The aim of Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services is to improve mental health services through research. This journal primarily publishes peer-reviewed, original empirical research articles. The journal also welcomes systematic reviews. Please contact the editor if you have suggestions for special issues or sections focusing on important contemporary issues. The journal usually does not publish articles on drug or alcohol addiction unless it focuses on persons who are dually diagnosed. Manuscripts on children and adults are equally welcome. Topics for articles may include, but need not be limited to, effectiveness of services, measure development, economics of mental health services, managed mental health care, implementation of services, staffing, leadership, organizational relations and policy, and the like. Please review previously published articles for fit with our journal before submitting your manuscript.

We welcome studies that are conducted and reported according to well-accepted guidelines in the research community, such as the CONSORT statement (randomized controlled trials), the PRISMA statement (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), STROBE (observational studies), SRQR (qualitative research) and CARE (case reports).

  • Advances research on services and the practice and process of administration in the mental health setting
  • Publishes peer-reviewed, original empirical research articles and administrative and policy notes
  • Aims to improve the effectiveness of mental health and related human service programs

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  • Leonard Bickman
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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2.847 (2020)
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5.233 (2020)
Five year impact factor
24 days
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309,285 (2021)
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1573-3289
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0894-587X
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