The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice

Objective Investigations of Controversial and Unorthodox Claims in Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Social Work

Author Guidelines for Manuscript Submissions

The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice publishes both empirical articles and incisive literature reviews that provide scientifically rigorous investigations of novel, controversial, or currently unvalidated claims in clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, and allied disciplines (e.g., counseling, educational psychology, psychiatric nursing). A primary focus of the journal is to assist both researchers and practitioners with the critical goal of distinguishing scientifically supported from unsupported claims in the area of mental health. This journal will not reject any mental health claim out of hand, but will subject all claims to careful and impartial scrutiny.

Critical but objective evaluations of unconventional or largely untested treatment (psychotherapeutic, self-help, or psychopharmacological) treatments or assessment/diagnostic techniques (e.g., projective methods, novel self-report measures) are especially welcome, as are articles relevant to empirically supported treatment and assessment measures. Articles dealing with the overdiagnosis or underdiagnosis of psychiatric conditions, as well as articles examining the validity of controversial diagnostic categories, also fall within the purview of this journal.

Articles providing (a) empirical reports of research on controversial, novel, untested, or fringe-science claims regarding mental health; (b) qualitative or quantitative literature reviews of such claims; or (c) conceptual critiques of such claims will be considered. Three major types of articles will be considered for publication in The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice: (1) Regular articles, (2) Book reviews, and (3) Correspondence (letters to the editor). Regular articles should generally not exceed 30 pages of manuscript text including references, tables, and figures, although lengthier articles will occasionally be considered. Book reviews should generally not exceed 1,500 words. Authors interested in writing either regular articles or book reviews are strongly encouraged to consult first with the editor to determine the appropriateness of such manuscripts for the journal. Correspondence should be limited to 1,000 words.

All articles (including book reviews and correspondence) must be submitted in quadruplicate to Dr. Scott Lilienfeld (see address below) and should conform to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition). Regular articles (but not book reviews or correspondence) must contain an abstract of no more than 150 words and a list of 4 to 5 keywords to facilitate database searches. Authors of empirical articles should include effect size estimates in addition to standard tests of statistical significance.

Authors should keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against possible loss. Unless explicitly requested, manuscripts will not be returned to authors. Authors should enclose a cover letter briefly outlining the article's relevance to the journal and be certain to include their address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. Authors must also state explicitly in their cover letter that their article has not been previously published or simultaneously submitted to another journal.

All manuscripts are submitted with the understanding that copyright is transferred to the Center for Inquiry upon acceptance. In addition, authors and all co-authors must fill out, sign and return the journal's "Authorship Responsibility, Financial Disclosure, Copyright Transfer, and Contributor Acknowledgment" form: (Word Doc) (Acrobat).

Every effort will be made to ensure that authors are provided with relatively prompt (i.e., 3 months or less) editorial feedback on their submissions. Upon official acceptance of an article, authors will be required to submit an electronic copy of the manuscript in a standard word-processing format (preferably Microsoft Word).


All article submissions and editorial inquiries should be addressed to Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D., Editor, The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, Department of Psychology, Room 206, 532 Kilgo Circle, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30322; e-mail:

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