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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Submission of a paper to The Journal of Behavioural Sciences will imply that it represents original, unpublished work, not being considered for publication elsewhere. Once selected for publication the copyright rests with The Journal of Behavioural Sciences. Any reprints or reproduction of the paper thereafter will only be done with the permission of the Managing Editor of The Journal of Behavioural Sciences.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, inclusive of key words and are to be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. To encourage and facilitate networking amongst the academic community the Editorial Board accepts contributions from within the Department of Behavioural Sciences, other Departments within the University of the West Indies as well as from outside of the University thereby. The Editorial Board anticipates abstracts that cover a range of papers that fall into any one of the following categories:

  • Original Research (empirical, interpretive) - Final paper not more than 10,000 words
  • Historical - Final paper not more than 10,000 words
  • Think Pieces - Final paper not more than 4,000 words
  • Position Papers - Final paper not more than 4,000 words
  • Literature Reviews - Final paper not more than 4,000 words
  • Book Reviews - Final paper not more than 1,500 words
  • Graduate Papers (UWI grad students only) - Final paper not more than 6,000 words and should be accompanied by a recommendation letter from an academic supervisor acknowledging quality and revision of work.


Authors who are requested to submit manuscripts should format their papers as follows.

Please submit in Times New Roman 12 point font, single spaced with text justified. The main title of the article should be in Times New Roman 16 point font and capitalised. Headings should be bold Times New Roman 12 point font and sentence case. Sub-headings should be italicised Times New Roman 12 point font and sentence case. The abstract and keywords should be in Times New Roman 12 point font and justified.


Please use numbered endnotes rather than footnotes.

Quotations and References in the Text

Short quotations should appear in the main text in quotation marks. Where the author's name is given in brackets do not use commas between author and date. For example:

According to Smith (1991: 45), "It removes from the debate the impact of cumulative inequalities."


As the anthropologist Daniel Crowley remarked back in 1957 about the various cultural groups he identified in Trinidad and Tobago, "all the members of any group know something of the other groups and many members are as proficient in the cultural activities of other groups as their own" (Crowley 1957: 74).

Quotations longer than 4 lines should be indented in the text 1 inch on each side and without quotation marks.

References to multiple works should appear as follows:

Racism and Structural Violence have been a staple focus of Sociology (Farmer 1987, 1991, 1993; Wodak 1996).


References should be at the end of the article and ordered alphabetically.


Lansley, Stewart. 2006. Rich Britain: The rise and rise of the new super-wealthy.             London: Politico Publishing Ltd.

Linebaugh, Peter. 1992. The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth             Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Marx, Karl. 1995. Capital: An Abridged Edition. Edited with an Introduction by David             McLellan. Oxford: Oxford University Press

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