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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Every textual citation has a corresponding reference entry.
    - Page numbers are provided for all direct quotes.
    - Listing of authors in citations according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Authors will provide evidence that research has been reviewed and approved by an appropriate Research Ethics Board.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • An abstract (100 words) prepared in both English and French (See Author Guidelines).
  • Four to five keywords following the abstract (in English and French)
  • Tables are numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, and referred to by number in text.
    - Each table is prepared on a separate piece of paper.
    - Each table has a descriptive title.

  • All illustrations (diagrams, drawings, charts, and photographs) are numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numbers.
    - Each illustration is prepared on a separate piece of paper and is identified by author and number on the reverse side.
    - Each illustration has a descriptive title.

  • Every reference has a corresponding textual citation.
    - Listing of authors in citations according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).
    - Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. 

  • The names and e-mail addresses have been provided in 'COMMENTS FOR THE EDITOR' box of three persons who are qualified to act as reviewers. Colleagues and co-authors from previously published manuscripts are not ethical suggestions.


    Submitting authors are unable to provide contact information for persons who are qualified to act as reviewers.


  • Names and contact information for all contributing authors will be included with the submission. This information will be listed under 'ENTER METADATA' tab by selecting 'ADD AUTHOR'.
  • If the first author is a student (undergraduate, graduate), 'student' is entered in the Bio Statement of that author's profile. (This information is asked by the journal's funder)

Author Guidelines

Page charges

There are no page charges for publishing in the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health.

Manuscript preparation

All submissions should strictly follow guidelines provided in the Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association (sixth edition).

Please indicate the date(s) when the research was conducted.

Journal policy does not permit the use of the term “subjects”. Participants, respondents, informants, or a more specific designation should be used. In addition, all language within an article must be gender-inclusive, according to the guidelines set by the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Authors should prepare two copies of the manuscript: one copy that includes a title page that identifies the authors and a complete set of references; and another copy suitable for a blind review, in which the authors have been removed from the title page and all information in the text and reference list that could identify the authors has been removed.

Authors must provide a 100-word abstract, followed by 4 to 5 keywords, in FRENCH and ENGLISH*.

*It is the responsibility of English-language authors to provide accurate translations of their abstracts. If you are unable to accomplish this yourself, or cannot make suitable arrangements for a high-quality translation, we can arrange to have your abstract translated for you. If you require us to do so, please indicate in additional comments to the editorial team.

Manuscript Content

In addition to the points described above, all research studies will be screened for the following:
· REB review or equivalent
· Rationale, including description of existing knowledge, that is clearly linked to the study methods
· Detailed description of methods, including exclusion/inclusion criteria and the rationale behind them, to allow rigor and transparency to be evaluated
· Discussion of limitations and their potential impact on the study findings and the manuscript’s conclusion

Submissions lacking the above elements will not be advanced to peer review.

The specific way that these elements should be addressed will depend on the type of study. It is recommended that authors consult the following guidelines:
Systematic and scoping reviews: PRISMA, PRISMA-ScR
(etc. other guidelines to be added)


Any person listed as an author of a paper or monograph should have contributed substantially to the conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; should be involved in drafting the paper or monograph or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and should have approved the version to be published. Further, anyone contributing substantially to the research (as outlined above) should appear as an author. Including people who do not meet the criteria for authorship on the list of authors is unethical, as is omission of a person who meets the criteria for authorship.

All authors should be aware of submissions and decisions concerning papers and monographs of which they are authors.

All additional contributions to a paper or monograph should be indicated in Acknowledgements published with the paper.

Any conflicts of interest should be clearly declared in the author's submission.


List the names and e-mail addresses of three persons who are qualified to act as reviewers. Colleagues and co-authors from previously published manuscripts are not ethical suggestions.

Reviewer name(s) and contact information should be provided in 'COMMENTS FOR THE EDITOR' box.


Types of Submission

Potential contributors may submit materials for publication as follows: articles (generally not more than 6,000 words including references) or brief reports (approximately 3,000 words).

Manuscripts - English

Articles (approx. 6,000 words including references) can be submitted to this section.

Manuscrits - Français

Des articles (approx. 6000 mots incluant les références bibliographiques) peuvent être soumis à cette section.

Brief Reports

Brief reports (approx. 3,000 words including references) can be submitted to this section.

Practice Innovations

The Practice Innovations section of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health focuses on innovative mental health and/or substance use services. The intent is to rapidly publish innovative practices in the field in order to enhance early knowledge exchange among and between service providers, users, researchers, policy makers, funders and other stakeholders.

Submissions should consist of up to 1500 words with no more than five references and must include

  • A title page listing all authors and their organizational affiliations and the contact information (including email) of the corresponding author;
  • An introductory paragraph describing the pertinent background, the rationale for the innovation, disclosure of the nature of the authors' involvement with the innovative practice, and identified conflicts of interests (if any);
  • A short abstract (50 words or less) written in both English and French.
  • One or more paragraphs describing the innovative practice and reported experience with it; 
  • One paragraph suggesting implications and relevant future directions; and 
  • List of references (if any).

All submissions will be reviewed and feedback will be provided to the corresponding author. Submissions will be accepted as is, accepted with minor revisions, returned for resubmission with major revisions, declined, or returned for resubmission to another section of the journal (with explanation).

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