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Submit a manuscript to be reviewed for publication in the Journal of Health Service Psychology (JHSP) by completing this form and uploading your document. Prior to submitting a manuscript, please review the requirements below. Send other inquiries about the JHSP to [email protected].

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Information for Authors

JHSP uses an article organization that is differs from some other psychology journals. The model is oriented to health service psychologists and other behavioral health providers in direct clinical practice. It attempts to bring current ethical and clinical information into their immediate clinical decision-making. Articles in other formats may be considered but should generally follow the format listed below.

If you have questions about whether a particular topic, style, or format is suitable for JHSP, please e-mail the Managing Editor, Dr. Kate Brody Nooner, at [email protected] prior to submission to enable us to help you determine if your manuscript is aligned to the Journal’s aims and style.

All articles should be centered around a clinical vignette that highlights critical clinical issues for health service psychologists and allied professionals. The vignette is at the start of the manuscript and at a minimum it is linked back at the conclusion; ideally it is integrated throughout. The sections of a typical JHSP article are:

  1. Title
  2. Author names, city and state, and 70–75 word professional bio – should be a maximum of 3 authors. More than 3 should only be in exceptional circumstances with editorial approval of each author’s contribution.
  3. Statement of conflicts of interest, external funding, and other disclosures
  4. Abstract – 100-125 words
  5. Keywords – 3-5 keywords that directly pertain to the article
  6. Clinical vignette of 1-2 pages
  7. Key background on topic – 3-5 pages
  8. Clinical and ethical challenges – 3-5 pages
  9. Evidence-based assessment or practice considerations – 3-5 pages
  10. Conclusions and lessons learned relating to vignette – 1-2 pages
  11. “Key Clinical Considerations” – or appropriately titled summary bullet points – 3-5 bullets highlighting take home points for clinicians
  12. References – a maximum of 20. There should be at least 5 geared toward informing clinicians from peer-reviewed journal articles in last 5 years, although there may be articles cited that were published more than 5 years ago. Please put an asterisk next to articles of highest relevance for those in direct clinical practice.

Submissions to JHSP should be double spaced. Overall formatting including references should follow current American Psychological Association guidelines.

The opening vignette for a JHSP article is generally around 250 words (1-2 pages) in length.  It anchors the topic of the article in the reality of everyday clinical practice.  The vignette is designed to capture aspects of a clinical problem that will be explored throughout the manuscript.  JHSP is not a case study journal, as such the ideal vignette is not an actual patient but a compilation of key clinical challenges that illustrate important clinical and ethical issues in the article.

The sections that follow the vignette are intended to provide background, clinical and ethical challenges, and evidence-based practice considerations for behavioral health clinicians working with directly with patients. Authors should work to integrate elements from  the vignette throughout the manuscript. At a minimum, the vignette should be discussed in detail in the conclusion. Creative use of figures and tables is encouraged.

Information is presented in a direct and declarative manner, with current citations of sources provided throughout (with a maximum of 20 citations).  Citations should be selective and used to orient readers to current key resources that may aid in clinical practice and decision-making.

The core of a JHSP article is a detailed description of the process of conducting an evaluation or evidence-based, clinical intervention. This process might include a description of psychological tests or measures to use (and how to present and interpret them), or it might include a description of conducting an intervention (and the varied aspects of the problems that must be addressed and corresponding evidence-based interventions).  Thus the main thrust of the article is an in-depth exploration of “what to do” and “how to do it” and “with whom.”

The concluding section of a JHSP article is 1-2 pages and consists of essential clinical lessons pertaining to the opening vignette – tips to remember, principles underlying the approach, facts to rely on, and actions to take. This is followed by “Key Clinical Considerations” or a similarly titled section that is presented in bulletized format – generally with 3-5 succinct bullet points.  The purpose is to create brief and concise “memory anchors” around which additional information can be attached in memory by the reader.

For pre-submission inquiries or for more information about the editorial process, please contact Kate Brody Nooner, PhD, Managing Editor of JHSP: [email protected]

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Peer Review Policy

All submissions to JHSP are first reviewed for completeness and journal fit by the editor-in-chief and managing editor. Manuscripts will then be assigned to associate editors to begin the peer review process. Where an associate editor is on the author list or has any other competing interest regarding a specific manuscript, another member of the Editorial Board will be assigned to oversee peer review. The managing editor will consider the peer-reviewed reports when making a decision but is not bound by the opinions or recommendations therein. A concern raised by a single peer reviewer, the managing editor, or editor-in-chief themself may result in the manuscript being rejected prior to review. If a manuscript is sent out for peer review, authors receive peer review reports with the editorial decision on their manuscript.

JHSP uses a single-blind peer review process. Articles are reviewed by at least 2 external peer reviewers. Exceptions are editorials and letters to the editor, which will be reviewed by the managing editor and editor-in-chief. Occasionally, articles may be published under expedited review that are of time urgent nature or central relevance to the readership of the JHSP. These articles will still be reviewed by at least one associate editor in addition to the managing editor or editor-in-chief; this will be clearly noted when such rare exceptions are made. JHSP is published quarterly. June 1 (Summer), September 1 (Fall), December 1 (Winter), March 1 (Spring) are the deadlines for complete manuscripts to be considered for the issue to be printed in that season. The Journal also accepts article submissions throughout the year.

Authors should also adhere to the Ethics and Disclosures guidelines in submitting manuscripts.

Fees

There are no author fees.

Ethics & Disclosures

Commitment to Access, Equity, and Inclusion

The Journal of Health Service Psychology is committed to bias free language in all submissions. Manuscripts should clearly frame race and ethnicity as social constructs that exist in a sociopolitical context and are not genetic or biological. Bias free language applies to a host of constructs including but not limited to the individual characteristics of age, disability, gender, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality. Please refer to current APA style guidelines on this topic.

Core Practices, General Process, and Guidance

The National Register follows Springer’s editorial policies. Authors should also adhere to these policies including: Author Responsibilities and Ethics, Competing Interests, Data Availability and Standards of Reporting, Ethics and Biosecurity, and Peer-Review Policy.

Authors should also refer to the Instructions for Authors guidelines above in submitting manuscripts.

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