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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
  • Where available, Digital Object Identifers (DOI)/URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Keywords are typically one- to three-word phrases that are used to indicate the main topics of a submission. The author is required to suggest keywords before their submission is accepted.

Author Guidelines

Who Can Submit? 

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Journal of Equity in Behavioral Health Therapy provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or are authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer). 

General Submission Rules 

Submitted articles 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 does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Journal of Equity in Behavioral Health Therapy, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Journal of Equity in Behavioral Health Therapy. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Journal of Equity in Behavioral Health Therapy, please contact the editors. 

Authors, please read and follow all instructions as outlined on this page. To ensure a more efficient review process, please be sure to complete the following:

  • Upload one copy of the manuscript without author names/affiliations.
  • Manuscripts should be typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, not to exceed 25 pages (excluding title page, figures, tables, and references).
  • In the submission email, please indicate the type of manuscript you are submitting:  Full-length empirical articles, Brief empirical articles, Comprehensive literature reviews, Student research.
  • All listed references should include DOIs (digital object identifier), if available. 

Please note, any manuscript with the following issues will not be sent out for review, and will be returned to the author for revision:

  • Any manuscript not submitted as a .doc or .docx file;
  • All citations must be in the references sections and all references must be cited in the manuscript;
  • All tables should be formatted as tables, not with tabs and spaces;
  • Any manuscript not in APA 7th edition format;
  • Any manuscript missing sections as outlined in the Guidelines for Authors; and
  • Any manuscript with significant editing or formatting issues. 


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc) or (.docx) at Authors will need to create an account to submit a manuscript, which can be created in their first visit to the website. Authors should submit their manuscript (25 pages maximum, excluding title page, references, figures, and tables) in English with an abstract. For additional inquires, contact the journal editor:

Leonissa V. Johnson, Clark Atlanta University, School of Education, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, Atlanta, GA 30314; email:

Crystal M. Giddings, Clark Atlanta University, School of Education, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, Atlanta, GA 30314; email:


Each manuscript is first vetted to determine whether it is appropriate for the journal by the managing editor. If it is appropriate, the manuscript will be sent to a minimum of two reviewers for input and recommendations. Reviewers are allotted 30 days to return the manuscript to the editor with an overall disposition and thorough comments covering of the manuscript’s strengths and suggestions for enhancements. The journal editor will make the final disposition on the manuscript and will communicate with the author(s) through email. All manuscripts submitted to JEBHT undergo a double blind review process with the editorial board and expert ad hoc reviewers. Thus, authors must remove any information that would provide clues to who wrote the manuscript. Authors that have submitted manuscripts to this journal should not be submitting the same manuscript to another journal at the same time. In addition, the manuscript being submitted should not have been published elsewhere nor should the content be similar to other published works. 

Appropriate institutional review board (IRB) review and approval should accompany all studies involving human participants or research material derived from human participants. This information should be clearly stated in the Method section of the manuscript. In addition, the manner in which informed consent was obtained from the study participants (i.e., oral, written, online/electronic) should also be stated in the Method section. If the study was exempted from IRB approval, that information should be indicated in the Method section. Failure to provide this information in the manuscript may result in the manuscript being returned without review. 

Format of the Manuscript 

Authors should prepare their manuscript with close adherence to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.; American Psychological Association [APA], 2019). Specific attention should be given for the format of the manuscript abstract, headings, reporting of statistical methods and information, citations and references, and tables and figures. All manuscripts should be double-spaced with one inch margins and 12 point Times New Roman font. 

Sections of the Manuscript 

Title Page: The first page of the manuscript should include the title page without author information or author notes. 

Abstract: The second page of the manuscript should include the abstract that describes the central idea of the manuscript. The abstract should be written in English with an abstract in the authors’ native language (no longer than 150 words). 

Keywords: The second page of the manuscript should also include 3 to 5 keywords that also appear in the manuscripts title and/or abstract. These key words appear below the abstract. 

Body of the Manuscript: The main body of the manuscript should be no more than 25 pages in the English language. Proper use of headers and adherence to the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.; APA, 2019) is important. 

Tables and Figures: Tables should appear at the end of the manuscript and should be referenced in the body of the manuscript. Figures should be formatted with a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (DPI). See the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.; APA, 2019) for details on formatting this section. 

References: The format of the references section and in-text citations should strictly follow the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.; APA, 2019). All listed references should include DOIs (digital object identifier), if available. 

Footnotes or Endnotes: Authors should not use footnotes or endnotes but instead incorporate this information into the narrative of the manuscript. 

Lengthy Quotes and Permission: Quotes that include 500 cumulative words or more require written permission from the copyright holder. Similarly, previously published tables or figures that are used require the copyright holder’s permission. It is up to the authors to acquire this permission prior to the submission of the manuscript. 

Publication Information 

JEBHT is published on-line two times per year. All submitted articles should be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow closely the formatting style of the American Psychological Association (latest edition). JEBHT reviews manuscripts within approximately 30 working days of submission and publishes accepted articles in the relevant forthcoming issues upon receiving the final versions. 

Rights for Authors and JEBHT 

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Digital Services Woodruff Library AUC all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions.

Nondiscriminatory Statement 

All manuscripts will be reviewed through a blind process and will be treated with all due diligence to avoid conflict of interest and possible review bias.


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