Journal of Abnormal Psychology®

ISSN: 0021-843X
eISSN: 1939-1846
Published: quarterly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 4.974
Psychology - Multidisciplinary : 9 of 127
Description

The Journal of Abnormal Psychology® publishes articles on basic research and theory in the broad field of abnormal behavior, its determinants, and its correlates. The following general topics fall within its area of major focus:

  • psychopathology—its etiology, development, symptomatology, and course;
  • normal processes in abnormal individuals;
  • pathological or atypical features of the behavior of normal persons;
  • experimental studies, with human or animal subjects, relating to disordered emotional behavior or pathology;
  • sociocultural effects on pathological processes, including the influence of gender and ethnicity; and
  • tests of hypotheses from psychological theories that relate to abnormal behavior.

Theoretical papers of scholarly substance on abnormality may be appropriate if they advance understanding of a specific issue directly relevant to abnormal psychology and fall within the length restrictions of a regular (not extended) article. The priority is empirical papers.

Each article should represent an addition to knowledge and understanding of abnormal behavior in its etiology, description, or change.

In order to improve the use of journal resources, it has been agreed that the Journal of Abnormal Psychology will not consider articles dealing with the diagnosis or treatment of abnormal behavior, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology will not consider articles dealing with the etiology or descriptive pathology of abnormal behavior.

Therefore, a study that focuses primarily on treatment efficacy should be submitted to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. However, a longitudinal study focusing on developmental influences or origins of abnormal behavior should be submitted to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Journal of Abnormal Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Editor

Sherryl H. Goodman
Emory University

Associate Editors

Timothy A. Brown
Boston University

Laurie Chassin
Arizona State University

Jeffery N. Epstein
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Kate Harkness
Queen's University, Canada

William P. Horan
University of California, Los Angeles

Jutta Joormann
Yale University

Pamela K. Keel
Florida State University

Kathryn E. Keenan
University of Chicago

Scott O. Lilienfeld
Emory University

Angus W. MacDonald, III
University of Minnesota

Thomas L. Rodebaugh
Washington University in St. Louis

Gregory T. Smith
University of Kentucky

Thomas Widiger
University of Kentucky

Michael A. Young
Illinois Institute of Technology

Consulting Editors

Arpana Agrawal
Washington University School of Medicine

Ananda Amstadter
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, VCU

Andrey P. Anokhin
Washington University School of Medicine

Timothy B. Baker
University of Wisconsin

Deanna M. Barch
Washington University in St. Louis

Theordore P. Beauchaine
The Ohio State University

Christopher G. Beevers
University of Texas at Austin

Howard Berenbaum
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Jack J. Blanchard
University of Maryland, College Park

Christopher R. Bowie
Queen's University, Canada

Brendan Bradley
University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Chris R. Brewin
University College London, United Kingdom

Jeffrey D. Burke
University of Pittsburgh

Lee Anna Clark
University of Notre Dame

Craig R. Colder
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

David A. Cole
Vanderbilt University

Meredith E. Coles
Binghamton University

Arin M. Connell
Case Western Reserve University

Ross D. Crosby
Neuropsychiatric Research Institute

Patrick J. Curran
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John J. Curtin
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tim Dalgleish
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

John F. Edens
Texas A&M University

Thalia C. Eley
Kings College, London

Erika E. Forbes
University of Pittsburgh

Paul J. Frick
University of New Orleans

Brandon E. Gibb
Binghamton University (SUNY)

Eva Gilboa-Schechtman
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

James M. Gold
Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Diane C. Gooding
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Eric L. Granholm
San Diego VA Healthcare System

Jeffrey M. Halperin
Queens College, CUNY

Benjamin Hankin
University of Denver

K. Paige Harden
University of Texas at Austin

Allan R. Harkness
The University of Tulsa

Elizabeth P. Hayden
University of Western Ontario, Canada

Paula Hertel
Trinity University

Brian M. Hicks
University of Michigan

Tom Hildebrandt
Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Christine I. Hooker
Harvard University

