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  • Enacted in March 1992 and most recently revised in March 2020

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Journal of Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (JKPMHN) is the official journal of The Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. It was launched in 1992. The journal was published annual (1992-1993) and transitioned biannual issuance (1994-1999). The journal began quarterly publication on the last days of March, June, September, and December each year since 2000. The official abbreviated title is J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. Any supplementary or special issues may be published. The number of print copies per issue is 350. All or a part of the articles in this journal are indexed in KoreaMed, KoMCI, KoreaMed Synapse, KCI, CINAHL/EBSCO, DOI/CrossRef, and Google Scholar. The full text is freely available from KoreaMed Synapse and the journal’s own homepage ‘http://www.mhnursing.or.kr’ (Korean), ‘http://jkpmhn.org’(English), and URL‘http://www.mhnursing.or.kr/paper/?lkind=33

Publication of journal is supported by a Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies grant funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; MEST).


Journal of Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (JKPMHN) disseminates original, peer-reviewed research that is of interest to psychiatric and mental health care nurses. The field is considered in its broadest perspective, including theory, practice and research applications related to all ages, special populations, settings, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Through critical study, expositions, and review of practice, JKPMHN is a medium for clinical scholarship to provide theoretical linkages among diverse areas of practice.

Journal of Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is focused on innovations in practice that are based on development, evaluation and research. The journal is essentially a means of communication between professionals, mainly in nursing but also attracting other mental health care workers. It acts as a repository of ideas, experiences and findings from evaluation or research. It also provides a forum for debate on current mental health care issues. Topics covered include psychiatric and mental health, community mental health, mental disorder, psychiatric and mental nursing education, practice, and research, psychosocial nursing intervention, complementary and alternative therapies, and cultural issue.


JKPMHN is published quarterly in March 31st, June 30th, September 30th and December 31st.


Manuscripts can be submitted electronically by through the online manuscript management system (http://mhn.medicallove.com). The helpdesk service can help authors with questions on pre-publication, production and post-production processes for online submissions. Electronic editorial system is a journal author’s one-stop shop to:

  • • Submit your papers online
  • • Track the status of your submission from decision to publication

Manuscript can be received at any time. The manuscript that does not keep the instruction to authors may be rejected before review.

Contact address of editor and helpdesk

Hee Sook Kim
Editorial office of the JKPMHN
College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University
680 Gukchabosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu 41944, Republic of Korea.
Tel: 82-53-420-4927, Fax: 82-53-422-4926
E-mail: hskim4114@nate.com

Beom Soo Kim
Tel: 82-2-2263-1599, Fax: 82-2-2269-5231
E-mail: kbs@hanuripub.com
Homepage: http://mhn.medicallove.com/


According to the International Committee on Medical Journal Ethics (ICMJE), an author is defined as one who has made substantial contributions to the conception and development of a manuscript.

Inform a healthcare adheres to the ICMJE guidelines (http://www.icmje.org/) which state that "authorship credit should be based on all of the following: 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or advising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published". All other contributors should be listed as acknowledgments.

Inform a healthcare adheres to the ICMJE guidelines (http://www.icmje.org/) which state that "authorship credit should be based on all of the following: 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or advising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published", and 4) agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved . All other contributors should be listed as acknowledgments.

Clinical research should be done in accordance of the Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects, outlined in the Helsinki Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html). Human subjects should not be identifiable, such that patients’ names, initials, hospital numbers, dates of birth, or other protected healthcare information should not be disclosed. For animal subjects, research should be performed based on the National or Institutional Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the ethical treatment of all experimental animals should be maintained.

All submitted manuscripts should be original and should not be considered by other scientific journals for publication at the same time. Any part of the manuscript should not be duplicated in any other scientific journal without the permission of the Editorial Board. The duplication will be checked through the iThenticate software (https://crosscheck.ithenticate.com/) before review. If duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the authors will be announced in the journal and their institutes will be informed, and there also will be penalties for the authors. Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by written permissions for reproduction, obtained from the original publisher.

For the policies on the research and publication ethics not stated in this instructions, International standards for editors and authors (http://publicationethics.org/international-standards-editors-and-authors) can be applied.


Original Papers: These include full papers reporting original research on psychiatric and mental health nursing.

Review Articles: Invited and submitted review papers are accepted. The body of a review article should be a comprehensive, scholarly evidence-based review of the literature, accompanied by critical analysis and leading to reasonable conclusions.

Editorials: These include comments by organizations or individuals on topics of current interest by invitation only.

Case Reports: Descriptions of clinical cases should be unique and provide discussion that help advancement of nursing practice for better outcome.


All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least 3 anonymous reviewers selected by the editor. The author's name and affiliation are not disclosed during review process to reviewers. The corresponding author is notified as soon as possible of the editor’s decision to accept, reject, or request revision of manuscript.

Final revised manuscript: A final version of the accepted manuscript should be submitted on the web. If aspects of the research are reported elsewhere, include a copy of the publication(s). Include all material in one computer file (do not separate the abstract, table, etc.).


