American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

ISSN: 0002-9432
eISSN: 1939-0025
Published: bimonthly, beginning in January
ISI Impact Factor: 1.504
Psychiatry : 66 of 124
This journal is a publication of the American Orthopsychiatric Association
Description

As the principal publication of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (AJO) reflects the Association's purpose: "to facilitate the generation and exchange of knowledge relevant to the development and implementation of policies and practices consistent with the promotion of mental health and social justice, including the protection of human rights."

Consistent with that mission, the journal publishes articles that clarify, challenge, or reshape the prevailing understanding of factors in the prevention and correction of injustice and in the sustainable development of a humane and just society.

AJO publishes theoretical, policy–analytic, and empirical articles on topics related to the Association's historic values and themes.

In that regard, there are three contexts for selection of manuscripts for publication as articles.

  • First and most conventionally, scholars interested in the topical domains that are within AJO's scope are encouraged to submit individual manuscripts for consideration.
  • Second, AJO occasionally invites leading scholars to edit special sections or issues on topics of particular interest. Such special features typically contain articles solicited by the guest editor, who coordinates initial reviews of the manuscripts that are submitted in response to these invitations.
  • Third, AJO includes a unique magazine-in-a-journal. This feature is called The Community, a title that not only signifies the content of interest but also suggests the intent to generate exchange of ideas, as in "communities" within websites for social networking.
Editorial Board

Co-Editors

Oscar A. Barbarin
Tulane University

Gary B. Melton
University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health

Editors-Designate (2015)

Jill D. McLeigh
University of Colorado School of Medicine

William Spaulding
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Associate Editor for Continuing Education

Larry Smyth
Red Toad Road Company, Havre de Grace, MD

Editorial Assistant

Sharon Crout
Clemson University

Editorial Board

Howard S. Adelman
University of California at Los Angeles

David Anderson
Lydia Home Association, Chicago, IL

Elisabeth Backe-Hansen
Norwegian Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway

Ellen L. Bassuk
Center for Social Innovation, Needham, MA

Asher Ben-Arieh
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jacquelyn Campbell
Johns Hopkins University

Rosario Ceballo
University of Michigan

Claudia J. Coulton
Case Western Reserve University

David L. Cutler
Multnomah County Oregon Department of Human Services

Douglas D. Davies
University of Michigan

Daniel Dodgen
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jaap E. Doek
Free University of Amsterdam

Howard Dubowitz
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Felton Earls
Harvard University

Maurice J. Elias
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Joyce L. Epstein
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas W. Farmer
Pennsylvania State University

Ivar Frones
University of Oslo

James Garbarino
Loyola University of Chicago

Mati Heidmets
Tallinn University

Matthew O. Howard
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Charles Huffine
King County, Washington Mental Health Services

Nicholas S. Ialongo
Johns Hopkins University

Iheoma U. Iruka
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Karen Kayser
University of Louisville

Ryan P. Kilmer
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Gerald P. Koocher
Simmons College

Jill E. Korbin
Case Western Reserve University

Roger J. R. Levesque
Indiana University

Susan P. Limber
Clemson University

Bob Lonne
Queensland University of Technology

M. Brinton Lykes
Boston College

Rebecca J. Macy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John A. Morris
Technical Assistance Collaborative and Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce

Virginia Murphy-Berman
Skidmore College

Harold W. Neighbors
University of Michigan

Kim Oates
University of Sydney

Ellen F. Olshansky
University of California, Irvine

D. Wayne Osgood
Pennsylvania State University

Kenneth I. Pargament
Bowling Green State University

Nigel Parton
University of Huddersfield

Francisco J. Pilotti
Organization of American States

Gilbert Reyes
Fielding Graduate University

Pedro Ruiz
University of Miami

Desmond K. Runyan
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Jack M. Saul
Columbia University

Benjamin E. Saunders
Medical University of South Carolina

Irma Serrano-Garcia
University of Puerto Rico

Anna Skosireva
St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Carlos Sluzki
George Mason University

Anne B. Smith
University of Otago

Wesley Sowers
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

William D. Spaulding
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Pamela Jumper Thurman
Colorado State University

Luis A. Vargas
University of New Mexico

Abraham Wandersman
University of South Carolina

Lois A. Weithorn
University of California

Brian L. Wilcox
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Barbara W. K. Yee
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.

