Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour

Cover image for Vol. 46 Issue 4

Edited By: Alex Gillespie & Doug Porpora

Impact Factor: 0.978

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 51/62 (Psychology Social)

Online ISSN: 1468-5914

Author Guidelines

Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour publishes original theoretical and methodological articles, responses to these articles and book reviews.

As an interdisciplinary journal, wide latitude is given to the manner in which this may be done, including

(a) critiques of existing concepts and theories;
(b) proposals for innovative research methods;
(c) analysis of philosophic assumptions of the social sciences;
(d) presentation of new models of behaviour;
(e) discussions dealing with the relationship of everyday life behaviours with those situated within an experimental setting.

Though the primary focus of the Journal is theoretical, manuscripts should have potential applicability to the research process. The Journal is not interested in publishing articles which focus solely upon non-social behaviour, which ignore individual agency, which are purely technical in orientation, or lack interdisciplinary relevance. Nor does the Journal publish standard empirical studies, especially of a quantitative nature. It does sometimes publish empirical studies of a qualitative nature, but in those cases, there must be special attention to conceptual development.

Submitted manuscripts should be written in a clear and accessible style. Authors are encouraged to orient their manuscripts to our interdisciplinary reviewers and readers, to avoid unnecessary disciplinary jargon or vague suggestive references, and to clearly specify their contribution in such a way that it will have broad appeal.

Professional proof readers can greatly improve the quality of a poorly written manuscript. A list of professional editors offering services, to be paid for by the author, can be found here.

All submissions should connect with the relevant literature already published in the journal.

Submitted manuscripts should always be concise, and only long enough to convincingly make their stated contribution. The maximum length for articles (including abstract, notes and references) is 10,000 words and the maximum length for responses and book reviews is 2,000 words.

(a) Manuscripts should format references using APA style.

(b) Manuscript pages must be numbered

(c) The first page should contain the name and affiliation of all authors.

(d) The second page should contain an abstract (100-200 words) and keywords (not necessary for Responses or Book Reviews).

(e) Tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript, with each table or figure on a separate page. Mark the desired location of figures and tables within the text (e.g., [Insert Table 1 about here]). Please ensure that tables and figures are of high quality.

(f) Avoid footnotes and endnotes. If necessary, they should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript and presented at the end of the manuscript.

Submitting a Manuscript

Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

• Quick and easy submission

• Administration centralised and reduced

• Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page.

If you cannot submit online, please contact Alex Gillespie in the Editorial Office by e-mail (

Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that the work is original, has not been published elsewhere and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Peer Review Process
All manuscripts are screened for appropriateness (see Aims & Scope) and checked for style and formatting (see Author Guidelines) and if deemed appropriate are sent out to review. Manuscripts are usually sent to three reviewers, and given the international and interdisciplinary scope of the Journal it is usual for reviewers to be sought beyond the Editorial Board, and to be, as far as possible, from different disciplines. Peer review is single-blind, the author does not know the name of the reviewers, but the reviewers know the name of the author. The reviewers are not anonymous to each other, and their comments are shared between the Editors and the other reviewers.

Authors can expect an acknowledgement of their submission within one week of submitting, and a decision about whether the manuscript will proceed to peer-review within two weeks of submitting. Authors can expect an initial decision based on the peer-review process within ten weeks of submitting.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are usually made available online within six weeks of formal acceptance.

Responses to previously published articles will be fast-tracked

Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the CTA is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. To assist authors, an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here. Please return the completed copyright form to the production editor on:

Articles published in Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour can be reused by authors without prior permission provided that the usual acknowledgements are made. If required, a formal grant of license can be downloaded free of charge from Rightslink.

Early View
Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online prior to being published in print. They include all revisions, changes and proof reading corrections. Early View articles are formatted exactly the same as printed articles, except they do not contain page numbers, issue numbers or volume numbers. Early View articles are cited using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI).


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.