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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors

When the author delivers the article, the editor will distribute the manuscript for anonymous review between peers. The reviewers are chosen based on their proficiency in the article’s subject, and they represent several academic institutions of the country. Once the reviewers delivered the article, the editor will make the final decision on whether it is acceptable or not to publish the article in the Behavioral Sciences Journal.  The review process usually takes three to four months.

  1. All manuscripts must be double-spaced following the established publication guides in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition).  The summary (abstract) and the title must be presented in Spanish and English and the summary cannot contain more than 150 words.
  2. When submitting a manuscript, the author has to make a compromise that the manuscript has not been published previously and that neither it is being considered for publication in another journal or professional book.
  3. Generally, the manuscript must not exceed 35 double-spaced pages. In case the manuscript exceeds this amount, the Editor will evaluate the request of the author in each individual case.
  4. To appear as an author, one must have made a substantial contribution to the work, including fulfilling at least one of these three requirements:
    1. Concept and design of the study or analysis and interpretation of the data.
    2. Write a section of the article or make an important intellectual contribution to the manuscript.
    3. To be part of the final approval of the manuscript.           

The responsibility of a work cannot be based exclusively on having obtained funds for an investigation, to recruit subjects or collecting data.  General supervision is not sufficient to be considered an author.  It is required that each author has participated actively in the work in order to take responsibility for the publication of its content.

References should follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition). To cite books, magazines of books, chapters follow the following guiding principles:

Cave, S. (2002). Classification and diagnosis of psychological abnormality. Nueva York: Wiley.

Harden, K. P., & Lahey, B.B. (2009). Population density and youth antisocial behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 999-1008.

Sternberg, R. J. (2007).  Intelligence and culture. En S. Kitmaya & D.Cohen (Eds.), Handbook of cultural psychology (pp.547-568).  Nueva York: Guilford 

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