The Behavior Analyst contains general interest articles on theoretical, experimental, and applied topics in behavior analysis. Articles on the past, present, and future of behavior analysis, as well as its relation to other fields, are particularly appropriate for the journal. The Behavior Analyst also publishes literature reviews, discussions of previously published work, reinterpretations of published data, and articles on behaviorism as a philosophy.
Types of articles
We seek to simplify the submission process for authors and the review process for referees. TBA submissions will be classified in the following categories:
Editorial. These papers will introduce issues and special section of issues. They will be reviewed and edited by the editor or associate editors.
Announcement. These will acknowledge guest reviewers and associate editors, advertise special issues, and communicate any news relevant to TBA readers.
In memoriam. TBA will continue to pay tribute to influential behavior analysts who have passed on. These papers may be solicited by the editor or submitted and will be reviewed and edited by the editor or associate editors.
Book review. TBA welcomes reviews of books on behavior analysis, or books relevant to behavior analysis. Book reviews will be reviewed and edited by the editor or associate editors and sent out for further review at their discretion.
Commentary. These submissions will include short articles and the former 'on terms' type papers. The title of these latter submissions should begin with the phrase "On terms:" These submissions will be sent out for full review.
Original research. Most TBA articles will fall into this category. Those submissions that pass an initial screening by the editor will be assigned to an associate editor and sent out for full review. TBA has a tradition of publishing expert tutorials that we will continue to uphold. Tutorials will be included in this category, and the title of such papers should begin with "Tutorial:" We recognize that the term "research" may mean "empirical study" to many in the behavior analytic scholarly community; however we also recognize that behavior analysis has a long history of theoretical and conceptual research. The difference between the two approaches is merely in the methods. Whether one uses data or concepts, good research and scholarship demands equally rigorous reasoning processes.