The Journal of Child Mental Health is an open access quarterly journal. All published papers should be of direct relevance to mental health practitioners and clearly draw out clinical implications for the field. Papers from all disciplines addressing child mental health are welcome, including specific focus areas such as childhood disorders, emotional-behavioral disorders, policy and risk behavior, psychological development of children, schools, and educational systems, children and society, epidemiology, mental health prevention and promotion, community-based interventions, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, psychological treatments for children and their associated systems. The journal publishes review articles, original research (including brief reports and case series), and clinical papers.
All new manuscripts must be submitted online at: www.childmentalhealth.ir
. Please direct questions to the editorial office at psydevchgmail.com
. Papers that clearly do not fit our format, mission, or publication priorities will be returned without review. Articles considered for publication will undergo peer review.
This Journal accepts Original Research Articles, Review Articles, Short Communications, Letter to the Editor, and Case Studies. The editorial board is free to accept, revise (with author's permission) and/or reject a manuscript.
The manuscript should include: Title page
; the Abstract; Introduction; Method; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgement and References.
The title page:
The manuscript title:
should be concise and informative, as titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
Author names and affiliations:
Include the full names of all authors and their highest academic degree. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Include all authors’ academic or professional affiliations written out in paragraph form (not footnoted) along with the corresponding author’s complete contact information (name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address).
Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of review, production, and publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are pro-vided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author. Multiple corresponding authors are not allowed.
Text should begin on the second numbered page, and should be divided into the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References, and Tables (if required). All components must be in a single file, except any figures, which should be uploaded separately.
All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words. It should be structured as Background and Purpose
followed by 3 to 5 Keywords
. Keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus (https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/search). Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
This should include exact method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author is able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. Statistical method must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used.
It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
Tables and figures:
Tables should be cited in the text, numbered consecutively (i.e., Table 1, Table 2, Table 3) in the order of their mention, and include brief descriptions. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place caption above the table and explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading. Figures should be cited in the text, numbered consecutively (i.e., Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3) in the order of their mention, and include brief descriptions. Figures should be of high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously. Both tables and figures should be numbered consecutively.
This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow them.
Include an acknowledgement paragraph that includes any funding directly related to the content of the manuscript, any necessary attribution/credit information, and the name(s) of the study statistical expert(s), if applicable. Academic or professional affiliations and degree(s) must be included for any non-author individuals listed in the acknowledgement.
All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the ab stract must be given in full.
The accuracy of referencing is the responsibility of the authors. To minimize such errors author should verify references against the original documents. The reference should be numbered in the text consecutively and listed at the end of the manuscript according to their number. Please print the surnames and initials of the first three authors followed by et al. The reference style should follow the presented model:
Surnames and initials of the first three authors followed by et al. Title of manuscript. Name of journal (abbreviated according to PubMed). Year; Vol (no): Pages.
Seeff LB, Buskell-Bales Z, Wrught EC, et al. Long term mortality after transfusion associated non A, non B hepatitis. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study group. N Engl J Med. 1992; 27: 1906-11.
surname and initials of the author(s). Name of the book. Edition no. Place of publication: Publisher; Year: Pages.
Kates M. Techniques of Lipidology. 2nd
ed. New York: Elsevier; 1992: 172-5.
Chapter of a book:
surname and initials of the author(s) of the chapter. Title of the chapter. In: surname and initials of the author(s). Name of the book. Edition no. Place of publication: Publisher; Year: Pages.
Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, eds. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis and management. 2nd
ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995: 465-78.
surname and initials of the author(s) of the thesis. Title of the thesis [type of thesis / dissertation]. City: University; Year: pages.
Ho SH. Preventative risk modeling and mapping of Murray Valley encephalitis virus and dengue virus in Western Australia [master’s thesis]. Perth: University of Western Australia; 2015, pp: 35-55.
Citing materials on Internet:
Author (s). Title. [cited 2001 Mar 8]. Available from: URL: http://....
Morse SS. Factors in the Emergence of Infectious Diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [Serial Online] 1995 Jan.
Mar [Cifeg 1996 Jun 5]: 1(1): [24 Screens]. Available from: URL:
Note: If any of the references is in other language rather than English, it should be written in parenthesis after the reference. The example for original article is as below:
Nedjat S, Majdzadeh R, Rashidian A, et al. Admission of medical students from bachelor’s degree: why?. Hakim Research Journal. 2007; 10(2): 1-7. [Persian]
The rest of the reference types should be according to Vancouver style.
A computer print out is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal office.
Abbreviations and symbols:
Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract.
The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section. 1) Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project. 2) Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals complies with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals, or those of your Institute or agency. Note that Provision of statement from the Bioethics Committee is essential for clinical trials and other relevant studies.
In case of any financial support, it is important to mention the name of the respective organization/institute and the project number at the end of the manuscript.
Conflicts of interest:
Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it.
The entire contents of the Journal of Child Mental Health are protected under international copyrights. This Journal is for your personal noncommercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any materials contained on the Journal without the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.
Peer review process:
All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are peer reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers selected by the Editorial Board. The corresponding author is notified as soon as possible of the editor decision to accept, reject, or modifications.
Disposal of material:
Once published, all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for 6 months before disposal.
These ethical considerations should be taken into account by the respected authors:
1. Permission to reprint or adapt the work of others. If your paper includes material borrowed from another source, you must cite the original source in your paper.
2. The authors should not falsify or fabricate data, data sources, findings, claims, or credentials.
3. According to American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s codes of ethics, no manifestations of discrimination in regard to race; ethnicity; culture; national origin; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity; age; religion; language; disability; health conditions; socioeconomic status; marital, domestic, or parental status should be found in the submitted manuscripts.
4. All the authors should get the informed consent of the participants of their studies. In consonant, protection of participants’ privacy and maintaining their anonymity should be meticulously considered in the manuscripts.
5. When researchers use case studies to describe their research, they are prohibited from disclosing "confidential, personally identifiable information concerning their patients, individualor organizational clients, students, research participants, or other recipients of their services.
6. In all scientific disciplines, professional communications are presumed to be based on objective interpretations of evidence and unbiased interpretation of fact. An author's in economic and commercial interests in products or services used or discussed in a paper may color such objectivity. When you submit your manuscript, you may be asked to verify that you have complied with ethical standards in the conduct of your research. You may also be asked to disclose potential conflicts of interest and to indicate financial agreements or affiliations with any product or services used or discussed in your papers as well as any potential bias against another product or service.
7. All authors have significantly contributed to the research;
8. Authors include statement that all data in article are real and authentic;
Authorship of the paper is accurately represented, including ensuring that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work and that all who participated are credited and have given consent for publication.