Guide for Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the guide for authors described below. Manuscripts that do not conform to guide for authors will be returned without review.

Cover Letter

The cover letter should state that the manuscript is prepared based on data from an original study conducted by the authors and that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors. The cover letter should describe why the manuscript is consistent with the scope of MHRP. The cover letter must confirm that the manuscript has not been published, is not currently under review elsewhere, and that it does not contain data that are currently submitted or published elsewhere. Authors must state in the cover letter that they have complied with APA ethical standards in their treatment with human or animal participants in their studies. Authors should describe the scientific contribution of their study in the cover letter. It is important to highlight the significance and novel contribution of the work.

Manuscript Types

MHRP will consider submissions of the following types:

•          Original Articles

•          Empirical Studies

•          Invited Systematic, Conceptual Reviews

•          Meta-analytic Reviews

•          Advanced Research Methods Tutorials, Preferably Related to Mental Health Research

•          Comments on Published Articles

•          Invited Guest Editorials

Original Articles

MHRP considers manuscripts on all aspects of mental health, including intervention, prevention, promotion, and national or international policies. Manuscripts, either experimental or non-experimental should make demonstrable effort to control threats to both internal and external validity. Novelty, originality, and unique scientific contribution of the work should be emphasized.

Empirical Studies

MHRP publishes high quality empirical papers with broad relevance for the field of mental health. Empirical studies that significantly contribute to theory and practice or enhance evidence for existing research in the field as well as empirical studies with important implications for policy that affect human beings across the life span are also welcome.

Invited Systematic, Conceptual Reviews

By publishing invited systematic reviews by leading scholars from all over the world working with populations of all ages, the editorial board of MHRP tries to be sensitive to emerging and novel advances or trends in mental health. Systematic reviews are expected to rigorously synthesize, advance a new conceptual framework, or extend existing theory on emerging or novel fields.

Meta-analytic Reviews

MHRP is committed to scientific, unbiased evaluation of the practical significance of the claimed effects in mental health research. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to submit meta-analytic reviews on topics of broad relevance to mental health across the life span. Meta-analyses are expected to evaluate either the practical or theoretical importance of any specific field of mental health research. 

Advanced Research Methods Tutorials

Another mission of MHRP is to facilitate learning of advanced multivariate and/or contextual research methods for those mental health researchers who are interested in using these advanced methods in their research. Research methods tutorials should be preferably related to mental health research with proper illustrations and examples from the field of mental health and must include data sets and computer code (if any) for running described methods.

Comments on Published Articles

Comments on articles in recent issues of MHRP will be considered for publication. They should provide new and important information on the same topic as the original paper. Comments should follow APA style. The goal of the comment should be clearly stated in the first paragraph.

Comments must not exceed 1,000 words in length. Authors of comments must disclose any real or perceived conflicts of interest with any of the authors of the original paper only in their cover letter and not in their manuscript. The title of the comment should be written as follows: "Comment on Author (Year): Brief Title".

Authors may be asked to revise the Comment. If a Comment is accepted for publication, the authors of the original paper will be given the opportunity to reply to the Comment. Comments will be published in the earliest possible issue of MHRP.

Invited Guest Editorials

The Editor-in-Chief may invite scholars to write Guest Editorials to offer perspective on timely and critical issues for the field of mental health. Guest Editorials should provide expert opinion or interpretation on a timely and critical issue for the field of mental health that has important research, public health, or public policy implications. Guest Editorials are limited to 1,000 words and should be titled: “Guest Editorial: Brief Title”.

Each submission will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Topic is timely and important;

Communicated message is clear, constructive, and compelling;

Message is relevant to a broad readership; and

Writing style is collegial.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Additional guidance on APA style can be found on the APA Style website.

Manuscripts must be limited to 35 double-spaced pages in length, including the title page, abstract, references, tables, and figures. All regular manuscripts must include an abstract containing no more than 250 words typed on a separate page. There is no need to structure the abstract into titles like objective, method, etc. Up to five keywords or brief phrases should be supplied after the abstract. All parts of the manuscript should be double spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 point font size. Authors may be allowed a small increase to the manuscript page limit when a compelling argument is presented prior to submission (e.g., complex new methodology, multiple studies). 

Authors are expected to write in language free of prejudice or bias against any group or groups (see chapter 3 of the APA publication manual).

Journal Article Reporting Standards

Authors should review the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for quantitativequalitative, and mixed methods. Updated in 2018, the standards offer ways to improve transparency in reporting to ensure that readers have the information necessary to evaluate the quality of the research and to facilitate collaboration and replication.

References

Authors must conform to the reference style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. References must be listed in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

Journal Article:
Endress, A. D. (2019). Duplications and domain-generality. Psychological Bulletin, 145(12), 1154–1175. https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000213

Authored Book:

McKay, M., Fanning, P., & Paleg, K. (2006). Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

Chapter in an Edited Book:

Connor, D. (2006). Stimulants. In R.A. Barkley (Ed.), Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (pp. 608–647). New York: The Guilford Press.

