contents.

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.

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

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, may choose to publish OnlineOpen. 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. 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

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:

For questions concerning copyright, please visit Wiley-Blackwell's Copyright FAQ


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (+1 434 817 2040 ext. 167) or e-mail ( If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Assistant by e-mail (

3.1 Getting Started

Launch your web browser and go to the journal's online Submission Site:

·         Log-in or click the 'Create Account' option if you are a first-time user.

·         If you are creating a new account.
- After clicking on 'Create Account', enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next'. Your e-mail information is very important.
- Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click 'Next.'
- Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click 'Finish'.

·         If you have an account, but have forgotten your log in details, go to Password Help on the journals online submission system and enter your e-mail address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and a new temporary password. 

·          Log-in and select ‘Author Center’

3.2 Submitting Your Manuscript

·         After you have logged in, click the 'Submit a Manuscript' link in the menu bar.

·         Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your manuscript and you may upload your pre-prepared covering letter.

·         Click the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.

·         You are required to upload your files.
- Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
- Select the designation of each file in the drop-down menu next to the Browse button.
- When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.

·         Review your submission (in HTML and PDF format) before sending to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

3.3 Manuscript Files Accepted

The text file must be anonymous, and must contain the entire manuscript including abstract, keywords, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. Figure tags should be included in the file. The title page will be uploaded as a separate file from the main text to avoid identification of the author during the review process, and should contain title, short title, author names, qualifications, affiliations, and highlight the corresponding author details and email, and any acknowledgments. The text should be double spaced on A4 (or nearest equivalent) with wide margins (5cm/1in), leaving the right hand margin unjustified and turning the hyphenation off. Use tabs, not spaces, to separate the data in tables and ensure all pages are clearly numbered. Manuscripts should be formatted as described below.

Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word documents or Rich Text Format (.rft) files (not write-protected) and not as PDFs, plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to HTML and PDF on upload and will be used for the review process.

A covering letter/e-mail must also be included with each submission stating, on behalf of all the authors, that the work has not been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. It should also confirm the contact details and e-mail address of the correspondence author, in case there is a problem with the electronic file. All papers will then be peer-reviewed.  Authors should ensure they keep an up-to-date copy of their paper for reference.

3.4 Blinded Review

Before peer review, all manuscripts are screened by the editors for their suitability for publication in the journal on the basis that they meet the criteria laid out in the Aims and Scope. Papers that pass the initial screening are assigned to an Editor and double-blind peer reviewed. The names of the reviewers will thus not be disclosed to the author submitting a paper and the name(s) of the author(s) will not be disclosed to the reviewers.

To allow double-blinded review, please upload your main manuscript and title page as separate files.

Exception to the double-blind rule
The editorial team requires that all clinical trials are registered in a publicly accessible registry. Registration of systematic reviews and observational studies is also actively encouraged. Reviewers are encouraged to check protocols as part of the review process and consequently will be able to identify authors names and organisational affiliations. Registered studies will therefore be subject to single blind review (i.e. the reviewer may be aware of the name and affiliation of the author but reviewers will remain anonymous). The registration number should be supplied in the main body of the paper for example the methods section and can be obtained retrospectively. The title page should also be included in paper.

3.5 Suspension of Submission Mid-way in the Submission Process

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. The manuscript can then be located under 'Unsubmitted Manuscripts' and you can click on 'Continue Submission' to continue your submission when you choose to.

3.6 E-mail Confirmation of Submission

After submission you will receive an e-mail to confirm receipt of your manuscript. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail after 24 hours, please check your e-mail address carefully in the system. If the e-mail address is correct please contact your IT department. The error may be caused by spam filtering software on your e-mail server. Also, the e-mails should be received if the IT department adds our e-mail server ( to their whitelist.

3.7 Manuscript Status

You can access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check your Author Centre for the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

3.8 Submission of Revised Manuscripts

Revised manuscripts must be uploaded within 1 month of authors being notified of conditional acceptance pending satisfactory revision. Locate your manuscript under 'Manuscripts with Decisions' and click on 'Submit a Revision' to submit your revised manuscript. Please remember to delete any old files uploaded when you upload your revised manuscript. Please also remember to upload your manuscript document separate from your title page. Any changes made to the new manuscript should be highlighted in red and not as track changes. You should also upload a file which outlines how you responded to the reviewers’ comments.


