Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing

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Edited By: Kathleen R. Delaney

Online ISSN: 1744-6171

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing publishes original, peer-reviewed manuscripts from a wide range of contributors who are working with children and adolescents and their families in a broad variety of settings. The intent is to reflect the spectrum of issues relevant to the practice, education, and research of child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nurses. Topics we are particularly interested in:

Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents
-Treatment of children/adolescents with particular serious emotional disorders
-Translation of an EBP into your practice setting
-Family centered approaches
-Single case reports that illustrates the effectiveness of specific interventions
-Innovative practice delivery models

This type of article might illustrate interventions used in your practice setting in the treatment of a particular clinical group.A clinical practice article in this area would include a description of the issue addressed, epidemiology, psychopathology, current research. It would include a discussion of your own practice and use of EBPs or a case study.These can be brief reports of 3,000 to 5,000 words.

Original Research
Evidence Based projects are also sought.These manuscripts could describe an EBP project that results in service innovation on an inpatient child/adolescent unit or outpatient service model.

Resources for Practice
-Evidence Based Reviews
-EBP updates.
-Meta-analytic studies

Inpatient Treatment Focus
These manuscripts would detail innovation in inpatient/residential treatment. These innovations could be the introduction of an evidence based approach, an effort at culture change or treatment of a particular group of children.

As a voice for child/adolescent mental wellness we also welcome manuscripts that address:
-Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention
-Factors impacting the delivery of care to children and adolescents by APNs
-Access to care issues and clinical practice
-Regulation and policy effect on practice and delivery of care
-Developmental concerns and toxic environments (violence, abuse etc.)
-Cultural congruence especially in the context of sensitive and respectful care

Manuscript Submission
The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing has adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts for online manuscript submission and peer review. From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at

Please study the site's Instructions and Forms, and then let the system guide you through the submission process. Online help is available to you at all times during the process. Questions about this process can also be directed to

Manuscript Files
Prepare separate files for the (1) title page, (2) abstract, body, and references (all one document), (3) figures, (4) tables, and (5) pictures. Contributions should be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and no longer than 15 pages plus references, tables, and figures.

The submitting author should enter his/her contact details, as well as information about the co-authors. To ensure a double-blind peer-review process, authors' names and other identifying information should not appear in your main text file.

Determine authorship based on 1) Substantial contributions to conception and design, 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 (The International Committee, 2010).

Title page
The title page should include: each author’s full name, credentials, role/title, affiliation, and location (city, state, country). Full contact information should be provided for the corresponding author, including an e-mail address.

Please also include a conflict of interest statement on the title page. See the following for example wording for the statement.

Example: Author A receives travel funding and speaker fees from Institution W. Author B is funded by Company X for related research. Author C has stock in Company Y. Author D sits on the board for Company Z. Example: The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Please also include acknowledgements for funding resources. Example wording is below.

Example: Acknowledgment. This research was funded by NIH grant # XXXXXXX and a private grant from Institution X to the first author. The research was funded in part by an intramural grant to the second author.

Example: Acknowledgment. No external or intramural funding was received.

Include a structured abstract of 200 words or less.

Headings for nonresearch articles: topic, purpose, source(s) used, and conclusions

Headings for research articles: problem, methods, findings, conclusions

Keywords should be listed after the abstract.

References should follow the format of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010). For example:

Journal article:
Pearson, G. S. (2009). When to forgive [Editorial]. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 45(3), 159-   160. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2009.00217.x

Advance online publication:
May, K. M., & Rew, L. (2009). Mexican American youths’ and mothers’ explanatory models of diabetes prevention. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00207.x

Chapter in a book:
Bryant, R. (2004). In the aftermath of trauma: Normative reactions and early interventions. In G. Rosen (Ed.), Posttraumatic stress disorder: Issues and controversies (pp. 187-211). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Reference with more than 7 authors:
Bramley, D., Riddell, T., Whittaker, R., Corbett, T., Lin, R-B., Wills, M., . . . Rodgers, A. (2005). Smoking cessation using mobile phone text messaging is as effective in Maori as non-Maori. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1216), 1491.

Art work, figures, charts, tables
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted material, including text, tables, photographs, and figures; see the Copyright section below.

Each table must be created using Microsoft Word and typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. 

Label and title all tables and figures and include a list of figure legends at the end of your manuscript. Tables and figures should also be referenced in the text.

There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF).

We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

Do NOT submit figures as Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), or PowerPoint (.ppt) files.

Color Figures
Color figures must be at least 600 dpi. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Please contact the Production Editor at for further information.

English Language Editing Service:
Ensure your paper is clearly written in standard, scientific English language appropriate to your discipline. Visit our site Wiley Editing Services 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.

Refereed publication
All manuscripts will be reviewed by the Editor and double-blind peer-reviewed by at least two members of the review panel before a decision to publish is made.

If your paper is accepted, the corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting him/her to login into Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) he/she 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:

Manuscript editing
All manuscripts will be edited to conform to the style of this journal. The author is responsible for the content of the original and edited manuscript, once it is approved, and for the accuracy of references, quoted material, and for any violation of copyright.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor will be considered for publication. These should also be submitted to ScholarOne Manuscripts via

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.