Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science

Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science - ISSN 2212-1447
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.153 Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP):
SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field.
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.578 SCImago Journal Rank (SJR):
SJR is a prestige metric based on the idea that not all citations are the same. SJR uses a similar algorithm as the Google page rank; it provides a quantitative and a qualitative measure of the journal’s impact.
Impact Factor: 1.523 (2019) Impact Factor:
The Impact Factor measures the average number of citations received in a particular year by papers published in the journal during the two preceding years.
© 2017 Journal Citation Reports ® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Volumes: Volumes 15-18
Issues: 4 issues
ISSN: 22121447
Editor-in-Chief: Levin

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The Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science is the official journal of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).

Contextual Behavioral Science is a systematic and pragmatic approach to the understanding of behavior, the solution of human problems, and the promotion of human growth and development. Contextual Behavioral Science uses functional principles and theories to analyze and modify action embedded in its historical and situational context. The goal is to predict and influence behavior, with precision, scope, and depth, across all behavioral domains and all levels of analysis, so as to help create a behavioral science that is more adequate to the challenge of the human condition.

Contextual behavioral science is a strategic approach to the analysis of human behavior that proposes the need for a multi-level (e.g. social factors, neurological factors, behavioral factors) and multi-method (e.g., time series analyses, cross-sectional, experimental…) exploration of contextual and manipulable variables relevant to the prediction and influence of human behavior.

The journal considers papers relevant to a contextual behavioral approach including:

  • Empirical studies (without topical restriction - e.g., clinical psychology, psychopathology, education, organizational psychology, etc.)
  • Brief reports on preliminary, but provocative findings
  • Reviews (systematic reviews and meta-analyses are preferred) and
  • Conceptual and philosophical papers on contextual behavioral science

We are particularly interested in:
  • Papers emphasizing the study of core behavioral processes that are relevant to a broad range of human problems
  • Papers bridging different approaches (e.g., connecting behavioral approaches with cognitive views; or neurocognitive psychology; or evolutionary science)
  • Papers that challenge a contextual behavioral science approach from an informed perspective

The journal welcomes papers written by researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians from different intellectual traditions. What is distinctive is not a narrowly defined theory or set of applied methods but whether the methodology, conceptualization, or strategy employed is relevant to a contextual behavioral approach.

Special Issues

The Journal welcomes suggestions for Special Issues. Proposals for a themed Special Issue should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Emily Sandoz at, and should include suggested Executive, Advisory or Guest Editors, a proposed call-for-papers, 6-10 provisional authors and topics (specific titles or general areas), a proposed timeline for submission, peer-reviewing, revision and publication. All manuscripts in a special issue will be subject to the normal process of peer-review.