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The Journal of Muslim Mental Health is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal and publishes articles exploring social, cultural, medical, theological, historical, and psychological factors affecting the mental health of Muslims in the United States and globally. The journal publishes research and clinical material, including research articles, reviews, and reflections on clinical practice.Focus and Scope
The Journal of Muslim Mental Health is a much-needed resource for professionals seeking to identify and explore the mental health care needs of Muslims in all areas of the world. In order to conduct sound clinical assessments, form accurate diagnostic opinions, develop effective interventions, and formulate successful health policy for diverse communities, the special historical, societal, and cultural contexts of those communities must be well understood.
A void in the Muslim mental health literature has become increasingly glaring, and a number of important questions exist:
Publishing two issues per year, Journal of Muslim Mental Health makes relevant research data, typically overlooked by more general mental health journals, readily available within and beyond the academic community. In addition to important theoretical contributions, the journal presents service-oriented work that will allow institutions and public service systems to deliver more effective mental health care to their Muslim communities.
The journal also provides a forum for the advancement of epidemiological studies of mental illness in Muslim countries, culturally valid psychometric scales, religiously sensitive psychotherapy techniques, innovative models for service delivery, and outcome research on mental health prevention and intervention programs.Submission Checklist
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, 7th edition.Articles shall have a maximum length of 6,000 words (the word count limit includes title, abstract, tables, figures, and references list). During a potential revisions stage, after peer-review, authors can extend the article length to a maximum of 8,000 words to better address the reviewers and editors' comments.
All authors must approve the submissions and one corresponding author should be designated along with current contact information. Corresponding authors must:
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.
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.Copyright Notice
The Journal of Muslim Mental Health is an open access publication. The intellectual copyright for papers published in The Journal of Muslim Mental Health are retained by the authors. Published articles are distributed open-access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license, which permits anyone to download, copy, distribute, or display the full text without asking for permission, provided that the creator(s) are given full credit, no derivative works are created, and the work is not used for commercial purposes.Peer Review
As a double-blind peer-reviewed publication, The Journal of Muslim Mental Health (JMMH) is committed to ensuring ethical conduct in the publication of all its content. Our Ethical Guidelines are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics’s (COPE) guidelines, and set out expectations for authors, reviewers, and editors.
Journal of Muslim Mental Health allows the following licences for submission:
No fees are charged for publication.Publication Cycle This journal published continuously all year, between 2-4 issues. Sections