Journal ofMuslim Mental Health

Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Muslim Mental Health accepts submissions to the following areas:

Manuscripts must be original submissions, adhere to accepted standards of patient anonymity and informed consent, and include full disclosure of all forms of support, including conflicts of interest. All manuscripts should follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition.

All authors must approve the submissions and one corresponding author should be designated along with current contact information. Corresponding authors must:

  1. Include a cover letter assuring that the manuscript has not been published in print or electronically and is not being considered for publication
  2. Suggest three peer reviewers who do not have a conflict of interest with the research
  3. Send submissions to: Only electronic submissions will be reviewed for publication.

Cultural Formulations

The Journal of Muslim Mental Health is intended to be a practical resource for clinicians of all backgrounds in their work with Muslim patients or clients. To this end, The Journal features a Cultural Formulation section intended to demonstrate the role of culture in mental health assessment and treatment in a case-based format.

The Journal invites mental health clinicians to submit thoughtful and concise discussions of clinical cases involving Muslim patients or clients, for the Cultural Formulation section of the Journal. Submissions should be 4-10 pages, consisting of: 1) A traditional case presentation of a Muslim patient or client, and 2) a discussion of the case with special attention to cross-cultural, religious or ethnic factors, according to the format of the DSM-IV TR Outline for Cultural Formulation. Please see the Committee on Cultural Psychiatry Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry text "Cultural Assessment in Clinical Psychiatry" for a detailed description on how to perform a cultural formulation. Please use American Psychological Association Publishing guidelines, and limit to ten references.

We encourage submissions from any clinician with relevant practical experience in treating Muslims, with or without a background in research or academia. It is hoped that authors from a wide variety of backgrounds and clinical settings will utilize this forum to highlight their creative and cross-culturally sensitive approaches to Muslim mental health in daily clinical practice.

Faith Based Practice

As described in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health (2006):

The main purpose of this section is to focus on the interface of spirituality and counseling across disciplinary lines. We are especially interested in addressing the questions and challenges that pastoral care counselors, chaplains, and imams face while counseling Muslims. We hope to use this space in order to address a range of issues, such as Islamic doctrine, interdisciplinary collaborations, cross cultural competency, practical applications of spirituality in counseling, impediments in delivering services, community outreach, and interfaith programs to name a few.

Special featured sections may also include Islamic Law and Ethics, History of Muslim Mental Health, Global Mental Health Policy, and Muslim Youth. Potential contributors are welcome to submit reviews in the above topics.