The Journal of Abnormal Psychology® publishes articles on basic research and theory in the broad field of psychopathology and other abnormal behaviors, their determinants, and correlates.

The following topics fall within the journal's major areas of focus:

  • psychopathology — its etiology, development, symptomatology, and course
  • normal processes in abnormal individuals
  • pathological or atypical features of the behavior of normal persons
  • experimental studies, with human or animal subjects, relating to disordered emotional behavior or pathology
  • sociocultural effects on pathological processes, including the influence of gender and ethnicity
  • novel methods developed to measure psychopathological mechanisms

Empirical papers with a strong theoretical framework and/or models of computational parameters are particularly encouraged. Theoretical papers of scholarly substance on abnormality may be appropriate if they advance understanding of a specific issue directly relevant to abnormal psychology and fall within the length restrictions of a regular (not extended) article. Case Studies from either a clinical setting or a laboratory will be considered if they raise or illustrate important questions that go beyond the single case and have heuristic value.

Each article should represent a significant addition to knowledge and understanding of abnormal behavior in its etiology, description, or development. Visit the Sample Articles page to read published articles.

In order to improve the use of journal resources, it has been agreed that the Journal of Abnormal Psychology will not consider articles dealing with the diagnosis or treatment of abnormal behavior, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology will not consider articles dealing with the etiology or descriptive pathology of abnormal behavior.

Therefore, a study that focuses primarily on treatment efficacy should be submitted to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. However, a longitudinal study focusing on developmental influences or origins of abnormal behavior should be submitted to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Disclaimer: APA and the Editors of Journal of Abnormal Psychology assume no responsibility for statements and opinions advanced by the authors of its articles.

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Editorial Board


Angus MacDonald, III
University of Minnesota

Associate Editors

Laurie Chassin
Arizona State University

Jeffery N. Epstein
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Kate Harkness
Queen's University, Canada

William P. Horan
University of California, Los Angeles

Jutta Joormann
Yale University

Mark W. Miller
National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine

Thomas L. Rodebaugh
Washington University in St. Louis

Jennifer Tackett
Northwestern University

Timothy Trull
University of Missouri–Columbia

Edelyn Verona
University of South Florida

Jennifer E. Wildes
University of Chicago

Editorial Board Reviewers

Lauren Alloy
Temple University

Ananda Amstadter
Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics

Andrey Anokhin
Washington University, Saint Louis

Randy Auerbach
Columbia University

Timothy Baker
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Deanna Barch
Washington University, Saint Louis

Theodore Beauchaine
Ohio State University

Christopher Beevers
University of Texas, Austin

Howard Berenbaum
University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

Jack Blanchard
University of Maryland

Ryan Bogdan
Washington University, Saint Louis

Denny Borsboom
University of Amsterdam

Jeffrey Burke
University of Connecticut

Lauren Bylsma
University of Pittsburgh

Alex Cohen
Louisiana State University

Craig Colder
State University of New York, Buffalo

David Cole
Vanderbilt University

Christopher Conway
College of William & Mary

Will Corbin
Arizona State University

Kristen Culbert
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Nicholas Eaton
State University of New York, Stony Brook

Ulrich Ebner-Priemer
Karlsruher Institut for Technology

Sarah Fischer
George Mason University

Erika Forbes
University of Pittsburgh

Dan Foti
Purdue University

Paul Frick
University of New Orleans

Eiko Fried
University of Amsterdam

David Gard
San Francisco State University

Brandon Gibb
State University of New York, Binghamton

Eva Gilboa-Schechtman
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Catherine Glenn
University of Rochester

James Gold
University of Maryland, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Diane Gooding
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Sherryl Goodman
Emory University

Eric Granholm
University of California, San Diego & VASDHS

Jessica Grisham
The University of New South Wales, Australia

Greg Hajcak
Florida State University

Avram Holmes
Yale University

Christopher Hopwood
Michigan State University

Andrea Howard
Carleton University

Andrea Hussong
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Luke Hyde
University of Michigan

