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Author Guidelines

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal Page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.  If you require assistance in registering with the journal please contact us at jrmh@ontarioshores.ca

 1. ABOUT THE JOURNAL

This peer-reviewed journal publishes the latest mental health recovery research. We invite original research, brief reports, opinions and viewpoints and letters to the editor. Topics covered are of interest to those living with mental illness, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, psychologists,  educators and other health professionals.

The Journal of Recovery in Mental Health (JRMH) does not charge any article processing fees or submission charges. The journal publishes only material that has not been published previously (either in print or electronically) and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Although primarily a theme issue journal, we will accept manuscripts at any time on topics related to mental health recovery.

All submissions to JRMH should adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Style Manual for Authors

Theme

Submission Deadline

Issue Publication Date

Recovery in Mental Health: Global Perspectives

Dec 15, 2016

v.1#1 Spring 2017

Recovery Across the Lifespan

May 30, 2017

v.1#2 Fall 2017

Leading Practices in Recovery Colleges

Dec 30, 2017

v.1#3 Spring 2018

Recovery in the Community

Apr 30, 2018

v.2#1 Summer 2018

Recovery and Co-Occurring Disorders

Aug 30, 2018

v.2#2 Fall 2018

Recovery in Forensic Settings

Dec 30, 2018

v.2#3 Spring 2019

 

  

2. EDITORIAL OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION

Journal of Recovery in Mental Health Editorial Office
c/o Library
700 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario Canada
phone: (905) 430-4015; fax: (905) 430-4014
e-mail: jrmh@ontarioshores.ca

 

3. REQUIREMENTS

3.1. Copyright Assignment. Authors retain the copyright through the Creative Commons License.

3.2. Conflict of Interest. All submitted papers must include a conflict-of-interest statement for all authors in the Acknowledgments section. If authors have no relevant conflict of interest to disclose, this should be indicated in the Acknowledgments section. Relevant conflict of interest (or lack thereof) should also be disclosed in the authors' comments to the editor during the submission process.

3.3 Ethics. If human or animal subjects were used, either a) state that your institutional review board/ethics committee has approved the experiment and provide reference numbers as appropriate; b) state that IRB approval was not required and explain why; or c) if your institution does not have an IRB, state that the Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/) was followed. If informed consent was required, describe how it was obtained in the Methods section and include a copy of the informed consent form used.

3.4. Affiliations. Institutional and/or employment affiliations of all authors should be listed on the title page of the manuscript. In addition, when citing “editorial assistance” or help provided by a colleague, authors are required to list the employer/institution with which that colleague is affiliated.

Example: “The authors acknowledge the editorial assistance of Ian Dawe, Trillium Health Partners.”; “The authors thank Ian Dawe, Trillium Health Partners, for help with preparing the manuscript.”

3.5. Post-Prints. Authors are permitted to submit the accepted version of their manuscript to their funding body or institution for inclusion in that funding body or institution’s database, archive, or repository, or to post the accepted version on their personal website. These manuscripts may be made freely accessible to the public upon acceptance, provided that the following conditions are observed:

Post-prints must include a statement of provenance and, once the final version has been published in the journal, a link to the final published version of the paper on the journal's website. Authors may make changes to the posted version to correct mistakes or may issue an erratum at any time. However, the final published version of the manuscript may not be deposited, posted, or later substituted for the post-print.

 4. MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES

4.1. Original Research. (Peer-Reviewed)  

Original research articles present a medical or scientific advance. These manuscripts should present well-rounded studies reporting innovative advances that further knowledge about a topic of importance to the mental health recovery community. The conclusions of the Original Research Article should clearly be supported by the results.

Original Articles should be arranged in the following order: title page, structured abstract, “Introduction,” “Research Design and Methods,” “Results,” “Conclusions,” “Acknowledgments,” “References,” tables and figure legends.

structured abstract is required for all Original Research Articles. Abstracts for an original research article should not exceed 250 words. The abstract must be self-contained and clear without reference to the text and should be written for a general journal readership. The abstract format should include four sections: “Objective” (the purpose or hypothesis of study), “Research Design and Methods” (the basic design, setting, number of participants and selection criteria, treatment or intervention, and methods of assessment), “Results” (significant data found) and “Conclusions” (the validity, limitations, and clinical applicability of the study and its results).

A conflict-of-interest statement for all authors must be included in the Acknowledgments section of the main document, which should follow the main text and precede the references. If there are no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose, authors should indicate as such in the Acknowledgments section.

In the case of multicentre studies, authors should provide a list of participating investigators in an appendix to the paper.

4.2 Brief Reports. (Peer-Reviewed)

Manuscripts that report interesting and important findings related to mental health but whose results are suggestive rather than definitive are published as research reports. Research reports explore a question of general interest but use a more limited research methodology than that required for an original research article. Surveys where the bias of the sample cannot be determined; interventions in which there is no control group or pre/post evaluation; feasibility studies in which only a small sample was employed; and benchmarking studies designed to document current practice are typically published as research reports.

Research reports follow a format similar to that of an original research article: an “Introduction” with a clear statement of the purpose of the project or study reported along with a few references to relevant literature, a “Research Design and Methods” section that describes the study in sufficient detail to allow readers to judge validity and reproducibility, a “Results” section presenting major findings or achievements, a “Conclusions” section to discuss the implications of the results, followed by an “Acknowledgments” and “References” section.

A summary abstract of no more than 250 words should be included.

4.3. Perspectives, Opinions and Viewpoints (Non-Peer Reviewed)

The Perspectives, Opinions and Viewpoints section is intended to provide a place for the expression of views on topical, emerging or controversial issues. It is also a forum in which colleagues can respond, with room for speculation, to previously stated opinions or observations. A successful Opinion piece will make a compelling case for a particular point of view, but will do so, mindful of existing controversies or alternative views, and will make an effort to integrate these into the discussion.

While primary data are typically not included in these submissions, if the author chooses to include data, it should be subjected to rigorous review as would any research article. These articles should be no more than 10,000 words with 3 figures and a maximum of 30 references.

4.4. Lived Experience Editorials. These editorials relate personal and professional experiences on a topic important to mental health recovery and align with the issue's topical theme. The goal of this type of editorial is to provide a personal view on a topic, issue, or new technology impacting individuals living with mental illness, their family members, or others touched by mental illness.

4.5. Letters to the Editor (Non-Peer Reviewed)

Letters commenting on articles and editorials will, before publication, be sent to the authors of those pieces with the invitation that they make a response in the same issue of the Journal. 

  

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

    1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
    2. References follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, which was formerly called the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.  Please save this Endnote Style to format your numbered style to use superscript numbers Numbered superscript.ens ‏16 KB
    3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Arial font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the appropriate place in the text.
    4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines Style Manual for Authors
    5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
    6. The authors have obtained copyright privileges to publish each figure or image submitted. The authors must show proof that they have these privileges. This is the responsibility of the author(s) and not The Journal of Recovery in Mental Health.
    7. All submitted papers must include a conflict-of-interest statement for all authors in the Acknowledgments section. If authors have no relevant conflict of interest to disclose, this should be indicated in the Acknowledgments section. Relevant conflict of interest (or lack thereof) should also be disclosed in the authors' comments to the editor in the box at the bottom of this submission page.
     
  2. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Arial font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Manual for Authors.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work
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