Journal of Rural Mental Health®
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The Journal of Rural Mental Health® publishes articles on rural mental health research, practice, and policy within the United States and internationally. Focused on issues unique to those living and working in rural areas, the journal welcomes research on such topics as barriers to improving or accessing care in rural environments, issues faced by underserved populations, and disparities in mental health care.
Discussion of policy implications, community-level issues, and multidisciplinary considerations is encouraged, as is exploration of integrated care, evidence-based practices, cultural factors, and ethical and regulatory considerations. Periodically, special theme sections or entire issues are developed that address topics of significant interest to residents of rural communities and those who serve them. Topics have included suicide, the use of technology, and substance mis-use.
Submissions may take a number of forms, including brief and full-length reports of original research, theoretical or review articles, program descriptions, and letters to the editor. All manuscripts should include discussion of diversity considerations and be written for a multidisciplinary audience that includes scholars, front-line practitioners, and policy makers.
The Journal of Rural Mental Health is a publication of the National Association for Rural Mental Health.
James L. Werth
Stone Mountain Health Services
Appalachian State University
Jameson K. Hirsch
East Tennessee State University
Erick C. Messler
Fort Harrison VA Medical Center
Appalachian State University
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To submit to the Editorial Office of James L. Werth, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission portal in Word Document format (.doc).
James L. Werth, Jr.
Stone Mountain Health Services
185 Redwood Avenue
Pennington Gap, VA 24277
This journal has a policy of masked review for all submissions. The title page should include all authors' names and institutional affiliations. The manuscript should omit this information but should include the title of the manuscript. Make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.
Manuscripts submitted to Journal of Rural Mental Health® should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition (2010).
Review APA's Journal Manuscript Preparation Guidelines before submitting your article.
Together, abstract, text, references, and tables should total approximately 12–30 manuscript pages. Manuscripts should be submitted with 1-inch margins and a 12-point type size. Type font should be clear and readable; unusual typefaces are discouraged.
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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
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Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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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.
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