Research and review papers:

The journal welcomes methodologically, ethically and theoretically rigorous original research (primary or secondary) which adds new knowledge to the field and advances the development of policy and practice in psychiatric and mental health nursing. We will consider research papers of up to 5,000 words and review papers of up to 7,000 words. The decision on the final word count rests solely with the Editor and Associate Editors.

Consumer and practitioner narratives:

As part of its mission to facilitate the translation of research into psychiatric and mental health nursing practice and give space to practitioner and consumer perspectives, JPMHN aims to engage with and be relevant to all those who are involved in the development of mental health knowledge, policy and practice. The journal therefore welcomes consumer and practitioner narratives which have the potential to improve mental health nursing practice and/or advance knowledge.

The narrative can be authored by a single person concerning their own experience, or jointly, for example, one person relating their own experience and another person providing context and analysis. In either case, the paper should contextualise the experience with reference to relevant literature (in the arts and/or the sciences) and answer the following questions: how does this experience fit within the context of the literature and how does it inform other consumers, practitioners or researchers?

Joint authors of consumer narratives should ensure that there is a genuine and equal collaboration, and that the contextualisation and analysis avoids any interpretation of someone else’s experience that has not been validated with that person.

This section will be subject to full double blind peer review. Papers must contribute to theoretical, conceptual, or methodological knowledge, and/or practice development. There is no need to provide an abstract, however an accessible summary is required (See MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE section 5.2). No more than 10 references are allowed. We will consider papers of up to 5000 words. The decision on the final word count rests solely with the Editor and Associate Editors.

Letters to the Editor
• To provide readers of the journal with a mechanism for submitting comments, questions or criticisms about published articles as well as brief reports and commentary unrelated to previously published articles.
• To respond to a paper recently printed in the Journal.
• To share an alternate point of view to a paper recently published in the Journal.
• To draw readers’ attention to new evidence or other issues relevant to the Journal aims.
• To comment on newly released guidelines / legislation changes / significant reports.

• Keep your points simple and focused;
• Avoid personal comments about the authors;
• Provide evidence to support your position;
• You need to reference the points you make in the same way you would in a research paper.
• Correspondence may be edited for length and grammatical correctness. Authors will be asked to approve editorial chances prior to publication.
• Letters responding to articles published in the JPMHN will normally only be considered if they are submitted within six months of the papers online publication date. We will inform authors if a letter relating to their paper (if it is published in the JPMHN) is going to be published and give them the opportunity to respond. Authors of papers discussed in correspondence will be given an opportunity to respond (normally in the same issue) in which the original correspondence appears.

Essays and Debates in Mental Health
• To explore a contemporary topic relevant to mental health nursing practice/service user care.
• To provide a rigorously developed theoretical perspective on a topic relevant to the Journal aims.

• A scholarly paper providing a new perspective, debating a contemporary issue, or introducing innovative practices:
            o Presented as a well-structured argument/ scholarly exploration delivered in a coherent and systematic style.
            o Clearly related to the aims of the Journal.
            o A broad understanding of relevant literature is demonstrated.
            o Well-developed integration of ideas and concepts.
• The topic should be of international relevance and be written in clearly expressed English.
• There is no need to include an accessible summary or abstract, however, authors should provide and introductory paragraph which sets out the
       purpose of the article.
• Word length between 3-5,000 words.


5.1 Format

Language: The language of publication is English. Authors for whom English is a second language must have their manuscript professionally edited by an English speaking person before submission to make sure the English is of high quality. It is preferred that manuscripts are professionally edited. Visit our site to learn about the options. Please note that using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

5.2 Structure 

All original studies and reviews of the evidence submitted to Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing should include:

Relevance Statement: Only papers relevant to mental health nursing practice will be considered for publication in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. We require that corresponding authors submit a statement that-in 100 words or fewer, sets out the relevance of the work to mental health nursing practice. If authors do not convince the Editor in Chief of this, the work will not be considered for publication.

Title page: This should give: the title of the article, the names and initials of each author, their qualifications, the department and institution to which the work should be attributed, the name, address, and telephone numbers of the author for correspondence, and a short title of 40 characters or less if the paper title exceeds this limit, and any Acknowledgments.