Jay G. Hull
Dartmouth College

Andrea Hussong
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kristina M. Jackson
Brown University

Sheri L. Johnson
University of California, Berkeley

John G. Kerns
University of Missouri

Merel Kindt
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kevin M. King
University of Washington

Kelly L. Klump
Michigan State University

Roman Kotov
Stony Brook University

Maria Kovacs
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Ann Kring
University of California, Berkeley

Willem Kuyken
University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Benjamin B. Lahey
University of Chicago

Junghee Lee
University of California, Los Angeles

Brett T. Litz
VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University

Peter Lovibond
The University of New South Wales, Australia

Gitta Lubke
University of Notre Dame

Donald R. Lynam
Purdue University

Steven J. Lynn
Binghamton University

Kristian E. Markon
University of Iowa

Christopher Martin
University of Pittsburgh

Douglas S. Mennin
CUNY Hunter College

Gregory A. Miller
University of California, Los Angeles

Joshua D. Miller
University of Georgia

Mark W. Miller
National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System & Boston University

Susan Mineka
Northwestern University

Nicholas J. Moberly
University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Brooke S. G. Molina
University of Pittsburgh

Scott M. Monroe
University of Notre Dame

Joseph P. Newman
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Matthew K. Nock
Harvard University

Robin Nusslock
Northwestern University

Brian P. O'Connor
University of British Columbia–Okanagan, Canada

Michael W. O'Hara
University of Iowa

Thomas F. Oltmanns
Washington University in St. Louis

Sohee Park
Vanderbilt University

Christopher J. Patrick
Florida State University

Thomas M. Piasecki
University of Missouri

Diego A. Pizzagalli
Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital

Michael F. Pogue-Geile
University of Pittsburgh

Jason M. Prenoveau
Loyola University, Maryland

Jennifer P. Read
University at Buffalo, SUNY

Angela M. Reiersen
Washington University in St. Louis

Jonathan Rottenberg
University of South Florida

Ayelet Meron Ruscio
University of Pennsylvania

Randall T. Salekin
University of Alabama

Douglas B. Samuel
Purdue University

Charles A. Sanislow
Wesleyan University

Michael Sayette
University of Pittsburgh

Larry J. Seidman
Harvard Medical School

Stewart Shankman
University of Illinois at Chicago

Kenneth J. Sher
University of Missouri

Steven M. Silverstein
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Leonard J. Simms
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Jennifer L. Skeem
University of California, Berkeley

Tim Slade
University of New South Wales, Australia

Stephanie D. Stepp
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Michael K. Suvak
Suffolk University

Casey Taft
Boston VA Medical Center

Steven Taylor
University of British Columbia, Canada

Jennifer J. Thomas
Massachusetts General Hospital

Andrew Tomarken
Vanderbilt University

Timothy Trull
University of Missouri

Edelyn Verona
University of South Florida

Irwin D. Waldman
Emory University

Edward Watkins
University of Exeter, United Kingdom

David Watson
University of Notre Dame

Stephen G. West
Arizona State University

Erika J. Wolf
National Center for PTSD & Boston University

Stephen A. Wonderlich
University of North Dakota/Neuropsychiatric Research Institute

Kevin D. Wu
Northern Illinois University

K. Lira Yoon
University of Maine

Richard Zinbarg
Northwestern University

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.

Submission

Submit manuscripts electronically (in .rtf or .doc format) via the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Sherryl H. Goodman, PhD
Editor, Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Department of Psychology
Emory University
36 Eagle Row
Atlanta, GA 30322

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

Masked Reviews

Masked reviews are optional and must be specifically requested in the cover letter accompanying the submission. For masked reviews, the manuscript must include a separate title page with the authors' names and affiliations, and these ought not to appear anywhere else in the manuscript.

Footnotes that identify the authors must be typed on a separate page.

Make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to authors' identities.

Types of Articles

Most of the articles published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology® are reports of original research, but other types of articles are acceptable.

