Writing Rules



  • For all kinds of articles sent to Anatolian Journal of Mental Health, they accept and declare that they comply with Anatolian Journal of Mental Health's "Writing Rules", all conditions in the magazine, and that the authors have transferred all publishing rights to Anatolian Journal of Mental Health indefinitely.
  • Submitted manuscripts must describe original data that has not been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Authors are required to disclose any conflicts of interest that may have affected their research or the preparation and writing of their articles.
  • In order for the author to have authorship rights, all authors must have directly participated in the work described in the article.
  • Articles sent to Anatolian Journal of Mental Health must be in Turkish or English.
  • The similarity rate of articles sent to Anatolian Journal of Mental Health must be below 20%.
  • For all studies conducted on humans and experimental animals, Ethics Committee approval must be obtained, ethical approval must be stated in the method section of the article, and the ethical approval document must be uploaded to the system. In addition, it should be stated in the method section of the article that international declarations, guidelines, etc. principles are followed.
  • The ethical and biostatistical responsibility of each study belongs unilaterally to the author(s). Anatolian Journal of Mental Healthcannot be held under any liability in this regard.
  • The final decision for all submitted articles belongs to the Editor-in-Chief.

When submitting an article to Anatolian Journal of Mental Health, the following documents must be sent:
Title Page
Copyright Transfer Form
Full Text File (Main Text)
• Plagiarism Report
• Ethics committee Approval Certificate (If necessary)
For article submissions, the MAIN TEXT file must be in plain Word Format. Table, figure etc. The information should also be sent within the main text file, placed in the appropriate place within the text. In addition, the main text file should not contain identification information of the authors or any information that would reveal the author's identity to the referees.
Articles should be organized according to the following information.

2.1. Main Article Text

Below are the structuring titles according to the article types accepted for the journal.

a. Research Article: These are reported studies that have completed the scientific research process. Research articles should be no more than 5000 words, including abstract, figures, tables and references. These articles should be structured as follows;

Purpose of the Study/Hypotheses/Research Questions
Type of Research
Research Population and Sample
Inclusion and exclusion criteria (if necessary)
Data Collection Tools (The titles of the measurement tools should be written in italic format and sentence structure.)
Application of Data Collection Tools (The application of the research should be explained in this section.)
Analysis of Data
Ethical Permission of Research
Limitations of the Research

b. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis:
Purpose of the Study/Hypotheses/Research Questions
Type of Research
Ethical Dimension of Research
Limitations of the Research
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
Scanning Strategy
Selection of Studies
Quality Assessment
Risk of Bias Assessment
Analysis of Data

c. Review:

These are studies in which discussions and opinions of the author(s) are presented on current and needed issues in the field of health sciences, using national and international literature. It should be a maximum of 3000 words. Review articles should be structured as given below.
Other topics related to the subject

d. Case report:
These are studies that include cases involving significant clinical experience in the field. It should be a maximum of 2000 words. Case reports should be structured as follows;

e. Letter to the editor;

These are articles that contain opinions, contributions and questions about the articles published in the journal, and do not have a title or abstract section. It should be a maximum of 500 words. In letters to the editor, the name of the article cited, the issue and date of publication should be stated, and the name, institution and address information of the person writing the letter should be given.

2. 2. General Writing Rules
• The text should be written double-spaced, with 0 (zero)nk space before and after the line, in 12-point font and Times New Roman, justified.
• The text should be placed on an A4 size page, leaving 2.5 cm of space on all edges.
• There should not be a space before the period at the end of the sentence, and the sentence should be started by leaving a space after the period.
• There should be no space before the comma and there should be a single space between words in the sentence.
• When separating decimal numbers, a period should be used, not a comma. It must be written without a space between the % sign and the numbers. The percent sign should be written before the number in Turkish articles, and after the number in English articles. For example, for Turkish; 38.5% for English; 38.5%
• Where ( ), “ ” and / signs are used, the sentence/word should be written without any spaces before and after.
• Underlines should not be used in texts. Words to be emphasized can be written in italics or bold.
• All headings should be written without numbering.
• After all headings, the first paragraph and the following paragraphs should be aligned to the left and the text should be justified to both sides.
• Footnotes should not be used in articles, explanations should be given in the text.
• The main title of the article should be written in 12-point bold color, with the first letter of each word capitalized.
• In the main text of the article, the main headings (Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion and Suggestions) should be written in large, bold and left-aligned format.
• 2. Headings, the first letters of all words must be capitalized, the other letters must be lowercase, bold and aligned to the left.
• 3. Headings should be in sentence structure, italicized and left aligned.
• In order for the evaluation to be made impartially, there should be no information about the identity of the authors and their institutions in the text section.
• Abbreviations should not be used in the article title and abstract section. Abbreviations should be defined when first used in the main text, and the abbreviation should be given in parentheses after the definition.
• In articles, the Turkish Language Association's spelling guide should be taken as an example, and Turkish words should be used as much as possible instead of foreign words.

