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.
All topics in mental health are of interest. Evaluation, interviewing, diagnosis, biological treatments, psychosocial treatments, etc are all topics we cover. But, We recommend that you email us in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
1. Practical: Most importantly, all of the content of any submission must be of practical, clinical use.
2. Prescriptive: What do YOU do in your patients? Based on what is known today, what do you recommend that the readers should do?
3. Opinionated: Please don’t hedge. Give us YOUR opinion.
4. Simple: Please write in a simple, direct, conversational style. As if giving advice to a colleague whom you met in the hallway.
5. Brief: Please cut out anything in your article that is not essential for busy clinicians to know or is more detail than what they can possibly remember. For example, it may be useful to know that all three large randomized, double-blind clinical trials that evaluated a particular intervention found that it was efficacious but knowing how many subjects participated in each of those clinical trials is probably not essential. But, sometimes, material that is not considered essential for clinicians to read but may be helpful to them can be included in parentheses with the label “Optional to read”
6. Self-contained: Please give the readers all the information to actually implement your recommendations. For example, if a medication is recommended, please include the details of how exactly to prescribe it.
7. Referenced: Wherever possible, insert references in the text of the article and cite them at the end, arranged alphabetically. For references, please use PubMed format with no change at all. Here is an example:
Laoutidis ZG, Luckhaus C. 5-HT2A receptor antagonists for the treatment of neuroleptic-induced akathisia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2014 May;17(5):823-32. doi: 10.1017/S1461145713001417. Epub 2013 Nov 29. Review. PubMed PMID: 24286228.
8. Opinion and clinical experience: We are eager to know your opinion and your clinical experience. Please just start the sentences with phrases like, “In my opinion…”, “In my clinical experience….”, “My recommendation is…”, “In my patients…”, and so on.
9. Recommendations: Please recommend what you think are the best books, apps, websites, organizations, and other resources related to your topic. But, only the few that you think are the best rather than a long list.
10. Vignettes: Please include one or more case vignettes if they might help to clarify the material.
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.
You can see the entire sequence of emails at https://simpleandpractical.com/365
We try to keep each email at about 250 to 350 words so that it can be read in 3 to 5 minutes.
The absolute ideal thing is to write content so that every 250- to 350-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.
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.