Why submit to the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services?

  • Psychiatric nursing’s most trusted journal for over 50 years

  • Published for more than 50 years
  • Indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed, CINAHL, and other major databases
  • 2017 Impact Factor: 0.608
  • Average time from submission to decision: 56 days
  • Average time from acceptance to online publication: 36 days

Submit an Article Guidelines updatedSeptember 2018

Authors wishing to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services should refer to the following:

Author Form

At manuscript submission, each author must complete and submit the form below. This combined Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest addresses copyright transmittal and any relevant disclosures.

Interactive Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest (interactive PDF - preferred)

  1. Download the form to your computer.
  2. Open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader, fill it out, and then save it to your computer.
  3. Upload the form with your manuscript submission in Editorial Manager.

Note. Mac/Safari and Chrome users may have difficulty using the interactive form. These authors should use the Noninteractive Form, which must be printed, completed, and then scanned and uploaded with your manuscript submission in Editorial Manager.

Information for Authors

Journal Description and Mission

The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services is a peer-reviewed, monthly publication for psychosocial and mental health nurses in clinical positions in a variety of settings. The Journal welcomes clinically relevant original articles, clinical practice articles, research studies, literature reviews, and short commentaries on psychosocial and mental health-related topics, in addition to articles for the Psychopharmacology, Aging Matters, Substance Use and Related Disorders, and Youth in Mind sections, and letters to the editor.

The Journal offers an author-friendly approach from submission through publication. The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services adheres to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2013) of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

Authorship Criteria and Responsibilities

Criteria for authorship include contribution to:

  • Conception and design, or
  • Data collection, or
  • Analysis and interpretation


  • Writing the manuscript, or
  • Critical revision of the manuscript

All individuals identified as authors should meet the necessary criteria for authorship listed above, and all individuals who meet the criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet the necessary criteria should be acknowledged (see Acknowledgments). Any issues related to authorship must be resolved before the manuscript is submitted to the Journal.

Authors should be accountable for the portions of the manuscript to which they have contributed. They should also have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of all other authors. All authors should have read the final manuscript prior to submission and be aware of its submission to the Journal.

One author must be identified as the corresponding author, who is responsible for (1) ensuring all authors meet the authorship criteria and complete the required Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest; (2) submitting the manuscript to the Journal and serving as the main contact during the review process; and (3) performing any related activities if the manuscript is accepted, such as reviewing proofs of the edited manuscript and answering editorial queries. The corresponding author will be identified as the primary contact in the published article.

Order of authorship must be determined and agreed upon by all authors before manuscript submission. Any disagreements should be resolved before submitting the manuscript. Changes in authorship (ie, order, addition, and/or deletion of authors) must be approved by all authors. Requests for changes in authorship after initial manuscript submission and before publication are required in writing (email preferred) signed by all authors.


Any individuals who contributed to the manuscript but do not meet the necessary criteria for authorship should be acknowledged. Acknowledgments should be limited to those who helped extensively, such as providing statistical help, essential equipment, or translating references.

Copyright Transfer

Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they have not been previously published (in print or online) and are not under simultaneous consideration by another publication. Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the Journal and will not be published until the Author Statement-ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest has been completed in full by each author.

If a submitted manuscript has been previously posted in an open access repository (e.g., a dissertation or thesis posted in an open access university repository), the submitted manuscript must be unique and have less than 50% overlap with the posted paper.

Conflict of Interest and Sponsorship

If any author has a financial conflict of interest in the subject matter in the manuscript, this must be indicated. If the manuscript discusses in any way a drug, a device, equipment, or an instrument, the authors must state whether or not they have any commercial or proprietary interest in the product or company.

If applicable, authors should describe the role of the study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such involvement, the authors should so state. If applicable, authors must declare whether they had assistance with study design, data collection, data analysis, or manuscript preparation. If the manuscript reports on a registered clinical trial and has been assigned a trial registration number from a public trials registry, authors should provide this information.

Human Subjects Protection and Protection of Identifiable Subjects

Reports of studies involving human subjects must indicate procedures for the protection of their rights, as well as Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.

If subjects’ personal details are provided, measures should be taken to protect subjects’ identity. If photographs are submitted with a manuscript, permission to publish must be obtained in writing from all individuals pictured. Measures to conceal the identity of an individual in a photograph, such as placing black bars over the person’s eyes, should not be used.