Abstract: The abstract should be less than 200 words in length and should be followed by six keywords in alphabetical order for indexing purposes. You should as far as possible use the following structure for research papers: Introduction; Aim/Question; Method; Results; Discussion; Implications for Practice. For consumer and practitioner narratives this should be: Introduction; Aim; Methods (if applicable); Thesis; Implications for Practice

Optimizing Your Abstract for Search Engines

Many readers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimizing your paper for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximize the web-friendliness of the most public part of your paper.

Accessible summary: In keeping with the aims and scope of JPMHN authors are required to include an easy-to-read summary of their papers as part of their submission. This is in the spirit of making research findings more accessible to non-academics, including users of mental health services, carers and voluntary organisations. It should also make scanning the Journal contents easier for all readers. The Accessible Summary should be structured under the following headings, with 1-2 bullet points under each:
- What is known on the subject
- What this paper adds to existing knowledge
- What are the implications for practice

Authors are asked to:
• Limit the summary to less than 250 words in total
• Express ideas in straightforward language
• Explain the importance of the paper's findings for a non-specialist audience.

Main text: This should begin on a separate page. Authors should follow established guidelines for their study design where these exist/apply:
• Randomised controlled trials: CONSORT checklist and flow diagram
• Non-randomised controlled trials: TREND checklist
• Observational research: STROBE checklists
• Systematic review and meta-analyses: PRISMA checklist and flow diagram
• Qualitative studies: COREQ checklist
• Quality improvement: SQUIRE checklist

Where there are no established guidelines for the study design, please use the same headings as the abstract.

Abbreviations should be written in full at the beginning of a sentence. Footnotes should be avoided. Spellings should conform to those used in the Concise Oxford Dictionary. SI units should be used throughout and authors should refer to Units, Symbols and Abbreviations published by the Royal Society of Medicine.

Information on CONSORT:
Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing requires a completed CONSORT 2010 checklist and flow diagram as a condition of submission when reporting the results of a randomized trial. Templates for these can be found here or on the CONSORT website which also describes several CONSORT checklist extensions for different designs and types of data beyond two group parallel trials. At minimum, your article should report the content addressed by each item of the checklist. Meeting these basic reporting requirements will greatly improve the value of your trial report and may enhance its chances for eventual publication.

5.3 References

Please ensure that references in the text exactly match those in the manuscript's reference list. If editing sections of text please ensure that any references that are affected are amended accordingly in the reference list.

In the text, cite the authors’ names followed by the date of publication e.g., Bowers & Thompson (2013). Where there are three or more authors, the first authors name followed by et al. will suffice, e.g. Kennard et al. (2012). Where more than one reference is cited they should be listed in chronological order. Authors should use the examples given below for referencing style. References to personal communications or unpublished results should be in the text only i.e. (A.C. Bowers & J.M. Thompson pers. comm.) or (A.C. Bowers unpublished results).

The editor and publisher recommend that citation of online published papers and other material should be done via a DOI (digital object identifier), which all reputable online published material should have - see for more information. If an author cites anything which does not have a DOI they run the risk of the cited material not being traceable.

5.4 Tables, Figures and Figure Legends

Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively and their positions indicated clearly in the text. Each should have an appropriate caption or legend that clearly describes it. In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version. Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure. Illustrations should be referred to in the text, e.g. as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc., in order of appearance.

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication

Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (line art) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). Please submit the data for figures in black and white or submit a Colour Work Agreement Form (see Colour Charges below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible).

For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: line art:  >600 dpi; halftones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley's guidelines for figures

Check your electronic artwork before submitting it:

Colour Charges

It is the policy of Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley require you to complete and return a Colour Work Agreement Form to the Production Editor before your paper can be published. Any article received with colour work will not be published until the form has been returned. If you are unable to access the internet, or are unable to download the form, please contact the Production Editor.


Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the manuscript will be forwarded to the Production Editor who is responsible for the production of the journal.

6.1 Proof Corrections

The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website.  A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author.  The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site.

Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website: . This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

Proofs must be returned to the typesetter at within three days of receipt. Please note that if you have registered for production tracking e-mail alerts in Author Services, there will be no e-mail for the proof corrections received stage