The primary intellectual framework for Behavior and Social Issues is the science of behavior analysis and its sub-discipline of cultural systems analysis, but contributions from contrasting viewpoints will occasionally be considered if of specific interest to behavior analysts. We recommend that potential authors examine recent issues to determine whether their work is appropriate to the journal. Appropriate contributions include theoretical and conceptual analyses, research articles and brief reports, dialogues, and research reviews. Behavior and Social Issues is an appropriate forum for the work of senior scholars in the field, many of whom serve on the editorial board, as well as for the work of emerging scholars, including students, who have an interest in the contributions of a natural science of behavior to constructing cultures of social justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability.

Behavior and Social Issues is an official publication of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

For more related content, please see Behavior and Social Issues' Predecessor Title, Behavior Analysis and Social Action (

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  • Mark Mattaini
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61 days
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16,554 (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 - Revitalizing Behavioral Community Psychology

    We invite behavior analysts, as well as scholars and researchers from related disciplines familiar with behavior analysis, to contribute to a special issue of Behavior and Social Issues focused on behavioral community psychology. We especially invite contributions by authors whose work is at the intersection of behavior-analytic and community-engaged approaches. The focus of this special issue is to explore and promote the ways that behavioral-community psychology can once again become a prominent contributor to addressing social problems, both domestically and internationally.

    Guest Editors: Jomella Watson-Thompson, Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter, Richard Rakos
    Submission Deadlines: June 1, 2021

  • Call for Papers - International Perspectives on Cultural and Social Issues

    Behavior and Social Issues is currently welcoming submissions by behavior analysts and scholars/reseachers from related disciplines to contribute to a special issue focused on international perspectives on cultural and social issues. The journal especially invites contributions by authors from or engaged with countries where there are few or no universities offering programs in behavior analysis and the community of behavior analysts is small. 

    Guest Editors: Christoph Bördlein, Sarah Richling, and Holly Seniuk

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

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