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The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

A Publication of the NTL Institute

eISSN: 15526879 | ISSN: 00218863 | Current volume: 58 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly
The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science (JABS) brings to scholars and professionals the latest theory and research on processes and techniques of change in groups, organizations and larger systems, and academic-practitioner collaborations. The journal also informs professionals and organizations on issues in group, organizational and system dynamics.

Specifically, these interests are directed toward four related audiences:

  • Organizational and behavioral researchers and educators studying processes and techniques of organizational and social change
  • Organizational change professionals in a variety of disciplines and sectors who want to base their practice on evidence-based knowledge
  • Organization staff professionals who seek to learn more about the processes of change
  • Policymakers who apply behavioural science knowledge and practice to promote positive societal change

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).  

All issues of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science are available to browse online.

Journal Focus

The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science (JABS) brings to scholars and professionals the latest theory and research on processes and techniques of change in groups, organizations and larger systems, and academic-practitioner collaborations. The journal also informs professionals and organizations on issues in group, organizational and system dynamics.

Specifically, these interests are directed toward four related audiences:

  • Organizational and behavioral researchers and educators studying processes and techniques of organizational and social change
  • Organizational change professionals in a variety of disciplines and sectors who want to base their practice on evidence-based knowledge
  • Organization staff professionals who seek to learn more about the processes of change
  • Policymakers who apply behavioural science knowledge and practice to promote positive societal change .

Aims and Objectives

The journal publishes material designed to facilitate and assess positive organizational change. The specific goals of the journal are to:

  • Present new conceptual frameworks and or extend established models that explain the results of different approaches to change
  • Describe organizational interventions and techniques intended to facilitate change in teams, organizations and systems
  • Develop applications of behavioral science in its various forms that help understanding of, and improvements to, a wide range of social processes, such as decision making, strategic planning, leadership, policy making, behavioral change, employee engagement, post-merger integration, teamwork, culture change, and leveraging diversity
  • Examine the underlying values, assumptions, and biases of various approaches to change to compare their effectiveness in different settings and contexts
  • Develop and explore new ways of knowing and advance alternative knowledge creation processes.
  • Test or explore empirically particular change practices and processes within the larger domains of organization development, strategic and institutional change.
  • Develop means of academic-practitioner collaboration that foster successful change

The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science contributes conceptually and empirically to the evolution of organizational change and development, providing insightful and thought-provoking scholarship.

Submissions can include:

  • Empirical articles presenting applied research and applications
  • Conceptual or model-building articles
  • Comment on or response to recently published articles
  • Essays and provocations prompting discussion, thought-provoking insight or challenging current perspectives (Prospective authors should submit a 400 word proposal setting out the idea for consideration)
  • Methodology corner with submissions on new or updated methods and approaches to collecting and analyzing data for applied research.
  • Practitioner’s corner connecting scholarship and practice. These submissions are 800 word contributions from practitioners drawing in experiential knowledge in reflecting on topical practices and lessons learned.
  • We encourage proposals for Special Issues providing balanced and in-depth coverage of new or expanding topics
  • Review issues providing thematic overview and depth on particular subject matter. Articles published in Review issues are meant to summarize the current state of knowledge on a focal topic, evaluate or assess the body of work surveyed, and provide clear directions for future applied research.

Interdisciplinary in Scope
The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science is interdisciplinary and seeks to provide complete and balanced coverage of the latest developments in applied behavioral science and organizational change. The journal welcomes contributions from any social science discipline where they address change and are applied in their focus.

