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Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Author Guidelines
2. AIMS AND SCOPE
3. MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS
4. PREPARING YOUR SUBMISSION
5. EDITORIAL POLICIES AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
6. AUTHOR LICENSING
7. PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE
8. POST PUBLICATION
9. EDITORIAL OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS
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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. Articles which draw on single or multiple research and academic disciplines are welcomed. 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.
i. Original Research
Word limit: 5,000 words maximum, excluding abstract and references.
Abstract: 200 words maximum; must be structured under the sub-headings: Introduction; Aim/Question; Method; Results; Discussion; Implications for Practice.
Accessible Summary: 250 words maximum; the purpose is to make research findings more accessible to non-academics, including users of mental health services, carers and voluntary organisations. The Accessible Summary should be written in straightforward language, structured under the following sub-headings, with 1-2 bullet points under each: What is known on the subject; What the paper adds to existing knowledge and What are the implications for practice.
Description: 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.
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 maximum, 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.
Reporting Checklist: Required - see Section 5.
ii. Review Articles
Word limit: 7,000 words maximum, excluding abstract and references.
Abstract 200 words maximum; must be structured under the sub-headings: Introduction; Aim/Question; Method; Results; Discussion; Implications for Practice.
Accessible Summary: 250 words maximum; the purpose is to make research findings more accessible to non-academics, including users of mental health services, carers and voluntary organisations. The Accessible Summary should be written in straightforward language, structured under the following sub-headings, with 1-2 bullet points under each: What is known on the subject; What the paper adds to existing knowledge; What are the implications for practice.
Structure: See below specific details for the type of review article. Research Reporting Checklist: Required - see Section 5.
The Journal accepts four types of scholarly reviews:
- Systematic review
- Qualitative evidence syntheses
- Integrative reviews
The Journal would consider accepting other reviews such as rapid reviews, realist reviews and scoping reviews if they are accompanied by a strong scholarly rationale e.g., a rapid review might be conducted to up-date the literature from a previous systematic review. A realist review that focuses on what works for whom and in what circumstances would be considered if it is clearly related to the application of the intervention in mental health nursing practice.
Critical, narrative and rapid reviews are not usually considered sufficiently comprehensive for publication in this Journal unless there is a very good scientific rationale as to why a more systematic or comprehensive review was not undertaken. These could be restructured into a scholarly argument and submitted as an essay and debate paper.
Meta-analyses and Systematic reviews
Authors should follow the recommended PRISMA guidelines for Meta-analyses and Systematic Reviews. See Section 5 Research Reporting Guidelines.
Qualitative evidence syntheses
Introduction – to include a scientific rationale for the review based on what is already known and a statement of the review objectives.
Methods – to include protocol and registration (if applicable), review question, design, eligibility criteria, information sources, search strategy, assessment of relevance for inclusion, quality appraisal, data extraction and synthesis (including process for assessment of the confidence in each finding if applicable).
Findings – study selection, study characteristics, findings of individual studies, synthesis of findings.
Discussion – Summary of evidence, what the review adds to the existing literature, limitations and strengths of the review, implications for further research, implications for mental health nursing practice that re linked to the new insights from the review.
Conclusion – an interpretation of the impact of the findings for consumers of mental health services, their families and mental health nursing practice.
Please use the following headings based on the method described by Whittemore & Knafl (2005):
Introduction/ Background - to include a scientific rationale for the study based on what is already known and a statement of the review objectives.
Method – problem identification, search strategy including eligibility criteria, data evaluation (process of quality appraisal), data analysis (including process of data reduction, data display, data comparison and process for data synthesis.
Findings – Study selection, study characteristics, findings from individual studies, synthesis of findings
Discussion – summary of evidence (including strength of evidence), what the review adds to existing knowledge on the topic, limitations and strengths of the review, implications for further research, implications for mental health nursing practice.
Conclusion – an interpretation of the impact of the findings for consumers of mental health services, their families and mental health nursing practice that are linked to the new insights from the review.
iii. Lived Experience Narratives
The journal welcomes narratives from people with lived experience of mental health problems or services. These should have the potential to develop mental health nursing practice and/or advance wider personal understanding of mental health and problems. Narratives 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 narrative should contextualise experiences by using some references to relevant literature (in the arts and/or the sciences). Please write your paper with the following questions in mind: Introduction: What would be a key take away message from your story? What experiences: what are your experiences and how do these relate to the key take away messages. Conclusion: What would you most like to see different in mental health care? What aspects of what you have described would you like to see replicated or developed in mental health nursing?
