Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences welcomes manuscripts focusing on intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in the social, behavioral, and health sciences that address contemporary national and international issues. Examples of desirable submissions include, but are not limited to: 

  • Original empirical research that addresses important theoretical, empirical, or methodological gaps in the literature
  • Research that informs the translation of theory into practice 
  • Research that provides relevant information for researchers and practitioners on best practices in design, intervention, implementation, evaluation, and outcomes 
  • Efforts that are the result of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration

Scholars, practitioners, and graduate students are invited to submit their manuscripts for publication following the Submission Guidelines for Authors. Several types of articles are published in the JSBHS. They are:

  • Full-length empirical articles: Comprehensive reports of findings from quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-design research studies
  • Brief empirical articles: Succinct summaries of findings from quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-design research studies of minimal scope (e.g., pilot studies)
  • Comprehensive literature reviews: Articles providing summary and analysis of the body of existing research on a topic
  • Book reviews: Reviews of books relevant to the disciplines (download the journal's book review guidelines)
  • Scholarly essays: This section is for non-research but scholarly and academic insights related to issues of social, behavioral, or health sciences. These essays can be reports of innovative practice, reports of new practice, or other scholarly writing about the fields of social, behavioral and health sciences. Such essays should be written in a scholar-practitioner voice that speaks to a knowledgeable audience
  • Student research: Empirical articles or literature reviews which the first author initiated and/or completed in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Letters to the Editor

The content of submitted manuscripts should clearly be identified as belonging to one of the following domains:

  • Social Sciences: Includes scholarly activities involving the relationship between individual society members and the larger social and societal context. Domains include Public Policy, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Behavioral Sciences: Includes scholarly activities that involve the study of the actions and reactions of humans and animals through non-experimental and experimental methods: Domains include Psychology, Social, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science.
  • Health Sciences: Includes scholarly activities involving the study of human and animal health, the application of knowledge toward improving health, and health-care administration: Domains include Health Services, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacology, Medicine, etc. 
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary: Includes collaborative scholarly activities that integrates the analytical strengths of two or more disparate scientific disciplines to solve a given social and scientific problem.

If you have questions about the submission process or the appropriateness of a particular manuscript, please contact the editors of the Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at [email protected].