Military Behavioral Health Journal

Military Behavioral Health 3

Military Behavioral Health: An International Journal of Research and Community Study is the flagship academic journal aggregating current knowledge about the biopsychosocial health and well-being of service members, veterans and military families.

The bi-annual journal, which is housed at the school’s USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) and published by Routledge and the Taylor & Francis Group, addresses resiliency and transition challenges among military personnel and their families through peer-reviewed behavioral health research. Disciplines that contribute to military behavioral health knowledge include social work, psychology, public health, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, sociology, organizational behavior, and anthropology.

Research will adhere to the following National Institutes of Health Guidelines of behavioral and social sciences research:

  • No restriction by discipline or methodological approach
  • Emphasis on theory-driven research
  • Search for general principles of behavioral and social functioning
  • Importance ascribed to a developmental lifespan perspective
  • Emphasis on individual variation and variation across sociodemographic categories such as gender, age and sociocultural status
  • Focus on both the social and biological contexts of behavior.


Topics of interest

Micro Level

  • (Co) Morbidity of behavioral health issues in veterans and military families
  • Evidence-based clinical practices
  • Family maltreatment
  • Substance use/abuse
  • Medical social work/care management
  • Child/adolescent/geriatrics
  • Forensic behavioral health (military detention facilities/detainees)
  • Behavioral health risk assessment
  • Trauma, sexual assault, post-traumatic stress disorder
  • School-based interventions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Family/child coping with loss
  • Cross-cultural assessment/treatment
  • Civilian affairs and nation building


Macro Level

  • Program evaluation
  • Education/training programs
  • Impact of policy on units/individuals
  • Impact of leadership on group well-being
  • Deployment acculturation
  • Research technologies/methodologies
  • Program management
  • Accession/retention of behavioral health professionals
  • Cost containment
  • School/command consultation
  • Prevention/resiliency enhancement
  • Unit/organizational needs assessment
  • Preventative medicine
  • Epidemiology


Instructions for Authors

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements. For general guidance on the publication process at Taylor & Francis please visit our Author Services website.

The 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.

Please note that Military Behavioral Health uses CrossCheck™ software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Military Behavioral Health you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes.

Military Behavioral Health receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at: 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 If you have any other requests, please contact Eva Alday, the journal’s Managing Editor, at .

Manuscripts MUST be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published or submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and 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.

One complete original manuscript should be attached to the electronic mail. It should be blinded: clear of the author(s) name(s) and any information that can identify the origin/author of the manuscript (will be used for blind peer review). This should be accompanied by a separate title document giving the authors’ names in the order in which they are to appear in the article, their affiliations (school, company, military or VA institution, city, and state or country), and contact information for the corresponding author (name, postal address, and e-mail address). Acknowledgements (if any) follow after author(s) contact information.
Submission of a manuscript to this journal represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that it is the original work of the author(s) and that is has not been published, submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. A note to state the above should accompany the manuscript.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and 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.

All manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, using the 12-point font, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. The page size should be set to 8.5 x 11 inches and manuscripts should be approximately 20 pages (5,000 words) in length. Page numbers should appear at the top of each page. Every submission should include an abstract of not more than 100 words, followed by a minimum of 10 key words. Please note that the current American Psychological Association Style ( should be followed. Please consult our guidance on keywords here.

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A reference list should appear at the end of the manuscript followed by any referenced tables and figures.

Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clear originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • Sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF or PSD format only
  • Submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Tables and figures (illustrations) should follow after the reference list. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction.

Submitted manuscripts will undergo a blind peer review of at least two reviewers. Following the review process the Editor will make the final decision based on the reviews received. Reviewer comments will be shared with authors.

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Authors for whom we receive a valid e-mail 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.

Publication Details

Print ISSN 2163-5781

Online ISSN 2163-5803



Institutional (print and online): U.S. $286

Institutional (online only): U.S. $250

Individual (print only): U.S. $60


Contact Information

Eva Alday
Managing Editor, Military Behavioral Health
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


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