Manuscript Preparation

General Guidelines

Manuscripts should be prepared following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition (2010). Pages must be double-spaced, left justified, and with 1-inch margins on all sides.

Manuscripts should not include a title page or any other author-identifying or institution-identifying information to ensure blind peer review. Authors are asked to use an "X" as a placeholder for identifying information until a final decision has been made.

IMPORTANT! Manuscript files uploaded for review should NOT include any of the authors' names or institutional affiliations to facilitate blind peer review. Files MUST include continuous page and line numbers.

Manuscript titles should be concise, specific, and informative, and contain the key points of the work. Overly general titles, as well as questions and declarative sentences, should be avoided.

Use of abbreviations should be limited to those that are commonly understood without explanation. All abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention in the text. Pharmaceuticals should be referred to by their generic names.


References should focus on the most recent and relevant literature, except for classic publications, and keep as close as possible to a maximum of 20.

References must adhere to the style specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition (2010). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references, particularly author names and page numbers.

Names of journals should conform to PubMed/MEDLINE. The titles of those journals that are not listed in PubMed/MEDLINE must be provided in full. Journal titles should be cited as they existed at the time of publication.

Figures, Photos, and Illustrations

Each figure must be numbered and cited consecutively in the text.

  • Permissions: Drawings or computer-generated images submitted with a manuscript require permission to publish from the artist. Authors must disclose whether any figures or tables have been previously published; such materials must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher, which extends non-exclusive worldwide rights to reprint the material for all forms of media now or hereafter developed to SLACK Incorporated. Content from U.S. government websites (eg, NIH, CDC, USDHHS) is in the public domain and generally can be used without permission. However, some content on these sites may be from another source, in which case permission must be obtained from the copyright holder. In case studies involving actual people, their written release is required.
  • Legends: The legend should be a brief description that allows the figure to be fully understood. Legends, headings, or captions should not be included within the image files, and instead should be provided in the manuscript files.
  • Digital Requirements: Digital images should be high resolution (at least 300 dpi) and saved in JPEG or TIFF format. Image files should be uploaded separately from manuscript text files. Images embedded in Word files and PowerPoint® slides are not acceptable.

Each table must be numbered and cited consecutively in the text and should have a short descriptive title. Abbreviations used in tables that are not commonly understood terms should be explained in a legend. Material that is in the tables should not be repeated in the text.

Manuscript Types and Requirements

Feature Articles

Feature articles describe new ideas, clinical strategies, research studies, ethical dilemmas, economic changes, and management directions. All manuscripts, including reports of research studies, must include clinical implications.

Feature article manuscripts should be no more than 15 pages in length, excluding references and figures/tables, and must include an unstructured abstract of approximately 150 words.


The Journal also publishes the following sections:

  • Psychopharmacology (published monthly) explores psychotherapeutic issues and agents in clinical practice.
  • Aging Matters (published in January, April, July, and October) addresses issues related to geropsychiatry and the well-being of older adults.
  • Substance Use and Related Disorders (published in March, June, September, and December) addresses issues related to addictive behaviors and diagnoses.
  • Youth in Mind (published in February, May, August, and November) addresses psychiatric and psychosocial issues related to children and adolescents.

All manuscripts submitted for a section should be a maximum of 5 pages in length and include an unstructured abstract of approximately 150 words.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted via Editorial Manager®. Authors should contact the editorial office with questions regarding the submission process.

Review Process

All manuscripts undergo double-blind peer review by the Editorial Board and members of the Review Panel. Final decisions regarding manuscript disposition are made by the Editor, and authors are notified by e-mail as soon as possible about the acceptability of their manuscript.

It is recommended that novice authors have their manuscripts reviewed by their well-published peers, instructors, or mentors prior to submission.

Peer reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review and must not divulge any information about a specific manuscript or its contents without prior permission.

All submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. The importance and relevance of the topic to psychiatric-mental health nursing care; the generalizability of the ideas/research findings.
  2. Readability; concise, logical ordering of ideas.
  3. Sound rationale for ideas, including background.
  4. Adequate documentation of ideas; citation of recent and relevant literature.
  5. Appropriateness of inquiry methods, including design, sample, instruments, and procedures, if research.
  6. Accuracy of content; soundness of conclusions.

