Guide for authors

Topics of interest of the journal

Fields of interest in the journal Behavioral Psychology / Psicologia Conductual (International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology) are Clinical Psychology (mainly) and Health Psychology. Topics that are identified with the objectives of the journal are psychological therapy (from a scientific and quantitative position), such as cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification or “third” generation therapies. Clinical and health assessment is another topic of the journal’s interests, including behavioral assessment, questionnaires or scales, or interviewing. The psychopathology of children, adolescents and adults, the experimental analysis of human situations, interpersonal behavior, social relationships, behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, are examples of other topics that fit the objectives of the journal. Experimental and clinical studies, single case studies (including the functional analysis of the problem), reviews and updates of a clinical or health issue are accepted (consult the subject beforehand with the editors of the journal before submitting for review).

Originals

Manuscripts submitted to the journal Behavioral Psychology / Psicologia Conductual must be original not published or submitted for publication to another journal. When sending a manuscript, the authors of the manuscript agree to transfer the copyright to VECA Foundation that publishes the journal in case it is accepted for publication. Likewise, it is considered that the opinions expressed in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors. The articles will be uploaded to the website of the journal through the section “Sending of manuscripts” or, in case of problems to uploading them, they will be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address: behavioralpsycho@gmail.com

Maximum length of an article should not exceed 30 pages written at 1 ½ spaces (34 lines per page) and 12 point font (preferably Times New Roman). The articles will be written in Spanish (preferably) or in English and will include a summary in English with a length between 150 and 175 words.

Structure of the manuscript

First page of the manuscript will include the title of the article in English, the names of the authors, the institution or organism in which they work, the e-mail address of all the authors, the postal address of the main author and the possible acknowledgment. On the second page will be the summary and the keywords in English. In the fourth page, the title of the article (without the authors’ names) is included again and the manuscript will start with the Introduction. The sections of the manuscript should follow the following order: Introduction, Method, Participants, Instruments, Procedure, Results, Discussion and References. If there are appendices they will go immediately after the references. The tables and figures will go at the end of the manuscript, ordered according to their appearance in it and having been indicated in the manuscript where they should be placed.

The size of the pages will be DIN-A4 or letter and will be numbered consecutively: first page, abstract (English), text, references, appendices (if any), tables and figures.

General norms

References will be inserted in the text, indicating the surname of the author(s) followed by the year of publication. One of the following two models will be used, depending on how the sentence was written: “Espejo and Gómez (1996) have recently published an article on personality disorders.” “There is a recent article on personality disorders (Espejo and Gómez, 1996)”. When two or more references are to be juxtaposed, they must be ordered in alphabetical order.

The first time a reference is mentioned in the text, all authors will be cited if their number is less than six and the first author followed by et al. will be cited if their number is equal to or greater than six; if the same reference is to be mentioned again, the abbreviated formula of the surname of the first author followed by et al. will be used in case the reference has more than two authors. If a work has two authors, the two will always be cited. In the references (at the end of the article) all authors will always be cited.

References will be cited at the end of the text in alphabetical order according to the following guidelines:


For journal articles: Author’s surname(s) followed by the initial(s) of the name, year of publication (in brackets), title of the article, name of the journal (italics), volume (italics), number (in brackets), first and last page of the article. For example,

Caballo, V. E., Salazar, I. C., Arias, B., Irurtia, M. J., Calderero, M. & CISO-A Spain, Research Team (2010). Validation of the social anxiety questionnaire for adults (SAQ-A30) with Spanish university students: similarities and differences among degree subjects and regions. Behavioral Psychology/Psicología Conductual, 18(1), 5-34.


Paper presentation or poster session: Last name(s) of the author(s) followed by the initial(s) of the name, year and month of celebration (in brackets), title of the communication (in italics) name of the congress, city where it took place and country . For example,

Romero, S., Lozano, J. & Lega, L. I. (1998, july). Differences in the irrational thinking of Salvadorans living in the United States and those living in El Salvador. Paper or poster session presented at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Acapulco, México.


Book chapters: Surname(s) of the author(s) followed by the initial(s) of the name, year of publication (in brackets), title of the chapter, initials of the author’s or editor(s) name and surname(s) of the book, title of the book (in italics), initial and final pages, place of publication and publisher. For example,

Antony, M. M. & Barlow, D. H. (1997). Specific phobia. In V. E. Caballo (ed.), International handbook of cognitive and behavioural treatments for psychological disorders (pp. 1-22). Oxford: Elsevier.


Books: Surname(s) of the author(s) or editor(s) followed by the initial(s) of the name, year of publication (in brackets), title of the book (in italics), place of publication and publisher. For example,

Turner, S. M., Calhoun, K. S. & Adams, H. E. (ed.) (1992). Handbook of clinical behavior therapy (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.

If translated books have been used, it will be added at the end of the reference and in brackets “Orig.” followed by the year. For example,

Caballo, V. E. (ed.) (1998). International handbook of cognitive and behavioural treatments for psychological disorders. Oxford: Elsevier. (Orig. 1997).


Tables and figures will be on a separate sheet, numbered consecutively and indicating their place of inclusion in the text. Footnotes of every table and figures should be included with them. Tables and figures will have enough quality to be printed directly. All abbreviations used should be explained with a footnote under the table / figure.
All acronyms should be explained the first time they appear in the text (even in the case of the best known ones as, for example, American Psychological Association [APA]).

For any other aspect not included in the previous norms, APA norms will be followed (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6ª ed., 2010).

Publication

The journal Behavioral Psychology/Psicologia Conductual will acknowledge receipt of the manuscripts received. Acceptance or non-acceptance of the articles will be communicated to the principal author as soon as possible.

Each manuscript that is received for possible publication in the journal will be reviewed by two qualified experts, anonymously, sending a report on the convenience of its publication to the editor of the journal. The final decision on whether or not to publish an article will ultimately be the responsibility of the editor of the journal.

Manuscripts that do not meet the standards established by the journal will not be subject to review, although they will be notified of non-compliance to the authors. If the manuscript is accepted by the reviewers, the editors reserve the right to introduce the modifications that they consider appropriate in order to comply with the journal norms. If the authors would refuse to make such changes, the journal could reject the article even though it had previously been accepted by the reviewers.

Responsibility for the content of the manuscripts published in Behavioral Psychology / Behavioral Psychology is the sole responsibility of the authors of the article and in no way will be attributable to the editors or the Editorial Board of the journal.

The authors of the manuscripts are responsible for obtaining the corresponding permission to include in their articles any material published elsewhere. The journal declines any responsibility arising from the possible lack of permission in the reproduction of any material.

Sending a manuscript to the journal Behavioral Psychology / Behavioral Psychology will suppose the acceptance of all the previous rules by the authors of the articles.

The main author of each published article will receive by e-mail a copy of it in PDF format. If s/he is interested in receiving a printed copy of the number in which her/his article appears, s/he must prepay the price of the issue.

Open access articles

The journal Behavioral Psychology/Psicologia Conductual publish articles in two different modalities:

  1. “Subscription articles”. Their publication is financed by persons or organisms (institutions) that subscribe to the journal. In this modality, the authors of the article are exempt from payment, but once the article is accepted for publication in the journal it can not be published elsewhere or disseminate through Internet (databases, social networks) at least 6 months after it has been published, although it can be sent to other colleagues or interested persons.
  2. “Open access articles”. Their publication is financed by the authors of the articles or by their institutions or funding organism. In this modality, the authors of the manuscript will pay € 190 per article, once it is accepted for publication in the journal. These articles will be available for free to all who visit the web page of the journal and the authors are free to disseminate them as they wish since its publication on the journal.