Journal of Behavioral Decision Making

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Edited By: George Wright

Impact Factor: 2.069

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 18/76 (Psychology Applied)

Online ISSN: 1099-0771

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission

The Journal of Behavioral Decision Making operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface (ScholarOne Manuscripts). Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. Please include a note of the word count for your submitted manuscript in your covering letter.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

Manuscript length: Manuscript submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words and the actual word-count should be included on the first page of a submitted manuscript. Any manuscript that is longer than 10,000 words, in total, will be returned unread.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

Masked Review Option: Masked review is optional for authors submitting papers to the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. To achieve this, authors should omit their names and affiliations from the main manuscript document and also make every effort to ensure that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities.

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Initial Submission

NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.
LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.

Revision Submission

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.
LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

Supporting Information

We allow the submission of "Supporting Information" for online publication only. Go to to access the Wiley guidelines for the submission of Supporting Information. If you wish to submit Supporting Information, please select the file designation “Supporting Information for online publication only” when uploading your files.

Copyright and Permissions

  • Copyright Transfer Agreement

    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

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

    To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

    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:

  • Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

    Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

    • During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs. Please also include a 50-word biographical sketch of each author.

    • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

    • Enter an abstract of up to 250 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

    • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

    Reference style. The reference style described in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC; 2010, ISBN 9781433805622) should be used. Among or in addition to the conventions described in the Manual is the requirement that references should be quoted in the text as name and year within parentheses and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation of the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a, b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al., 1998).

    All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI* for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. The most common types of reference items should be listed in the following style:

    McGraw, A. P., Mellers, B. A., & Ritov, I. (2004). The affective costs of overconfidence. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 17, 281–295. DOI:10.1002/bdm.472

    Goodwin, P., & Wright, G. (1998). Decision analysis for management judgment (2nd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley.

    Oucho, J. O., Gould, W. T., Smith, F. K., Brown, P. L., & Jones, R. H. (1993). Internal migration, urbanization, and population distribution. In K. A. Foote, H. K. Hill, & L. G. Martin (Eds.), Demographic change in sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 255–296). Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

    The Geriatric Website. 1999. [1 April 1999]

    How to cite an article that has received only advance online publication:
    Calvillo, D. P., & Rutchick, A. M. (2013). Domain knowledge and hindsight bias among poker players. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/bdm.1799

    *The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

    Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

    • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi

    • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum

    • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

    Tables should be part of the the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in Excel the file should be uploaded separately.

    Colour Policy. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. The cost for colour illustrations is £150 for the first figure and £50 for each figure thereafter. If illustrations are supplied in colour they may be used in the online version of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

    Post Acceptance

    Further Information. For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the submitting author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

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    Oestreicher, N., The cost of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early-stage breast carcinoma, Cancer, 10(1), pp. 2054–2062, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.21464.