Articles in the areas related to Mental Health and Substance Use, Mental disorders, Behavioural disorders, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Mood disorders, Feeding or eating disorders, Addiction Epidemiology, Alcohol and Addiction Studies, etc are welcome in the Journal of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
The manuscripts meeting the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence can be submitted.
The scholarly articles will be published approximately 15 days after acceptance.
The articles go through the Single blind review process, where the names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors
Author of the article must be responsible for the article during the submission and peer review process, and must follow the instructions for submitting the manuscript.
Author must provide a cover letter with the article, where should explain why the manuscript should be published and declare any potential competing interests.
Author can provide the contact details (name and email addresses) of two potential peer reviewers for the manuscript. These reviewers should be experts in their field who will provide an objective assessment of the manuscript.
The suggested peer reviewers should not have published with any of the authors of the manuscript within the past five years, should not be current collaborators and should not be members of the same research institution.
Suggested reviewers will be considered along with potential reviewers recommended by the Editorial Board members.
Procedures to Process to Manuscript
Peer Review Process
After submission, Case reports and Reviews: Open access follows single blinded peer review process where the names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors.
Only novel manuscripts are approved after submission by the author, following standardized research methods. Manuscripts are subjected towards plagiarism check to determine their originality. Manuscript should not have the same content that is already published online. These acts and gestures are considered unethical publication practices and hence they are not encouraged.
Basic rules to prepare manuscript. Author, kindly go through given instructions
Title should be brief, precise and technical enough to explain the intended meaning of the manuscript. It is usually free from acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation's.
Author name includes Last name followed by the concern Initials without space or any punctuation. In case of more than one author, they should be differentiated by the conjunction ‘and’ before the name of the Last author. Their affiliations are denoted by the superscript numbers after the initials of the author’s name. Corresponding author is represented with an asterisk in superscript.
The word limit for Abstract is max. 250. It must summarize specifically the scientific content in the manuscript. It should be brief and accurate and must not contain any citations.
Keywords serve as main tool for Indexers as well as Readers to locate your manuscript. Keywords enhance the chances of getting more citations and high readership to your manuscript. An article might contain up to maximum of 4-6 Keywords.
Abbreviations must be separated by semicolon and all the abbreviations used in the manuscript must be mentioned with its expanded form at first instance.
The introduction should discuss the purpose of the study in the broader context. Introduction should be clear to the readers who are not experts in this field. Include a brief review of the key literature. If there are relevant controversies or disagreements in the field, they should be mentioned so that a non-expert reader can delve into these issues further. The introduction should conclude with a brief statement of the overall aim of the experiments and a comment about whether that aim was achieved.
Materials and Methods
This section should provide a complete overview of the design of the study. Detailed descriptions of materials or participants, comparisons, interventions, and types of analysis should be mentioned. However, only new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer's name and address.
Results and Discussion
The results section should provide complete details of the experiment that are required to support the conclusion of the study. The results should be written in the past tense when describing findings in the authors' experiments. Previously published findings should be written in the present tense. Results and discussion may be combined or in a separate section. Speculation and detailed interpretation of data should not be included in the results but should be put into the discussion section.
This section should provide to adhere to support the study conclusions. This section included briefly detailed conclusive parameters of the whole study.
Authors can include funding sources and personal acknowledgement in this section. Authors are encouraged to list all the funding sources used for preparation of manuscript. Please provide the grant number and authors associated with specific funding sources.
We do not limit the number of supplementary material items that author has to include in the manuscript. Supplementary materials should be named as S (Example Figure S1, Table S1, Video S1, etc.). Make sure that these supplementary items should be cited in the text. They are published as raw dataset along with the manuscript.
References must be listed in the numerical system (Vancouver). All references should be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text and listed in the same numerical order in the reference section. The reference numbers must be finalized and the bibliography must be fully formatted before submission.
The references should be relevant to the study and should refer to the original research sources. Self-citation and self-interest should be avoided by the authors, editors and peer-reviewers.
Journal Article with less than 3 authors: mention name of all the authors.
Nasta AM, Mayo HG, Kim P. Case report of ventral hernia complicating bariatric surgery. J Bio Med Open Access. 2022;3(2):126
Journal Article with more than 3 authors: mention name of the first three authors followed by et al.
Nasta AM, Mayo HG, Kim P, et al. Gemellamorbillorum: An underestimated etiology of central nervous system infection? J Bio Med Open Access. 2014;17(1):145-148.
Book References: name of the author, Title of Book. Nth ed. Country: Publisher; year
Mayo HG, Lichtinger A, Kim P. Principles of Genetics. 8th ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 2009
Book Chapter: name of the author, Title of book: editors: Country: Publisher; year. Page no.
Yeung SN, Lichtinger A, Mayo HG. Adhesion molecules and site-specific metastasis.In Thrombosis: NeriSerneri SS, Gensini GF, editors: An Update. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1989. 269-303p.