  • Short Reports of replications or of failures to replicate previously reported results are given serious consideration.
  • Comments on articles published in the journal are also considered.
  • Case Studies from either a clinical setting or a laboratory will be considered if they raise or illustrate important questions that go beyond the single case and have heuristic value.
  • Manuscripts that present or discuss theoretical formulations of psychopathology, or that evaluate competing theoretical formulations on the basis of published data, may also be accepted.

The Journal of Abnormal Psychology publishes articles on basic research and theory in the broad field of abnormal behavior, its determinants, and its correlates.

The following general topics fall within its area of major focus:

  • psychopathology — its etiology, development, symptomatology, and course
  • normal processes in abnormal individuals
  • pathological or atypical features of the behavior of normal persons
  • experimental studies, with human or animal subjects, relating to disordered emotional behavior or pathology
  • sociocultural effects on pathological processes, including the influence of gender and ethnicity
  • tests of hypotheses from psychological theories that relate to abnormal behavior

Thus, studies of patient populations, analyses of abnormal behavior, case histories, and theoretical papers of scholarly substance on deviant personality and emotional abnormality would all fall within the boundaries of the journal's interests.

Each article should represent a significant addition to knowledge and understanding of abnormal behavior in its etiology, development, or description.

In order to improve the use of journal resources, it has been agreed by the two Editors concerned that the Journal of Abnormal Psychology will not consider articles dealing with diagnosis or treatment of abnormal behavior, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology will not consider articles dealing with the etiology or descriptive pathology of abnormal behavior.

Therefore, a study that focuses primarily on treatment efficacy should be submitted to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. However, a longitudinal study focusing on developmental influences or origins of abnormal behavior should be submitted to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Articles of five different types will be considered for publication in the Journal: Brief Reports, Regular Articles, Extended Articles, Case Studies, and Commentaries.

  • Brief Reports must not exceed 5,000 words in overall length. This limit includes all aspects of the manuscript (title page, abstract, text, references, tables, author notes and footnotes, appendices, figure captions) except figures. Brief Reports also may include a maximum of two figures. For Brief Reports, the length limits are exact and must be strictly followed.
  • Regular Articles typically should not exceed 9,000 words in overall length (excluding figures).
  • Extended Articles are published within regular issues of the Journal (they are not free-standing) and are reserved for manuscripts that require extended exposition beyond the normal length restrictions of a Regular Article. Typically, Extended Articles will report multiple experiments, multifaceted longitudinal studies, cross-disciplinary investigations, or studies that are extraordinarily complex in terms of methodology or analysis. Any submission that exceeds a total of 12,000 words in length automatically will be considered for publication as an Extended Article.
  • Case Studies and Commentaries have the same length requirements as Brief Reports.

Cover Letters

All cover letters must contain the following:

  • a statement that the material is original — if findings from the dataset have been previously published or are in other submitted articles, please include the following information:
    • Is the present study a new analysis of previously analyzed data? If yes, please describe differences in analytic approach.
    • Are some of the data used in the present study being analyzed for the first time? If yes, please identify data (constructs) that were not included in previously published or submitted manuscripts.
    • Are there published or submitted papers from this data set that address related questions? If yes, please provide the citations, and describe the degree of overlap and the unique contributions of your submitted manuscript.
  • the full postal and email address of the corresponding author;
  • the complete telephone and fax numbers of the same;
  • the proposed category under which the manuscript was submitted;
  • a statement that the authors complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their participants and that the work was approved by the relevant Institutional Review Board(s);
  • whether or not the manuscript has been or is posted on a web site;
  • that APA style (Publication Manual, 6th edition) has been followed;
  • the disclosure of any conflicts of interest with regard to the submitted work;
  • a request for masked review, if desired, along with a statement ensuring that the manuscript was prepared in accordance with the guidelines above.

Authors should also specify the overall word length of the manuscript (including all aspects of the manuscript, except figures) and indicate the number of tables, figures, and supplemental materials that are included.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
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If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

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In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
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Tables

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Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

References

List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Figures

Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure

Permissions

Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on itsr website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

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