Tables

Use Word's Insert Table function to create tables. Spaces or tabs must not be used to create tables. Each table should be provided on a separate page following the Reference list. The approximate location for each table must be specified in the main text.

Figures

Graphics files are welcome if supplied as TIFF or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file. The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing. When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side. Graphics files should be submitted separately, and the approximate location for each figure should be specified in the main text. Each figure also should be provided on a separate page following the Reference list after tables. For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelinesBecause articles are published only electronically via “http://mhrp.ub.ac.ir/, publication of all types of figures, either colored or black and white, will be free of charge.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, authors are recommended to provide computer code as supplemental materials with appropriate in-text reference. Computer code will appear in online supplemental materials without any typesetting change.  

Submitting Supplemental Materials

Supplemental materials include datasets, audio and video files, pictures, computer code, and text that cannot be included in the main body of the manuscript. Supplemental materials should be referenced in text so that they can be hyperlinked, redirecting readers to the download page. 

Masked Review Policy

MHRP adheres to a double blind review process, meaning that the identities of authors and reviewers are masked. Manuscripts that are peer reviewed are circulated without their title pages to mask the identity of the authors. Each copy of a manuscript should include a separate title page with authors' names and affiliations, and these should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. However, only the manuscript title and not the authors names and affiliations, must be written at the beginning of the main text. Footnotes that identify the authors should be typed on a separate page. Authors should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clue to their identity.

Publication Policies

MHRP adheres to publication policies consistent with those of the American Psychological Association. APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications (see Section 1.12 Conflict of Interest, Publication Manual). APA policy also prohibits publication of any manuscript that has already been published in whole or substantial part elsewhere. Authors have an obligation to consult journal editors if there is any question concerning prior publication of part or all of their submitted manuscripts.

Author Note

Author Note must be brief and include information such as acknowledgements, grants/founding, conference presentations, and informal or narrative presentations of the data (e.g., listserv, website positing or sharing, academic social networks like ResearchGate, blogs). Author Note must be placed at the end of the text before References.  

Ethical Principles

MHRP is committed to and expects authors to adhere to APA Ethical Principles. The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13). In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14). APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication. MHRP requires authors to state in their cover letter that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal. Details regarding the treatment of participants should be described in the methods section of the manuscripts. Additionally, MHRP require authors to provide statement regarding compliance with APA ethical standards. This statement includes three parts: disclosure of conflict of interest, ethical approval by an institutional review board, and participant informed consent. This three-part statement should be placed at the end of the text before References and after Author Note, titled: Statements. 

Permissions

Authors whose papers are accepted for publication must obtain and provide to the editor all necessary permissions to reproduce in electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

Other Important Considerations

All statistical tests should include effect size whenever possible. First person language ("I", "we") should be avoided. Terminology should be sensitive to the individual who has a disease or disability. The journal endorses the concept of "people first, not their disability." Terminology should reflect the "person with a disability" (e.g., children with diabetes, persons with HIV infection, families of people with cancer) rather than the condition as an adjective (e.g., diabetic children, HIV patients, cancer families). Nonsexist language should be used.

When a manuscript contains data that are part of a larger study, authors should describe the larger study and provide references for other publications from the larger study.

Submission

To submit to the Editorial Office, please submit manuscripts only electronically via the Mental Health: Research and Practice (MHRP) Manuscript Submission System in Microsoft Word (.docx) with an accompanied Portable Document Format (.pdf) of the manuscript file. SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT HERE

Please save a copy of the manuscript elsewhere to guard against loss. Manuscripts cannot be submitted via mail, fax, or email. If files from the editorial manager go to the spam box, please check your spam box regularly to ensure that communications from MHRP editorial office are received. Also please take the following steps to facilitate communication with the editorial office:

• Provide an alternate email address that can be used to contact you in the event of technical difficulties with your primary email address.

• Ask your IT administrators to add "http://mhrp.ub.ac.ir/" to the list of "safe" addresses or "white list", and

• Contact MHRP editorial office if you do not receive submission confirmation within three business days or an editorial decision letter within three months.

Mental Health: Research and Practice (MHRP) uses a software system to check submitted manuscript for similarity with other published content.

On the submission portal, you will be asked to provide contact information for three individuals who are qualified to serve as unbiased reviewers for your paper. These people must have published peer reviewed work in a relevant field. They must be without any real or perceived conflict of interest with you and your coauthors and should not have previously read or provided feedback on drafts of the paper. They cannot be at the same institution as any author, cannot be a coauthor on any publications, and must not be a former or current trainee, advisor, or mentor, etc.

 

Submission Checklist

 

Cover letter:

1- Author(s) have confirmed in the cover letter that the manuscript has been prepared based on data from an original study conducted by the authors, and the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors.