Kristina Jackson
Brown University

Sheri Johnson
University of California, Berkeley

John Kerns
University of Missouri

Kevin King
University of Washington

Kelly Klump
Michigan State University

Marika Kovacs
University of Pittsburgh

Robert Krueger
University of Minnesota

Thomas Kwapil
University of Illinois, Urbana–Champagne

Benjamin Lahey
University of Chicago

Robert Latzman
Georgia State University

Junghee Lee
University of California, Los Angeles

Richard Liu
Brown University

Peter Lovibond
The University of New South Wales, Australia

Donald Lynam
Purdue University

Steven Lynn
State University of New York, Binghamton

Kristian Markon
University of Iowa

Denis McCarthy
University of Missouri

Richard McNally
Harvard University

Madeline Meier
Arizona State University

Gregory A. Miller
University of California, Los Angeles

Vijay Mittal
Northwestern University

Nicholas Moberly
University of Exeter

Aprajita Mohanty
State University of New York, Stony Brook

Brooke Molina
State University of New York, Stony Brook

Scott Monroe
University of Notre Dame

Kristin Naragon-Gainey
State University of New York, Buffalo

Tara Niendam
University of California, Davis

Matthew Nock
Harvard University

Robin Nusslock
Northwestern University

Thomas Olino
Temple University

Thomas Oltmanns
Washington University, Saint Louis

Thomas Piasecki
University of Missouri

Amy Pinkham
The University of Texas, Dallas

Michael Pogue-Geile
University of Pittsburgh

Jason Prenoveau
Loyola University Maryland

Sarah Racine
McGill University

Jennifer Read
State University of New York, Buffalo

Angela Reiersen
Washington University, Saint Louis

Johnathan Rottenberg
University of South Florida

Ayelet Meron Ruscio
University of Pennsylvania

Randall Salekin
The University of Alabama

Douglas Samuel
Purdue University

Charles Sanislow
Wesleyan University

Michael Sayette
University of Pittsburgh

Edward Selby
Rutgers University

Martin Sellbom
University of Otago

Kenneth Sher
University of Missouri & MARC

Leonard Simms
State University of New York, Buffalo

Jennifer Skeem
University of California, Berkeley

Susan South
Purdue University

Scott Sponheim
University of Minnesota

Gregory Strauss
University of Georgia

Michael Suvak
Suffolk University

Jennifer Thomas
Harvard University & Massachusetts General Hospital

Renee Thompson
Washington University, Saint Louis

Michael Treadway
Emory University

Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn
The University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Irwin Waldman
Emory University

David Watson
University of Notre Dame

Erika Wolf
National Center for PTSD & Boston University

Aidan Wright
University of Pittsburgh

Kevin Wu
Northern Illinois University

K. Lira Yoon
University of Notre Dame

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Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


To submit to the Editorial Office of Angus MacDonald, III, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Microsoft Word or Open Office format.

Submit Manuscript

Angus MacDonald, III, PhD
Editor, Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Minnesota
75 E River Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55455

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

Journal of Abnormal Psychology is now using a software system to screen submitted content for similarity with other published content. The system compares the initial version of each submitted manuscript against a database of 40+ million scholarly documents, as well as content appearing on the open web. This allows APA to check submissions for potential overlap with material previously published in scholarly journals (e.g., lifted or republished material).

Masked Reviews

Masked reviews are optional and must be specifically requested in the cover letter accompanying the submission. For masked reviews, the manuscript must include a separate title page with the authors' names and affiliations, and these ought not to appear anywhere else in the manuscript.

Footnotes that identify the authors must be typed on a separate page.

Make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to authors' identities.

Types of Articles

Brief Report

The manuscript should not exceed 5,000 words when including the abstract, body of the text, tables, table captions, figure captions, footnotes, author notes, appendices, and references in a word count.

Note that supplementary materials and figures are not included in the word count.

Brief reports can have a maximum of two figures (there is no table limit).

Regular Article

The manuscript should not exceed 9,000 words when including the abstract, body of the text, tables, table captions, figure captions, footnotes, author notes, appendices, and references in a word count.

Note that supplementary materials and figures are not included in the word count.