Joint authors of narratives of lived experience should ensure that there is a genuine and equal collaboration, and that the contextualisation or analysis avoids any interpretation of someone else’s experience that has not been validated with that person.
This section will not consider 'case studies' written by professionals about people with lived experience nor will we accept letters of complaint about a specific service. ***** Please ensure anonymity is maintained if discussing a service, staff or other people. Authorship can be written under people’s own name or using a pseudonym.****
Word limit: 5000 words maximum but can be a short as you like.
References: 10 maximum
Contacting an editor with your idea: If you have an idea or would like to speak to our handling editor about writing a narrative then please contact: Dr Charley Baker
iv. Essays and Debates in Mental Health
The purpose of these articles is to explore a contemporary topic relevant to mental health nursing practice/service user care, and to provide a rigorously developed theoretical perspective on a topic relevant to the Journal aims.
Word limit: 5,000 words maximum.
Introductory Paragraph: Authors must set out the purpose of the article
Abstract and Accessible Summary: N/A
Article Style: Arguments/scholarly exploration should be well-structured and delivered in a coherent and systematic style; must be clearly related to the aims of the Journal; a broad understanding of relevant literature must be demonstrated; well-developed integration of ideas and concepts. The topic should be of international relevance and be written in clearly expressed English.
References: 10 maximum
Reporting Checklist: N/A.
We publish Editorials of up to 1,500 words on issues that are topical and of direct relevance to mental health nursing. Please contact our Editor Professor Marie Crowe if you would like discuss your ideas: [email protected]
Letters to the editor are welcome on any topic that is relevant to mental health nursing and the published content of the Journal. Please keep your points simple and focused. Letters responding to an article published in the JPMHN will normally only be considered if these are submitted within six months of the online publication date of the article. The author(s) of the published article will be given the opportunity to respond. Please try to limit your letter to 500 words.
Cover letters are not mandatory; however, they may be supplied at the author’s discretion.
Parts of the Manuscript
The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page; main text file; figures; COI form.
The title page should contain:
- A short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips).
- A short running title of less than 40 characters
- The full names of the authors
- The authors’ institutional affiliations at which the work was carried out
- Corresponding author’s contact email address and telephone number
- Ethical statements.
The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.
For details on eligibility for author listing, please refer to the journal’s Authorship policy outlined in the Editorial Policies and Ethical Considerations section.
Contributions from individuals who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support should also be mentioned. Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.
Main Text File
Manuscripts can be uploaded either as a single document (containing the main text, tables and figures), or with figures and tables provided as separate files. Should your manuscript reach revision stage, figures and tables must be provided as separate files. The main manuscript file can be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
The main text file should be presented in the following order:
- Title, abstract and key words;
- Main text;
- Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);
- Figure legends;
- Appendices (if relevant).
Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.
- As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.
- The journal uses British/US spelling; however, authors may submit using either option, as spelling of accepted papers is converted during the production process.
- Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter.
Abstracts and keywords are required for some manuscript types. For details on manuscript types that require abstracts and/or keywords, as well as how to prepare them, please refer to the ‘Manuscript Types and Criteria’ section.
Please provide up to seven keywords When selecting keywords, Authors should consider how readers will search for their articles. Keywords should be taken from those recommended by the US National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) browser list at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/.
For details on references please refer to the ‘Manuscript Types and Criteria’ section.
References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This means in text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998). The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper.
A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that a DOI should be provided for all references where available. For more information about APA referencing style, please refer to the APA FAQ. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.
Beers, S. R., & De Bellis, M. D. (2002). Neuropsychological function in children with maltreatment-related posttraumatic stress disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 483–486. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.3.483
Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.
Norton, R. (2006, November 4). How to train a cat to operate a light switch [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vja83KLQXZs
Tables should be self-contained and complement, not duplicate, information contained in the text. They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend, and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.
Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.
Although we encourage authors to send us the highest-quality figures possible, for peer-review purposes we are happy to accept a wide variety of formats, sizes, and resolutions.
Click here for the basic figure requirements for figures submitted with manuscripts for initial peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements.
Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white.
Guidelines for Cover Submissions
If you would like to send suggestions for artwork related to your manuscript to be considered to appear on the cover of the journal, please follow these general guidelines.
Appendices will be published after the references. For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.
Supporting information is information that is not essential to the article but that provides greater depth and background. It is hosted online, and appears without editing or typesetting. It may include tables, figures, videos, datasets, etc. Click here for Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information. Note, if data, scripts or other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper are available via a publicly available data repository, authors should include a reference to the location of the material within their paper.
