Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.


For those interested in publishing articles that advance research in the theory and clinical practice of mindfulness.

Founded in 2010, Mindfulness is a monthly journal that focuses on a range of topics related to the theory and clinical practice of mindfulness. The editors welcome submissions that draw from the natural sciences (e.g., medicine, neurobiology, psychoneuroendocrinology), the social sciences (psychology, psychiatry, cognitive and behavioral studies), and the humanities (philosophy and other wisdom traditions). According to the journal’s statement of scope, acceptable topics include, but are not limited to, “the reliability and validity of assessment of mindfulness; clinical uses of mindfulness in psychological distress, psychiatric disorders, and medical conditions; alleviation of personal and societal suffering; the nature and foundations of mindfulness; mechanisms of action; and the use of mindfulness across cultures.” The journal also publishes scholarly papers aimed at training clinicians as well as teachers, parents, and others on mindfulness and related subjects.

Mindfulness is ranked 29 out of 143 journals in psychiatry (SSCI, Q1), and 22 out of 131 in psychology and clinical (SSCI, Q1). Its impact factor for 2020 was 4.684, and as of 2021 its five-year impact factor is 5.889. Due to its high impact and the sheer number of original articles it publishes, the journal gets hundreds of submissions each year. The editors often reject ill-fitting articles within the first few days. Average time to first decision is 53 days, with 216 days from submission to final acceptance, and publication about two months following acceptance.

Review: November 2021

Word count: No specific word count, but the submissions guidelines indicate that articles should be no longer than 35 pages, double-spaced, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures

Issues per year: Twelve

Current volume number: 12

Articles per year: 250–300 (20–25 articles per issue)

Citation style: APA

Abstract length (if required): Structured abstracts of 250 words with four labeled sections (Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions)

Upcoming special issues (if available): None listed

Relevant editors: Nirbhay N. Singh (editor-in-chief); Subhashni D.S. Joy (editorial assistant)

Open access? Authors have the option to pay to make their articles freely available

Online? Yes

Submission method: Online

Submission fee: None

Bibliography (articles in the journal consulted for this review)

No articles listed

About Wendy Belcher

Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies. Author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Instructor of Deep Reading Journals as Publishing Praxis.


This entry was posted on September 17, 2022 in Psychology Journals, Social Science Journals.