These guidelines were updated in April 2018. Several changes were made. Please read the guidelines carefully to ensure that your submission complies with the most recent updates.
Considerations and formatting
Manuscripts should stress new data, comparisons with previous
data, and their relevance to American Indian and Alaska Native mental
health. The emphasis here is on development of positive mental and
social functioning of American Indians and Alaska
Natives through understanding of relevant processes and
Emphasis will be placed on those now living in the
United States, but residents of Canada, the Pacific Islands, or Central
or South America will not necessarily be excluded.
different kinds of articles are accepted under these guidelines. Please
refer to our latest volume to get an idea of what types of articles are
All submissions must abide by the policies of the journal.
Before submission, please carefully review the journal's policies
regarding conflicts of interest, informed consent, and research
involving human subjects.
Please note that APA policy prohibits
an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent
consideration by two or more journals. Authors submitting a manuscript
previously considered for publication in another APA journal should note
fact in the cover letter.
APA policy also prohibits
duplicate publication (i.e., publication of a manuscript that has
already been published in whole or substantial part in another journal).
Create all documents in Microsoft Word or a compatible program. Do not submit PDFs.
Documents should measure 8 ½” by 11”, be double-spaced throughout, and have 1” margins on all sides.
a cover letter to accompany your submission that includes a) the
manuscript title; b) all authors' full names, highest academic degrees,
affiliations, and email addresses; c) assurance that all authors meet
criteria for authorship (as recommended
by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors); and
d) disclosure of potential conflicts of interest for all authors or
explicit statement that no potential conflicts exist.
Identifying information should appear ONLY in the cover letter to facilitate blind review.
Save the cover letter as a separate file.
a cover page with the full title of the manuscript, the running head
(abbreviated title), and an abstract of 200 words or less.
Do NOT include identifying information on this page.
Manuscripts should average 5,900 words; however, relevant and concisely written manuscripts of any length will be considered.
will be peer-reviewed anonymously; therefore, do not include
identifying information on any pages. Include such information only in
the cover letter.
Follow the conventions of the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.
Manuscripts not following these conventions will not be reviewed and
will be returned.
Please note that APA 6th edition guidelines
now require a DOI (digital object identifier) number or URL to be
included in the reference list for each journal article. Please be sure
to include this information, as journal staff cannot provide it.
the manuscript as a single file, including the title page and all
tables, figures, and graphics. Do not use your name or any identifying
information in the file name. This file will be used for anonymous peer
Follow U.S. spelling conventions and spell-check the entire manuscript.
standardized list of frequently used terms and abbreviations can be
found here. Manuscripts should follow these conventions, where
A Note on AI/AN
The term "American
Indians and Alaska Natives," abbreviated to AI/ANs (rather than "Native
Americans"), should be used in the absence of specific tribal
affiliation to refer to descendants of pre-Columbian natives of the
Western Hemisphere. This
usage is in keeping with the 1977 National Congress of American
Indians and the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association resolution
regarding the preferred designation of the Indigenous populations of the
contiguous United States. The term "Native"
can also be used to refer to both American Indians and Alaska Native
peoples. The terms "AI" and "AN" separately can also be used.
Additionally, if the primary population concerned is Alaska Native
peoples, the term "AN/AI" is also acceptable.
All manuscripts will be subject to editing for clarity, adherence to guidelines, and bias-free language.
The peer review process generally takes 8-10 weeks. If we anticipate that it will take substantially longer, we will contact the corresponding author.
Once a manuscript is accepted and finalized, it will be published in the next issue of the journal that has space available.
Consistent with current publishing trends, articles are published via the Internet in electronic form and are available to the general public. The established Web site for the journal (http://ucdenver.edu/caianh) is a component of the Centers for
American Indian and Alaska Native Health. All articles published in the journal are available from this site.
All U.S. and international copyright laws remain in effect.
Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health