Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Cover image for Vol. 21 Issue 5

Edited By: Dawn Freshwater

Impact Factor: 0.795

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 60/104 (Nursing (Social Science)); 63/106 (Nursing (Science)); 98/121 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 111/135 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1365-2850

Author Guidelines

Content of Author Guidelines: 1. General, 2. Ethical Guidelines, 3. Submission of Manuscripts, 4. Manuscript Types Accepted, 5. Manuscript Format and Structure, 6. After Acceptance

Relevant Documents: Colour Work Agreement Form
Useful Websites: Submission Site, Articles published in Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Author Services, Guidelines for Figures


The Editor welcomes authoritative contributions from people working, or otherwise involved, in psychiatric, mental health and learning disability nursing. Articles must be original and focused upon nursing. They will be well-referenced, or the material will be a practice based first claim to knowledge that is outside the current literature. Papers commenting on published articles may be solicited. Points of view are welcome.

Papers accepted include:

  • reports of clinically focused nursing research that is sound in method and ethics
  • articles that incorporate multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • >reports of enhanced practice and evaluation, e.g. quality assurance, audit
  • theoretical discussions/review articles, e.g. of research, nursing
  • development units/commentaries
  • proposals for special reports, e.g. research projects, analysis of political and social dialogue, conference debate.

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 Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Authors are encouraged to visit Wiley-Blackwell Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.


The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research.

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. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive licence to Wiley-Blackwell if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. The work shall not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the publisher. The articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes, in electronic databases and the like, or reproduced photographically without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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

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 use of an online submission and peer review site enables immediate distribution of manuscripts and consequentially speeds up the review process. It also allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts. 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 ( The title page will be uploaded as a separate file from the main text to avoid identification of the author during the review process. 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.

Complete instructions for submitting a paper is available online and below.

3.1 Getting Started

Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Netscape 7.0, 7.1, or 7.2, Safari 1.2.4, or Firefox 1.0.4) 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

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing will be reviewed by two experts in the field. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing uses double-blinded review. 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 submit (upload) your main manuscript and title page as separate files.

Please upload:

·         Your manuscript without title page under the file designation 'main document'

·         Figure files under the file designation 'figures'

·         The title page, Acknowledgments and Conflict of Interest Statement where applicable, should be uploaded under the file designation 'title page'

All documents uploaded under the file designation 'title page' will not be viewable in the HTML and PDF format you are asked to review at the end of the submission process. The files viewable in the HTML and PDF format are the files available to the reviewer in the review process.

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 Manuscript Central any time to check your Author Center 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.


Research and review papers: Prospective authors for review papers should initially discuss their proposals with one of the editors. Research papers should not normally exceed 3,000 words. Reviews should not exceed 5,000 words.

Practice development: Practice development acts as the link between the researcher and the practitioner. This section will explore all aspects of the theory and application of practice development activities. Successes and failures will have equal part to play in examining the practical application of research and the role of evidence within the provision of effective mental healthcare. Papers are invited which explore the processes adopted, the methods and designs involved and the analysis of the problem-tackling techniques employed. Papers should be up to 1,000 words.

Commentary: Commentaries are welcome but should relate to material already published in the Journal or which may be of topical interest. Submissions can be from 1,000 to 3,000 words and the Editor reserves the right to shorten these consistent with limitations of space. Shorter submissions of up to 250 words may be submitted in the form of a letter, again commenting on Journal material or on a subject of personal and/or general interest.

Research in brief: Short reports (500-1500 words) on recent or ongoing research projects.  The section aims to offer a broad forum; from executive summaries of large scale research, to accounts of early career innovative research (for example a high quality Masters degree study).  Methodological reviews of different research approaches are also encouraged across the spectrum of quantitative and qualitative research.  References should be kept to a minimum focusing on key readings around the domain of study.

Integrated media and book reviews: Authors considering submitting a book review should contact the Integrated Media and Book Review Editor in the first instance - those wishing to be a member of the book review panel should send in their contact details and areas of expertise and experience; those wanting to participate in the integrated review process should send in their ideas or review material for consideration. Please see the Editorial Information Page for contact details.


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 manuscripts submitted to Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing should include:

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, telephone and fax 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.

Accessible summary: In keeping with the aims and scope of JPMHN authors are now 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 people with mental health problems, including users, carers and voluntary organisations. It should also make scanning the Journal contents easier for all readers.
Authors are asked to:
• Use bullet points (3 or 4 at most) to help summarise the content
• Should be less than 250 words in total
• Express ideas in straightforward language
• Explaining the importance of the paper's findings for a non-specialist audience.

If you would like to see an example of an accessible summary please contact the Production Editor.

Main text: This should begin on a separate page, and include an introduction, methods, results and discussion. 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.

Optimizing Your Abstract for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimizing your article 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 article.

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 (1992). Where there are three or more authors, the first authors name followed by et al. will suffice, e.g. Kennard et al. (1993). 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).


Bowers A.C. & Thompson J.M. (1992) Clinical Manual of Health Assessment, 4th edn. C.V. Mosby Yearbook, London

Baker P. (1995) The Voice Inside. MIND Publications, London.

Beck-Sander A. (1999) Relapse prevention: a model for psychosis? Behaviour Change 16, 191 – 202.

Edelson M. (1988) The Hermeneutic Turn and the single case study in psychoanalysis. In: The Self in Social Inquiry: Researching Methods (eds. Berg, D.N. & Smith, K.K.), pp. 71-106. Sage Publications, London.

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (2004) Briefing 28: Acute Care 2004: A National Survey of Adult Psychiatric Wards in England. Available at: (accessed 28 August 2008).

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.

We recommend the use of a tool such Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

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-Blackwell's guidelines for figures

Check your electronic artwork before submitting it:

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 Publisher.

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-Blackwell require you to complete and return a Colour Work Agreement Form to the Production Editor before your paper can be published. Any article received by John Wiley & Sons Ltd 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.

Please return the original signed form by post to the Production Editor at the address below:

Production Editor
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Journal Content Management
John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte Ltd
1 Fusionopolis Walk
#07-01 Solaris South Tower
Singapore 138628


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 Online Open

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 and the Online Open order form, see Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form prior to acceptance. The form is available from our website at: There is no requirement to inform an 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.

6.2 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