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Articles submitted to Behavioral Healthcare should focus on trends and developments important to behavioral healthcare decision makers and their organizations. We are interested in such topics as payer demands on providers to improve outcomes; regulation and accreditation; innovative programs and approaches to problem solving; biomedical research findings and their practical implications; the use of information technology and telecommunications technology and their impact on business management and patient care; and more.

Articles are reviewed for accuracy, clarity, and timeliness. Once accepted, they will be edited for grammar, organization, and BH style; if editing is extensive, the final, edited version will be sent to the lead author for review. If an article is published, each author will receive two copies of the issue in which it appears and a one-year subscription to Behavioral Healthcare at no cost (if requested). Copyright of the article will be held by Behavioral Healthcare’s parent company, Vendome Group, LLC, and author(s) will be asked to sign a release to that effect. Behavioral Healthcare will not consider articles that have been submitted to other publications or that have appeared in other publications (with exceptions).

Manuscript Preparation
Feature and cover feature submissions should be approximately 1,200-1,600 words (roughly 6 to 7 double-spaced pages) in length (600 to 1,200 for guest editorials and department submissions; no more than 300 words for letters to the editor). Please do NOT imbed tables, figures, or other illustrations within the text of your article. Imbedded graphic elements can be difficult to separate from text and are often impossible to reproduce (also see “Graphic Elements” guidelines, below).

Manuscript Submission
Submit articles electronically. If you e-mail your article, please send the file as an attachment (saved in Microsoft Word). Do NOT send your article as the body of your e-mail text. CDs also are acceptable. Please retain a copy to refer to during the editing process.

Please include a cover letter with your mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and your e-mail address if you have one. Also provide brief biographic information (academic degree[s], title, company/organization you work for, affiliations, etc.). Please provide the contact and bio information for each coauthor, as well. We generally publish the author’s phone number with the bio, so that readers can contact you for more information. The lead author will be assigned an e-mail address at that will automatically forward e-mail to the editors and author’s main e-mail address. If you do not have an e-mail address, accommodations will be made to ensure you receive reader feedback.

Graphic Elements
If photos, tables, and/or other illustrations are sent electronically, each should be sent as a separate file from the text file, and each should be given a distinct file name. Figures and photos MUST be saved in a high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) TIFF or EPS format to ensure publication-quality images. Whenever possible, also send hard copies of all graphic elements, so that we can be certain that the electronic files are true to your originals.

If you cannot send your graphics electronically, you may send hard copies suitable for scanning, such as:

  • Original photographs
  • Photograph-quality prints (especially for color illustrations)
  • High-resolution computer printouts (for black & white figures and graphs only)

Formats NOT suitable for scanning include:

  • Photocopies
  • Faxes
  • Color laser printouts
  • Low-resolution computer printouts


Each photograph should be identified on the back with a legend (caption); if photos are sent electronically, include the corresponding figure legends at the end of the manuscript. These legends should include the names of people shown and location, if pertinent. If a photograph is copyrighted, the photographer/photography firm’s name also must be included so that we can give proper credit.

It is the author’s responsibility to secure appropriate consents from people shown in photographs, and permission to reprint copyrighted photos.

If you wish to have photographs returned, specifically request this in your cover letter and put your return address on the back of each photo.

Tables should be double-spaced and numbered consecutively, in the order in which they are mentioned in the text of the article. Provide a brief title for each. Please limit size of tables to a maximum of one printed page (approximately 2 to 3 word-processing pages) and use them only when they contain information not already included in the text.

These also should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the article. Each should be labeled with its number and an appropriate legend (caption). As with tables, information in figures/graphs should enhance your article, not repeat what is in the text. Color is welcome.

References and Bibliographies
A list of references or a bibliography (also known as a “suggested reading list”) may be included, if appropriate, using standard American Medical Association reference/bibliography formats.


Periodical: Smith J, Jones A. How to Sail. J Sailing 1999;11:34-42.

Book: Smith J, Jones A. Great Lakes Sailing. Philadelphia: Sailing Books, Inc., 1997:70-81.

References should be cited by number in the text and listed at the end of the article in the numeric order cited.

Bibliographies need not be referenced in the text and should appear at the end of the article in alphabetical order by authors’ last names.

Where to Submit
Electronic submissions should be e-mailed to Julie Miller <>. Photos and CDs should be sent to:

Julie Miller | Editor in Chief
Behavioral Healthcare
812 Huron Road, Suite 450
Cleveland, OH 44115

Article Examples
To request hardcopies of the magazine, e-mail Julie Miller at the above address. Also visit Behavioral Healthcare’s Web site,