Author Guidelines and Policies
JHSSIC is published semi-annually with a rolling submission process. The double-blind peer-review process includes evaluation by at least two peer reviewers with doctoral degrees in the helping or associated fields and experience in interprofessional research and practice. Publication is digital platinum open-access and available on library data bases through Digital Commons and BePress.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles focus on self-awareness, knowledge of others, and actions/skills for cultural competence. In the behavioral health professions, these principles reflect our work for equitable access, representation, opportunities, and meaningful participation of socially diverse people. We encourage authors, reviewers, and editors of JHSSIC to include the principles and innovative approaches of DEI in their work.
SubmissionsAuthors may submit Research (recent original research; replication of research; reviews of research); or conceptual work (theoretical, theory-to-practice, organizational, and professional issues). We value studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods as well as conceptual pieces with novel contributions to the field.
Authors retain their copyrightAll authors of individual articles retain their copyright to the works submitted; however, all submissions become a permanent part of the Digital Commons collections. We cannot honor requests to remove or suppress content, unless it is for reasons of copyright infringement or other intellectual property violation. All authors must sign a submission agreement prior to publication.
Manuscripts should be prepared according to the 2020 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. All manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, including references and tables. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and published online semi-annually on a platinum open access platform.
Please submit a DE-IDENTIFIED Microsoft Word copy of your paper. The names of the authors, their institutional affiliations, and ORCIDIDs will be submitted through the system.
Check all references for completeness; make sure all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa.
Manuscripts must be original work and not under review by another publication.
Use of inclusive language
Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, stereotypes, slang, reference to dominant culture and/or cultural assumptions. We advise to seek gender neutrality by using plural nouns ("clinicians, patients/clients") as default/wherever possible to avoid using "he, she," or "he/she." We recommend avoiding the use of descriptors that refer to personal attributes such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability, or health condition unless they are relevant and valid. These guidelines are meant as a point of reference to help identify appropriate language but are by no means exhaustive or definitive.
Research Articles (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed-Method)
- Should be written with the following elements in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; introduction; background; method, results, discussion, implications, conclusion; references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).
- Should contain an abstract of approximately 200 words.
- Should contain between 4 and 6 keywords.
Authors are advised to include: an Introduction section, which introduces what the paper is about, its purpose, and rationale; a Background, which positions the paper in the extant literature; a Method section to include research design, participants and sampling, data collection, analysis, ethical considerations with ethics approval (IRB) number; a Results or Findings section, in which quantitative research includes descriptive and/or inferential statistics with effect sizes, supported by tables as appropriate, while qualitative research presents findings thematically supported by data excerpts as appropriate; a Discussion section articulating what is original about the results, what is the contribution to knowledge, what is the recommendation for interprofessional education/practice/policy/research; an Implications sections for interprofessional practice and an indication of implications for human services; Limitations; and finally a Conclusion which concisely summarizes the key findings and implications from the paper.
- Should be written with the following elements in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; introduction; conceptual content; implications and recommendations; conclusion; references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list)
- Should contain an abstract of approximately 150 words.
- Should contain between 4 and 6 keywords.
If your submission does not fit the description of a research article or conceptual article above, you may submit it under the category of Other Articles with a cover letter containing an explanation to the Editor of the purpose of your work. Examples could include articles on clinical interventions, teaching tools, curriculum designs, editorials, etc.