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Author Guidelines

The primary intellectual framework for Behavior and Social Issues is the science of behavior analysis. Most accepted contributions will therefore emphasize behavior analytic, and cultural analytic approaches, but contributions from contrasting viewpoints are occassionally considered if of interest to behavior analysts. The journal is particularly interested in publishing work related to issues with social justice and human rights implications, but all significant social issues are of interest. The journal serves as a nexus for the development of an intellectual community interested in these areas, which receive only modest attention in most behavioral outlets despite their potential importance for society. Appropriate contributions include theoretical and conceptual analyses, research articles and brief reports, dialogues, research reviews, and book reviews. Unless they involve a significant behavior analytic dimension, articles emphasizing survey data or discussions grounded in the study of cognitive representations generally fall outside of the coverage of the journal. Behavior and Social Issues is an appropriate forum for the work of senior scholars in the field, many of whom serve on the editorial board, as well as for the work of emerging scholars, including students, who have an interest in the contributions of a natural science of behavior to constructing cultures of social justice. Articles are published online immediately upon final acceptance; a print collection of current articles is published once a year. The journal is sponsored by Behaviorists for Social Responsibility. Behavior and Social Issues is committed to a timely, respectful, blind, and constructive review process. Every effort is made to complete the review process in 60 days or less, and to hold publication delays for accepted manuscripts to under one year. Manuscripts should strictly follow formatting guidelines established by the American Psychological Association. Appropriate length should be determined by content; a guideline of 20-30 double-spaced pages is suggested. A respectful scientific tone is expected.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission explicitly reflects the natural science of behavior analysis, or has specific implications for behavior analytic theory, research, or practice. NOTE: submissions not consistent with this requirement will not be reviewed.
  2. The submission strictly follows the guidelines outlined in the current (6th edition, 2009) American Psychological Association Publication Manual.
  3. The manuscript is submitted as a MS Word .doc or .docx, .pdf, or .rtf document.
  4. The authors' names and identifying information are not included in manuscript itself: the title page has been removed; there is no author note; the authors' names have been removed from the "properties" of the document; the manuscript is otherwise blind as to authorship. (Identifying information will be taken from the data entered during the submission process.)
  5. Consistent with APA style, the text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  6. All tables are prepared using MS Word Tables feature, rather than with tabs, spaces, etc. (If the author(s) do not know how to do this, they should use the tutorial that accompanies Word.)
  7. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end, consistent with APA style, and are not embedded in the text. Figures are submitted in high resolution (minimum 1200 dpi) .jpeg, .pdf, or .png files, and do not have the figure caption incorporated into the graphic itself. (Authors may require professional consultation to prepare figure files as required.)
  8. Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) have been included by the author(s) for all possible items included in the reference list.
  9. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  10. I have included a statement of any conflicts or dualities of interest related to this manuscript. Manuscripts will not be reviewed without inclusion of this statement.

Copyright Notice

Through articles published in Volume 27 (1918), copyright was retained by the authors of articles published under a Creative Commons license. As of January, 2019, Behavior and Social Issues will be owned by the Association for Behavior Analysis: International (ABAI), a nonprofit organization, and will be published by Springer Nature. Copyright will be transferred to ABAI prior to final acceptance for all articles published in Volume 28 and following. If your article is accepted, you will receive further information regarding how this processes occurs.  


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