Gavin Schwarz UNSW Sydney, Australia
Managing Editor
Seyda Hanbay Arca UNSW Sydney, Australia
Associate Editors
Smaranda Boros Vlerick Business School, Belgium
Dave Bouckenooghe Brock University, Canada
David Bright Wright State University, USA
Tobias Fredberg Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Ann-Louise Holten University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Nerina L. Jimmieson Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Michael R. Manning Benedictine University, USA
Christine Meyer NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Norway
Pedro Neves Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal
Cliff Oswick Cass Business School, UK
Inger Stensaker NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Norway
Maria Vakola Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
James Vardaman University of Memphis, USA
Editorial Board
John Amis University of Edinburgh, UK
John Austin Fielding Graduate University, USA
Richard Badham Macquarie Business School, Australia
Frank Barrett Naval Postgraduate School and The Fielding Graduate Institute, USA
Jean M. Bartunek Boston College, USA
Michael Beer Harvard University and Center for Organizational Fitness, USA
Diane Bergeron Case Western Reserve University, USA
R. Wayne Boss University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Richard E. Boyatzis Case Western Reserve University, USA
L. David Brown Harvard University, USA
Melanie Bryant University of Tasmania, Australia
Barbara Benedict Bunker State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Warner Burke Columbia University, USA
Bernard Burnes University of Stirling, Scotland UK
Gervase R. Bushe Simon Fraser University, Canada
Steven Cady Bowling Green State University, USA
Kim Cameron University of Michigan, USA
Filomena Canterino Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Christine Chou National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Samia Chreim University of Ottawa, Canada
Allan Church Pepsi Co., USA
David Coghlan Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Julie Wolfram Cox Monash University, Australia
Chailin Cummings California State University Long Beach, USA
Thomas G. Cummings University of Southern California, USA
Dirk de Clercq Brock University Goodman School of Business, Canada
Sandor Lukacs De Pereny ESAN Graduate School of Business, Peru
Melanie De Ruiter Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Amsterdam
Andrew Dhaenens UNSW Sydney, Australia
Boram Do Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Carolyn Egri Simon Fraser University, Canada
Kate Elgayeva Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth, USA
Ann Feyerherm Pepperdine University, USA
Erica Foldy Nyu, USA
Ronald Fry Case Western Reserve University, USA
Judie Gannon Oxford Brookes University, UK
Katerina Gonzalez Suffolk University, USA
Darren Good Pepperdine University, USA
David Grant Griffith Business School, Australia
Bruce Hanson Concordia University, USA
Bill Harley University of Melbourne, Australia
Bradley Hastings University of New South Wales, Australia
Loizos Heracleous University of Warwick, UK
Quy Nguyen Huy INSEAD, Singapore
David Jamieson University of St. Thomas, USA
Anya Johnson The University of Sydney, Australia
Peter J. Jordan Griffith University, Australia
Rouven Kanitz Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
D. Christopher Kayes The George Washington University, USA
Josh Keller UNSW Sydney, Australia
Sewon Kim State University of New York (SUNY), United States
Ed Lawler USC Marshall, USA
Jie Li Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Rune Lines NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Norway
Jim Ludema Benedictine University, USA
Robert J. Marshak American University, USA
Igor Menezes University of Hull, UK
Michael Miles University of Ottawa, Canada
Philip H. Mirvis Organizational Psychologist and Organization Development Consultant
Aneil Mishra East Carolina University, USA
Barry Morris Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA
Mitchell Neubert Baylor University, USA
Jean Neumann The Tavistock Institute, UK
Helena Nguyen University of Sydney Business School, Australia
Amit Nigam Bayes Business School, UK
Debra Noumair Columbia University, USA
Kathryn Ostermeier Bryant University, USA
Jill W. Paine Instituto de Empresa, Spain
Kathleen Park Boston University, USA
William A. Pasmore Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
Ignacio Pavez Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
Jian Peng Guangzhou University, China
Edward (Ned) Powley Naval Postgraduate School, USA
Alannah Rafferty Griffith University, Australia
Kenneth Rhee Nazareth College, USA
Linda Rouleau HEC Montréal, Canada
Denise M. Rousseau Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Sally Russell University of Leeds, UK
Raymond Saner University of Basle and Center for Socio-Economic Development (CSEND), Switzerland
John E. Sawyer University of Delaware, USA
Myeong-Gu Seo University of Maryland, USA
Christina Shalley Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Abraham B. (Rami) Shani California Polytechnic State University and Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Julie Smendzuik-O'Brien Fielding Graduate University, USA
Gretchen Spreitzer University of Michigan, USA
Ramkrishnan (Ram) Tenkasi Benedictine University, USA
Tojo Thatchenkery George Mason University, Australia
Paul D Tolchinsky Performance Development Associates and Case Western Reserve University, USA
Keith Townsend Griffith University, Australia
Ashlea Troth Griffith University, Australia
Marlene Walk Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Kïrsten Way The University of Queensland, Australia
James D. Westaby Columbia University, USA
Kevin Wooten University of Houston at Clear Lake, USA
Christopher Worley Pepperdine University and Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California, USA
Kuo-Pin Yang National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Kyoung-Hee Yu University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Feirong Yuan University of Kansas, USA
Danielle P. Zandee Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands
Former Editors
Clayton Alderfer 1990-2003
David Austin 1987-1989
Leonard D. Goodstein 1974-1979
Robert J. Marshak American University, USA
Matthew B. Miles  
William Pasmore 2011-2015
Gideon Sjoberg 1987-1989
Goodwin Watson 1965-1970
Richard W. Woodman Flinders Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Louis A. Zurcher Jr. 1979-1987
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  • Manuscripts should be submitted through our online submission website Correspondence on editorial matters, and general inquiries should be directed to Gavin Schwarz, Editor, at

    As its style guide, JABS uses the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). All manuscripts must meet the requirements of style established in this manual. All manuscripts must be double-spaced (including lengthy quotations, endnotes, references, tables, and appendix materials). Manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages (excluding abstract, references, tables and figures). Margins must be at least one inch on all sides. Each table and figure must appear on a separate page, with its location indicated in the text (e.g., "Table I about here") on a separate line. On a cover page, provide the manuscript title, the names of all authors, and all authors' professional titles, affiliations, and complete addresses, including phone and fax numbers. The cover page should also include any acknowledgements, credits, and grant information. To ensure anonymous review of the manuscript, do not include on any other pages any information that could identify authorship. Following the cover page, provide a page with the article title and an abstract of no more than 150 words. Do not use footnotes; provide endnotes on a separate page immediately following the text, under the heading NOTES. Endnotes should offer significant statements, not merely cite references.

    JABS editor, Gavin Schwarz, informs the author directly of a publication decision following review, which normally takes about 12 weeks. JABS follows a anonymize review process in which reviewers are not informed of authors' identities, and authors are not informed of reviewers' identities. Copies of reviewers' comments are mailed to authors whose submissions undergo anonymize review. Manuscripts based on papers presented at meetings are welcome. Articles published previously-whether in the US. or abroad-are not acceptable for JABS.

    Policy is against simultaneous submission. Submission of a manuscript clearly implies a commitment to seek publication in JABS alone. The reviewers devote considerable effort to evaluating manuscripts, with no compensation except the opportunity to read papers and the knowledge that they are serving the profession. Based on standards long established for scholarly and professional journals, NTL Institute regards the submission of manuscripts to JABS that are simultaneously submitted to other publications as unacceptable. Articles accepted for publication are generally published in the order in which they are accepted. JABS reserves the right to copy edit manuscripts prior to publication (authors receive the opportunity to review such copy editing). Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must supply camera-ready artwork for any figures accompanying their articles. All articles published in JABS become the property of NTL Institute.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Authors should follow the JABS "Implications for Practice" guidelines located here.

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