2. 3. Tables and Figures
• It should be included in the main article text after the references.
• Table headings should be written above the table in 12 point font, bold, and the first letter of each word should be capitalized.
• Table contents should be written in 10-point font, double spaced.
• Figure titles should be written below the figure in 12 point font, bold, with the first letter of each word capitalized. Tables and figures should be numbered in accordance with their order of appearance in the main text. The expansions of the abbreviations in the table should be defined below the table. Tables should be arranged in a Microsoft Office Word file in an easily readable manner.
• The data presented in the tables should not be a repetition of the data presented in the main text; They should support the data in the main text. A maximum of 5 (five) tables should be given in the articles. It should be specified in the places where it is desired to be placed within the main text (For example: "(Add Table 1)" etc.).
• Figures, graphics and photographs in the text should not exceed 11 cm in width and 8 cm in length.

2.4. References
When presenting the sources used in the bibliography, they should be given in accordance with APA 7 (American Psychological Association) standards. 11 point font should be used and this value should be set to 1.27 by selecting “hanging” in the paragraph indent section. Relevant examples are given below.
a. Article with a single author:
Ateş, M. (2023). Using digital storytelling method in language education: Systematic compilation study. Pamukkale University Faculty of Education Journal, 59, 340-364. https://doi.org/10.9779.pauefd.1101722
Kağıtçıbaşı, Ç. (1996). The autonomous-relational self: A new synthesis. European Psychologist, 1(3), 180-186. https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040.1.3.180
b. Article with two authors:
Aşkar, P. and Umay, A. (2001). Primary school mathematics teacher candidates' self-efficacy perception regarding computers. Hacettepe University Faculty of Education Journal, 21, 1-8.
Martin, L. E., & Potts, G. F. (2004). Reward sensitivity in impulsivity. Neuroreport, 15(9), 1519-1522. http://doi.org/10.1097/01.wnr.0000132920.12990.b9
c. Articles with three or more authors:
Umay, A., Akkuş-Çıkla, O. and Duatepe, A. (2006). Mathematics lesson 1st-5th. Examining the classroom curriculum according to NCTM principles and standards. Hacettepe University Faculty of Education Journal, 31(31), 198-211.
Maner, J. K., Gailliot, M. T., Rouby, D. A., & Miller, S. L. (2007). Can't take my eyes off you: Attentional adhesion to friends and rivals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93(3), 389 401. http://doi.org:/10.1037/0022-3514.93.3.389
d. Book with a single author:
Karasar, N. (1998). Scientific research method: Concepts, principles, techniques. Nobel Publishing.
Ward, A. (2004). Attention: A neuropsychological perspective. Psychology Press.
e. Book with two authors:
Enginün, I. and Kerman, Z. (1991). Ahmet Haşim/All his works. Dergah Publications.
Stuss, D. T., & Benson, F. (1986). The frontal lobes. Raven Pr.
f. Book chapter:
Hovardaoğlu, S. (2007). Fundamentals of psychological measurement. In Research techniques for the behavioral sciences (2nd ed., pp. 87–125). Hatipoğlu Publishing House.
Luck, S. J. (2014). A Broad Overview of the Event-Related Potential Technique. In An introduction to event related potential technique (2nd ed., pp. 1-34). The MIT Press.
g. Edited book chapter:
Yolcusoy, Ö. and Çetinkaya, G. (2021). Speaking training with questions. WEED. In Kara (Ed.), Turkish education with questions (1, 115-161). Asos Publications.
Posner, M. I. (1995). Attention in cognitive neuroscience: An overview. In M. S. Gazzaniga (Ed.), The cognitive neurosciences (pp. 615–624). The MIT Press.
h. Translated book:
Bowlby, J. (2012). Attachment (T. V. Soylu, Trans.). Pinhan Publishing. (Original work published in 1969).
Freud, S. (1961). The interpretation of dreams: The complete and definitive text (J. Strachey, Trans.). Science Editions (Original work published 1900).
i. Theses:
Bekil, F. (2021). The mediating role of separation-individuation in the relationship between family functionality and maladaptive perfectionism in university students [Master's thesis, Pamukkale University]. National Dissertation Center.
Watkins, S. (2011). The neural basis of attention and perception in the human brain [Doctoral dissertation, University College London]. UCLDiscovery. https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1323001/1/1323001.pdf 

