GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS
The Journal of Behavioral Health and Psychology publishes original articles, reviews, commentaries, case series, case reports and correspondence on all aspects of practice, education, policy, and research in behavioral health and behavioral medicine.
Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they have been submitted solely to the Journal of behavioral health and Psychology and that they have not been previously published, either in whole or in part. The Journal of Behavioral Health and Psychology is a fully peer-reviewed Journal. The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in all matter published in the journal and cannot enter into correspondence about papers not accepted for publication.
Copyright of all material is held by The Journal of Behavioral Health and Psychology. The editors, editorial board, sponsoring organizations, and publisher do not accept responsibility for the statements expressed by authors in their contributions.
Authors and reviewers are advised that The Journal of Behavioral Health and Psychology complies with the CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) statement (revised), found at http://www.consort-statement.org in its consideration of manuscripts reporting randomized clinical trials (RCTs). On the CONSORT website, you can click directly to the checklist, which should guide the preparation of the manuscript and the flow diagram, (to be included as a figure in the manuscript). In addition, The Journal of Behavioral Health requires that manuscripts reporting RCTs include the following information: date of approval of an institutional review board, sources of funding for the trial, and the trial registry number (if applicable).
Manuscripts should be
formatted for a 210 mm x 297 mm page with 25 mm margins on all four sides.
Times New Roman 12-point is recommended for text, tables and figures. All text
should be written in the third person and double-spaced flush left; avoid using
tabs. Assemble sections in the following order: title page, abstract, text,
acknowledgments, references, list of titles for all figures (typed on 1 page),
tables, and figures. Number pages consecutively, beginning with the title page.
The manuscript should
contain NO automatic formatting (except page numbers in the upper right corner
of each page).
The Title Page should
include the title (concise but informative, using no symbols, no CAPS
except first letter of the title and not exceeding 80 characters in
length) but no author name(s) or other descriptive information in order to keep
An Abstract of 250-300
words should be included with each article, beginning on a separate page.
Abstracts for research manuscripts may be prepared in a structured format,
using background, methods, results, and conclusions.
Text should begin on a
separate page and follow these word-count parameters: 2700-3000 for research
articles and 4000 for review articles. The number of figures and tables should
be in proportion to the amount of text. All research manuscripts must include
(in both abstract and methods section) the year in which the data were
collected and when the sudy/analysis was conducted. Names or any other
information that possibly identify authors must not be included in the text
section for blindness.
It sould be added line
numbers to document.
The Journal also
accepts and publishes Brief Reports based on smaller studies, but still of
interest to our readers. Brief Reports should contain all the same sections as
a full research paper, but be limited to 1200 words, with no more than 1-2
short tables or figures.
any necessary disclaimers should begin on a separate page, numbered in sequence
following the text but before references. List sources of support in the form
of grants, equipment , or drugs. Acknowledge only people who have made
substantive contributions to the study.
References follow the
style of Index Medicus and should be identified by number in the order in which
they are mentioned in the text; references that apply only to tables and
figures should be numbered in sequence where the text first refers to the table
or figure. If subsequent reference is made to a citation, the original
reference number should be used again. Titles of journals must be abbreviated
according to Index Medicus style, which can be found at
References to personal
communications should be noted in the text, not in the reference list, as:
(first initial, last name, affiliation, ‘personal communication,’ date).
References to software
should also be noted in the text as: name of software (company, city/state,
year of release).
Include among the
references manuscripts accepted but not yet published; designate the journal
followed by ‘In press.’
manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as
unpublished observations (in parentheses).
Reference citing and
styling: please cite
references with Arabic numbers in squared parentheses and list them by the
order in which they appear in the text.
- Sample for book references:
Last JM. International Health. Eds.: Maxcy KF, Rosenau MJ, Last JM, Wallace RB. In: Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Public Health & Preventive Medicine. 14th edition. Connecticut: Appleton & Lange; 1998. p. 1139-1146.
- Sample for journal articles:
Greenberg P, Cox C, Le Beau MM, Fenaux P, Morel P, Sanz G, et al. International scoring system for evaluating prognosis in myelodysplastic syndromes. Blood. 1997; 89(4): 2079-91.
- Sample for Internet resources:
National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC). 2001. Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research: Clinical Trials in Developing Countries. Bethesada, MD. http://www.georgetown.edu/research/nrcbl/nbac/clinical/Vol1.pdf [Acces date: January 12, 2008].
Tables should use
Times New Roman, each on a separate page; vertical and horizontal rules (lines)
should not be used within the body of tables. Use arabic numerals to identify
tables, and limit table heading to no more than 15 words. Footnotes in tables
should be lettered (lower case a, b, c) except for statistical notes, which
should be noted with an asterisk (*, **, ***). All abbreviations used in a
table must be expanded in a legend under the table.
Figures should be submitted in a form suitable for reproduction. Typewritten (or dot matrix) figures are not acceptable. Typeface should be nonserif (e.g., Arial). Use only black on white background, with bold patterns rather than variations of gray shading. A list of all figure titles should be typed on one page and placed after the references.
Letters to the Editor
are considered for publication.
The article processing charges (APCs) for the Journal of Behavioral Health and Psychology are USD 2000.