Recruiting for Peer Reviewers

Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

31 December 2023

About the role

The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health (JCMH) is looking for new reviewers with expertise in the interdisciplinary fields of mental health focused on the practical implementation of creativity in clinical practice, research, and counselor education. The journal is founded on a relational philosophy with emphasis on Relational-Cultural Theory. JCMH includes manuscripts that specifically address creative ways to facilitate deepened personal awareness, mutuality in relationships, and growth-fostering connections.

The peer review process is a fundamental part of research publishing. It’s a way of ensuring only articles of the highest quality that contribute meaningfully to the field are published. The process involves both the journal editors and independent expert reviewers, who evaluate the submitted articles. Peer Reviewers are intrinsic to the publication process and upholding this role is a wonderful opportunity to boost your own networks, sharpen your expertise, and contribute immensely to a journal and therapeutic area.

About the journal

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The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, the journal of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association, is the valuable interdisciplinary reference source for academics and therapeautic practitioners. This refereed journal examines the practical applications of using creativity to help deepen self-awareness and build healthy relationships. This journal also explores how creative, diverse, and relational therapeautic approaches can be used in counseling practice.

Each issue of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health provides a wide range of interdisciplinary discussion relative to diverse mental health issues. The journal incorporates high-quality empirical research with cogent in-depth discussion and addresses the topics in both qualitative and quantitative language. Each unique focus encourages the rich dialogue among scholars, practitioners, and students. Book reviews highlight new and interesting publications in the field. In another column, film reviews provide a framework for conceptualizing personality styles and common issues found in human relations. Three other special columns provide: (a) relationally-based creative interventions used by counselors and psychotherapists in their practices, (b) creative teaching methods by counselor educators; and (c) an opportunity for mental health professionals to offer their perspective on creative, innovative, and resourceful counseling topics.

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Key Skills and Attributes

All papers undergo an initial review by one of the journal’s editors, after which papers undergo an anonymous review process by two or more subject matter experts.

Successful applicants will:

  • Respond to peer review invitations and complete reviews according to requested turnaround times.
  • Critically evaluate the validity, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of a submission according to journal guidelines.
  • Uphold rigorous journal standards by identifying critical flaws and/or unethical research practices.
  • Remain professional and courteous throughout the peer review process.
  • Be expected to review a minimum of 3 manuscripts per year.

Applicants seeking further information and training on becoming a peer reviewer should please use the following link: A guide to becoming a peer reviewer | Editor Resources (

Application Instructions

Please apply at the link below with your CV and a letter of interest regarding creativity and a relational philosophy for consideration.

Please note that this advertisement is open on a monthly-rolling basis. By the start of each month, the Editorial team will review applications collected in the previous month and will reach out to applicants in this timeframe. We are enthusiastic to review your CV and letter carefully to ensure you are added to the appropriate area of the journal.

If accepted as a reviewer, we will add you to our database. To express our appreciation for your valuable contribution in the manuscript review process of the journal, we offer the following:

  • 30 days’ free access to Taylor & Francis journal content upon agreeing to review, providing you with resources to assist with your review
  • A peer reviewer confirmation certificate (upon request)

For any questions, please contact the journal’s Portfolio Manager, [email protected].


The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.