Journal of Rural Mental Health (JRMH)
The focus of JRMH is rural mental health research,
practice, and policy. Submissions may take a number of forms such as reports
of original research; theoretical or review articles; program descriptions;
first-person articles by consumer/survivors; book and media reviews;
creative efforts; and letters to the editor.
General Call for Papers
The JRMH is a peer-reviewed on-line journal committed to providing
an archival source for materials on rural mental health research, practice,
and policy. We seek topics on mental health in rural and frontier regions in
the United States and internationally, such as
- Original qualitative and quantitative research
- Theoretical or review articles
- Program descriptions
- First-person articles by consumer/survivors
- Book and media reviews
- Creative efforts
- Letters to the editor
Articles will be reviewed by a minimum of two blind reviewers. When
appropriate, additional statistical review may be conducted. The Editor,
with the assistance of the Associate Editors, will examine the reviews and
make decisions regarding acceptance or rejection of articles.
Articles selected for publication will be judged by their
contribution to the field, their ethical appropriateness, and by overall
quality. In the event of good content and poor writing, an attempt will be
made by the Publication Office to assist in improving the writing quality.
To submit an article to the JRMH, please do so at the journal
on-line site at
All documents should be prepared in APA format. For scholarly
documents include an abstract of between 75-150 words, 6-8 keywords, and
complete endnote and reference sections. Scholarly papers should be between
12-20 pages, double spaced. However, longer papers may be considered at the
discretion of the Editor. Create all images, tables, and figures
accorded to APA format. When preparing to submit works, author(s) are asked
to complete the personal and professional fields of information and submit
the work with all identifying markers removed to ensure blind review.
Please include a Include a cover letter to the editor that includes the
names of the authors and the title of the work.
Submissions are accepted at any time and, if accepted, are
published in the soonest appropriate issue of the JRMH.
Submission Guidelines and Manuscript Preparation
Submit electronic version of manuscripts at:
To begin the process, the lead author is asked to register their information
into the on-line journal format. There is no charge for this process.
Please record and save your login and password information. This will
allow you to return to the site and follow the progress of your submission.
Submission to Journal of Rural Mental Health assumes
adherence to the anonymous peer review process. Final judgment is made by
the editor, who relies on reviewers' recommendations.
Authors submitting manuscripts for possible publication in Rural
Mental Health must abide by the following manuscript guidelines.
Journal of Rural Mental Health follows the guidelines of the
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition.
- Double-space all parts of the manuscript, including abstract,
quotes, references, and tables.
- The components of the manuscript should be arranged in the following
- MS Title Page
- Text of article
- Notes (however, place notes regarding grant support on the title page)
- Reference list
- Appendices (if any)
- Tables (if any)
- Figure titles & figures (if any)
- See the APA Publication Manual for guidelines to citing other works in the text.
- See the APA Publication Manual for guidelines to preparing end references.
Tables & Figures
- Our editorial team asks that each table or figure be placed in the
document where the author would prefer it to be located. This is due to
this journal being published on-line and the former standard of
informing the Editor where the author(s) would like the table placed
(for example, “Table 1 here”) is no longer applicable.
- Figures must be high quality laser prints or camera-ready prints.
Include one laser print or camera-ready print of each figure at the time
- Titles and notes to figures must be typed, double-spaced, on a
separate manuscript page.
- Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum.
- Use one-inch margins and a 12-point type size. Type font should be
clear and readable; unusual typefaces are discouraged.
- Together, abstract, text, references, and tables should total
approximately 12-20 manuscript pages. However, longer submissions may
be considered at the discretion of the Editor.
Additional Items Required
- An abstract of 75-150 words should precede the body of the paper.
- Immediately below the abstract, list up to six key words, in
alphabetical order, by which the paper may be indexed.
- Brief note acknowledging grant assistance, and/or previous
presentation may be placed at the bottom of the title page.