International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Call for papers for special issue

Neuroscience in Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology.

International Journal of Forensic Mental Health

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health invites you to submit your high quality research or theoretical papers for a special issue on the role of neuroscience in forensic psychiatry and psychology. This special issue aims to enlarge empirical and theoretical knowledge on the promises and pitfalls of neuroscience in forensic psychiatry and psychology.

Recent developments of neuroscience in clinical practice not only have led to increased knowledge about the etiology of psychopathology, but it has also contributed to increased consideration of the potential role of neuroscience in forensic psychiatry and psychology. For instance, neuroscientific methods may be used in detecting psychiatric problems in defendants. This is one of the topics covered in the emerging new field of neurolaw.

Additionally, there is an increased interest in using neuroscientific knowledge in the assessment and treatment of psychopathology related to antisocial and violent behaviour, such as antisocial personality disorders.

Opportunities, threats, and limitations of the introduction of neuroscience in forensic psychiatry and psychology have been widely discussed.  Although neuroscientific insights are increasingly incorporated in clinical practice, these have been somewhat neglected in forensic mental healthcare in general, but also in the journal, specifically.

Examples of topics accepted for this special issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Neurolaw;
  • Neurobiological correlates of aggression;
  • Neuroscience in forensic psychiatric examination;
  • Neuroscience in the determination of criminal responsibility;
  • Neuroscience in forensic psychopathology;
  • Neurobiological based treatment models;
  • Ethical considerations of the use of neuroscience in forensic mental health;
  • Neurobiology in violence risk assessment;
  • Case studies.

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is the official publication of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and has an Impact Factor of 0.767 (© 2016 Thomson Reuters, 2015 Journal Citation Reports®). The journal provides an international forum for disseminating research and practical developments to forensic mental health professionals. Forensic populations include both adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system, particularly mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders. The target audience for the journal is psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, administrators, and other professionals whose research or practice focuses on forensic mental health.

Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts must be submitted before August 1, 2017 online (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ufmh) and should conform to either the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or the Uniform System of Citation.

Submission deadline: August 1, 2017

For additional information please visit our Instructions for Authors on the journal homepage.

This special issue will be edited by Josanne van Dongen, Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology, and Ingmar Franken, Full Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor : Josanne van Dongen, Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (j.d.m.vandongen@fsw.eur.nl. )
  • Guest Editor : Ingmar Franken, Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (franken@fsw.eur.nl)