Adaptive Behavior: Instructions for preparation of final accepted manuscripts


Formatting instructions:

Authors should adhere to the following guidelines or papers may be returned for reformatting prior to publication. Unless otherwise specified here, authors should follow the style described in the Fourth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. This Manual is widely available in bookstores and libraries. It can also be ordered from the American Psychological Association: APA Order Department, PO Box 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784.

For the final accepted manuscript, please double-space all materials including (in order) the main text, endnote list (not footnotes!), reference list, list of figure captions and table captions, and short author biographies (see below). Include tables and full-sized figures (numbered, but without captions) each on a separate page at the end of the manuscript, without the table or figure captions, but with the table/figure number indicated on the page.  Manuscripts should be formatted for 8.5 x 11-inch or A4 paper (one side only), with a minimum of 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins all around, in an 11-point font (e.g. Times Roman). Every page should be numbered on the upper right-hand corner starting with the title page. Manuscripts should not normally exceed the equivalent of 20 printed journal pages (50 double-spaced manuscript pages).

The title page (page 1) should include:
The second page should contain an abstract of about 150 words or less, summarizing the main questions and results presented in the paper. This should be followed by a list of up to six key words.

Begin the text of the article on page 3. Divide the text into short logical sections and subsections to aid the reader, and number them consecutively, e.g. 1, 1.1, 1.2, 2. Endnotes may be used sparingly. Follow the text with any endnotes and acknowledgments listed on separate pages.

Begin the reference list on a new page following the acknowledgments page. References (not numbered) and citations, e.g. (Hamilton, 1963), must conform to the style in the Fourth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Carefully check all citations and references for correctness, completeness, and consistency. Be sure to include editor names for all proceedings and edited volumes where available, as well as the page numbers of chapters, and the city and name of the publisher. The names (last names and initials) of all authors must be given in the reference list. The last names of all authors must be mentioned in the first text citation; after that, the first author and “et al.” may be used if there are three or more authors.

Figures and tables (each appearing on a separate page at the end of the manuscript with their corresponding number) should be numbered using Arabic numerals. In the main text, the placement of figures and tables should be indicated with a single line such as “Figure 1 about here”.  See the APA manual for specific details about typing tables. Each table and figure must have a caption (listed in two separate lists after the references as indicated above, not printed on the pages with the figures or tables themselves). Figures should provide essential information, not merely illustrate the text. High-contrast black and white graphics and high-quality black and white photographs are both acceptable. Graphics and lettering should be clear and sharp enough to accommodate probable reduction for publication. Figures should be designed to be either 8 cm or 16 cm wide and no more than 22 cm tall.

Color graphics can only be used on payment of a page fee for each printed page of color graphics. Computer graphics should be saved in TIFF (LZW compression enabled) or EPS format. Contact the publisher before submitting other formats. All graphics must have a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (118 dots per cm). Quality and the ability to reproduce the figures are the main considerations.

Any figure that will be reprinted or adapted from a previously published source must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder to reprint the figure in Adaptive Behavior. Any fees associated with the permission to reprint are solely the responsibility of the author.

In addition, please provide the following items for each author: a black and white head and shoulders photograph (preferably as an EPS or JPEG file), and a short introductory biography of 100 words or less which ends with the author's email and mailing addresses.  The biographies should be included at the end of the manuscript (also double-spaced).

What to send:

The entire manuscript must be emailed in to the Editor in two forms: 1. as a PDF file which includes all text, endnotes, acknowledgments, references, figure and table captions, figures, tables, and biographies.  2. in an electronic form from which text can be readily extracted, such as TeX, LaTeX, MS Word, or other Macintosh or Windows word-processing format. Additionally, send all figures as separate files (e.g. EPS of at least 300 dpi, or JPEG) named numerically (e.g., “figure1.eps”), and send the author photos as separate files named appropriately (e.g., “smith.eps”).  Please check the files to make sure there are no viruses present.