The Journal of Creative Behavior

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Edited By: Ronald A. Beghetto, University of Connecticut, USA

Impact Factor: 1.853

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 19/58 (Psychology Educational)

Online ISSN: 2162-6057

Author Guidelines

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Type: Original Article
Word limit: 6,000 – 8,000 words (including references)
Review: Full Peer Review
Description Guidelines: We invite theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical articles exploring creativity in and across various sociocultural contexts and settings. We also invite contributions representing various methodological traditions (quantitative, qualitative, single-subject, mixed methods) and disciplines (psychology, education, business, sociology, neuroscience, philosophy, and so on). Regardless of the type of article or disciplinary perspective, authors are expected to situate their work in the existing creativity studies literature and make a significant contribution to that literature.

Type: Brief Reports
Word limit: 2,000 - 4,000 words (including references)
Review: Full Peer Review
escription/Guidelines: Authors of brief reports can focus on reporting results of research, briefly introducing new theoretical concepts, providing brief reviews of a topic; highlighting novel analytic techniques, or presenting focused discussions of practical applications of research. Despite their short length, Brief Reports will undergo a full peer-review process and will be held to the same high standards of JCB’s full articles (i.e., expected to make significant, novel contribution to the literature). Authors of Brief Reports should limit the use of figures and tables.

Type: Commentaries
Word limit: 1,000 - 2,000 words (including references)
Review: Abbreviated Review (Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief)
Description/Guidelines: Authors of commentaries can focus on discussing aspects of articles published in JCB (or other creativity-related journals), provide relevant and brief book reviews, or providing provocative and timely topics of relevance to advancing creativity theory and research. All commentaries should appeal to the readership of JCB and will undergo review by an Associate Editor and the Editor-in-Chief.


Stylistic Conventions: All articles are expected to adhere to the stylistic conventions of APA 6th Ed.

Word Limits: Authors are expected to adhere to the word limits for the type of submission. The print version of JCB has a very strict page budget and we are not able to publish articles that exceed 8,000 words. OnlineOpen, however, is an option for authors who want to publish articles exceeding 8,000 words.

Appropriate for JCB: Prior to submitting your article, please make sure that it fits one of the above submission types. Include the type of submission (article, brief report, commentary) in your cover letter and make sure that your article is: (a) adequately situated in the creativity studies literature; (b) meets the appropriate word limit, (c) has been carefully proof read; and (c) adheres to APA 6th Ed. Note: All work must be original, and cannot have been published or be under review elsewhere. Studies must have been conducted in accordance with appropriate ethical guidelines (e.g., human subjects protocols).


Once a manuscript has been submitted, it will undergo a preliminary review from the managing editor and editor (to assess fit and adherence to the journal’s guidelines). The paper will then be assigned to an associate editor who will provide an additional assessment of fit. Next, the paper will be assigned to at least two reviewers for double-blind review. Authors invited to engage in a revision will be provided with 90 days to submit their revision otherwise the paper may be automatically rejected. Note: Authors can request an extension from the Associate Editor managing the paper. JCB typically provides no more than two rounds of review for papers. If a final decision (accept/reject) has not been made after the first round, a final decision (accept/reject) will be rendered after the second round.


All accepted articles are published in “Early View” prior to appearing in the paper copy. Articles published in Early View are considered final, published articles and will be assigned a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI, see below). We offer Early View publication because there may be a significant lag between online published articles and when that article appears in the paper version of the journal (which has a very strict page budget). Articles eventually appear in the paper version depending on their position in the accepted article queue. We are unable to provide authors with a specific timeline for when their article will appear in the paper version of the journal. We also are unable to provide volume or page numbers until the articles appear in the printed volume. The DOI therefore is the most precise information that we can provide authors regarding articles that have been published online in Early View.

The DOI can be used to cite your published article. Using the following convention: Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year).

Title of article. Journal of Creative Behavior. doi: xx.xxxx/

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

The articles that we release online in our Early-View system are final, published articles and the DOI serves as a persistent link that will direct readers to the published article on our website. We assign a DOI when the article is published and made available electronically. Readers can retrieve details about Early-View published articles by entering the DOI at We are not able to provide volume or page numbers of articles published online until they appear in the printed volume.