Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

MITRIP accepts submissions of all kinds related to motivational interviewing (MI) practice, training, implementation, and research: qualitative as well as quantitative studies, case presentations, descriptions of innovations in MI practice or training, and theoretical or conceptual articles, as well as informal contributions related to the activities of MINT members worldwide. Submissions are invited from any author, regardless of affiliation, who wishes to contribute to the ongoing conversation about MI. MITRIP maintains a policy of reaching out to members of MINT who may not have published previously or who don't write easily in English, and yet may have important contributions to offer.


Section Policies


Peer Review Process


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:


“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”


Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license.


Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.



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Editorial Review

MITRIP is an author-friendly journal. Editors view ourselves as supportive advocates for authors and their contributions. Rather than evaluating the merit of submissions, we begin from the assumption that each submission has merit. Our job is to aid authors in bringing out what is valuable in what they have written, and in revising anything that may obscure or diminish that value. Editors will offer authors input and guidance regarding how to optimize their articles so that their ideas and potential contributions to the development of MI training, research, implementation, and practice can be best received and appreciated by readers. Authors will be asked to work collaboratively with their editorial team, incorporating feedback and making revisions in the interest of clarity and maximum impact.

MITRIP reserves the right to decline to publish articles that violate MINT’s values of quality, generosity, openness, and respect, or its policies in support of diversity and equal opportunity. In addition, MITRIP may decline to publish articles whose authors have declined to make requested revisions viewed by the editorial team as necessary to uphold the standard of quality to which MITRIP aspires.