Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research

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Edited By: Robert J. Gatchel, Ph.D., ABPP

Online ISSN: 1751-9861

Author Guidelines

Preference is given to manuscripts reporting laboratory, field, and cohort-based research in areas such as: the impact of chronic illnesses on health, function, and activities of daily living; the effects of socioeconomic status on chronic illnesses; community-based preventive interventions to reduce the development of chronic illnesses; effects of stress on health and disease; the comorbidity of mental and physical health disorders; cultural barriers to modifying health behaviors; gender differences in health; genetic influences on health and behavior; evidence-based approaches to help better manage chronic diseases; and monitoring, evaluation, and research related to documenting intervention effectiveness. Laboratory and field research are acceptable and appropriate, although preference will be given to translational research or research with potential application. Suggestions for application of research findings should be included. Theoretical and review papers are acceptable in limited numbers. Papers of theoretical scope should, whenever possible, include discussion of translational issues. Reviews of pertinent literature should be made with applicability in mind. Typically, empirical articles are approximately 30 pages including tables, references, etc.; brief reports cannot exceed 12 pages; and commentaries should not, in general, exceed 20 pages.

All manuscripts submitted to this Journal should follow the style and method of presentation of American Psychological Association journals. Detailed instructions are given in the revised edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Alternatively, you may wish to use the American Psychological Association’s APA-Style Helper software that was developed as a companion to the Publication Manual for writers in the behavioral and social sciences who need to produce manuscripts and documents written according to APA style. The title page should contain the complete title of the manuscript, names and affiliations of all authors, institution(s) at which the work was performed, and name, address (including e-mail address), telephone and telefax numbers of the author responsible for correspondence. Authors should also provide a short title of not more than 45 characters (including spaces), and 5 to 10 key words, that will highlight the subject matter of the article. Please submit the title page as a separate document within the attachment to facilitate the anonymous peer review process. All material submitted will be acknowledged on receipt, assigned a manuscript number, and subject to peer review. Copies of the referees’ comments will be forwarded to the author along with the Editor’s decision. The review process ranges between 12 to 16 weeks, and the Journal makes every effort to publish accepted material within 12 months. Copyright Transfer Agreement, Permission Request Forms, and Conflict of Interest Forms will be sent to authors by Wiley Author Services. All new submissions should be sent via email attention: Pedro Cortes ( When submitting the manuscript, the authors can also include the names and emails of up to three preferred reviewers.

Authors must also state explicitly that appropriate ethical guidelines on human and animal research (where applicable) have been followed, and that the work was reviewed and approved by an institutional Review Board (IRB) according to NIH regulations relating to research involving human subjects. Authors must also identify any actual or perceived conflicts of interest in their conduct of the research reported in their submission.

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