Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy is the journal of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
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Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy is an international multidisciplinary journal aimed primarily at members of the helping and teaching
professions. Published five times annually, the journal features original research papers, covering both experimental and clinical work,
that contribute to the theory, practice and evolution of cognitive and behaviour therapy. Under the guidance of an international editorial
team, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy aims to reflect and influence the continuing changes in the concepts, methodology, and
techniques of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy. A particular feature of the journal is its broad ranging scope - both in terms of
topics and types of study covered. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy encompasses most areas of human behaviour and experience,
and represents many different research methods, from randomized controlled trials to detailed case studies. It also includes reviews of
recently published literature in this field, brief clinical reports and papers focusing on empirically grounded clinical intervention.
Accelerated review and publication is an option for outstanding new work of great relevance, and preliminary submission is available for
manuscripts submitted in Spanish, French, Italian, or German. To submit manuscripts, please go
The journal is currently published by Cambridge University Press and sent directly to all BABCP members. It is also accessible to all current
members online at www.journals.cambridge.org/bcp
To access the online journal a member will need to first register their details and choose a username and password, once registered and logged
in the member can then 'activate subscriptions' by entering their membership number and BABCP society ID number, 71650, into the
appropriate fields. Back issues of the journal are then available for access on line and articles can be downloaded.
Contributing to the journal
A Word document of the manuscript must be submitted electronically at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/babcp and
original figures can be supplied as attachments.
Articles must be typed double-spaced throughout allowing wide margins all round. Where unpublished material, e.g. behaviour rating scales,
therapy manuals etc., is referred to in an article, copies should be submitted as an additional document to facilitate review.
Submissions will be sent out for review exactly as submitted. Authors who want a blind review should indicate this at the point of submission for
their article, omitting details of authorship and other information. Submission for blind review is encouraged.
Abbreviations where used must be standard. The Systeme International (SI) should be used for all units; where metric units are used the SI equivalents
must also be given. Probability values and power statistics should be given with statistical values and degrees of freedom (e.g. F(1,34) - 123.07. p<.001),
but such information may be included in tables rather than the main text.
Spelling must be consistent within the article, either using British usage (The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary), or American usage
(Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary). However, spelling in the list of references must be literal to each original publication.
Details of style not specified here may be determined by reference to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
or the style manual of the British Psychological Society.
Articles should conform to the following scheme:
(a) Title page. The title should phrase concisely the major issues. Author(s) to be given with
departmental affiliations and addresses, grouped appropriately. A running head of no more than
40 characters should be indicated.
(b) Abstract. The abstract should not exceed 250 words in total and be written in a structured
format with the sections: Background, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions. It should
also include up to six key words that could be used to describe the article.
(c) Text. This should begin with an introduction, succinctly introducing the point of the
paper to those interested in the general area of the journal. References within the text should be given in the form
of Jones and Smith (1973) or (Jones and Smith, 1973). When there are three or up to and including five authors the
first citation should include all authors; subsequent citations should be given as Williams et al. (1973). Authors
with the same surname should be distinguished by their initials. The appropriate positions of tables and figures
should be indicated in the text. Footnotes should be avoided where possible.
(d) Reference note(s). A list of all cited unpublished or limited circulation material,
numbered in order of appearance in the text, giving as much information as possible about extant manuscripts.
(e) References. All citations in the text should be listed in strict alphabetical order according to surname,
Multiple references to the same author(s) should be listed chronologically, using a, b, etc, for entries within
the same year.
(f) Tables. Tables should be numbered and given explanatory titles.
(g) Figures. Original drawings or prints must be submitted for each line or half-tone illustration.
Figures should be clearly labelled and be camera-ready wherever possible.