JKPMHN requires the corresponding author to sign a copyright transfer agreement on behalf of all authors. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the permanent property of the society. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce or adapt all or part of copyrighted materials from other journal or book sources.

This is an Open Access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/).


For unsolicited manuscripts, corresponding author is requested to pay a part of the publication processing cost. Submission fee is 50,000 Korean Won (US $50). For publication, the fee is 50,000 Korean Won (US $50) per page up to 10 pages, and 60,000 Korean Won (US $60) per additional pages. The reprint cost is free up to 20 copies. Even if authors prefer the black and white figures in print journal, they will be presented as color in e-journal. Bank account for money transfer is as following:

Bank name: KB Kookmin Bank
Account: 918001-01-388669
Account owner: Park, Jeong Hwa


Manuscripts should be prepared in A4 paper with space of mm from top, bottom, right side and left side. Font size should be 10.0 points, row space 200%. The format for word process program accepted is HWP and MS word DOC files. the language of the text can be not only Korean but also English. Medical terminology should be followed by the recent terminology book published by the Korean Medical Association. Tables and Figures should be on separate pages. Papers must adhere to the style and format described in the NLM style (Citing Medicine: The NLM (National Library of Medicine) Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd ed.) (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine)

Cover letter: Provide full names and affiliations of all authors, and the e-mail address, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author. State significance of the manuscript. Acknowledgments of aid or criticism (e.g., source of research fund or grant; any conflicts of interest) should be approved by the person whose help is being recognized.

Title Page: Provide a full title of the article and a short one for use as a running head. Titles should be short and descriptive and not be abbreviation.

Abstract and Key words: On a separate page, provide an abstract of less than 200 words. It should cover the main factual points, including statements of the purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Key words should be given at most 5 words or less. Use terms from the medical subject headings (MeSH) (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html).

Introduction: Clearly state the need for this study and the main question or hypothesis of the study. Summarize the literature review or background in the area of the study.

Methods: Describe the study design, setting and samples, and measurements, procedure and analysis used.

Results: Describe the main results in a concise paragraph. This section should be the most descriptive. Note levels of statistical significance and confidence intervals where appropriate.

Discussion: Provide an interpretation and explanation of the results in relation to existing knowledge.

Conclusion(s): State the conclusions and recommendations for further study. Do not summarize the study results.

Acknowledgements: Specify contributors for the article, such as administrative support, technical assistance, critical reviews of the manuscripts, and financial support.

References: All references cited in the text must appear in the Reference section. Reference format should conform to that set forth in "Citing Medicine: The NLM (National Library of Medicine) Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd ed.". The maximum number of references may not exceed 30.

  • Journal articles or books:
  • • Cho OH, Yoo YS, Kim NC. Efficacy of comprehensive group rehabilitation for women with early breast cancer in South Korea. Nursing & Health Sciences. 2006;8(3):140-146. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-2018.2006.00271.x
  • • Heale R, Dickieson P, Carter L, Wenghofer EF. Nurse practitioners' perceptions of interprofessional team functioning with implications for nurse managers. Journal of Nursing Management. Forthcoming 2013 May 9.
  • • Peate I. The student's guide to becoming a nurse. 2nd ed. Chichester WS: John Wiley & Sons; 2012. 660 p.
  • Technical and research reports:
  • • Perio MA, Brueck SE, Mueller CA. Evaluation of 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus exposure among internal medicine housestaff and fellows. Health Hazard Evaluation Report. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah School of Medicine; 2010 October. Report No. HETA 2009-0206-3117.
  • Electronic Media
  • • Wilcox LS. 2010 life tables for Korea. Biol Proc Online [Internet]. 2005 Nov [cited 2007 Jan 5]; 8(1):194-215. Available from: http://kostat.go.kr/portal/korea/kor_nw/3/index.board?bmode=read&aSeq=252533.

Tables/Figures: Each table and figure should be placed on a separate sheet. Number tables consecutively, and supply a brief title at the top for each. Table footnotes should be indicated with superscript symbols in sequence: †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, #, †† etc. (e.g., † Fisher’s exact test). Asterisks (*, **) are used only to indicate the probability level of tests of significance. Tables and figures are printed only when they express more than can be done by words in the same amount of space. Do not indicate placement of tables or figures in the text and the editor will automatically place your tables and figures.

Other than as specified above, manuscripts should be prepared according to "Citing Medicine: The NLM (National Library of Medicine) Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd ed.".


Abbreviations: Use standard abbreviations and units recommended in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Non-standard abbreviations should be defined the first time they appear in the text.

Units: Standard metric units are used for describing length, height, weight, and volume. The unit of temperature is given in degree Celsius (℃). All others are in terms of the International System of Units (SI).

Drug Names: Generic names should be used. Proprietary names may be given (parenthetically) with the first use of the generic name.


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Editorial Office
680 Gukchabosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu 41944, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-53-420-4927    Fax: +82-53-422-4926    E-mail: hskim4114@nate.com                

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