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The Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science publishes original, empirical contributions in the following areas of psychology:

  • abnormal
  • behavioural
  • clinical
  • community
  • counselling
  • developmental
  • educational
  • environmental
  • gay and lesbian
  • gender
  • industrial–organizational
  • neuropsychological
  • personality
  • psychometrics
  • sexology
  • social

A limited amount of space is also available in the journal for brief reports with theoretical and practical implications. The Brief Reports section can also be used for psychometric reports and to disseminate Canadian norms or forms for standardized tests.

Editorial Board

Editor / Rédacteur en chef

William Roberts
Thompson Rivers University

Associate Editor / Rédacteur en chef adjoint

Julie Gosselin
University of Ottawa

Managing Editor / Directeur des services de redaction

Lisa Votta-Bleeker
Canadian Psychological Association

Editorial Board / Comité de redaction

Céline Blanchard
Université d'Ottawa

Chris J. Boyatzis
Bucknell University, USA

Nick Carleton
University of Regina

Richard Clément
Université d'Ottawa

Brian J. Cox
University of Manitoba

Robert A. Cribbie
York University

Amedeo D'Angiulli
Carleton University

David J.A. Dozois
University of Western Ontario

Murray Drummond
Flinders University, Australia

Michelle M. Eskritt-Keck
Mount Saint Vincent University

Laurie Hellsten
University of Saskatchewan

Wendy L. G. Hoglund
University of Alberta

Vivien Huan
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Theresa J. B. Kline
University of Calgary

Lucie Kocum
Saint Mary's University

Lucy LeMare
Fraser University

Jean-Pascal Lemelin
Departement de psychoeducation, Faculte d'education, Universite de Sherbrooke

Melanie A. Morrison
University of Saskatchewan

Brian O'Connor
University of British Columbia

Travis A. Ryan
Homerton University Hospital, National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom

Melanie Steffens
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Institute of Psychology, Germany

Ian Stewart
National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

David L. Streiner
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Lorne Sulsky
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Louise Wasylkiw
Mount Allison University

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Manuscript Submission

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.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

William Roberts
Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Road Kamloops, BC
Canada V2C 0C8

General correspondence may be directed to the Editorial Office

The file format should be Portable Document Format (.pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Microsoft Word Format (.doc). The file must exactly copy, in all respects and in a single file, the complete APA-style printed version of the manuscript.

Brief Reports will be no longer than five journal pages, so a Brief Report manuscript would not normally exceed 2,500 words in text and would have no more than one table or figure. Authors of a Brief Report must state that a fuller report will be provided upon request.

Regular submissions should not exceed 35 pages double-spaced 12 point font (including all Tables, Figures, and References). Any manuscript that exceeds this limit will be returned to the authors.

Masked Review Policy

This journal has adopted a policy of masked review for all submissions. Please include with the manuscript a cover sheet, which shows the title of the manuscript, the authors' names and institutional affiliations, and the date the manuscript is submitted.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

The first page of the manuscript should omit the authors' names, and affiliations but should include the title of the manuscript and the submission date. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors' identity or affiliations should be on separate pages.

Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.

Manuscript Language

Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French.

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.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

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

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

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
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

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.


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.
  • 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.


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


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 its 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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