Submission

Submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Oscar A. Barbarin
Tulane University

Gary B. Melton
University of Colorado Denver and Colorado School of Public Health

General correspondence should be directed to Sharon Crout in the Editorial Office.

As noted in the journal description, AJO publishes theoretical, policy-analytic, and empirical articles on topics related to the Association's historic values and themes. Articles may also be grouped by their format and source.

In that regard, there are three contexts for selection of manuscripts for publication as articles in AJO.

  • First and most conventionally, scholars interested in the topical domains that are within AJO's scope are encouraged to submit individual manuscripts for consideration.
  • Second, AJO occasionally invites leading scholars to edit special sections or issues on topics of particular interest. Such special features typically contain articles solicited by the guest editor, who coordinates initial reviews of the manuscripts that are submitted in response to these invitations.
  • Third, AJO includes a unique magazine-in-a-journal. This feature is called The Community — a title that not only signifies the content of interest but also suggests the intent to generate exchange of ideas, as in "communities" within websites for social networking.

Articles for The Community

Like other articles in AJO, those chosen for publication in The Community are expected to be well grounded in empirical research and in the values that have sustained orthopsychiatry across multiple generations. Unlike other articles in AJO, however, those selected for The Community are written in magazine style and are intended for discussion not only in the mental health professions but also among general audiences of people who are educated, thoughtful, and socially concerned.

The writing in The Community is at the level of The Atlantic or Harper's, and the articles are lucid, informative, lively, and provocative. Articles in the section are concise (typically 10 to 20 double-spaced manuscript pages).

The Community also contains overviews of current issues of political concern. Typically written by the American Orthopsychiatric Association's Washington Fellow or others representing the association in public discussions, those commentaries are designed to provide succinct summaries of current and proposed policies on matters related to mental health, mental illness, or mental health problems and of scientific knowledge germane to such issues.

Readers who study the articles in The Community and who are members of the American Orthopsychiatric Association may obtain continuing education credit from the association's partner, Red Toad Road Company, an APA-approved provider. Instructions for receipt of credit are included in each article in the section.

Articles included in The Community are ordinarily invited. However, they are sometimes based on manuscripts that were initially presented in conventional form through the procedures for consideration of manuscripts generated by individual scholars or teams of scholars in the field. Authors with ideas for articles in The Community should contact AJO Co-Editor Gary Melton to determine the suitability of the proposed articles and, if appropriate, to obtain specific guidelines in regard to the style of articles for inclusion in The Community.

Manuscript Selection

Whether field-initiated or invited, all manuscripts are subject to peer review.

Selection of manuscripts is based on

  • their compatibility with the American Orthopsychiatric Association's mission (including significance for policies and practices related to mental health and social justice, including the protection of human rights);
  • their contribution to understanding of related phenomena;
  • their importance for development or refinement of pertinent theory;
  • scientific merit (including the quality of methods and analyses) and/or rigor of philosophical, legal, and/or theological analyses;
  • quality of writing (i.e., clarity, accuracy, and brevity of presentation); and
  • interest, comprehensibility, and usefulness for a multidisciplinary audience of scholars, policy makers, practicing professionals, and graduate and professional students in pertinent disciplines.

Masked Review Policy

AJO has a policy of masked review for all submissions. Manuscripts should be prepared in a form suitable for masked review, with obvious indicators of the authors' identity deleted from the narrative. A separate title page will be required that should list all author names and corresponding author contact information.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts submitted to American Journal of Orthopsychiatry should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (2010).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Formatting

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.

Tables

Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. Do not submit keywords for your manuscript. The Editors will provide keywords for all manuscripts.

References

List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Figures

Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure

Permissions

Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

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