The Psychological Record publishes empirical and conceptual articles related to the field of behavior analysis, behavior science, and behavior theory. The journal welcomes empirical studies of basic behavioral processes, as well as translational studies that bridge experimental and applied analyses of behavior. Conceptual articles pertinent to the theory and philosophy of behaviorism are also welcome. The journal is an official publication of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

  • Spans the field of behavior analysis, behavior science and behavior theory
  • Presents studies of basic behavioral processes, and research that bridges experimental and applied analyses of behavior
  • Founded 1937, published in partnership with the Association for Behavioral Analysis International

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  • Mitchell Fryling
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1.010 (2019)
Impact factor
1.007 (2019)
Five year impact factor
87 days
Submission to first decision
260 days
Submission to acceptance
65,771 (2020)

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  • Special Section on Altruism

    The Psychological Record welcomes submissions for a small special section on behavioral work related to altruism. The section will consider work that pertains to the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis and behavior therapy, theoretical contributions, and related translational work pertaining to all of these areas. Submissions may involve traditional manuscripts, sketch/overview pieces, or brief communications (

    Deadline for the Special Section is December 31st 2020 - submissions will be considered as they are received.

    Email the Editor, Mitch Fryling, with questions/inquiries related to the section.

  • COVID-19 Impact

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in adhering to the normal timelines associated with many steps of the publication process, including peer review.  Please do let us know if you need additional time at any step. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines, but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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