Guidelines for Authors
Journal of Mental Health and Aging is an interdisciplinary research journal that encourages original research work in all major disciplines of neurology, psychology and gerontology. Review articles on current topics will also be included. Psychologists and gerontologists are encouraged to contribute research articles.
Authors' Warranty and Publication Agreement and Copyright Assignment
All authors of accepted manuscripts warrant that the manuscript is original and has not been submitted for publication or published elsewhere. All the authors further warrant that, where necessary, they have obtained necessary releases from companies or individuals involved in or with the manuscript. All authors further warrant that the undersigned are the sole authors of this work. All authors hereby authorize the Allied Academies to publish the manuscript in the aforementioned Journal and, in consideration of the publication of the manuscript, agree to hold the Allied Academies, its assigns, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, employees, directors and agents harmless and agree to defend the Allied Academies, its assigns, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, employees, directors and agents in any action for damages which might arise as a direct or indirect result of the publication of the manuscript and to defend the Allied Academies, its assigns, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, employees, directors and agents from third party liability associated with the manuscript and its publication. In consideration of the publication of the manuscript, all authors expressly assign ownership of the copyright and all rights to the manuscript to Allied Academies, and all authors expressly grant to Allied Academies, or its assigns, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, employees, directors or agents: 1. The right to edit, clarify and shorten the manuscript, if the Allied Academies deems it necessary; and, 2. The right to republish, amend and summarize all or part of the manuscript in any compilation of manuscripts which the Allied Academies might publish, and, 3. The right to make the manuscript and the journal in which it is published available to databases, or distributors which might be involved in disseminating manuscripts or journals to various audiences.
Types of Article
1. Research Article
2. Review Article
3. Case Reports
4. Clinical Image Article
5. Short Commentary
6. Medical Ethics on this journal topics
7. Letter to Editor etc.
Article Processing Charges (APC) :
Average Article prorcessing time (APT) is 45 days
Instruction for Manuscript Preparation
- The page size for the document should be set to 8.5 by 11 inches.
- The margins should be set at one inch all around.
- The document must be single spaced.
- Turn on Widow/Orphan control and avoid headings to break over a page.
- Do not use headers or footers.
- The font used should be Times New Roman, 12 point (with the size exceptions mentioned below for quotes, tables, and references).
- The document must use full justification throughout (with the excepting of the headings that need to be cantered).
- Each paragraph should begin with a left tab or first line indent of one half inch (typically the default tab option).
- There should not be any extra blank lines between paragraphs unless there is a section of text that needs to stand out from the other paragraphs.
- Title of the paper must be in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, bolded, centered and in 18 point font.
- The Author’s names and affiliations should be in 14 point font, bolded and centered. Please do not use honorifics for author names (i.e. PhD, Dr., etc.)
- Main Headings in the document should be in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, bolded and centered in the default 12 point font. Subheadings should be in Initial Capital Letters, bolded and left justified. Pay attention not to orphan a heading from the text that follows at the bottom of a page. More information on headings can be found in the sections below.
- If the paper contains hypotheses, lists, formulae, tables, figures, footnotes, etc., please read those sections below for more information.
- References should be in 10 point font, single spaced between references, with hanging indents (see section below for more instructions).
Guidelines for Article types
Research articles are articles written based on the empirical/secondary data collected using a clearly defined research methodology, where conclusion/s is drawn from the analysis of the data collected. The information must be based on original research that adds to the body of knowledge in Mental Health and Aging. Article/s should provide a critical description or analysis of the data presented while adding new and rapidly evolving areas in the field. Include an abstract of at least 300 words with 7 to 10 important keywords. The abstract should be divided into Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Research articles must adhere to a format constituting the introduction followed by a brief review of relevant literature, methodology applied (to collect the data), discussion and References, Tables, and Figure Legends.
Review articles are written based mostly on secondary data that is falling in line with the theme of the journal. They are brief, yet critical discussions on a specific aspect of the subject concerned. Reviews generally start with the statement of the problem with a brief abstract of 300 words and few key words. Introduction generally brings the issue forward to the readers followed by analytical discussion with the help of necessary tables, graphs, pictures and illustrations wherever necessary. It summarizes the topic with a conclusion. All the statements or observations in the review articles must be based on necessary citations, providing complete reference at the end of the article.
