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Instructions for Submission of Manuscripts to Behavior and Philosophy

ABSTRACT: Instructions are given for the submission of manuscripts to Behavior and Philosophy, a journal published by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. The journal will be published on the Internet at Authors of papers accepted for publication are asked to submit an electronic file formatted for publication according to specifications given here. Specifications include the page layout, style, and fonts required for formatting the document for publication.
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The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies publishes Behavior and Philosophy online at Articles will be published electronically immediately upon final acceptance as a downloadable, printable Adobe Acrobat portable document file (pdf). It is important to note that papers published online in peer-reviewed journals have the same status as papers published in printed journals, and may be cited in the same way.

For authors, the electronic version offers the significant advantage of rapid publication. Without the delay caused by collecting and preparing many articles for a hardcopy issue, the publication lag is shortened considerably, and articles will become available to the public much more quickly.

Ideally, all steps in the review process will be completed electronically. Authors will submit their manuscripts (word processing documents) to the editor as email attachments. The reviewing process will be conducted by email. As soon as the review process for a particular manuscript has been completed, including revisions, the author will be notified by email. Finally, given the author’s approval of the proofs (which should be pro forma, since very little manipulation will have been done to the paper after final submission by the author), the paper will be posted immediately in the journals section of the website for public viewing. As a result of these procedures and the fact that the final manuscript received from the author will be formatted for publication without further prepress manipulation, the editorial process, from submission to publication of papers, will move very rapidly.

Instructions for Manuscript Submission

Following the model outlined above, manuscripts should be submitted electronically, preferably as an attachment to an email message to the editor. Refer to Appendix A below.

  • The style of all manuscripts should follow the style and usage guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • It will be more efficient for the author if the submitted manuscript is prepared in accordance with the detailed format specifications below, although this is not required until after final acceptance.
  • The article should have an abstract. The abstract should be complete in itself and contain no more than 200 words.
  • References should be at the end of the paper, following the style outlined in the APA Manual.
  • References should be cited within the text following the APA Manual style. Please prepare complete and accurate citations and check them again after revisions to ensure that every article cited in the text appears in the Reference list and every article in the Reference list is cited in the text.
  • Figures and their captions should be inserted into the text in the proper locations in the document.
  • The author should provide Key words and a Running Head.
  • Notes and footnotes should be kept to a minimum.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from copyright owners for quotations of greater than 500 words or for reprinting tables or figures.

Preparation of Final Manuscript File

Upon final acceptance of a manuscript, authors must provide an electronic file containing the final version of the manuscript, formatted according to the detailed format specifications below. This formatted file will be used to produce both the electronic and hardcopy versions of the journal. To ensure that all articles published in the journal have a uniform appearance, we ask the authors to adhere to these specifications as closely as possible.

File format. The preferred format for the submitted file is Microsoft Word for the PC or MAC. Text and tables should be submitted in image format.
Figures. Figures and their captions should be inserted into the text in the proper locations in the document..

Detailed Format Specifications

For the final manuscript file, please follow the format specifications described below with respect to fonts, margins, headings, paragraph format, etc. Use italics where appropriate instead of underlining words to indicate that they are to be italics.

Page Layout

Papers must be formatted in single column format, fully justified. Left and right margins should be set to 1.7 inches. Top and bottom margins should be set to 1.5 inches, with header and footer 1 inch from edge of the paper.

Fonts and Format

All text, including title, headings, headers, footnotes, and page numbers, should be in Times New Roman or an equivalent serif style font. Please do not use nonstandard or unusual fonts in the paper.

Title and Authors. The title of the paper should be 14 point bold, small caps, left justified. It should start 1½ inches from the top of the page. Authors’ names should be 11 point, right justified, 33 points below the title of the paper. Authors’ affiliations should also be right justified below the author’s name(s) and should be italicized. Do not insert blank lines between authors or affiliations.

Abstract. The abstract appears at the beginning of the paper, 33 points below the last author’s affiliation. The text of the abstract should be 10 point, preceded by the word “ABSTRACT:” on the same line as the text of the abstract. Key words should be listed in 10 point type on the next line below the abstract, preceded by the words “Key words:” which are italicized. Although we encourage authors to list key words, the electronic version of the paper will be fully searchable through the local search engine on

Text. The text and body of the paper should be 11 point, fully justified. It should begin 11 points below the abstract or key words. We discourage the use of the automated hyphenization capability of word processors. Do not skip a line between paragraphs. The first line of each paragraph should be indented 0.3 inches.

Headings. First level headings should be 12 point bold, centered, with one blank line (11 points) before and after. Second level headings should be 11 point bold italic, left justified, with 11 point blank lines before and after. Third-level headings should be 11 point bold with an 11 point space (one blank line) before. No carriage return follows the third level heading. The paragraph, begins immediately after the heading on the same line.

All headings should be capitalized. Sections should not be numbered. Do not include a heading called “Introduction”—it is assumed that the first section is an introduction to the remainder of the paper.

Block Quotations. Block quotations should be set off from the main text in conformance with the APA Manual, which states:

Display a quotation of 40 words or more in a free-standing block of typewritten lines, and omit the quotation marks. (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association)

The block quotation should be 10 point font and should be indented 0.3 inch from the left and right margins. An 11 point space should precede and follow the block quotation.

References. The References section heading should be the same style as the first level heading. References should be formatted in accordance with the APA Manual. Each reference should be in 10 point type and should have all but the first line indented 0.3 inch from the left margin (a 0.3 inch “hanging” indent), with no space between references. Please remember to use italics rather than underlining in the appropriate places—e.g., book and journal titles.

Page numbering. It is prudent to number the pages of your manuscript. Final page numbers will be assigned by the publisher and will appear in the page proofs.

Appendices. Appendices, if any, follow the References. Each appendix should be lettered, e.g., “Appendix A.”

Figures and Tables. Figures and tables should be inserted with their captions in their proper places throughout the text in your final manuscript file. Number figures sequentially, e.g., Figure 1, and ensure that you refer to the figure slightly before the figure appears on the page Leave a margin of 0.3 inch around the area covered by the figure and caption. Captions, labels, and other text in illustrations must be at least 10 point font.

Footnotes. Please use footnotes only sparingly, since they may be difficult to read online. Footnotes should be numbered sequentially and should appear at the bottom of the page, as shown in this article.

Author’s Note and Running Head. Please include as a separate page at the end of the document file material for an Author’s Note. The Author’s Note contains contact information for the first author or other contact person. Please be sure to include the email address of the contact person. Acknowledgments of help from associates and colleagues, financial support, and permission to publish, if required, also appear in the Author’s Note. On this page also include a Running Head.

Contact Information

Behavioral and Philosophy
Editor: Dr. Diego Zilio
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
410 Newtown Road
Littleton, MA 01460

Telephone:  (978) 369-2227
Fax: (978) 735-2195

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