Papers published in Behavioral Disorders (BD) are reports of original investigations and theoretical papers that relate to the education of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Published articles may use within-or between-subject designs. Both quantitative and qualitative studies are considered appropriate, although to date most submissions have been quantitative in nature. Research, program evaluation reports, and position papers should be assessed for their social significance. Socially significant experimental investigations may be basic or applied in nature, although BD has a tradition of publishing applied research, especially studies related to assessment of and intervention with children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Teacher educators, teachers, psychologists, administrators, and researchers with an interest in emotional and behavioral disorders constitute the majority of BD subscribers. Theoretical or translation of research, practice, or policy in the form of a “position” statement will be considered for the Forum section of the journal. In addition, we will accept Brief reports of research that will allow new researchers (e.g., junior faculty, graduate students) to submit studies (e.g., pilot studies) that possess particular interest to the field but may lack the methodological rigor (e.g., small sample size) to meet the standard of a regular research article.
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|Joseph C. Gagnon||University of Florida, USA|
|Timothy J. Landrum||University of Louisville, USA|
|Kathleen Lynne Lane||University of Kansas, USA|
|Wendy P. Oakes||Arizona State University, USA|
|Peter J. Alter||Saint Mary's College of California, USA|
|Tachelle Banks||Cleveland State University, USA|
|Brian R. Barber||Kent State University, USA|
|Erin E. Barton||Vanderbilt University|
|Pena Bedesem||Kent State University, USA|
|Gregory J. Benner||University of Washington, Tacoma, USA|
|Lisa Bowman-Perrott||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Catherine Bradshaw||Johns Hopkins University, USA|
|Douglas A. Cheney||University of Washington, USA|
|Jason C. Chow||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|David Cihak||University of Tennessee, USA|
|Lauren Collins||University of Hawaii, USA|
|Eric A. Common||University of Michigan, Flint|
|Maureen Conroy||University of Florida, USA|
|Evan Dart||University of Southern Mississippi, USA|
|Glen Dunlap||University of Nevada, Reno, USA|
|Robin Parks Ennis||University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA|
|Lindsay Fallon||University of Massachusetts Boston, USA|
|Thomas W. Farmer||The College of William and Mary, USA|
|Nicholas A. Gage||University of Florida, USA|
|Andy Garbacz||University of Wisconsin, USA|
|Ralph Gardner III||Ohio State University, USA|
|Linda G. Garrison-Kane||Missouri State University, USA|
|Matthias Grünke||University of Cologne, Germany|
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|Shanna Eisner Hirsch||Clemson University, USA|
|Alexandra Hollo||University of West Virginia|
|Robert H. Horner||University of Oregon, USA|
|Austin H. Johnson||University of California, Riverside, USA|
|Kristine Jolivette||Georgia State University, USA|
|Antonis Katsiyannis||Clemson University, USA|
|Lee Kern||Lehigh University, USA|
|Stephen P. Kilgus||University of Missouri, USA|
|Matthew C. Lambert||University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA|
|David Lee||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Timothy J. Lewis||University of Missouri, USA|
|Blair Lloyd||Vanderbilt University, USA|
|Mickey Losinski||Kansas State University, USA|
|John W. Maag||University of Nebraska, USA|
|Margo A. Mastropieri||George Mason University, USA|
|Sarup R. Mathur||Arizona State University, USA|
|Matthew J. Mayer||Rutgers University, USA|
|Sara McDaniel||University of Alabama, USA|
|Dennis McDougall||University of Hawaii, USA|
|Kent McIntosh||University of Oregon, USA|
|Paul Mooney||Louisiana State University, USA|
|Christopher Murray||University of Oregon, USA|
|April Mustian||Illinois State University|
|Ron Nelson||University of Nebraska, USA|
|Keith C. Radley III||The University of Southern Mississippi, USA|
|Brian Reichow||University of Florida, USA|
|T. Chris Riley-Tillman||University of Missouri, USA|
|Mandy Rispoli||Purdue University, USA|
|David J. Royer||University of Hawaii|
|Joseph B. Ryan||Clemson University, USA|
|Gary Sasso||Lehigh University, USA|
|Terrance M. Scott||University of Louisville, USA|
|Thomas E. Scruggs||George Mason University, USA|
|James G. Shriner||University of Illinois, USA|
|Stephen W. Smith||University of Florida, USA|
|Melissa A. Stormont||University of Missouri, USA|
|George M. Sugai||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Terri N. Sullivan||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|Carl Sumi||SRI International, USA|
|Kevin Sutherland||Virginia Commonwealth University, USA|
|Elizabeth Talbott||University of Illinois, Chicago, USA|
|Melody Tankersley||Kent State University, USA|
|Jason C. Travers||University of Kansas, USA|
|John Umbreit||University of Arizona, USA|
|Kimberly J. Vannest||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Mary Wagner||SRI International, USA|
|Andrew L. Wiley||Kent State University, USA|
|Mitchell L. Yell||University of South Carolina, USA|
Behavioral Disorders is published quarterly by the Hammill Institute on Disabilities. The mission of the journal is to offer scholarly articles related to the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Articles published in Behavioral Disorders are original research, brief reports, reviews of research, theoretical papers, policy analyses, and forum papers that have implications for the education of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Types of Manuscripts
1. Original Research Studies are studies using a range of appropriate group quantitative, single-case, and qualitative research designs. Behavioral Disorders welcomes the submission of high-quality (a) replication studies and (b) studies with null effects, which will be given full consideration and reviewed as any other original research study.
