- Who Can Submit?
- General Submission Rules
- Formatting Requirements
- Rights for Authors and ScholarWorks
- Attribution and Usage Policies
- Personal-use Exceptions
- General Terms and Conditions of Use
- Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author;
- Posting of the article on the author's personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
- Posting of the article on the Internet as part of a non-commercial, open access institutional repository or other non-commercial, open access publication site affiliated with the author's place of employment; and
- Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.
Who Can Submit?
Anyone may submit an original manuscript to be considered for publication in the Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the manuscript.
ORCID iDs: All published articles must include an ORCID iD for at least one author, preferably the first author (see APA 7 ed. Section 2.7). The open researcher and contributor identifier (ORCID) is a free, 16-digit, linkable, persistent digital identifier (iD) that helps keep individual researchers distinguished from one another, especially other researchers who may have the same name. Authors may want to read “What is ORCID before registering for one.
General Submission Rules
Submitted manuscripts cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series or indexed in an open-access directory may not constitute prior publication. Please contact the editors if you have questions about what may be considered prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to the journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial-decision process with the Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences please contact the editors.
Manuscripts should adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA 7th ed.). If other styles are used in an initial submission, including APA 6th ed., please note that the author(s) will be responsible for converting to a format consistent with the APA 7th ed. guidelines if accepted for publication in the journal. All manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft™ .doc or .rtf file.
Walden journals do not charge processing fees, so it helps to have manuscripts formatted as closely as possible to published articles. The attached template provides essential information on how to format manuscripts. It contains information regarding fonts and type size for various sections of the manuscript; creating correct tables and figures; and examples for a variety of common reference types. The template reflects the organization for an empirical study; however, the structure can be adapted to fit other kinds of manuscripts, such as essays and book reviews. Ensuring manuscripts are correctly formatted, taking the time to cross-check references and citations, and searching for DOI where available will help reduce processing time at the end and make it easier for peers to review manuscripts.
Rights for Authors and ScholarWorks
As further described in the Submission Agreement, in being considered for publication, the author(s) provide an exclusive license to Walden University to use, distribute, and publish the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below. The rights holder(s) retain the copyright for all articles submitted. However, by submitting the article you grant Walden University a worldwide, exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, publish, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the article. Further, the author(s) understand that if Walden University publishes the article, (a) others may use the article subject to Walden University’s applicable usage policies, and (b) Walden University may provide copies of the article to others for archival or indexing services. The current usage policies are specified below.
Attribution and Usage Policies
The article may be reproduced without the authors’ permission, in part or in its entirety, provided it is distributed and made available to the reader for free, without service charges or any other fee, provided that the author(s) must be credited for their work. Users may not access, download, or copy articles for commercial purposes (including, without limitation, displaying or linking to such article for a fee or in connection with other services offered for a fee).
While Walden University receives an exclusive license to the published article, the following uses are always permitted to the author of such article and do not require further permission from Walden University provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:
Authors seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the contact the editors.
General Terms and Conditions of Use
All Walden University journals are hosted and archived in ScholarWorks, our institutional repository. Users of the ScholarWorks website and/or software agree not to misuse the ScholarWorks service or software in any way.
The failure of Walden University to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement, and that these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Walden University and the author(s) regarding submission of the article.
The views and statements expressed in this journal do not necessarily reflect the views of Walden University, LLC, any of its affiliates, or any other person involved in the production and distribution thereof (collectively “Walden”). Walden does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, currency, or completeness of those views or statements and does not accept any legal liability whatsoever arising from any reliance on the views, statements, and subject matter of the journal.
Updated January 2020