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Global Mental Health (GMH) is a fully Open Access journal aiming to publish papers that apply the global point of view to mental health research. The field of Global Mental Health is still emerging, reflecting a movement of advocacy and associated research driven by an agenda to remedy longstanding treatment gaps and disparities in care, access, and capacity. These efforts and goals are also driving a potential reframing of knowledge in powerful ways, and evolving a new multi-disciplinary approach to mental health. GMH seeks to cultivate this emerging field of Global Mental Health, and to provide a forum for the publication of the new perspectives and paradigms developing from it.

GMH invites contributions from a range of disciplines and stakeholders, and covering a variety of research methods. The Editors will reflect this diversity, with expertise in areas beyond the traditional mental health professions that must be included in order to make Global Mental Health truly global in nature.

The journal will publish papers under four key subject categories listed below. Original Research Papers, both qualitative and quantitative, which contribute to advancing a global discourse in any of these areas will be particularly welcome.

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Publishing Ethics

GMH considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that:

  • The manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work; 
  • The manuscript has been submitted only to the journal - it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere;
  • All listed authors know of and agree to the manuscript being submitted to the journal; and
  • The manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, fraudulent, illegal, libelous, or obscene.

The Journal adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on research and publications ethics.

Global Mental Health and Cambridge University Press take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously.  Text taken directly or closely paraphrased from earlier published work that has not been acknowledged or referenced will be considered plagiarism.  Submitted manuscripts in which such text is identified will be withdrawn from the editorial process. If a concern is raised about possible plagiarism in an article submitted to or published in GMH, this will be investigated fully and dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.  

For further information on Cambridge's Ethical Guidelines, please visit these pages: Publication Ethics and Ethical Standards.

For further information on defining the role of authorship, please visit these recommended guidelines, as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

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Submission of Manuscripts

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below (See: Journal Style). Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, and that it is not currently being considered by another journal. Authors must also confirm that each author has seen and approved the contents of the submitted manuscript. 

All new submissions should be made through the ScholarOne site. If you are a new author, you will need to register:

Subject Categories

During submission, authors must clearly indicate which of the below subject categories they are submitting their paper under. All papers, no matter what the article type, should be submitted under a subject category. If authors are uncertain under which category to submit their paper, they should contact the Editor-in-Chief, Gary Belkin, at

  1. Interventions- Treatment and prevention interventions that range from individual care to population strategies. These would generally include efficacy and cost–effectiveness studies of interventions with outcomes relating to health, function, or social performance.
  2. Etiology- Efforts to understand the presentation and metrics of common mental health conditions, as well as to understand determinants of risk, resilience, and recovery and their interactions. This area will capture work ranging from epidemiologic modeling to gene studies.
  3. Policy and Systems- The methods and practices that promote scaled use and successful implementation of effective care and treatment or prevention interventions. This includes the policies and governance strategies that enhance and support intervention scale-up, and/or provide foundations for meeting aims in population mental health, well-being, and related social and other health outcomes and priorities.
  4. Teaching and Learning- The need for effective, routine, and widely accessible teaching and learning applies to all participants and all skills used in advancing public mental health - from specialist clinicians, to managers and policy makers, to family members, patients, and community members. Methods of teaching, collaborative learning, training, decision support, online course designs, competency assessment and skill support and supervision, life-long learning and skill reinforcement, are among areas of research within this underdeveloped but crucial area.

Article Types

In addition to Original Research Papers, GMH strongly encourages structured Reviews and syntheses of key questions and bodies of literature, as well as well-designed Case Studies and qualitative social science research.GMH also particularly welcomes investigations that look at the intersections of global mental health with other health priorities in global health initiatives and beyond. A forum for the discussion of driving questions in the field and less conventional research papers will be encouraged through submission of Reports that describe new ideas and works-in-progress, and Commentaries. GMH will also consider relevant Letters that respond to published papers.

Themed Collections

The journal will also regularly publish themed collections of content. If your paper is being submitted in response to a Call for Papers for a themed collection, authors should indicate this upon submission.

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Journal Style

Global Mental Health operates a single-blind peer review process, and authors are asked to provide a complete list of manuscript authors and affiliations on the first page of their submitted manuscript. The name of an author to whom correspondence should be sent must be indicated and a full postal address and email address given in a footnote.

