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Infant Mental Health - Contributor Information

Information for Contributors

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field and the international focus of the Journal and WAIMH, the IMHJ publishes research articles, literature reviews, program descriptions/evaluations, clinical studies, and book reviews on infant social–emotional development, caregiver–infant interactions, and contextual and cultural influences on infant and family development. There is particular interest in those conditions that place infants and/or families at risk for less than optimal development. The Journal is organized into three sections: Research and Prevention/Intervention Studies, Clinical Perspectives, and Book Reviews.

The first section on Research and Intervention Studies involves peer reviews based on more traditional research journal models. However, the Clinical Perspectives section allows for more diversity both in types of submissions and through the review process. This increased flexibility provides the opportunity to expand both the interdisciplinary and international scope of the Journal. The Book Review Editor screens books that are received by the Journal and requests a review from an appropriate person. The book reviews are then reviewed by the Book Review Editor and the Journal Editor. The Journal welcomes a broad perspective and scope of inquiry into infant mental health issues and has an interdisciplinary and international group of consulting editors and reviewers who participate in the peer review process. In addition to regular submissions to the Journal, the intent is to publish two special issues or sections each year that may be guest edited and which provide an in-depth exploration through a series of papers of an issue that may be of particular interest to the readers of the Journal. Please submit requests for special issues directly to the Editor. MANUSCRIPTS for submission to the Infant Mental Health Journal should be forwarded to the Editor as follows:

  1. Go to your Internet browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer).
  2. Go to the URL
  3. Register (if you have not done so already).
  4. Go to the Author Center and follow the instructions to submit your paper.
  5. 5. Please upload the following as separate documents: the title page (with identifying information), the body of your manuscript (containing no identifying information), each table, and each figure. Please note: This journal does not accept Microsoft WORD 2007 documents at this time. Please use WORD's "Save As" option to save your document as an older (.doc) file type.
  6. Please note that this journal's workflow is double-blinded. Authors must prepare and submit files for the body of the manuscript that are anonymous for review (containing no name or institutional information that may reveal author identity).
  7. All related files will be concatenated automatically into a single .PDF file by the system during upload. This is the file that will be used for review. Please scan your files for viruses before you send them, and keep a copy of what you send in a safe place in case any of the files need to be replaced.
Style must conform to that described by the American Psychological Association Publication Manual , Fifth Edition, 2001 revision (American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242). Authors are responsible for final preparation of manuscripts to conform to the APA style.
Manuscripts should have double spacing throughout, and ample margins. Each copy of the paper should include a cover sheet with the following information: Title of manuscript, name of author(s), and affiliation of author(s). The title should appear on the abstract and on the first page of text. Information about the identity of the author(s) contained in footnotes should appear on the title page only. The title page is not included when the manuscript is sent out for review. Blind reviewing is used. A cover letter to the Editor should accompany the paper; it should request a review and indicate that the manuscript has not been published previously or submitted elsewhere. An abstract of approximately 150-200 words must be included. Authors are required to write a final section entitled Clinical Implications. If the paper does not include material that has clear clinical implications, a statement to that effect can be included in this section. Table and figures must be sufficiently clear so that they can be photographed directly. 
Manuscripts are assigned for peer review by the Editor or Associate Editor(s)and are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board and invited reviewers with special knowledge of the topic addressed in the manuscript. The Editor retains the right to reject articles that do not conform to conventional clinical or scientific ethical standards. Normally, the review process is completed in 3 months. Nearly all manuscripts accepted for publication require some degree of revision. There is no charge for publication of papers in the Infant Mental Health Journal . The publisher may levy additional charges for changes in proofs other than correction of printer's errors. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and must be read carefully because final responsibility for accuracy rests with the author(s). Author(s) must return corrected proofs to the publisher in a timely manner. If the publisher does not receive corrected proofs from the author(s), publication will still proceed as scheduled.