Aggressive Behavior

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Edited By: John Archer

Impact Factor: 2.269

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 25/129 (Psychology Multidisciplinary); 30/49 (Behavioral Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1098-2337

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1. AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR will consider manuscripts in the English language concerning the underlying causes or consequences of aggressive, antisocial, and violent behavior. Both behavioral and neuro-physiological studies concerning the underpinnings of human and animal aggression will be considered, and articles that integrate the two approaches are particularly encouraged. The journal focuses on empirical studies, but broad theoretical reviews are also encouraged. All published articles will appear in both the printed version and web version of the journal.

2. Every manuscript and revision must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) web site for Aggressive Behavior at Please follow the instructions on the web site carefully. You will need to register as an author the first time you use it, but, after that, the process will be quicker. The manuscript itself is submitted as a Word file through the web site.

3. Manuscripts must be word processed, double spaced in 11 point font or greater and must follow APA Style (See ). Spelling should follow Webster's Dictionary (American) or the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (British). The first page of a submission should contain the manuscript title, the list of authors with each one's institutional affiliation, and the name, address, e-mail, and phone numbers of the corresponding author. It may also contain the date that the current draft was written. The second page should contain only an abstract of 250 words or less. The organization of the rest of the manuscript should follow the APA Style guidelines. While there are no specific page limits, full research papers should be as concise as possible, without sacrificing documentation of results. For studies on humans, a clear statement must be provided concerning informed consent, and that the study was conducted after Human Experimentation Review by the relevant committee. Research articles should meet the editorial standards stated. Manuscripts are not blind reviewed, and authors need not remove identifying information from the text. Authors of articles submitted to Aggressive Behavior are also expected to adhere to the American Psychological Association’s 'Ethical Standards for Research and Publication' (See Section 8 of the 2002 Ethics Standards at ) including the specified standards for ethical treatment of both human and animal participants (e.g., informed consent for human participants, human treatment of animals). Aggressive Behavior also requires all contributing authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research). Such conflicts should be specified in the Authors Note accompanying a submission.

4. Illustrations should be planned with the proportions of the journal page in mind, i.e., 8.5 inches by 11 inches. All color images will be produced in full color in the web version of the journal, but authors will be charged for the cost of reproducing color figures in the print version. Consequently, black and white figures are recommended.

5. The reference style for this journal is APA style. Information on APA style can be found at .

6. Submission of a paper will be held to imply that it is unpublished work which is not being considered for publication elsewhere. If accepted, it is expected that the paper will not be published in another journal or book in either the same or another format or language.

7. For studies on humans, a clear statement must be provided concerning informed consent, and that experimental studies of humans require that the protocol has received prior approval by the appropriate body and that informed consent was obtained from each subject. Animal experimentation must also receive institutional approval and be conducted in accordance with the United States Public Health Service's Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals . Submissions from abroad must include evidence that the human and animal research complies with the standards in force in the country of origin.

8. Aggressive Behavior subscribes to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts, whereby authors must state all of their sources of funding and any other financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. If the research reported in the manuscript has received partial or complete funding from commercial sponsors, the authors must also include a statement to that effect. The Editor reserves the right not to consider a manuscript if a sponsor has asserted control over the authors’ right to publish their research results.

9. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.
For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement:
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen:
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA
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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

10. Authors will receive proofs for correction. Reprints may be ordered at No page charges are levied.

11. Inquiries about the status of any manuscript should also be e-mailed to or made by phone to Diana Armistead, Editorial Assistant, Aggressive Behavior at 1-734-764-8385 or mailed to Aggressive Behavior, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR, The University of Michigan, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, USA.

Referrals to the Open Access Journal, Brain and Behavior
Aggressive Behavior works together with Wiley’s Open Access Journal, Brain and Behavior, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors may be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Brain and Behavior. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. The Editor of Brain and Behavior will accept submissions that report well-conducted research which reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Brain and Behavior is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to