Through submission, authors by default state that their manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The journal follows COPE guidelines on publishing ethics and authors are asked to ensure that their paper abides by the guidelines. The guidelines of ethical responsibilities of authors and peer reviewers are available on the journal website.
The kinds of manuscripts to be considered for the Journal are –
- Editorial, Guest editorial on special issues [by invitation only]
- Original research papers
- Brief reports
- Debates & controversies
- Letters to editor & correspondence
- Book review
- User perspective articles
- Double spaced text in 12 pt Times New Roman on MS Word using generous margins on all sides.
- All manuscripts should have a title page and should include the title of the article, authors’ names (no degrees), authors’ affiliation, and suggested running head. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the authors’ name. The suggested running head should be less than 80 characters (including spaces) and should comprise the article title or an abbreviated version thereof. For office purposes, the title page should include the complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address of the one author designated to review proofs.
- Initial submissions to the journal do not have word or page limits.
- An abstract is to be provided, preferably no longer than 150 words.
- A list of 4-5 key words is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.
- The journal does not have a limit on the number of authors. However, if deemed to be excessive, the editor may request author justifications and reductions.
Headings and Spelling Styles:
- All main headings should be marked at the end of the heading as [A]
- All subheadings and subsubheadings should be marked as [B] and [C] respectively, and so on. Avoid headings below the D level.
- All subheadings and subsubheadings should be marked as [B] and [C] respectively, and so on. Avoid headings below the D level.
- Do not type headings in all caps
- The journal uses the American style of spellings and style: labor, analyze, color, license, etc. Please follow MerriamWebster Online: http://www.merriamwebster.com/, or the Collins American Dictionary: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american for details on spellings.
- Date style: March 13, 2014
- Use double quotes
- For quotes above 50 words, indent quoted matter on both sides and set the quote in a separate paragraph. No quote marks are required for indented quotes
The journal follows the Vancouver style of referencing as outlined in the American Medical Association Manual of style: A Guide for Authors and Editors, 10th Edition.
The Vancouver Style uses numbered, intext citations and a reference List at the end of the manuscript.
A reference number is allocated to a source in the order in which it is cited in the text. In the text, identify references as Arabic numerals in brackets (1). If the source is referred to again, the same number is used. References are listed in numerical order in the Reference List at the end of the paper. References should be not alphabetized. Use abbreviated names of journals according to the journal list in PubMed. List all authors and/or editors up to 6; if more than 6, list the first 3 followed by “et al.” For example:
1) McKirnan DJ, Vanable PA, Ostrow DG, Hope B. Expectancies of sexual “escape” and sexual risk among drug and alcoholinvolved gay and bisexual men. J Subst Abuse. 2001;13(12):13754.
2) van der Straten A, Cheng H, Moore, J et al. The use of the diaphragm instead of condoms in a phase III diaphragm trial. AIDS Behav. 2009; 13(3):56472.
- Verify that every instance of a number in text corresponds to the numbered reference. o When several references are mentioned together, a hyphen can be used to indicate a series of inclusive numbers. Use commas to indicate a series of noninclusive numbers.
For example, (4,5,6,7,14,19) can be abbreviated to (4-7,14,19).
- Include the page number for any direct quotes or specific ideas.
Example: “… is shown to be true.” (4, p23)
- Place citation in brackets after commas and periods, and before colons and semicolons.
Example: … traverses new ground in this field. (13, p111112) … as it is found today (11);
- Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.
TABLES AND FIGURES
- All material presented in tabular form and containing figures or numeric analysis will be called a table. All images, charts, line drawings, will be called Figures. All material presented as box texts will be called boxes.
- All tables, figures, boxes, etc. must be numbered as separate lists, beginning from 1: e.g., Table 1, Fig. 1, Box 1, etc. o All tables, figures, boxes, etc., should have clear titles and if taken or adapted from a secondary source, the source should clearly be mentioned below the item.
- All items should be cited in the running text to indicate their placement: e.g., (see Table 1).
- All tables, line drawings, boxes and charts should be placed within the Word file as open text. Scanned tables, line drawings, etc., will not be accepted. Labels for artwork should be complete.
- All image files and illustrations must be complete and final, i.e., camera ready. Photographs should show high contrast. Each figure should be sent as a separate image file with the figure number mentioned in the file name. The format should be TIFF or EPS (1200 dpi for line and 300 dpi for halftones and gray scale art). Color art should be in the CYMK color space.
Manuscripts that are accepted for publication will be checked by our copyeditors for spelling and formal style. This may not be sufficient if English is not your native language and substantial editing is required. In that case, you may want to have your manuscript edited by a native speaker prior to submission. A clear and concise language will help editors and reviewers concentrate on the scientific content of your paper and thus smooth the peer review process.
The following editing service provides language editing for scientific articles in all areas Springer publishes in. Use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS
This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:
The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the reuse of material to avoid the hint of text recycling (“self plagiarism”).
A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (e.g. “salami publishing”).
No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all coauthors, as well as from the responsible authorities tacitly or explicitly at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.
Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.
Requesting to add or delete authors at revision stage, proof stage, or after publication is a serious matter and may be considered when justifiably warranted. Justification for changes in authorship must be compelling and may be considered only after receipt of written approval from all authors and a convincing, detailed explanation about the role/deletion of the new/deleted author. In case of changes at revision stage, a letter must accompany the revised manuscript. In case of changes after acceptance or publication, the request and documentation must be sent via the Publisher to the Editor- in Chief. In all cases, further documentation may be required to support your request. The decision on accepting the change rests with the Editor-in Chief of the journal and may be turned down. Therefore authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors at submission.
Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc.
If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the Editor-in Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to: If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author. If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction of the article will occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note. The author’s institution may be informed.
COMPLIANCE WITH ETHICAL STANDARDS
To ensure objectivity and transparency in research and to ensure that accepted principles of ethical and professional conduct have been followed, authors should include information regarding sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or nonfinancial), informed consent if the research involved human participants, and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals.
Authors should include the following statements (if applicable) in a separate section entitled “Compliance with Ethical Standards” when submitting a paper:
- Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
- Research involving Human Participants and/or
- Animals Informed consent
Please note that standards could vary slightly per journal dependent on their peer review policies (i.e. single or double blind peer review) as well as per journal subject discipline. Before submitting your article check the instructions following this section carefully. The corresponding author should be prepared to collect documentation of compliance with ethical standards and send if requested during peer review or after publication. The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the abovementioned guidelines. The author will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the abovementioned guidelines.
DISCLOSURE OF POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could influence or bias the work. Although an author may not feel there are conflicts, disclosure of relationships and interests affords a more transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of real or perceived conflicts of interests is a perspective to which the readers are entitled and is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation for consultancy work is inappropriate. Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:
Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number)
Honoraria for speaking at symposia
Financial support for attending symposia
Financial support for educational programs
Employment or consultation
Support from a project sponsor
Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships
Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights)
Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work
In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (nonfinancial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research. The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. In author collaborations where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure form on behalf of all authors.
Examples of forms can be found here:
The corresponding author will include a summary statement on the title page that is separate from their manuscript, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).
See below examples of disclosures:
Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).
Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z.
If no conflict exists, the authors should state:
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Journal of Mental Health Education is not responsible for any misdirected or lost manuscripts.