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ISSN: 1537-4416 (Print), 1537-4424 (Online)
Impact Factor: 3.312, 5-year Impact Factor: 3.762
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Manuscripts that discuss theoretical and/or methodological issues on topics pertinent to clinical child and adolescent psychology also are considered. Authors need not be members of Division 53 to submit articles to JCCAP.
There are several criteria that increase the likelihood that a manuscript will be favorably evaluated in JCCAP: (1) The paper reflects a substantive advance in our understanding of clinical child and adolescent psychology. (2) The paper is of such importance that it likely will influence an area of research. (3) The paper presents new ideas or creative methods. (4) The paper offers theoretically-driven hypotheses. (5) Multiple measures, informants, or procedures are used to collect data. (6) Sophisticated methodologies are carefully employed. (7) Longitudinal methods are used. (8) Data are rigorously and appropriately analyzed. (9) 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). Typing instructions, including format, organization, and the preparation of figures, tables, and references appear in the Manual. Manuscripts may be submitted as Regular Articles , Brief Reports , or Future Directions . A Regular Article may not exceed 11,000 words (i.e., 35 pages), including references, footnotes, figures, and tables. Brief Reports include empirical research that is soundly designed, but may be of specialized interest or narrow focus. Brief Reports may not be submitted in part or whole to another journal of general circulation. Brief Reports 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. Future Directions submissions are written by leading scholars within the field. These articles provide a brief summary of important advances that are needed within a specific research or practice area pertinent to clinical child and adolescent psychology. Future Directions submissions are by invitation only and undergo peer review.
All Regular Article and Brief Report submissions must include a title of 15 words or less that identifies the developmental level of the study participants (e.g., children, adolescents, etc.). JCCAP uses a structured abstract format. For studies that report randomized clinical trials or meta-analyses, the abstract also must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by CONSORT or MARS, respectively. The Abstract should include up to 250 words, presented in paragraph form. The Abstract should be typed on a separate page (page 2 of the manuscript), and must include each of the following label sections:
1) Objective (i.e., a brief statement of the purpose of the study);
2) Method (i.e., a detailed summary of the participants, N, age, gender, ethnicity, as well as a summary of the study design, measures, and procedures;
3) Results (i.e., a detailed summary of the primary findings that clearly articulate comparison groups (if relevant);
4) Conclusions (i.e., a description of the research and clinical implications of the findings). 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. JCCAP will scrutinize manuscripts for a clear theoretical framework that supports central study hypotheses.
In addition, a clear developmental rationale is required for the selection of participants at a specific age. The Journal is making diligent efforts to insure that there is an appropriately detailed description of the sample, including a) the population from which the sample was drawn; b) the number of participants; c) age, gender, ethnicity, and SES of participants; d) location of sample, including country and community type (rural/urban), e) sample identification/selection; f) how participants were contacted; g) incentives/rewards; h) parent consent/child assent procedures and rates; i) inclusion and exclusion criteria; j) attrition rate. The Discussion section should include a comment regarding the diversity and generality (or lack thereof) of the sample. The Measures section should include details regarding item content and scoring as well as evidence of reliability and validity in similar populations.
All manuscripts must include a discussion of the clinical significance of findings, both in terms of statistical reporting and in the discussion of the meaningfulness and clinical relevance of results. Manuscripts should a) report means and standard deviations for all variables, b) report effect sizes for analyses, and c) provide confidence intervals wherever appropriate (e.g., on figures, in tables), particularly for effect sizes on primary study findings. In addition, when reporting the results of interventions, authors should include indicators of clinically significant change. Authors may use one of several approaches that have been recommended for capturing clinical significance, including (but not limited to) the reliable change index (i.e., whether the amount of change displayed by a treated individual is large enough to be meaningful, the extent to which dysfunctional individuals show movement to the functional distribution).
All manuscripts 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, JCCAP requires that reports of randomized clinical trials conform to CONSORT reporting standards, including the submission of a flow diagram and checklist. Nonrandomized clinical trials must conform to TREND criteria and meta-analyses should conform to MARS standards (see Table 4 in 2008 American Psychologist article).
JCCAP receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site. 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 here. If you have any other requests, please contact the journal’s editor, Mitchell Prinstein.
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Peer ReviewA masked review procedure will be used on all submitted manuscripts. 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.
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EDITORAndres De Los Reyes, Ph.D. - University of Maryland at College Park
EDITORIAL ASSISTANTBarbara A. Myers - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D.
University of Maryland at College Park
Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Ph.D.
University of California at Los Angeles
Deborah A.G. Drabick,, Ph.D.
Joan L. Luby, M.D..
Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
Armando A. Pina, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
Susan W. White, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Barbara A. Myers
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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