Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Edited By: Crispin Day, Jane Barlow, Kapil Sayal, Leslie Leve and Andre Sourander

Impact Factor: 0.954

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 78/111 (Psychology Clinical); 88/117 (Pediatrics); 94/124 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 103/135 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1475-3588

Associated Title(s): Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Author Guidelines

Why submit to Child and Adolescent Mental Health?

  • An international journal with a growing reputation for publishing work of clinical relevance to multidisciplinary practitioners in child and adolescent mental health
  • Ranked in ISI: 2012: 92/114 (Psychology Clinical); 103/121 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 104/122 (Pediatrics); 112/135 (Psychiatry)
  • Over 4000 institutions with access to current content, and a further 5000 plus institutions in the developing world
  • High international readership - accessed by institutions globally, including North America (44%), Europe (36%) and Asia-Pacific (13%)
  • Excellent service provided by editorial and production offices
  • Opportunities to communicate your research directly to practitioners
  • Every manuscript is assigned to one of the Joint Editors as decision-making editor; acceptance rate is around 1 in 6 papers.
  • Acceptance to EarlyView publication within 2 - 4 months
  • Simple and efficient online submission – visit
  • EarlyView – articles appear online before the paper version is published! Click here to see the articles currently available; 
  • Authors receive access to their article once published as well as 20% discount on Wiley-Blackwell publications.

The journal encourages pre-submission enquiries, which may be sent via the Managing Editor at

1.       Contributions from any discipline that further clinical knowledge of the mental life and behaviour of children are welcomed. Papers need to clearly draw out the clinical implications for mental health practitioners.Papers are published in English. As an international journal, submissions are welcomed from any country. Contributions should be of a standard that merits presentation before an international readership. Papers may assume any of the following forms: Original Articles; Review Articles; Measurement Issues; Innovations in Practice.

Original Articles: These papers should consist of original research findings.
Review Articles: These papers are usually commissioned; they should survey an important area of interest within the general field.
Measurement Issues: These are commissioned review papers that aim to evaluate evidence-based measurement issues in child mental health disorders and services.
Innovations in Practice: Submission to this section should conform to the specific guidelines, given in full below.

2.       Submission of a paper to Child and Adolescent Mental Health will be held to imply that it represents an original article, not previously published; that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere; and that if accepted for publication it will not be published elsewhere without the consent of the Editors.

3.       Manuscripts should be submitted online.  For detailed instructions please go to: and Check for existing account if you have submitted to or reviewed for the journal before, or have forgotten your details.  If you are new to the journal Create a new account. Help with submitting online can be obtained from Piers Allen at ACAMH (e-mail

4.       Authors’ professional and ethical responsibilities

Disclosure of Interest Form: All authors will be asked to download and sign a full Disclosure of Interests form and acknowledge this and sources of funding in the manuscript.

Authors are reminded that the Journal adheres to the ethics of scientific publication as detailed in the Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (American Psychological Association, 2010).  These principles also imply that the piecemeal, or fragmented publication of small amounts of data from the same study is not acceptable. The Journal also generally conforms to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts  of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and is also a member and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).   

Informed consent and ethics approval
Authors must ensure that all research meets these ethical guidelines and affirm that the research has received permission from a stated Research Ethics Committee (REC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) , including adherence to the legal requirements of the study county. Within the Methods section, authors should indicate that ‘informed consent’ has been appropriately obtained and state the name of the REC, IRB or other body that provided ethical approval. When submitting a manuscript, the manuscript page number where these statements appear should be given.

Recommended guidelines and standards
The Journal requires authors to conform to CONSORT 2010 (see CONSORT Statement) in relation to the reporting of randomised controlled clinical trials; also recommended is the Extensions of the CONSORT Statement with regard to cluster randomised controlled trials). In particular, authors must include in their paper a flow chart illustrating the progress of subjects through the trial (CONSORT diagram) and the CONSORT checklist. The flow diagram should appear in the main paper, the checklist in the online Appendix. Trial registry name, registration identification number, and the URL for the registry should also be included at the end of the methods section of the Abstract and again in the Methods section of the main text, and in the online manuscript submission. Trials should be registered in one of the ICJME-recognised  trial registries:

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry

Clinical Trials
Nederlands Trial Register
The ISRCTN Register
UMIN Clinical Trials Registry

Manuscripts reporting systematic reviews or meta-analyses should conform to the PRISMA Statement.

The Equator Network is recommended as a resource on the above and other reporting guidelines for which the editors will expect studies of all methodologies to follow. Of particular note are the guidelines on qualitative work and on quasi-experimental and mixed method designs http://www.equator-network-or/reporting-guidelines/guidelines-for-conducting-and-reporting-mixed-research-in-the-field-of-counseling-and-beyond

5.       Exclusive License Form: Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive License Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Please note that signing of the ELF does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. Copies of the form can be downloaded here. Online Open is also available as a funded option for those authors requiring their article to be published Open Access: please see detailed guidance below.

6.       Manuscripts should be double spaced and conform to the house style of CAMH.  The first page of the manuscript should give the title, name(s) and address(es) of author(s), and an abbreviated title (running head) of up to 80 characters.  Specify the author to whom correspondence should be addressed and provide their full mailing and email address.

Summary: Authors should include a structured Abstract not exceeding 250 words under the sub-headings: Background; Method; Results; Conclusions.  

Keywords: Please provide 4-6 keywords (use MeSH Browser for suggestions).

Key Practitioner Message (in the form of 3-6 bullet points) should be given below the Abstract, highlighting what's known, what's new and the direct relevance of the reported work to clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health.

