Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research

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

Online ISSN: 1751-9861

Author Guidelines

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The Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research (JABR) gives preference to manuscripts with potential for high impact and that report 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 illnesses; and monitoring, evaluation, and randomized controlled trials related to documenting intervention effectiveness. Clinical trial reports must be written in accordance with the CONSORT reporting guidelines ( Laboratory and field research are acceptable and appropriate, although preference will be given to translational research or research with potential application. Suggestions for potential applications of research findings should be included in manuscripts. 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. Studies reporting negative data will also be considered. Typically, empirical articles are approximately 30 pages including tables, references, etc.; brief reports should not exceed 12 pages; and commentaries should not, in general, exceed 20 pages. It should also be noted that, with the first issue of 2016, JABR is published exclusively Online by Wiley.

All papers published in Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Editorial Policies
All manuscripts submitted to JABR 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. It is also highly recommended that authors use spell-check in finalizing their manuscripts. In addition, JABR requires that authors follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

A Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form must be completed by each author, and must accompany every manuscript submission. JABR complies with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations regarding conflicts of interest. Relevant information and a copy of the necessary information can be obtained at: If the authors have no conflict of interest to disclose, they must state this in their Submission Cover Letter and the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors, and to collectively list in the Submission Cover Letter to the Editor, as well as in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgements section).

Experimental studies of human subjects require that the protocol has received prior approval by the appropriate Institutional Review Board, and that informed consent was obtained from each subject. This approval must be noted in the Methods section.

Animal experimentation must receive institutional approval and be conducted in accordance with the United States Public Health Service's Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. This approval must be stated in the Methods section of the manuscript.

Submissions from outside the United States must include evidence that human and animal research complies with the standards enforced in the country of origin. We do not require documentation of either human subjects or animal protocol approval at the time a paper is submitted, but reserve the right to do so for any paper that is considered for publication.

Manuscript Components
The Title Page of the manuscript should contain: the complete title of the manuscript; names and affiliations of all authors; institution(s) at which the work was performed; name, address (including e-mail address), telephone and telefax numbers of the author responsible for correspondence; any funding agencies that supported the research; and a Short Title of not more than 45 characters (including spaces). In addition, a structured ABSTRACT is required (with Purpose, Methods, Results and Conclusions sections), followed by 5 to 10 Key Words that will highlight the subject matter of the article.

Individuals should only be listed as authors if they have participated in both the conception or design of the study, and in the data analysis or editing. All authors must explicitly approve the final draft of the paper before it is submitted. Purely technical contributions are not sufficient for authorship, but instead should be included in the Acknowledgements section (to be located after the Discussion section of the manuscript). All author names should include first name, middle initial (if provided), last name, and degrees. Affiliations are specific to the department level: two authors at one institution but in different departments have separate listings; two authors in the same department will have one affiliation.

In the Submission Cover Letter to the Editor, a statement must be included that the material, in whole or part, has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication in another journal. Again, JABR is compliant with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations regarding conflict of interest disclosures. All authors are required to report the following information in their Submission Cover Letter: (1) Financial associations with commercial entities that provided financial support for the work reported in the submitted manuscript. The time frame for this disclosure covers the duration of the work itself, from conception and planning to the present. (2) Financial associations with commercial entities that could be viewed as having an interest in the general area of the submitted manuscript. All sources of revenue relevant to the submitted work that accrued either directly to you or to your institution on your behalf should be disclosed. The time frame for this disclosure covers the 36 months prior to submission of the manuscript. (3) Financial associations involving spouses or children under 18 years of age. (4) Non-financial associations that may be perceived as relevant to the submitted manuscript, including personal, professional, political, institutional, religious, or other associations that may be perceived as relevant. This information should also be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, that should also be stated in their Submission Cover Letter and the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript.

References: List all sources in the reference list alphabetically by name. In text citations should follow the author-date method. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.

References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.

Journal article:

Phelps, L. (1996). Discriminative validity of the WRAML with ADHD and LD children. Psychology in the Schools, 33, 5-12.

Book edition:

Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.

References should refer only to material listed within the text.

Guidelines for Submission to Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research

Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research 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 centralized 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, please click the Help link that appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Pedro J. Cortes in the Editorial Office by telephone (817-272-1046) or by e-mail (

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enable authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they do not need to contact the Production Editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of other resources, including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more. In addition, if your article is published in JABR, you will be provided access to Kudos, a web-based service that provides you with free access to a publication dashboard where you can view downloads, citations and altmetrics of your articles.

Finally, it should be noted that all JABR articles are deposited in PsychINFO, EBSCO’s Academic Search (and the Academic Search Alumni Edition), as well as many other indexing services listed at: They are also read in 3,000+ libraries worldwide. In addition, if the research reported in the manuscript was funded by the National Institutes of Health and that is indicated in the article, Wiley will automatically send the accepted version to PubMed Central and, after one year, it will be listed in PubMed Central.

Wiley's Self-Archiving Policy: Authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period. Use the following link for more information, and to view the policy for Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research: