Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN: 2322-1194) publishes advances in clinical and non-clinical Psychology and provides a venue for cutting-edge research across a wide range of conceptual views, approaches, and topics about psychology and behavioral sciences. The Journal encompasses many core domains that have defined clinical psychology and behavioral sciences, but also boundary-crossing advances that integrate and make contact with diverse disciplines and that may not easily be found in traditional clinical psychology journals. Among the key topics are research on the underlying mechanisms and etiologies of psychological health and dysfunction; basic and applied work on the diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental illness; service delivery; and promotion of well-being.  

The International Journal of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN: 2322-1194) provides a medium for the rapid publication of full-length articles and short communications on novel and innovative aspects of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. The journal will have 4 issues per year that published concurrently in English and all officially accepted manuscripts will be immediately published online. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results.

The Submission and publication of papers in Behavioral Sciences is free of charges.

Aim and Scope:

The International Journal of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN: 2322-1194) publishes papers describing novel work relating to all issues of Behavioral Sciences including:

  •   Clinical Psychology
  •   Behavioral Neuroscience
  •   Psychotherapy
  •   Health Psychology
  •   Counseling
  •   General Psychology
  •   Counseling Psychology
  •   Marriage & Family Therapy
  •   Psychiatry
  •   Developmental Psychology
  •   Personality Psychology
  •   Substance Abuse
  •   Educational Psychology

 

Section Policies

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original/Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorials

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The International Journal of Behavioral Sciences (IJBS) (ISSN: 2322-1194) accepts manuscripts report novel findings, which could result in impacts on Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Quality and topic of submitted manuscript beside the priority of research field are the least considered criteria in each manuscript before entering in formal review process. Any type of submissions containing scientific information necessitates review process to ensure content quality.  

Technical editor checks the format and style of manuscript prior to review process to assure its compatibility with IJBS’s guidelines for authors. Checking compatibility continues in whole of the review process and publication. In cases when the authors have not considered the guidelines, the manuscript will be sent back to the authors for compatibility. Each submitted manuscript will be considered by the editor-in-chief or one of associate editors in the editorial board. If it meets the minimum criteria to be included in review process, one of the editors (topic expert) selects at least two external reviewers for detailed evaluation process. Selection of reviewers is based on their scientific background and experience, previous works, authors’ suggestion, and expertise. Reviewers promise to undertake the confidentiality of materials previous to ePublication. In the review process of IJBS, reviewers stay anonymous and authors’ names are not declared to reviewers. Also, authors could suggest reviewers for their manuscript.

Editor receives the reviewers’ comments and sends them along with decision letter to corresponding author. Final decision on each manuscript will be made by the assigned editor of the manuscript. As IJBS is a rapid response journal, so this process takes not more than three weeks. Decision letter determines the status of manuscript in five ways:

1. Acceptance: The manuscript could be ePublished. This process lasts two weeks. Before ePublication, corresponding author could verify a proof copy of the paper. After ePublication, paper will be in a queue to be published in one of IJBS upcoming issues.

2. Minor revises: Authors will receive comments upon their manuscript, at which point the authors will be asked to submit a revised copy beside cover letter showing authors’ rejoinders, and also a marked copy Microsoft Word Documents. Revised manuscript should be submitted in one month after decision letter. Unless, authors need to go through a resubmission process.

3. Major revises: It means a chance to reorganize the manuscript to meet the required scientific criteria for another review process. Authors should pay more attention to reviewers’ comments and focus on their highlighted points. Editor may/may not request the authors to resubmit their revised manuscript beside cover letter and a marked copy. Revised manuscript should be submitted in one month after decision letter. Otherwise, authors need to go through a resubmission process.

4. Reject: In most cases, methodological and scientific concerns are the main origins of rejection. Causes of rejection will be sent to the authors to provide more chance for them for publication in other journals.

5. Withdraw: If the manuscript does not meet the scopes of IJBS, it will be withdrawn with suggestion to be sent to another journal.

IJBS may invite prominent experts to submit editorials or review papers in special topics, which will be reviewed by editors only. Also commentaries may pass the same way in review process. In cases that concerns arise during review process about statistical test, methodology or techniques applied in research, editor may request independent internal/external experts to comment before final decisions.

As the final point, we strongly suggest authors to observe research and publication ethics in their manuscript, as reporting of any unethical issue during steps of review may lead to the rejection of the work by IJBS. Also, the authors should consider that they are in the charge of all materials (scientific and ethical) that they provide in their articles.

All of editors and reviewers of IJBS do their utmost to keep the quality of disseminated scientific works to ensure the solid impact of papers on Psychology and Behavioral Sciences fields. In IJBS, the review process lasts maximum one month.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication and authorship

  1. All submitted manuscripts to the IJBS are subject to strict peer-review process by at least three reviewers that are experts in the area of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences.
     
  2. The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language.
     
  3. The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection.
     
  4. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
     
  5. Rejected manuscripts will not be re-reviewed.
     
  6. The manuscript acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
     
  7. No research can be included in more than one publication.

 

Authors' responsibilities

  1. Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work.
  2. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
     
  3. Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
     
  4. Authors must participate in the peer review process.
     
  5. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
     
  6. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
     
  7. Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
     
  8. Authors must notify the editors of any conflicts of interest.
     
  9. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
     
  10. Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the editors.

 

Reviewers' responsibilities

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
     
  2. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author
     
  3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments
     
  4. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
     
  5. Reviewers should also call to the editor- in-chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
     
  6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

 

Editors' responsibilities

  1. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
     
  2. Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
     
  3. Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.
     
  4. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
     
  5. Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
     
  6. Editors should have a clear picture of a research's funding sources.
     
  7. Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.
     
  8. Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.
     
  9. Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
     
  10. Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
     
  11. Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.
     
  12. Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
     
  13. Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions, they should have proof of misconduct.
     
  14. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.

 

Publishing Ethics Issues

  1. All editorial members, reviewers and authors must confirm and obey rules defined by COPE.
  2. Corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).
  3. Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.
  4. All editorial members and authors must will to publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.
  5. Any notes of plagiarism, fraudulent data or any other kinds of fraud must be reported completely to COPE.

 

Indexing

 

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