Extended Article (submit as a regular article, note extended in cover letter)

  • Extended articles are published within regular issues of the Journal (they are not free-standing). This article type is reserved for manuscripts that require extended exposition beyond the length of a regular article (e.g., reporting results of multiple experiments, multifaceted longitudinal studies, cross-disciplinary investigations, or studies that are extraordinarily complex in terms of methodology or analysis). Any submission that exceeds 9,000 words will automatically be considered an Extended Article.
  • Extended articles should be submitted through the submission portal as regular articles, with the distinction of "Extended Article" being noted in the cover letter.


Commentaries on articles previously published in Journal of Abnormal Psychology are also considered for publication. Commentaries should contain original data relevant to the topic at hand. They are subject to the same process of peer review and the same editorial criteria and standards as any other manuscript. If a commentary is deemed acceptable for publication, authors of the original submission are given the opportunity to reply to the commentary. Commentaries may be no more than half the length of the original article, and replies may be no more than half the length of the commentary. A commentary and reply will be published together. Except under rare circumstances, there will be only one round of comment and reply.

Cover Letters

All cover letters must contain the following:

  • a statement that the material is original — if findings from the dataset have been previously published or are in other submitted articles, please include the following information:
    • Is the present study a new analysis of previously analyzed data? If yes, please describe differences in analytic approach.
    • Are some of the data used in the present study being analyzed for the first time? If yes, please identify data (constructs) that were not included in previously published or submitted manuscripts.
    • Are there published or submitted papers from this data set that address related questions? If yes, please provide the citations, and describe the degree of overlap and the unique contributions of your submitted manuscript.
  • if the manuscript has been pre-posted online prior to peer review, this fact should be stated in the acknowledgements and the URL for the posting should be included in the acknowledgements as well.
  • the full postal and email address of the corresponding author;
  • the complete telephone and fax numbers of the same;
  • the proposed category under which the manuscript was submitted;
  • a statement that the authors complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their participants and that the work was approved by the relevant Institutional Review Board(s);
  • whether or not the manuscript has been or is posted on a web site;
  • that APA style (Publication Manual, 6th edition) has been followed;
  • the disclosure of any conflicts of interest with regard to the submitted work;
  • a request for masked review, if desired, along with a statement ensuring that the manuscript was prepared in accordance with the guidelines above.

Authors should also specify the overall word length of the manuscript (including all aspects of the manuscript, except figures) and indicate the number of tables, figures, and supplemental materials that are included.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual. Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material

We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article

If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Academic Writing and English Language Editing Services

Authors who feel that their manuscript may benefit from additional academic writing or language editing support prior to submission are encouraged to seek out such services at their host institutions, engage with colleagues and subject matter experts, and/or consider several vendors that offer discounts to APA authors.

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Use of such service is not mandatory for publication in an APA journal. Use of one or more of these services does not guarantee selection for peer review, manuscript acceptance, or preference for publication in any APA journal.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

General Scientific Summaries (GSS)

Please provide a General Scientific Summary of the paper on the manuscript file below the abstract.

This should be a brief (2-3 sentences) statement that, in nontechnical language, explains the contributions of the paper.

This is not a simplified version of the abstract, which highlights the details of your study and its findings for other specialists who know the history of the research, will be able to comprehend a description of methodology, and can determine the significance of your results amidst more technical language.

Rather, assume that the reader is an intelligent, interested individual who might know something about abnormal psychology, but may not know technical terms or abbreviations such as ERP, SEM, endophenotype, error-related negativity, or mediation.

Examples are included below:

"This study suggests that some approaches to subtyping eating disorders in adolescence, specifically those that include _____, _____, and _____, may be more useful than _____in predicting outcomes in young adulthood."

"Decreased motivation to seek out rewarding experiences is a key symptom in depression. This study supports the notion that for depressed individuals, this decrease in motivation is more likely due to lower anticipation that an activity will be pleasurable than by the ability to actually experience pleasure during the activity itself."


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

In light of changing patterns of scientific knowledge dissemination, APA requires authors to provide information on prior dissemination of the data and narrative interpretations of the data/research appearing in the manuscript (e.g., if some or all were presented at a conference or meeting, posted on a listserv, shared on a website, including academic social networks like ResearchGate, etc.). This information (2–4 sentences) must be provided as part of the Author Note.

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on itsr website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

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