Behavior therapy

behavior therapy

Guide for Authors

Behavior Therapy. published six times a year, is an international journal devoted to the application of the behavioral and cognitive sciences to the conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of psychopathology and related clinical problems. It is intended for mental health professionals and students from all related disciplines who wish to remain current in these areas and provides a vehicle for scientist-practitioners and clinical scientists to report the results of their original empirical research. Although the major emphasis is placed upon empirical research, methodological and theoretical papers as well as evaluative reviews of the literature will also be published. Controlled single-case designs and clinical replication series are welcome.

Contact details

Questions about a possible manuscript for Behavior Therapy may be discussed with the editor:

Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Associate Editor and Editor-Elect of Behavior Therapy. Director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

Phone: +1 814-863-1148


All manuscripts should be prepared in conformity with the format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, (2009), and it is the responsibility of the author that manuscripts adhere to the format and other requirements of Behavior Therapy. Medical Journals, manuscripts should follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Society as opposed to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Medical Journals.

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) has produced "Editorial Policy Statements"

Conflict of interest .

Submission declaration ), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

Changes to authorship

This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:

Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue. Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.

After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue. Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to transfer copyright to ABCT. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A letter will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript. A form facilitating transfer of copyright will be provided. phone: (+44) 1865 843830, fax: (+44) 1865 853333, e-mail: ). An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement. . ).

Author rights .

Role of the funding source

You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated. ) for more information. for more information.

Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. The system converts your article files to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process.

Editable files (e.g. Word, LaTeX) are required to typeset your article for final publication. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

Submit your article

Additional information

Manuscript Length. Manuscripts should not exceed 35 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 in. on all sides and a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced. For papers that exceed 35 pages, authors must justify the length in their cover letter (e.g. reporting of multiple studies), and in no case shall a paper exceed 40 pages total. Papers that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned to the authors without review.

NOTE: This statement should be inserted as a separate paragraph in the section on "Manuscript Requirements". It can be inserted as the third paragraph in this section - before the paragraph that begins "Authors are strongly encouraged to submit online.

All manuscripts that report randomized clinical trials must include the Flowchart depicting the flow of participants through the various phases of the trial. The Flowchart is required for all such studies and should be included as a figure in the submitted study. The checklist should be submitted as an appendix to the manuscript - it will not be published but is used to guide reviewers with respect to the CONSORT requirements. If a study is not fully consistent with the CONSORT guidelines, limitations should be acknowledged and commented upon in the Discussion section of the manuscript.

For follow-up studies of previously published clinical trials, authors should submit a flow diagram of the progress through the phases of the trial and follow-up. A CONSORT checklist should also be provided, with special reference to the Results and Discussion sections of the manuscript. These criteria are intended to provide readers with the information they need to evaluate such studies.

Masked Reviews

The journal uses a masked reviewing system for all submissions. You will be asked to provide two separate manuscript versions. The first version should be a complete manuscript which includes all author information. The second version should omit the authors' names and affiliations but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors' identity of affiliations should not be included in the second version of the manuscript, and every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.

Data Access and Retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures, or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them and whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of humans must always be observed. Participants who are the subject of case descriptions will read the article and agree to its use in print, on the internet, etc. Authors must include a statement in the article saying they obtained informed consent and they they disclosed any conflicts of interests with study participants.

Formatting requirements

There are no strict formatting requirements but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, for example Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.

If your article includes any Videos and/or other Supplementary material, this should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.

Divide the article into clearly defined sections.

Please ensure the text of your paper is double-spaced- this is an essential peer review requirement.

Figures and tables embedded in text

Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file.


Use of word processing software ). See also the section on Electronic artwork.

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