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About International Journal of Mental Health Systems

This page includes information about the aims and scope of International Journal of Mental Health Systems, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

International Journal of Mental Health Systems is an open access, online journal that provides a home for the latest mental health system research, policy and debates, as well as for articles with educational intent that will build capacity for mental health system research and development.

Advances in understanding of, and treatments for, mental illness frequently do not benefit those who most need them because of poorly developed mental health systems. Internationally, there is increasing attention to mental health legislation and policy, mental health system financing and governance, mental health service design implementation and evaluation, human resource development, effective mental health systems research transfer, and the human rights of people with mental illness. International Journal of Mental Health Systems will be a home for the latest mental health system research, policy and debates, as well as for articles with educational intent that will build capacity for mental health system research and development.

Open access

All articles published by International Journal of Mental Health Systems are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. International Journal of Mental Health Systems therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1960/€1410 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

All articles published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems include:

  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PsycINFO
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scirus
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

International Journal of Mental Health Systems is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.06.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

International Journal of Mental Health Systems considers the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Short reports: brief reports of data from original research, usually about 1500 words.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.
  • Case studies: describe a major healthcare intervention, usually from a public health perspective. Case study articles that include a rigorous assessment of the processes and impact of the intervention as well as recommendations for future interventions will be considered favourably. Note that Case study articles should not describe an individual patient - authors should use the case report format for such descriptions.
  • Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles focus on specific issues and are about 800 words.
  • Debate articles: present an argument that is not essentially based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects of the subject including sociological and ethical aspects.

Peer-review policies

International Journal of Mental Health Systems operates a closed peer-review system on all manuscripts approved via initial screening by the Editor-in-Chief. A final decision will be made based on at least two reviews.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My International Journal of Mental Health Systems, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

International Journal of Mental Health Systems will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Mental Health Systems should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in International Journal of Mental Health Systems

Articles in International Journal of Mental Health Systems should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Int J Ment Health Syst [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Int J Ment Health Syst 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in International Journal of Mental Health Systems?

High visibility

International Journal of Mental Health Systems's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

International Journal of Mental Health Systems offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through International Journal of Mental Health Systems, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in International Journal of Mental Health Systems gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on International Journal of Mental Health Systems's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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