Simple and Practical Mental Health welcomes contributions from all mental health professionals for publication by us. Please share your knowledge and clinical wisdom with other mental health professionals so that we can all better help our patients.
In the long run, SPMH will cover every possible practical topic in mental health, so any contributions would be greatly appreciated. However, in order to not feel disappointed, we recommend that you send us in advance the proposed topic and an outline of what will be covered so that we can tell if you if it seems like something that will fit our mission.
Extreme selectivity of content
Most importantly, all of the content of any submission must be of practical, clinical use. Evaluation, interviewing, diagnosis, biological treatments, psychosocial treatments, etc are all topics we cover.
The way we think about content on the website is through a single lens — are we saying that we want our readers to do X? If so, we want to give them all the information they need to start doing X next week.
Sometimes, material that is not considered essential for clinicians to read but may be helpful to them is included on the website in parentheses with the label “optional to read”
Our questions to the Expert authors are– what do YOU do and what are you telling our readers to do? That’s it. Absolutely nothing more should be included.
All the rest is “optional to read” or should be omitted from the website.
Where appropriate, the articles should be supported by references.
However, we also encourage advice from experienced clinicians based on their extensive clinical experience with a particular issue. In such situations, the advice should include a clear statement like “In my clinical experience,…”
Be brief. As brief as possible.
Write in a conversational tone as if giving advice to a colleague whom you met in the hallway. Not like (God forbid!) an “academic.” 🙂
How the daily emails work
The daily emails from SPMH come from articles on the website that are enduring content. So, we first write the content on the website and then send it in parts by email.
Everyone doesn’t get the same email on a particular day. They are fed into a predetermined sequence. When a person joins SPMH, s/he starts getting emails from day 1. We are currently sending out approx day 610!
You can see the entire sequence of emails at https://simpleandpractical.com/365
We try to keep each email at about 250 words so that it can be read in 3 to 5 minutes.
The absolute ideal thing is to write content so that every 250-word segment is self-contained. A clinical nugget. But, that is often not possible, so we have been doing more multi-part email series on a single topic.
In the future, we plan to offer the same material in a more organized fashion as a long document that comes with CME.
So, you could write an article on how to do X and we can cut it up into daily emails.
What helps us to plan how to write something for SPMH is to imagine that a resident or junior colleague is going to see a patient in 20 minutes and stops me in the hallway to ask for advice. What would we say to him/her? No fluff. Very direct and prescriptive. “I recommend you do X.”
We hope that Authors will understand that we have to have the following “rules”
– Simple and Practical Mental Health reserves the right to edit any submissions, both for scientific content and for language. But, before the article is finally published, the Author will be shown the edits. If we and the Author cannot agree on the edits, either party may withdraw from the material being published on our website.
– Once a submission is published on simpleandpractical.com, the copyright is assumed to be transferred to Simple and Practical Mental Health. The material may not be reused elsewhere without express written consent from Simple and Practical Mental Health.
– The decision of the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Mago, will be final in any and all matters related to submissions for publication.