Focus and Scope

Salud Mental receives original manuscripts dealing with various mental health-related topics (such as psychiatry, neurosciences, psychology, epidemiology, and addictions). The submission of a manuscript must be exclusively carried out through this website.


Section Policies


Written at the invitation of the Director-Editor of the journal. They must express authorized opinions on specific topics of interest for the scientific community and the mental health field. They must also stimulate debate and promote new research lines. Maximum extension: 1000 words

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Original Articles

They present unpublished research results. They can be developed in accordance with the following methodologies:

  • Quantitative methodology: It comprehends primary and secondary results of transversal studies, clinical trials, cases and controls, cohorts, and quasi-experimental studies. Maximum length: 3500 words.

  • Qualitative methodology: Including reports of focus groups, in-depth interviews, semantic networks, and content analysis. Maximum length: 5000 words.

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Review article

These should follow the standard methodology (e.g., Cochrane), and preferably should include meta-analyses. Maximum length: 4000 words.

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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

Since Salud Mental receives a large number of manuscripts, the journal’s Internal Review Board (IRB) will first assess if these meet the established requirements regarding the researches’ methodological quality, relevance, and innovations. Expert peers, who in some cases will be members of the journal’s Editorial Committee, will review manuscripts that meet those requirements. The journal’s editor will also be able to decide on an external peer suggested by the author.

At this stage, i.e., while the assessment is being carried out by the IRB, a manuscript may be: Revisions required, Resubmit for review or Decline submission. In the case of manuscripts sent for peer review, the decision taken may be approved or rejected According to the processes of the journal’s Editorial Coordination, three to four months are needed to arrive to a result of the initial review by the IRB, plus one to two months to have the ruling of the external reviewers.

Salud Mental  journal’s contents are immediately made available in Open Access so as to allow for an easy approach to research on mental health as well as accomplishing a better global interchange of knowledge.



Publication Frequency

Salud Mental is a bimonthly publication. There are published also monothematic issues, which can be ordinary or additional supplements, on several relevancy topics in the field of the mental health.



Open Access Policy

Authors publishing in Salud Mental  agree to the following terms:

In agreement with the authorship legislation, Salud Mental acknowledges and respects the authors’ moral rights, as well as their titularity to the patrimonial rights, which will be transferred to the journal for the open access dissemination of the paper. Salud Mental does not ask authors for any fees when they send an article or to process it for publication.

Each paper published by Salud Mental  is distributed under the protection of the Creative Commons 4.0, Non-Commercial Attribution (International CC BY-NC 4.0), which allows for third parties to use published material provided they mention the work’s authorship and its first publication in this journal.

Authors may establish additional and independent contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the article’s version published in Salud Mental  (for instance, to include it in an institutional, thematic, or personal repository, as well as to air it in the social networks), provided it is clearly indicated that the work was first published in Salud Mental .

To comply with all of the above, the author or authors must send the authorization letter to use the first publication of the work’s duly filled out and signed by the author and authors.