General Style Points
The following points provide general advice on formatting and style:
- Abbreviations: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially, use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
- Units of measurement: Measurements should be given in SI or SI-derived units. Visit the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) website at www.bipm.fr for more information about SI units.
- Spellings: should conform to those used in the Concise Oxford Dictionary.
- Footnotes: should be avoided.
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Editorial Review and Acceptance
The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to journal readership.
JPMHN operates a double blind peer review process. The exception to this is for randomized controlled trials where reviewers will be informed of the trial registration number. This will make it possible for them to break blinding when they check the trial protocol. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements. Typically two reviewers will review the manuscript. If a statistical review is required a specialist statistical reviewer will do this. If your paper is rejected by the editor and not sent for peer-review we aim to communicate this decision with you within 7 days of submission.
Wiley's policy on confidentiality of the review process is available here.
Research Misconduct is defined by the US Federal Policy on Research Misconduct as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results." Allegations of suspected misconduct that have specific, detailed evidence to support the claim are investigated appropriately by the Editor-in-Chief in conjunction with the Publisher, whether they are raised anonymously or by named "whistle-blowers".
Author Appeal of Decision
Authors can appeal a decision within 28 days of receiving the decision. The appeal should be in the form of an email addressed to the JPMHN editorial office ([email protected]). The letter should include clear grounds for the appeal, including specific points of disagreement with the decision. The appeal will be assessed by at least three members of the editorial team, one of whom will be the Editor-in-Chief. You will be informed of the outcome of the appeal within 28 days from receipt of your email. The decision will be final.
JPMHN welcomes Editors to publish in the journal. JPMHN ensures that Editors and editorial team members are not involved in the peer-review and editorial decisions when they are authors or have contributed to a manuscript.
Data storage and documentation
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing expects that data supporting the results in the paper will be archived in an appropriate public repository. Whenever possible the scripts and other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper should also be publicly archived. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the editor for sensitive information such as human subject data or the location of endangered species. Authors are expected to provide a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, to accompany their paper. In cases where data cannot be publicly shared, authors are expected to include a rationale in their data accessibility statement to accompany the paper.
Authors can consult the global registry of research data repositories re3data.org to help them identify registered and certified repositories relevant to their subject areas.
Data Citation In recognition of the significance of data as an output of research effort, Wiley has endorsed the FORCE11 Data Citation Principles and is implementing a mandatory data citation policy. Journal policies should require data to be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list. Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes. When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. We recommend the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles.
Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)
Human Studies and Subjects
For manuscripts reporting medical studies involving human participants, we require a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study, and that the study conforms to recognized standards, for example: Declaration of Helsinki; US Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects; or European Medicines Agency Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice.
Images and information from individual participants will only be published where the authors have obtained the individual's free prior informed consent. Authors do not need to provide a copy of the consent form to the publisher, however in signing the author license to publish authors are required to confirm that consent has been obtained. Wiley has a standard patient consent form available for use.
Clinical Trial Registration
We require that clinical trials are prospectively registered in a publicly accessible database such as: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ and clinical trial registration numbers should be included in all papers that report their results. Please include the name of the trial register and your clinical trial registration number at the end of your abstract. If your trial is not registered, or was registered retrospectively, please explain the reasons for this.
Research Reporting Guidelines
Accurate and complete reporting enables readers to fully appraise research, replicate it, and use it. We expect authors to adhere to the following guidelines:
- CONSORT checklist for reports of randomised trials and cluster randomised trials
- TREND checklist for non-randomised controlled trials
- PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses
- SRQR or CASP checklist for qualitative studies
- SQUIRE checklist for quality improvement
See the EQUATOR Networkfor other study types.
Conflict of Interest
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The journal requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to: patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.
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Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature: http://www.crossref.org/fundingdata/registry.html
The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:
- Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
- Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
- Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
- Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support).
When submitting a manuscript authored by a group, the corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation and identify all individual authors as well as the group name. Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.
Additional Authorship Options
Joint first or senior authorship: In the case of joint first authorship, a footnote should be added to the author listing, e.g. ‘X and Y should be considered joint first author’ or ‘X and Y should be considered joint senior author.’
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Authors will have an opportunity at the time of manuscript submission and at the time of acceptance to inform themselves of this initiative and to determine whether they wish to participate. Applying and qualifying for Open Science badges is not a requirement for publishing with the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, but these badges are further incentive for authors to participate in the open science movement and thus to increase the visibility and transparency of their research.
More information about the Open Practices badges is available from the Open Science Framework wiki.
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