7.       Papers submitted should be concise and written in English in a readily understandable style, avoiding sexist and racist language.  Original Articles should not exceed 5,500 words, including References and Tables.  Occasionally, longer articles may be accepted after negotiation with the Editors.  Authors should include a word count of their paper. 

8.       Authors who do not have English as a first language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited prior to submission; a list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at 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.

9.       Headings: Original articles should be set out in the conventional format: Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. Descriptions of techniques and methods should only be given in detail when they are unfamiliar. There should be no more than three (clearly marked) levels of subheadings used in the text.

10.     All manuscripts should have an Acknowledgement section at the end of the main text, before the References. This should include statements on the following:

Study funding: Please provide information on any external or grant funding of the work (or for any of the authors); where there is no external funding, please state this explicitly.

Conflicts of interest: Please disclose any conflicts of interest of potential relevance to the work reported for each of the authors. If no conflicts of interest exist, please include an explicit declaration of the form: "The author(s) have declared that they have no competing or potential conflicts of interest".

Contributorships: Please state any elements of authorship for which particular authors are responsible, where contributionships differ between the author group. (All authors must share responsibility for the final version of the work submitted and published; if the study includes original data, at least one author must confirm that he or she had full access to all the data in the study, and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis). Contributions from others outside the author group should also be acknowledged (e.g. study assistance or statistical advice) and collaborators and study participants may also be thanked.

11.   For referencing, CAMH follows a slightly adapted version of APA Style References in running text should be quoted showing author(s) and date. For up to three authors, all surnames should be given on first citation; for subsequent citations or where there are more than three authors, 'et al.' should be used. A full reference list should be given at the end of the article, in alphabetical order.

References to journal articles should include the authors' surnames and initials, the year of publication, the full title of the paper, the full name of the journal, the volume number, and inclusive page numbers. Titles of journals must not be abbreviated. References to chapters in books should include auhtors' surnames and initials, year of publication, full chapter title, editors' initials and surnames, full book title, page numbers, place of publication and publisher.

12.   Tables: These should be kept to a minimum and not duplicate what is in the text; they should be clearly set out and numbered and should appear at the end of the main text, with their intended position clearly indicated in the manuscript.

13.   Figures: Any figures, charts or diagrams should be originated in a drawing package and saved within the Word file or as an EPS or TIFF file. See for further guidelines on preparing and submitting artwork.  Titles or captions should be clear and easy to read. These should appear at the end of the main text.

14.   Footnotes should be avoided, but end notes may be used on a limited basis.

Review Articles

These papers are usually commissioned; they should survey an important area of interest within the general field of child and adolescent mental health disorders and services. Suggestions for topics and proposals (outline and/or draft abstract) may be sent to the CAMH Editorial Office

Measurement Issues

These are commissioned review papers that aim to evaluate evidence-based measurement issues in child mental health disorders and services: if you have a suggestion for a measurement-based overview article, please contact the CAMH Editorial Office with an outline proposal.

Manuscripts for Review Articles are Measurement Issues should follow the standard format for Original Articles but to a word limit agreed at the point of the proposal being agreed.

Innovations in Practice

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) promotes evidence-based practice, intervention and service models. Innovations in practice, intervention and service provision may arise through careful and systematic planning, while others are responsive to need, evolution of existing services, or simply arise because of changing circumstances or technology. In this rapidly evolving field, the Editors of CAMH warmly welcome short Innovations in Practice papers which aim to allow authors to share with our wide international multidisciplinary readership knowledge and initial impact of new and interesting developments.

Manuscripts submitted as Innovations in Practice submissions should follow the standard format for Original Articles but be no more than 2500 words, including references and tables. They should briefly set out the aims and detail fo the innovation, including relevant mental health, service, social and cultural contextual factors; the evaluation methods used; relevant supporting evidence and data; and conclusions and implications. Submissions may describe formal pilot and feasibility studies or present findings based on other evaluative methods. Contributions outlining important innovations with potential significant impact may be considered even in the absence of evaluative data. Close attention should be paid in all submissions to a critical analysis of the innovation.

Manuscript Processing

Peer Review Process: All material submitted to CAMH is only accepted for publication after being subjected to external scholarly peer review, following initial evaluation by one of the Editors. Both original and review-type articles will usually be single-blind reviewed by a minimum of two external referees and only accepted by the decision Editor after satisfactory revision. Any appeal of an editorial decision will first be considered by the initial decision Editor, in consultation with other Editors. Editorials and commissioned editorial opinion articles will usually be subject to internal review only, but this will be clarified in the published Acknowledgement section. Editorial practices and decision making will conform to COPE and ICMJE best practice.

Proofs: Proofs will be sent to the designated author only. These will be sent via e-mail as a PDF file and therefore a current e-mail address must always be given to the journal office. Only typographical or factual errors may be changed at proof stage, and the publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.

The designated author of a published paper will receive a PDF file of their final published article. The designated author should undertake to forward copies of the PDF file to their co-authors.


An initiative started by CrossRef to help its members actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism. The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript 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.

Advice for NIH authors and other grant-funded authors

CAMH and Wiley-Blackwell will support NIH funded authors by posting the accepted version of articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance by the journal. The accepted version is the version that incorporates all amendments made during peer review, but prior to the publisher's copy-editing and typesetting. The accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. The NIH mandate applies to all articles based on research that has been wholly or partially funded by the NIH and that the accepted for publication on or after 7th April 2008.

Arrangements are also in place to comply with the mandates of other funders - please see further details here.

Please let the editorial office know that you are a funded author when you submit your article.

Online Open

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

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at

Prior to acceptance 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.


Whilst every effort is made by the publishers and editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement appears in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned. Accordingly, the publishers, the editorial board and editors, and their respective employees, officers and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement.