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), 7th 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.
Review all of the journal's policies prior to submitting. Journal articles that do not meet the terms of these policies will be rejected. If articles have already been published, they will be retracted.
Conflict of interest policy
Maintenance of the public trust is critical to the mission and reputation of the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), which is committed to upholding the principles of transparency, integrity, and accountability. Our journal abides by the policies established through the University of Colorado's Conflict of Interest and Commitment Committee. This includes not publishing manuscripts in which authors may have situations where financial or other personal considerations have adversely affected, or have the appearance of adversely affecting, the authors’ professional judgment in exercising professional duty or responsibility in administration, management, instruction, research, and other professional activities. A conflict of interest may be financial or non-financial.
A conflict of interest exists when the authors’ interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by, or may be perceived to be influenced by, their personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations. Authors should disclose any financial conflicts of interest but also any non-financial conflicts of interests that may cause them embarrassment if they were to become public after the publication of the manuscript. If a conflict of interest that was undisclosed is discovered, your manuscript will be immediately rejected.
If the manuscript has already been published, a retraction will be issued.
Policy on informed consent
Patients or research participants have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' or research participants’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication.
Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient or research participant who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.
Our journal requests you omit identifying details if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning.
When informed consent has been obtained, it will be indicated in the published article.
Policy on research involving human subjects
Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee or institutional review board. A statement detailing this, including the name of the ethics committee and the reference number where appropriate, must appear in all manuscripts reporting such research. If a study has been granted an exemption from requiring ethics approval, this should also be detailed in the manuscript (including the name of the ethics committee that granted the exemption).
Further information and documentation to support this should be made available to the Editor-in-Chief upon request. Manuscripts may be rejected if the Editor-in-Chief considers that the research has not been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework.
Our journal deems it unlikely we will publish manuscripts involving animal subjects. If you have a manuscript detailing research that included animal subjects, please contact us prior to submission. Be advised, your research must comply with institutional, national, or international guidelines, and where available should have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee.
How to submit your manuscript
The journal accepts submissions online, using msTracker.
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