Supplemental Material or Data

Supplemental material or data submitted with a manuscript will undergo peer review with the main manuscript. If the manuscript is accepted for publication and if the supplemental material is deemed appropriate for publication, the material or data will be posted online only with the article at the time of publication. Supplemental material will not be copyedited or formatted; therefore, the authors are responsible for the accuracy and presentation of the material.

Policy on Research Misconduct

The publisher and editor will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including but not limited to plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication. Per journal policy, final manuscript acceptance is contingent upon successfully passing a plagiarism software check. If an allegation of research misconduct is made related to an article published in the Journal, the publisher and editor will follow the guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to address such allegations.

Open Access Publication Option

The Journal offers an open access publication option to authors of accepted peer-reviewed articles. With this option, articles are made freely available online immediately upon publication in exchange for payment of an article-processing charge of $1500. SLACK Incorporated’s Open Access Publication Policy can be found here.

Copyediting and Author Proofs

All accepted manuscripts are professionally copyedited to adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition (2010), and journal style. The Journal reserves the right to delete extraneous or excess material, and change or add titles and headings. Proofs of the edited article are provided to the corresponding author for review and approval. Rewriting the manuscript or making frivolous changes at the proof stage is unacceptable. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made during copyediting and production that are approved by the corresponding author.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are correspondence regarding articles previously published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services or other topics relevant to practicing psychiatric-mental health nurses. If the letter is regarding a previously published article, it must be submitted within 12 months of the article’s publication to be considered for possible publication, and the author of that article will be given the opportunity to respond.

Letters should be no longer than 500 words. References are not necessary, but if included, should be kept to a maximum of 3. All letters must contain a clear message or point for readers. Letters may be edited for clarity or length, and letter authors must disclose any competing or conflicting interests, if applicable. All letters are published at the Editor’s discretion. Letters should be submitted by email to the editorial office.

Corrections and Errata

Requests to publish corrections should be emailed to the editorial office. Corrections and errata are reviewed by the Editor, published promptly, and linked online to the original article.

Article Reprints

Article reprints are available through Wright's Media.


The publisher works with Portico to ensure electronic backup and preservation of access to Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services content.

Editorial Office

Questions regarding the Journal should be directed to the editorial office.

SLACK Author Services

Authors interested in services that include English language editing, translation into English, and research communication can click here to access SLACK Author Services. Fees apply to services selected, but a 10% discount is valid until September 30, 2018 (use coupon code SLACK10). Use of SLACK Author Services does not guarantee acceptance by any SLACK journal.

Scholarly Uses of Journal Articles

Acceptable uses of SLACK Incorporated journal articles that are not published open access are outlined in the chart below (click to enlarge).

Open Access Articles

Articles that are published open access in the Journal may be shared at any time as long as the applicable Creative Commons license is observed and remains in place.

For details and more information about publishing open access, access the Journal’s Information for Authors.

Commercial Uses and/or Systematic Distribution

Authors of non-open access articles published in SLACK Incorporated journals may reuse the articles only for the scholarly purposes as set out above but may NOT use or post them for commercial purposes or under policies or other mechanisms designed to aggregate and openly disseminate manuscripts or articles. This includes the use or posting of articles for commercial gain or to substitute for the services provided directly by the journal, including the posting by companies of their employee-authored works for use by customers of such companies (eg, pharmaceutical companies and physician prescribers); commercial exploitation, such as directly associating advertising with such postings; the charging of fees for document delivery or access; and the systematic distribution to others via email lists or list servers, whether for a fee or for free. Please note that scholarly social networks such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu are commercial entities and that posting the final published version of an article to these sites is considered commercial reuse.

Public Access Policy for Non-Open Access Articles

SLACK Incorporated’s journal copyright agreements enable authors funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to deposit their accepted manuscripts to PubMed Central for posting 12 months following publication by SLACK Incorporated. The agreement also allows posting of accepted manuscripts on authors’ institutional repositories, with the exception of open access repositories, 12 months following publication by SLACK Incorporated. Authors should include a link to the final published article on the journal website. SLACK Incorporated will retain copyright for these articles, which prohibits republication elsewhere, and SLACK Incorporated will retain the right to charge a fee for the final published versions of these articles in whatever format they appear.

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