The Behavior Analyst TodayTM

 A Context for Science with a Commitment for Behavior Change
ISSN: 1539-4352
 

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The Behavior Analyst TodayTM

A Context for Science with a Commitment for Behavior Change

ISSN: 1539-4352

About the BAT Journal

    BAT is the joint publication of the Clinical Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (CBA-SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Behavior Analysis SIG (BA-SIG) of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Pennsylvania Behavior Analyst Credentialing Board.


Made in the U.S.A.

     Although BAT is published in the U.S.A., our subscribers and authors come from many worldwide locations, such as Australia, China, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, and of course, the United States.  Our readership is truly international, so by publishing your articles in the Behavior Analyst Today, you will receive world wide recognition.

For information about about the BAT Editorial Board

To contact the Editors:

Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA, Lead Editor
Joseph Cautilli, M.Ed., M.Ed.,BCBA, Senior Associate Editor
For information on joining the CBA-SIG (ABA), please contact: SIG Chair, Anthony Procaccino, Ph.D.
For information on joining the BA-SIG (AABT), please contact SIG Chair, Joseph Cautilli
For information on joining Pennsylvania ABA (PennABA) please contact: Rick Kubina, Ph.D.
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The Behavior Analyst TodayTM
 A Context for Science with a Commitment for Behavior Change
ISSN: 1539-4352

Publisher's Statement
Last Updated: May 17, 2004

   The Behavior Analyst Today (BAT)  is published by Joseph Cautilli.  BAT is an online, electronic publication of general circulation to the scientific community. The Behavior Analyst Today is committed to increasing the communication between the sub disciplines within behavior analysis, such as behavioral assessment, work with various populations, basic and applied research. Through achieving this goal, we hope to see less fractionation and greater cohesion within the field. The Behavior Analyst Today strives to be a high quality journal, which also brings up to the minute information on current developments within the field to those who can benefit from those developments.

    Founded as a newsletter for master level practitioners in Pennsylvania and those represented in the clinical behavior analysis SIG at ABA and those who comprised the BA SIG at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, BAT has evolved to being a primary form of communication between researchers and practitioners, as well as a primary form of communication for those outside behavior analysis.

    Thus the Behavior Analyst Today will continue to publish original research, reviews of sub disciplines, theoretical and conceptual work, applied research, program descriptions, research in organizations and the community, clinical work, and curriculum developments. In short, we strive to publish all which is behavior analytic.

    BAT is an independent publication and is in no way affiliated with any other publications. The materials, articles, and information provided on this website have been prepared by the staff of the Behavior Analyst Today for informational purposes only. The information contained in this web site is not intended to create any kind of patient-therapist relationship or representation whatsoever.

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The Behavior Analyst TodayTM

A Context for Science with a Commitment for Behavior Change
ISSN: 1539-4352

Submission Information

    Most contributions are by invitation and all are then peer-reviewed and edited. The editors, however, welcome unsolicited manuscripts, in which case, we suggest potential authors send an abstract or short summary of contents and we will respond as to our interest in a full manuscript submission.   Authors who wish to be considered for publication in BAT must submit a signed assignment of rights form with their article.  To print a pdf file version of the form, click the button below.

Assignment of Rights Form

    In all cases, manuscripts should be submitted electronically saved in "rich text format"(.rtf) to BOTH Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA, and Joseph Cautilli, M.Ed., M.Ed.,BCBA.

SUBMISSION PROTOCOLS

    Please adhere to APA format and use "Times New Roman" font in 11 pt. throughout. In references, however, please italicize the places where APA format would have you underline.  Headings are encouraged and must follow APA format. The author's full contact information must appear at the conclusion of the article.

    ADDITIONAL PROTOCOLS

    In addition to APA format, BAT has additional protocols for submissions.  In cases where BAT and APA protocols do not agree, BAT protocols are to supercede APA rules.

   1) All articles must have abstracts - See rules for abstracts below.
    2) Key word descriptors must be placed after the abstract.
    3) No author pagination or headers and footers.
    4) All pages should be created in the portrait format - Do not create documents with mixed landscape and portrait formats.
    5) Each article should be in one document - Creating documents in "sections" creates serious problems when attempting to apply pagination.
    6) An indicator is to be placed within the text wherever a figure or table is to be inserted in an article.
    7) Ensure that the references are properly indented and italicized.
    8) Ensure that full author contact information is included at the end of the article for each author - Indexing services require this.
 
 

A Word about Abstracts

    In order to ensure that BAT will be accepted in the major psych databases, there are certain guidelines that must be followed for abstracts relating to our articles and the Journal. The following guidelines are straight from the PsycINFO website:
http://www.apa.org/psycinfo/about/covinfo.html

General Guidelines for Writing Effective Abstracts

     For use in PsycINFO and other databases, an abstract should not exceed 960 characters and spaces (approximately 120 words).

Characters may be conserved by:

    using digits for numbers (except at the beginning of sentences)
    using well-known abbreviations
    using the active voice

 Begin with the most important information, but don't waste space by repeating the title. Include in the abstract only the four or five most important concepts, findings, or implications.

Embed as many key words and phrases in the abstract as possible; this will enhance the user's ability to find the citation for your article in a computer search. Include in the abstract only information that appears in the body of the paper.

 Style:

Remember that not all people who read your abstract will have a high level of psychological knowledge. Define all acronyms and abbreviations, except those for measurements.

    Spell out names of tests
    Use generic names for drugs (when possible)
    Define unique terms

Use the present tense to describe results with continuing applicability or conclusions drawn and the past tense to describe variables manipulated or tests applied.  As much as possible, use the third person, rather than the first person.

 Abstracts for Empirical Studies:

Abstracts of an empirical study are generally about 100120 words. Include the following information:

        problem under investigation (in one sentence)
        pertinent characteristics of subjects (number, type, age, sex, and genus and species)
        experimental method, including apparatus, data-gathering procedures, complete test
        names, and complete generic names and the dosage and routes of administration of any drugs (particularly if the drugs are novel or important to the study)
        findings, including statistical significance levels
        conclusions and implications or applications

 Abstracts for Review/Theoretical Articles

Abstracts for review or theoretical articles are generally about 75100 words. Include the following information:
       the topic in one sentence
       purpose, thesis, or organizing construct and the scope  (comprehensive or selective) of the article
       sources used (e.g., personal observation, published literature)
       conclusions

Editing

    Accepted manuscripts are copyedited according to APA format and returned to the author for approval. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copy editor and authorized by the corresponding author. Please adhere to APA format and use "Times New Roman" font in 11 pt. throughout. In references, however, please italicize the places where APA format would have you underline. Headings are encouraged and must follow APA format.

Thank you,
Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA
Joseph Cautilli, M.Ed., M.Ed., BCBA

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