Behavioral Sciences & the Law

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Edited By: Charles Patrick Ewing, J.D., Ph.D.

Impact Factor: 1.212

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 32/131 (Law); 37/75 (Psychology Applied)

Online ISSN: 1099-0798


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Author Guidelines


Initial manuscript submission. Each issue of Behavioral Sciences & the Law primarily is themed, and there is a rotating editorship. The preferred submission method is by e-mail attachment (Word Format) to: email: cewing@buffalo.edu. Each issue will include a number of articles on the specific theme of the issue. As space permits, there will be a section of pieces dealing with other behavioral-science-and-law topics. Acceptable contributions include research reports, special perspectives, book reviews, adversary forums, and a "practitioner's corner" feature. One issue each year will be devoted to non-themed contributions.

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 http://wileyeditingservices.com/en/. 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.

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time.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.

Electronic submission. The electronic copy of the final, revised manuscript must be sent to the Editor together with the paper copy. Disks should be PC or Mac formatted; write on the disk the software package used, the name of the author and the name of the journal. We are able to use most word processing packages, but prefer Word, WordPerfect and TeX or one of its derivatives.

Illustrations must be submitted in electronic format where possible. Save each figure as a separate file, in TIFF or EPS format preferably, and include the source file. Write on the disk the software package used to create them; we prefer dedicated illustration packages over tools such as Excel or Powerpoint.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. All submissions, including book reviews, must have a title, be printed on one side of the paper, be double-line spaced and have a margin of 3 cm all round. Illustrations and tables must be printed on separate sheets, and not be incorporated into the text.

  • The title page must list the full title 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.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Supply an abstract of around 150 words for all articles (except book reviews). 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.

Reference style. The APA system of citing sources indicates the author's last name and the date, in parentheses, within the text of the paper.

A. A typical citation of an entire work consists of the author's name and the year of publication.
Example: Charlotte and Emily Bronte were polar opposites, not only in their personalities but in their sources of inspiration for writing (Taylor, 1990). Use the last name only in both first and subsequent citations, except when there is more than one author with the same last name. In that case, use the last name and the first initial.
B. If the author is named in the text, only the year is cited.
Example: According to Irene Taylor (1990), the personalities of Charlotte. . .
C. If both the name of the author and the date are used in the text, parenthetical reference is not necessary.
Example: In a 1989 article, Gould explains Darwin's most successful. . .
D. Specific citations of pages or chapters follow the year.
Example: Emily Bronte "expressed increasing hostility for the world of human relationships, whether sexual or social" (Taylor, 1988, p. 11).
E. When the reference is to a work by two authors, cite both names each time the reference appears.
Example: Sexual-selection theory often has been used to explore patters of various insect matings (Alcock & Thornhill, 1983) . . . Alcock and Thornhill (1983) also demonstrate. . .
F. When the reference is to a work by three to five authors, cite all the authors the first time the reference appears. In a subsequent reference, use the first author's last name followed by et al. (meaning "and others").
Example: Patterns of byzantine intrigue have long plagued the internal politics of community college administration in Texas (Douglas et al., 1997) When the reference is to a work by six or more authors, use only the first author's name followed by et al. in the first and all subsequent references. The only exceptions to this rule are when some confusion might result because of similar names or the same author being cited. In that case, cite enough authors so that the distinction is clear.
G. When the reference is to a work by a corporate author, use the name of the organization as the author.
Example: Retired officers retain access to all of the university's educational and recreational facilities (Columbia University, 1987, p. 54).
H. Personal letters, telephone calls, and other material that cannot be retrieved are not listed in References but are cited in the text.
Example: Jesse Moore (telephone conversation, April 17, 1989) confirmed that the ideas. . .
I. Parenthetical references may mention more than one work, particularly when ideas have been summarized after drawing from several sources. Multiple citations should be arranged as follows.
Examples:
  • List two or more works by the same author in order of the date of publication: (Gould, 1987, 1989)
  • Differentiate works by the same author and with the same publication date by adding an identifying letter to each date: (Bloom, 1987a, 1987b)
  • List works by different authors in alphabetical order by last name, and use semicolons to separate the references: (Gould, 1989; Smith, 1983; Tutwiler, 1989).

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. References should be listed in the following style:

Journal Article
Gardikiotis, A., Martin, R., & Hewstone, M. (2004). The representation of majorities and minorities in the British press: A content analytic approach. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34 , 637-646. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.221
Book
Paloutzian, R. F. (1996). Invitation to the psychology of religion (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Book with More than One Author
Natarajan, R., & Chaturvedi, R. (1983). Geology of the Indian Ocean. Hartford, CT: University of Hartford Press.
Hesen, J., Carpenter, K., Moriber, H., & Milsop, A. (1983). Computers in the business world. Hartford, CT: Capital Press. and so on.
The abbreviation et al. is not used in the reference list, regardless of the number of authors, although it can be used in the text citation of material with three to five authors (after the inital citation, when all are listed) and in all parenthetical citations of material with six or more authors.
Web Document on University Program or Department Web Site
Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials. Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Website: http://www.vanguard.edu/faculty/ddegelman/index.cfm?doc_id=796
Stand-alone Web Document (no date)
Nielsen, M. E. (n.d.). Notable people in psychology of religion. Retrieved August 3, 2001, from http://www.psywww.com/psyrelig/psyrelpr.htm
Journal Article from Database
Hien, D., & Honeyman, T. (2000). A closer look at the drug abuse-maternal aggression link. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15 , 503-522. Retrieved May 20, 2000, from ProQuest database.
Abstract from Secondary Database
Garrity, K., & Degelman, D. (1990). Effect of server introduction on restaurant tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20 , 168-172. Abstract retrieved July 23, 2001, from PsycINFO database.
Article or Chapter in an Edited Book
Shea, J. D. (1992). Religion and sexual adjustment. In J. F. Schumaker (Ed.), Religion and mental health (pp. 70-84). New York: Oxford University Press.

The law review referencing style is also acceptable (see the latest edition of the Harvard Law Review Association's The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation). Use only one style. Submit footnotes as endnotes in the manuscript.

Illustrations. Supply each illustration on a separate sheet, with the lead author's name and the figure number, with the top of the figure indicated, on the reverse. Supply original photographs; photocopies or previously printed material will not be used. Line artwork must be high-quality laser output (not photocopies). Tints (grey shading) is 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. Supply artwork at the intended size for printing, sized to the text width of 208mm × 126mm maximum.

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