2- Author(s) have described why they think the manuscript is consistent with the scope of MHRP.

3- Author(s) have confirmed in the cover letter that the manuscript has not been published, is not currently under review elsewhere, and that it does not contain data that are currently submitted or published elsewhere.

4- Author(s) have stated in the cover letter that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of participants, human or animal.

5- Author(s) have concisely explained the scientific contribution of their study in the cover letter.

6- Authors of comments have disclosed any real or perceived conflicts of interest with any of the authors of the original paper (only for authors of comments on published articles)

Provision of Data Sets and Computer Codes (If Any):

7- Author(s) have provided as supplemental materials the data on which their conclusions are based for other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis.

Note: if this will raise confidentiality issues or there are some legal rights concerning proprietary data, precluding their release, please explain your reasons in the cover letter and upload verifying documents through MHRP Manuscript Submission System.

8- Author(s) have provided computer code (if any) for running analyses described in the manuscript in the online supplemental materials.

Checklist 9 through 11 pertains to Comments on published articles only:

9- The goal of the comment has been clearly stated in the first paragraph. 

10-  The comment has not exceeded 1000 words in length.

11- Author(s) have written the title of the comment as: “Comment on Author (Year): Brief Title”.

Checklist 12 pertains to Guest Editorials only: 

12- The Guest Editorial has not exceeded 1000 words in length, and the title has been written as: “Guest Editorial: Brief Title”.

Manuscript Preparation:

13- Author(s) have prepared the manuscript according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.

14- The manuscript has not exceeded 35 double spaced pages in length, including the title page, abstract, references, tables, and figures.

Note: If you need a small number of extra pages please explain your reasons in the cover letter prior to submission. 

15- The abstract is unstructured and has not exceeded 250 words in length.

16- Up to five keywords or brief phrases have been provided after the abstract.

17- All parts of manuscript have been double spaced, using Time New Roman font, 12 point font size.

18- Authors have used language free of prejudice or bias against any group or groups (see chapter 3 of the APA publication manual).

19-Authors have reviewed and prepared their manuscripts according to the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method studies.

20- The references in-text and the reference list adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.

Tables

21- Tables have been created by using Word’s Insert Table Function rather than using spaces or tabs; each table has been provided on a separate page following the Reference list, and the location for each table has been specified in the main text.

Figures

22- Graphic files have been supplied as TIFF or EPS files (TIFF files are created via Bitmap and EPS files are created by Adobe illustrator).

23- Multi-panel Figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d) have been assembled into one file.

24- The minimum line weight for line arts is not less than 0.5 points.

25- When possible, symbol legends have been placed below the figures instead of to the side.

26- Approximate location for each figure has been specified in the main text.

27- Each figure has been provided on a separate page at the end of the manuscript after the tables.

Supplemental Materials

28- Supplemental materials (if any) have been referenced in text so that they can be hyperlinked, redirecting readers to the download page. Remember to upload supplemental materials along with other files when submitting the manuscript.

Masked Review Policy

29- The title page with authors’ names and affiliations has been separated from the main text of the manuscript and has been prepared for submission as a separate file. However, only the manuscript title and not the authors names and affiliations, must be written at the beginning of the main text.

30- Footnotes that identify the authors have been typed on a separate page and have been prepared for submission as a separate file.

Author Note

31- Author Note has been provided at the end of the text before References.

Ethical Principals 

32- The Three-part statement (see the guide for authors) has been provided after Author Note and before References.

Other important Considerations

33- All statistical tests include effect sizes, whenever possible.

34- First person language (“I”, “We”) has been avoided throughout the manuscript.

35- Terminology of the manuscript is consistent with APA policy “People first, not their disability”. Therefore, terminology reflects the “person with disability” rather than the condition as an adjective.

36- Nonsexist language has been used.

Submission

37- All text files for the manuscript have been prepared both in Microsoft Word (.docx) and Portable Document Format (.pdf).

38- Please save a copy of the manuscript elsewhere before submission. Authors are recommended to place a copy of the manuscript in repositories before submission.

Submission Files:

1- Cover letter in .pdf format.

2- Title Page in a separate MS Word (.docx) file includes manuscript Title, and authors’ names and affiliations.

3- Footnotes with any identifying author information has been provided in a separate MS Word (.docx) file (if any).

4- Main Text in both MS Word (.docx) and .pdf files includes manuscript Title, Abstract, Keywords, Text Body (with specified location for tables and figures), Author Note, Statements, References, Tables (each on a separate page), and Figures (each on a separate page). 

5- Figures in TIFF or EPS files (each in a separate file).

6- Datasets in .sav or .xlsx file format; screen shots of computer code in TIFF or high quality .jpg formats provided as supplemental materials.

7- Supplemental text in both MS Word (.docx) and .pdf files (if any).

8- Other Supplemental Materials (if any).