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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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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1.255 (2018)
Impact factor
1.031 (2018)
Five year impact factor
83 days
Submission to first decision
267 days
Submission to acceptance
49,164 (2019)

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  • 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.

  • Call for Papers: Behavioral Psychology of Cell Phone Use

    The Psychological Record is accepting submissions for an upcoming special section on the behavioral psychology of cell phone use.For the special section, The Psychological Record seeks submissions about digital technology use from behavior analysis, behavioral economics and other behavioral sciences. “Digital technology use” includes, but is not limited to, text messaging, screen time, mobile gaming, and social media use.  Submissions that involve empirical research, conceptual analysis or literature reviews are welcome.

    Guest Editor: Liz Kyonka
    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020

  • Call for Papers - Creativity in Behavior Science

    The Psychological Record is accepting submissions for an upcoming Special Issue on Creativity in Behavior Science. The special issue welcomes submissions that involve experimental and theoretical analyses as well as discussion articles and commentaries related to the topic. If you have specific questions about a potential submission, please contact one of the Editors of the Special Issue: Darlene Crone-Todd (, Kent Johnson (, or Doug Johnson ( Submissions will be accepted until January 30th, 2020.

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