Contributors should also note the following:

  • S.I. units should be used throughout in text, figures and tables.
  • Authors should spell out in full any abbreviations used in their manuscripts.
  • Foreign quotations and phrases should be followed by a translation.
  • If necessary, guidelines for statistical presentation may be found in: Altman DG., Gore SM, Gardner, MJ. Pocock SJ. (1983). Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals. British Medical Journal 286, 1489-1493.
GMH Article Type Table

* Editors may request shortening or permit additional length at their discretion in individual cases
** See elsewhere in this document for full details of referencing style
*** May be adjusted in individual cases at Editors' discretion

NOTE: If submitting an original research paper, review, brief report, or case study please note that required statements on Financial Support, Conflict of Interest, and Ethical Standards must be included in the main text of your submission before the References section. Please see the 'Required Statements' section below for further information.

Word count

Generally papers should not have text more than 4500 words in length (excluding abstract, tables/figures and references) and should not have more than a combined total of five tables and/or figures. Papers shorter than these limits are encouraged. For papers of unusual importance, the editors may waive these requirements. Please see the table above for guidance regarding the different article types.


Articles require a structured abstract of no more than 250 words including the headings: Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions. Please see the table above for guidance regarding the different article types.

Figures and tables

There are no charges for color publication. Any figure provided in color will be reproduced in color online at no extra cost.

All wording within submitted figures must be Arial, point size 8. To ensure your figures are reproduced to the highest possible standards and your article is published as quickly and efficiently as possible, Cambridge Journals recommends the following formats and resolutions for supplying electronic figures. Please note that submitting low-quality figures may result in a delay in publishing your valuable research.

Please ensure your figures are saved at final publication size (please see the latest issue of the journal for column widths) and are in our recommended file formats. Following these guidelines will result in high-quality images being reproduced in both the print and the online versions of the journal.

Line artwork

Format: tif or eps
Color mode: black and white (also known as 1-bit) Size: please size to final publication size
Resolution: 1200 dpi

Combination artwork (line/tone)

Format: tif or eps
Color mode: grayscale (also known as 8-bit) Size: please size to final publication size
Resolution: 800 dpi

Black and white halftone artwork

Format: tif
Color mode: grayscale (also known as 8-bit) Size: please size to final publication size
Resolution: 300 dpi

Color halftone artwork

Format: tif
Colour mode: CMYK colour
Size: please size to final publication size
Resolution: 300 dpi

If you require any further guidance on creating suitable electronic figures, please visit the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide. All graphs and diagrams should be referred to as figures and should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Captions for figures should be typed double-spaced on separate sheets. Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals and each typed on a separate sheet after the References section. Titles should be typed above the table.


The Harvard (author-date) system should be used in the text and a complete list of References cited given at the end of the article. In a text citation of a work by more than two authors cite the first author's name followed by et al. (but the names of all of the authors should be given in the References section). Where several references are cited together they should be listed in rising date order.

The references section should be in alphabetical order. Examples follow:

Brown GW (1974). Meaning, measurement and stress of life events. Stressful Life Events: Their Nature and Effects(ed. B. S. Dohrenwend and B. P. Dohrenwend), pp. 217-244. John Wiley: New York.

Brown J, Williams E, Wright H (1970). Treatment of heroin addiction. Psychological Medicine 1, 134-136.

Okpaku SO (2014). Essentials of Global Mental Health. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge

Smith JS (2014). A review of resources for mental health in Africa. Global Mental Health 1, e17.

Note: authors' names should be in bold font; journal titles should always be given in full.

References to material published online should follow a similar style, with the URL included at the end of the reference, with the accession date, if known. Authors are requested to keep an archived copy of any online-only information, in case the URL changes or is no longer maintained. Examples follow:

Acute Health Care, Rehabilitation and Disability Prevention Research - National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. ( Accessed 7 June 2013.

British Psychological Society Research Digest, Issue 12. ( 17 February 2012.

Required Statements

The sections below on Financial Support, Conflict of Interest, and Ethical Standards must be included. These statements should be included within the main text of your submission, before the 'References' section.


You may acknowledge individuals or organisations that provided advice, support (non-financial). Formal financial support and funding should be listed in the following section.

Financial Support

 Authors must include a Funding Statement in their manuscript. Within this statement please provide details of the sources of financial support for all authors, including grant numbers, for example: “Funding Statement: This work was supported by the Medical Research Council (grant number XXXXXXX)”. Grants held by different authors should be identified as belonging to individual authors by the authors’ initials, for example: “Funding Statement: This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust (AB, grant numbers XXXX, YYYY), (CD, grant number ZZZZ); the Natural Environment Research Council (EF, grant number FFFF); and the National Institutes of Health (AB, grant number GGGG), (EF, grant number HHHH).” Where no specific funding has been provided for research, you should include the following statement:

“Funding Statement: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.”

