Division 53 | EPCAMH


Official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53), APA

ISSN: 2379-4925 (Print), 2379-4933 (Online)

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ScholarOne Manuscripts

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne  authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Aims and Scope

Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is an official journal of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53. The primary mission of the journal is dissemination, with the aim of increasing evidence-based practice in child and adolescent mental health. The journal publishes original contributions on the following topics: (1) descriptions and critiques of the implementation of assessments and interventions used with clinical child and adolescent populations; (2) thoughtful clinical case studies of child and adolescent problems; (3) ethical, cross-cultural and sociodemographic issues that in the treatment of youth; (4) scholarly debates on key issues that challenge clinicians and (5) training and professional practice in clinical child and adolescent psychology as well as child advocacy. Manuscripts that discuss advances and implementation in technology for practice, historical roots of clinical child psychology, current controversies or innovations in the field, and letters to the Editor are encouraged. Authors need not be members of Division 53 to submit articles to Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

There are several criteria that increase the likelihood that a manuscript will be favorably evaluated in Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health:

(1) The paper reflects a substantive advance in our understanding of clinical child and adolescent psychology and also in the broad application of mental health care of youth.
(2) The paper is grounded in empirical research and should influence clinical practice.
(3) The paper presents new ideas or creative applications of evidence-based practice.
(4) The implications of the findings for clinical child and adolescent psychology are well articulated.

Style of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition; see www.apastyle.com). Typing instructions, including format, organization, and the preparation of figures, tables, and references appear in the Manual. Manuscripts may be submitted as Regular Articles, Clinical Updates, and Commentaries. A Regular Article may not exceed 11,000 words (i.e., 35 pages), including references, footnotes, sample clinical dialogue, figures, and tables. Clinical Updates are grounded in empirical research and are discussion of specialized interest or narrow focus. Clinical Updates may not be submitted in part or whole to another journal of general circulation. Clinical Updates may not exceed 4,500 words for text and references. These limits do not include the title page, abstract, author note, footnotes, tables, and figures. Manuscripts that exceed these page limits and that are not prepared according to the guidelines in the Manual will be returned to authors without review. Commentaries submissions are written by key clinical opinion leaders within the broad field of child and adolescent mental health. These articles provide a brief summary of important issues warranting attention by the practice community and pertinent to clinical child and adolescent psychology. All submissions undergo peer review.

All Regular Article and Clinical Updates submissions must include a title of 15 words or less. Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health requires an abstract for each submission. The Abstract should include up to 250 words, presented in paragraph form. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract. A list of up to five keywords that describe the central themes of the manuscript should be included below the abstract on page 2. Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health will scrutinize manuscripts for a clear theoretical framework that supports central tenets of the article.

Manuscripts that are research-based should conform to the criteria listed in Table 1 of the 2008 APA Publications and Communications Board Working Group on Journal Article Reporting Standards (published in American Psychologist). These reporting standards apply to all empirical papers. In addition, Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health requires that reports of randomized clinical trials conform to CONSORT reporting standards (http://www.consort-statement.org/index.aspx?o=2965), including the submission of a flow diagram and checklist. Nonrandomized clinical trials must conform to TREND criteria (see http://www.cdc.gov/trendstatement/docs/AJPH_Mar2004_Trendstatement.pdf) and meta-analyses should conform to MARS standards (see Table 4 in 2008 American Psychologist article).

Peer Review Process

Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health uses a two-tiered peer review process. All manuscripts are evaluated by the Editor or at least one Associate Editor to determine whether the manuscript is likely to make a significant impact to the clinical literature in clinical child and adolescent psychology. A significant proportion of manuscripts submitted to Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health are not selected for peer review, and this decision is typically made within 2–4 days after submission.

Manuscripts selected for peer review will undergo a masked review procedure. To prepare manuscripts for masked review, authors' names and affiliations should not appear on the title page or elsewhere in the manuscript file (they can be entered into the system and placed on a separate page in the cover letter file). Footnotes identifying the authors should be typed on a separate page and submitted in the cover letter file. Authors should make every effort to ensure that the manuscript file itself contains no clues to their identities. Manuscripts that do not comply with these instructions will be returned to the authors without review.

Publication Policies

Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to use a lengthy quotation (500 words or more) or to reprint or adapt a table or figure published elsewhere. Authors should write to both author(s) and publisher of such material to request nonexclusive world rights in all language for use in print and nonprint forms of the article and in future editions. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). Authors are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

Submitting Manuscripts

Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts portal located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/EBCA. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed at http://scholarone.com/services/support. If you have any other requests, please contact the Editor, Anne Marie Albano, at aalbanodiv53@gmail.com, or the Editorial Assistant, Lisa Duggan, at lduggandiv53@gmail.com.

Color Reproduction

Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no additional cost to the author. Color illustrations will also be considered for print publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in color art reproduction. Please note that color reprints can only be ordered if print reproduction costs are paid. Print Rates: $900 for the first page of color; $450 per page for the next three pages of color. A custom quote will be provided for articles with more than four pages of color. Art not supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi will not be considered for print.

Proofs and Reprints

Page proofs are sent to the designated author using Taylor & Francis' Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.

Open Access

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Editorial Board


Anne Marie Albano - Columbia University Medical Center


Jami M. Furr - Florida International University
Jonathan Weinand - Family Behavioral HealthCare of Iowa


Lisa Duggan


Brian Allen - Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
Joan Asarnow - University of California, Los Angeles
Jeffrey E. Barnett - Loyola University, Maryland
Shannon M. Bennett - Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital
Sharon Berry - Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis, MN
Samantha Busa - Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Kelly M. Champion - Cadeus Behavioral Health, Iowa
Jennifer E. Cruz - Columbia University Medical Center
Greta Francis - Brown University
Eve K. Freidl - Columbia University Medical Center
Robert Friedberg - Palo Alto University
Mary Fristad - Ohio State University
Richard Gallagher - NYU Child Study Center
Luis Joaquin Garcia-Lopez - University of Jaen, Spain
Elizabeth Gosch - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Omar Gudino - University of Denver
John D. Guerry - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Joseph Hatcher - Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Yo Jackson - University of Kansas
Muniya Khanna - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Jarrod M. Leffler - Mayo Clinic
Adam Lewin - University of South Florida
Tara Peris - University of California, Los Angeles
Sean Perrin - Lund University, Sweden
John Piacentini - University of California, Los Angeles
Sandra S. Pimentel - Montefiore Medical Center
Karin L. Price - Texas Children’s Hospital
Julie Ryan - William James College
Cara Settipani - Columbia University Medical Center
Leslie Sim - Mayo Clinic
Lawrence Vitulano - Yale Child Study Center



Anne Marie Albano 
Columbia University Medical Center

Associate Editors

Jami M. Furr  
Florida International University

Jonathan Weinand 
Family Behavioral HealthCare of Iowa

Managing Editor  

Lisa Duggan 

Consulting Editors  
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