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  About the Journal

Intervention, the Journal of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas, is an open access journal, which is published twice a year. It is hosted by ARQ International, part of the renowned ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre in The Netherlands.

We publish peer-reviewed articles that are relevant to individuals working in conflict affected areas, and to those working with refugees from areas of armed conflict around the world. We also welcome papers on mental health and psychosocial support in settings with limited formal resources of chronic adversity that are not directly related to war or violence, as well as papers situated within complex humanitarian emergencies.

We seek to document work in mental health and psychosocial support in areas of conflict and make it accessible to all interested parties, whether in areas of armed conflict or elsewhere. We encourage submissions from a wide range of practitioners, researchers, academics and policymakers involved in mental health and psychosocial support, such as:

  • People who work in the field of mental health and psychosocial support, including field workers, volunteers and professionals such as psychosocial counsellors, community workers, social workers, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and art therapists.
  • Staff members of local or international nongovernmental organisations, implementing mental health and psychosocial support projects.
  • Academics and students in the field of mental health and psychosocial support within academic institutions
  • Policymakers in relevant fields within humanitarian aid agencies.

Intervention Intervention publishes a range of articles, including more formal academic-style papers, field reports and personal reflections, as well as book reviews, commentaries and letters to the editor. Papers may be based on empirical research or practice, or present systematic or literature reviews. Field reports may be descriptions, evaluations or case studies of projects in the field of community mental health and psychosocial work, including training approaches for local professionals and community members. Personal reflections provide the opportunity for authors to share their thoughts on aspects of their work relevant to others in the humanitarian field.

About ARQ International

Intervention is published under the auspices of ARQ International (the Netherlands).

ARQ International (formerly War Trauma Foundation) is the international hub of ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, based in the Netherlands. ARQ is the world’s largest expert centre focused on the psychological effects of crisis and conflicts. ARQ International works to strengthen mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) of people affected by war, conflicts and disasters in low- and middle-income countries.

Through research on and development of effective psychological and psychosocial interventions for these groups, ARQ International provides an important link between theory and practice (between the academic realm and field sites). Using its extensive, international network, ARQ International collaborates and shares knowledge with (i)NGOs, including as a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Mental Health hand Psychosocial Support Reference Group, governments and organisations or people in the field.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, ProQuest, TdNet, Wanfang Data

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS, Web of Science

Emerging Sources Citation Index 

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.

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While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:

  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

  Scope of the journal

The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles that are relevant to professionals working in conflict affected areas, and to those working with refugees from areas of armed conflict throughout the world. The journal also welcomes papers on mental health and psychosocial support in settings with limited formal resources of chronic adversity that are not directly related to war or violence, as well as papers situated within complex humanitarian emergencies. Articles with clinical interest and implications will be given preference.Intervention publishes articles based on empirical research, practical experience, and literature reviews. In addition, the journal welcomes descriptions and evaluations of current projects in the field of community mental health and psychosocial work, including training approaches for local professionals and community members. Descriptions of case studies that are illustrative of a more general problem and reviews of relevant books are also welcome, as are personal reflections on being involved in mental health and psychosocial support work.

  Publishing information  

Publishing fees

Why?

All content published in our journal is open access and freely available online upon publication. This enables everyone to read the content wherever and whenever they wish. Our work can only be sustainable in the long term by requesting a publication fee from authors. These fees cover a part of the costs of the publishing services we provide. These services include online tools for editors and authors, article production and hosting, liaison with abstracting and indexing services.

How much?

Articles:
The basic publishing fee for articles is £ 390.00/$ 500.00/€ 440.00 for each manuscript accepted for publication. This amount is to be paid by either the author, the author’s funder, their institution or employer once the manuscript has been accepted but before the publication process begins.

Field reports:
The basic publishing fee for field reports is £195.00/$ 250.00 /€ 220.00 per manuscript which is 50% of the publishing fee for articles.

Other contributions:
Personal reflections, letters to the editors, book reviews and invited comments do not have a publishing fee.

Discount and waivers

We believe that funding constraints should not be a barrier to open access publication. Please contact us to request a discount or a waiver at [email protected] Waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors should request a waiver or discount during the submission process.

First authors from low-income countries
In line with our mission and vision, as a general guideline we would not request a fee for articles for which the first author is from a low-income country, as classified by the World Bank as of July 2017 (World Bank 1st July 2017 https://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog/GDP-ranking-table).

However, please note that authors whose publications are supported by funding would not benefit from this waiver.

First authors from lower-middle -income countries
Papers whose first author are based in countries with lower-middle-income economies and with a 2016 gross domestic product (GDP) of less than 200 billion US dollars are eligible for a 50% discount. (World Bank 1st July 2017 https://data.worldbank.org/data-catalog/GDP-ranking-table).

However, please note that authors whose publications are supported by funding would not benefit from this discount.

Disclaimer

The information and opinions in Intervention reflect the views of the authors. Publication does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the editors or the publishers of the journal.

Acknowledgements

The publication of volume 16 of Intervention journal has been possible thanks to the support and financial contribution of:

  • Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York, with support from the University Support and Workforce Development Program, USWDP, funded by USAID.
  • IOM - The UN Migration Agency
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Center)
  • Terre des Hommes
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