Conflict of Interest

Authors should include a Conflicts of Interest declaration in their manuscript. Conflicts of Interest are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on an author’s presentation of their work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. Conflicts of Interest do not necessarily mean that an author’s work has been compromised. Authors should declare any real or perceived Conflicts of Interest in order to be transparent about the context of their work. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting the manuscript must include Conflicts of Interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. 

Example wording for your Conflicts of Interest declaration is as follows: “Conflicts of Interest: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no Conflicts of Interest exist, your declaration should state “Conflicts of Interest: None”.

Ethical Standards

Where research involves human and/or animal experimentation, the following statements should be included (as applicable): "The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional committees on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008." and "The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional guides on the care and use of laboratory animals."

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Copyright Information and Open Access Charges

GMH is an open access journal.  All articles published in the Journal are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication under an Open Access Creative Commons license.  Papers will be published under a creative commons attribution (CC-BY) license as standard, but authors may elect to publish under the following alternative licenses:

  • CC-BY-NC-SA (Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike)
  • CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivatives)

Please check each article for the specific Creative Commons license used and a summary of the terms that apply.

For information on what each license allows, please visit 

Authors must complete and return a license to publish form once their article has been accepted for publication.

For more information on Cambridge University Press' Open Access policies, please visit this page.

Article Processing Charges (APC)

Open access publishing in GMH is funded through levying an article processing charge (APC) on the author, or their institution or funding body. The APC for GMH is £1370 / $1926 plus VAT where applicable.

Upon acceptance for publication the corresponding author will be contacted on behalf of Cambridge University Press by Rightslink, who will administer the collection of the charge. At that stage the corresponding author can pay by credit card or arrange for an invoice to be issued to his or her funding body or institution.

Waiver Policies

Author(s) may request a discretionary waiver if they are not able to cover the funds of the APC. Requests must be made prior to submission, before the article enters editorial consideration and will be decided upon by the Publisher, without the knowledge of the editorial board. The author(s) must provide documentary evidence for their request (i.e., a letter from the institution or funder), indicating that no APC funds are available. Waiver requests made after article submission will result in a denied request. The APC charge will be waived for certain commissioned articles and Editorials and in rare cases when authors and their institutes can clearly demonstrate inability to pay. To ensure availability of funding has no bearing on editorial decisions, the Editors of GMH are never involved in correspondence with authors on payment of publication charges. All APC waiver requests must be submitted directly to the publisher prior to submission.

A full waiver of the APC will be granted automatically where the corresponding author is based in a Research4Life Group A country, and a 50% waiver will be granted where the corresponding author is based in a Research4Life Group B country

Read and Publish Authors

Information regarding Cambridge University Press Read & Publish deals can be found here. See if your institute already has an agreement with the Press to cover all or part of your APC.

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Other Information


AuthorAID is a global network that provides free support, mentoring, resources and training to help researchers in low- and middle-income countries to write, publish and otherwise communicate their work.

Key features of AuthorAID are:

  • a community space for discussion and questions where researchers can benefit from advice and insights from members across the globe
  • access to a range of documents and presentations on best practice in writing and publication
  • world-wide training workshops and MOOCs on scientific writing
  • a chance to network with other researchers
  • personal mentoring by highly published researchers and professional editors

For any authors new to publishing research articles, we encourage you to make use of the AuthorAID resources before submitting your paper to GMH. Through the AuthorAID network, guidance can be found to help researchers through the process of writing and submitting scientific papers, advice about responding to reviewer comments, as well as research design and grant applications.

Please note that seeking support through AuthorAID will not guarantee acceptance for publication in GMH, or affect the editorial process in any way.

Author Language Services 

Cambridge recommends that authors have their manuscripts checked by an English language native speaker before submission; this will ensure that submissions are judged at peer review exclusively on academic merit. Cambridge University Press partners with American Journal Experts to provide a high quality service to authors. More information can be found here. Use of this service is entirely voluntary and does not guarantee acceptance, nor does its use require authors to later submit to a Cambridge journal. Use of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense.

Digital Preservation Policy

Cambridge University Press publications are deposited in the following digital archives to guarantee long-term digital preservation:

  • CLOCKSS (journals) 
  • Portico (journals and books)

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Global Mental Health now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Global Mental Health. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Last updated 2 January 2020