Commentaries are opinion articles written mostly by the veteran and experienced writers on a specific development, recent innovation or research findings that fall in line with the theme of the journal. They are very brief articles with the title and abstract that provides the gist of the topic to be discussed, with few key words. It straight away states the problems and provides a thorough analysis with the help of the illustrations, graphs and tables if necessary. It summarizes the topic with a brief conclusion, citing the references at the end.
Case studies are accepted with a view to add additional information related to the investigative research that advances in the field of Neurology, Psychology and Gerontology. It should add value to the main content/article submitted, by providing key insights about the core area. Cases reports must be brief and follow a clear format such as Cases and Methods Section (That describe the nature of the clinical issue and the methodology adopt to address it), discussion section that analyzes the case and a Conclusion section that sums up the entire case.
Editorials are concise commentaries on a currently published article/issue on Neurology, Psychology and Gerontology. Editorial office may approach for any such works and authors must submit it within three weeks from the date of receiving invitation.
Clinical Images are nothing but photographic depictions of Neurology, Psychology and Gerontology and it should not exceed more than 5 figures with a description, not exceeding 300 words. Generally no references and citations are required here. If necessary, only three references can be allowed. Do not add separate figure legends to clinical images; the entire clinical image text is the figure legend. Images should be submitted with the manuscript in one of the following formats: .tiff (preferred) or .eps.
Letters to the Editor/Concise Communications
Letters to the editor should be limited to commentaries on previous articles published with specific reference to issues and causes related to it. It should be concise, comprehensive and brief reports of cases or research findings. It does not follow a format such as abstract, subheads, or acknowledgments. It is more a response or the opinion of the reader on a particular article published and should reach the editor within 6 months of article publication.
This section includes acknowledgement of people, grant details, funds, etc. #Note: If an author fails to submit his/her work as per the above instructions, they are requested to maintain clear titles namely headings, subheading.
Tables These should be used at a minimum and designed as simple as possible. We strongly encourage authors to submit tables as .doc format. Tables are to be typed double-spaced throughout, including headings and footnotes. Each table should be on a separate page, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. Preferably, the details of the methods used in the experiments should be described in the legend instead of the text. The same data should not be presented in both table and graph form or repeated in the text. Cells can be copied from an Excel spreadsheet and pasted into a word document, but Excel files should not be embedded as objects.
#Note: If the submission is in PDF format, the author is requested to retain the same in .doc format in order to aid in completion of process successfully.
The preferred file formats for photographic images are .doc, TIFF and JPEG. If you have created images with separate components on different layers, please send us the Photoshop files. All images must be at or above intended display size, with the following image resolutions: Line Art 800 dpi, Combination (Line Art + Halftone) 600 dpi, Halftone 300 dpi. See the Image quality specifications chart for details. Image files also must be cropped as close to the actual image as possible. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Figure 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.
These should be typed in numerical order on a separate sheet.
Tables and Equations as Graphics
If equations cannot be encoded in MathML, submit them in TIFF or EPS format as discrete files (i.e., a file containing only the data for one equation). Only when tables cannot be encoded as XML/SGML can they be submitted as graphics. If this method is used, it is critical that the font size in all equations and tables is consistent and legible throughout all submissions.
All Supplementary Information (figures, tables and Summary diagram/, etc.) is supplied as a single PDF file, where possible. File size within the permitted limits for Supplementary Information. Images should be a maximum size of 640 x 480 pixels (9 x 6.8 inches at 72 pixels per inch).
Proofs and Reprints
Electronic proofs will be sent as an e-mail attachment to the corresponding author as a PDF file. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript and no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage. Authors can freely download the PDF file. Hard copies of the documents are available on request.
All works published by Allied Academics are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This permits anyone to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited.
The Journal publishes high-quality original articles, reviews, editorials, and case reports addressing all aspects of Neurology, Psychology and Gerontology. It delivers timely interpretations of key scientific developments in psychology, aging, and related areas of study.
Known personalities with expertise and published studies in a specific field are invited to write reviews and editorials in our journal. Un-invited reviews will also be accepted if written by experts with publications in the field.
Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be accepted on the understanding that the author has not previously submitted the paper to another journal or had the material published elsewhere. We recommend the authors to read the formatting guide completely as it describes how to prepare manuscript for submission.
You may submit manuscripts online at www.scholarscentral.org/submissions/mental-health-aging.html or You may submit manuscripts as an email attachment to [email protected] and/or [email protected]