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, 5th edition.

All authors must approve the submissions and one corresponding author should be designated along with current contact information. Corresponding authors must:

  1. Include a cover letter assuring that the manuscript has not been published in print or electronically and is not being considered for publication
  2. Suggest three peer reviewers who do not have a conflict of interest with the research
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.

Mental illness is culturally influenced, and to conduct clinical assessments, form diagnostic opinions, and formulate health policy that affects people from different communities, the historical and social nuances of the culture must be well understood. The Journal of Muslim Mental Health provides an academic forum to explore social, cultural, historical, religious, and psychological factors related to the mental health of Muslims in North America as well as that of the global Islamic community. To this end, the Journal welcomes contributions across the medical and social science disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, public health, Islamic studies, nursing, social work, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and other fields interested in mental health and the Muslim community. 

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. Manuscripts should be no longer than 10,000 words (not including abstract, figures, tables, and references) and limited to five figures and/or tables. All manuscripts should follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition.

All authors must approve the submissions and one corresponding author should be designated along with current contact information.

Three peer reviewers must be suggested; please include name and email for each.

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, following the DSM V Cultural Formulation format. 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.

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.

Book reviews should provide a detailed summary of the content of the book as well as a critical commentary of the strengths and weaknesses of the book. As with all manuscripts, book reviews must be original submissions and not be published or submitted elsewhere. All manuscripts should follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition.

All authors must approve the submissions and one corresponding author should be designated along with current contact information.

Letters to the Editor include a brief commentary, response to published article, or an opinion piece that is within the scope of the Journal. Letters should be no longer than one page.

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, 5th edition.

All authors must approve the submissions and one corresponding author should be designated along with current contact information.