2. 5. Notes:
• You can find detailed information about referencing at the link “https://apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/reference-examples.pdf”.
• It is recommended to use DOI links in all sources, if available, or to provide the web address where the study can be accessed.
• In Turkish full text; In in-text citations, if the sources have two authors, 'and' should be written before the last author's surname.
• Full text in English; In in-text citations, if the sources have two authors, ', &' should be written before the last author's surname.
• If the number of authors in the Turkish full text is more than two, "first author's surname et al., date" should be written outside the parentheses in the text. Balkıs et al., 2007, and "first author's surname et al., date" should be written in parentheses (Balkıs et al., 2007).
• If the number of authors is more than two in the English full text, "first author's surname et al., date" should be written in the text (Balkıs et al., 2007).
• In direct quotations, where the number of words is more than 40, the entire text should be written justified, 1.25 cm in, in 10-point italics.
• In articles written in English, when referring to publications with two or more authors, the conjunction "and" or the "&" sign is used instead of the conjunction "and". The "&" sign is used in in-text references where only the year information is in parentheses, and in references where "name, surname and year" information is included in parentheses together. Doğan and Şencan (2001)
• If a Turkish reference is cited in English studies, the expression "and" should be used instead of "and". If a Turkish study is referred to an English source, the expression "and" should be used instead of "and". (Nielsen and Borlund, 2011, p. 110) Al and Tonta (2004, p. 20) found that ...
• In Turkish studies, Turkish and English references are included in the list of sources as they are, while in English studies, it is recommended that the English language citations of Turkish studies be included.

Research Requiring Ethics Committee Approval:
• Clinical studies conducted on humans,
• All kinds of research conducted with qualitative or quantitative approaches that require collecting data from participants using survey, interview, focus group study, observation, experiment and interview techniques,
• Retrospective studies in accordance with the personal data protection law,
• Research conducted on animals,
• Use of humans and animals (including material/data) for experimental or other scientific purposes.
• Indicating that the "Informed Consent Form" was received in case reports,
• Obtaining and specifying permission from the owners for the use of scales, surveys and photographs belonging to others,
• Stating that copyright regulations are complied with for the ideas and artistic works used. is required.
The journal accepts the principle of compliance with the Principles of the Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html) in all studies containing the "Human" element. Authors must state in the MATERIALS and METHODS section of the article that they conducted the study in accordance with these principles and that they received "informed consent" from the ethics committees of their institutions and the people who participated in the study. All articles must include a statement that "Research and Publication Ethics" are adhered to.
Similarly, in case reports, an "informed consent form" should be obtained from patients. This information should be stated by the author in the case presentation section. Copyright regulations must be observed for the ideas and artistic works used.
If the "Animal" element was used in the study, the authors should refer to the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/5140/guide-for-the-care-and use-) in the MATERIALS and METHODS section of the article. must state that they protect animal rights in their work in line with the principles of (of-laboratory-animals) and that they have received approval from the ethics committees of their institutions.
For double-blind referee evaluation, do not include information about ethics committee approval (Board name, decision date, number, etc.) in the text. In the “Ethical Consideration or Ethical Approvel” section, describe the ethics committee approval received in general terms. Example: “Ethics committee approval was received from a university's non-invasive clinical research ethics committee to conduct the research.” like