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Follow the instructions below to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health. Submissions must comply with the journal's Author Guidelines. To begin the submission process, register an account (or login if you have an existing account).


The open access Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health (ISSN 2639-9997) was published from 2016-2021. The journal, born from a group of international researchers and change agents called the International Research Collaborative for Change in Parent and Child Mental Health, was devoted to the translation and dissemination of research knowledge specific to families living with parental mental illness. It published Issue Briefs and Research in the Works brief reports that highlighted research projects related to parental and family mental health for policy makers, practitioners, advocacy groups, mental health researchers and family members. The Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health has been discontinued; all published articles will continue to be available and preserved on the journal website.

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health (ISSN 2639-9997) is devoted to the translation and dissemination of research knowledge specific to families living with parental mental illness. The idea for an e-journal dedicated exclusively to research and innovation specific to parental mental illness was born from a group of international researchers and change agents committed to enhancing the lives of families living with parental mental illness. This group is called the International Research Collaborative for Change in Parent and Child Mental Health.

The Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health is produced by the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) in the Department of Psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA, USA. iSPARC is a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Center of Excellence and was formerly called the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC).

The aim of the Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health is to have a resource dedicated to highlighting a range of activities and innovations specific to families living with parental mental illness. Products will cover a range of topics including, but not limited to, new and ongoing research, intervention development, evaluation, literature reviews, policy initiatives, first person accounts and others. We are particularly interested in learning across countries and cultures, and strive to bring together knowledge from around the globe that informs our understanding of this critical topic.

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all the following items. Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the cover letter to the editors).
  2. The manuscript is in Microsoft Word or RTF file format.
  3. The manuscript, including the title and abstract, has been prepared for anonymous peer review by masking author names, affiliations, URLs, and self-citations.
  4. References follow the format guidelines specified in the Author Guidelines.
  5. Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  6. The text is double-spaced.
  7. The text adheres to all stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  8. A cover letter has been prepared separately with information to be entered into the "Comments to the Editor" field on the submission form.

Copyright Notice

  • Authors of original work accepted for publication in this journal grant first publication rights to the journal but retain ownership of the copyright of their content and all other rights.
  • Works published in this journal will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 (CC BY-NC) license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Authors may request a different Creative Commons license during the submission process.
  • For attribution, the author(s), article title, publication source (the journal) and the DOI of the article must be cited. For example: Originally published in: Laletas S, Wrigley L. 2020. “School Mental Health Promotion: Supporting Children Impacted by Family and Parent Mental Health Conditions.” Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health 5(2):1015.
  • Authors retain the right to self-archive any version of their work (preprint, accepted manuscript, or final publisher version) on preprint servers, subject-specific repositories, institutional repositories, or their own website, as long as the work is properly cited and a link to the DOI of the published article is included.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining the rights to use 3rd party materials prior to submission.

Peer Review

All submissions are subject to review and publication at the discretion of the editors. Submissions within scope will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. On completion of this process, usually within 6-8 weeks, the editors will notify authors of their decision and provide review guidance or additional editing if deemed necessary.

The journal uses an anonymous peer review process, which means that the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. To facilitate this process, authors should make every effort to ensure that the manuscript contains no clues to the authors' identity. The manuscript itself should not include authors' names, institutional affiliations, contact information, funding statements, or acknowledgements. This information should be included in the cover letter and entered into the submission system during the submission process.

Within the manuscript, follow these additional guidelines for anonymous peer review:

  • Replace any information in the title, abstract and text that would identify the authors, including institution names and URLs, by substituting words such as: [institution name hidden for review].
  • Limit citations to your previous work to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper. If it is necessary to cite your own work, cite papers published by the authors in the text and in the reference list as follows: ‘[Anonymous, 2015 – hidden for review]’. Use the third person to refer to work the authors have previously undertaken, e.g. replace any phrases like “as we have shown before” with “… has been shown before [Anonymous, 2015 – hidden for review].”
  • Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related information.
  • Name your files with care (do not include author or institution names in the file names) and ensure that Microsoft Word document properties are also anonymized.
  • If your submission is accepted for publication, you will be required to put back in information that was hidden for peer review (references to the authors, their institutions, self-citations, etc.) before final copyediting can take place.


Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY-NC 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. The editors believe making research freely available to the public best benefits research, scholars, education, and society. This journal does not charge subscription, submission, copyediting, or author fees.

Publication Cycle

The journal is published online up to four times per year.


Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed


Issue Brief

Research in the Works