2. Brief Reports are original research studies of a preliminary nature (e.g., involve a relatively small number of participants, use a case study design) on an important and emerging topic. These reports are shorter than most other submissions (approximately 15–20 double-spaced, typed pages, including references, tables, and figures). They should include the same sections as original research studies (i.e., Introduction [no heading], Method, Results, and Discussion), but be briefer (especially the Introduction and Discussion) and have fewer citations/references. Authors should clearly indicate how the brief report will contribute to the professional research base despite the study’s preliminary nature.
3. Research Reviews consist of systematic quantitative and/or qualitative syntheses of research (e.g., meta-analysis, evidence-based review, narrative literature review).
4. Theoretical Papers are authoritative examinations of the theoretical perspectives underlying significant and topical issues.
5. Policy Analyses are critical analyses of public policy and legal issues that have an impact on the education and welfare of children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.
6. Forum Papers are “position papers” intended to advance the field’s understanding of an emerging or controversial issue, generate discussion related to a topical issue in the field, or both.
Review Process and Criteria
Submitted manuscripts are screened for appropriateness of topic and quality before being sent out for review. Articles selected for review reflect sound research design and/or theoretical orientation, contribute to the knowledge base in the area of emotional and behavioral disorders, and serve the needs and interests of our primary audiences (e.g., scholars, researchers, teacher educators, teachers, psychologists, administrators). Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two, but typically three, experts in the field who make recommendations to an associate editor (i.e., accept as is or with minor revisions, accept with major revisions, revise and resubmit, or reject) based on the associate editor’s overall judgment regarding the quality of the work and its contribution to the professional literature. In making that determination, reviewers are asked to consider the quality of the rationale for the work, literature review, methods, results, implications, limitations, and writing. Associate editors then make recommendations to the journal editors based on the input of the reviewers and their own reading of the manuscript. Editors make final decisions concerning publication. The review process typically requires two to three months. During this process inquiries may be addressed to the editors via the email addresses listed at the end of this document. The editors reserve the right to make changes in wording that do not change the meaning of the text.
Guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010) should be followed. Pay particular attention to the sections concerning guidelines for nonsexist language, avoiding ethnic bias, and referring to people with disabilities using person-first language.
1. Title Page. Submit a separate title page file with (a) article title; (b) names of all authors; (c) author affiliations, complete mailing address for contact author, e-mail addresses of all authors; and (d) any acknowledgments, financial disclosure information, author notes, or other text that could identify authors to reviewers.
2. Format. 8½ x11 in. document; 1-in. margins; double spacing, left alignment, Times New Roman, 12-pt. type for text and tables. Include title and abstract. Text and table files must be Word text files; no PDFs.
3. Abstract. An abstract of no more than 200 words should follow the title on the first page of the main text document.
4. Tables. Each table should start on a new page. Tables should be doublespaced text; please use Word’s table functions. Do NOT provide tables as pictures.
5. Endnotes. Use endnotes sparingly. Number with Arabic numerals starting with 1 and continuing through the article. Example: (see Note 1). NO footnotes.
Page counts must include title/abstract page, references, main text, AND all table and figure pages.
Figures. Figures should be separate file(s), with each figure on a new page or file. They must be black and white only and production-ready. Because most art will be reduced to fit, use bold type that is large enough to be reduced and still be readable, and make sure rules/tick marks are at least 1 pt. Acceptable electronic formats for art: TIFF, EPS, Word, JPEG, or Excel. For scans/photos, download the SAGE Image Resolution Guidelines from the Instructions & Forms link at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bd. If you have problems loading Excel files, copy and paste them into a Word document. Cite all figures in the text.
Permissions. Obtaining written permission for material such as figures, tables, art, and extensive quotes taken directly—or adapted in minor ways—from another source is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may require. Permissions often take a considerable amount of time to be granted; therefore, start the request process early. Material taken from software or from the Internet also requires obtaining permission. Authors can download a Permissions Request form at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bd (Instructions & Forms Link). Read any granted permissions carefully to make sure that the language is broad enough to allow publication in all formats, including electronic and print. Failure to obtain permission will result in either removal of the particular item or pulling the article from the journal issue.
Supplemental Material. Decisions regarding inclusion of supplemental material will be made by the editor as part of the article acceptance process. With the exception of videos and podcasts, supplemental files will be deposited to Figshare and assigned a DOI. Authors are responsible for the scientific accuracy and file functionality of all supplemental files; materials will not be copyedited, typeset, or proofread. Additional information and guidelines are available for download from the Instructions and Forms link at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bd
Authors for Whom English Is a Second Language. It is highly recommended to have a colleague or copyeditor who is fluent in English review the manuscript before submission.
Submit electronically: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bd
Log in, or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user. Once logged in, click on “Author.” Have the following available before starting submission: manuscript files, including separate title page; all coauthors’ full names and e-mail addresses; # of figures, # of tables, # of manuscript pages. Click the “Start New Submission” link (if 1st time submitting the article) and follow the submission steps. A guide is available via the Help button at top right.
Editor Contact Information
Bryan G. Cook: email@example.com
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