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Editorial Policy

Revised July 17, 2017.

Education and Treatment of Children (ISSN: 0748-8491) is published quarterly by the West Virginia University Press (http://wvupressonline.com/).

Author Information: Authors should submit electronic copies of their manuscripts preferably in either Microsoft Word or rich text format (rtf) with figures in PDF format as e-mail attachments (more details below) to Bernie Fabry, Ph.D., Managing Editor, ETC. Manuscripts should include a 100- to 150-word abstract and adhere to the format presented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.), and the following manuscript guidelines. E-mail: bernie.fabry@gmail.com or bdfabry@aim.com.

Rights and Permissions 2017 by the Editorial Review Board, Education and Treatment of Children. Submit requests to Bernie Fabry, Ph.D. BCBA-D.

ETC is abstracted/indexed in ERIC, Psychological Abstracts, Exceptional Child Education Resources, Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, Clinical Behavior Therapy Review, and Current Index to Journals in Education.

ETC is available online to institutions through Project Muse (http://muse.jhu.edu)


Manuscript Guidlines

Education and Treatment of Children (ETC) is devoted to the dissemination of information concerning the development of services for children and youth who are at risk for or experiencing emotional or behavioral problems. A primary criterion for publication is that the material be of direct value to educators, parents, child care providers, or mental health professionals in improving the effectiveness of their services. Therefore, authors are required to compose their manuscripts in a clear, concise style that will be readily understood by the practitioners who are likely to make use of the information.

Materials appropriate for publication include experimental research, research reviews, data-based case studies, procedure or program descriptions, and issue-oriented papers with a focus on children and youth who are at risk for or experiencing emotional or behavioral problems, and the people in their lives. Nonexperimental papers should emphasize the manner in which the described procedure, program, or issues related to the practical concerns of professionals in the field. Experimental studies should demonstrate usefulness of the described procedure, adequacy of the data in showing a functional relationship between the procedures and observed behavior changes, and evidence that measurements taken were reliable. ETC utilizes a broad base of researchers, educators, clinical practitioners, and graduate students in the editorial review process.

Experimental Studies

Manuscripts that document a clear functional relationship between procedures used and behavior changes observed will be considered for publication in the Studies section of ETC. Replications are welcome, especially when the original study has been published in a source that is unlikely to come to the attention of the practitioners who would use the procedures in their work or when the replication includes some change in the procedures, population, or setting for the study. Original research studies that investigate procedures of use to practitioners are also welcome. Potential usefulness of the procedures, behavior changes of magnitudes that have practical implications, accuracy of the data, and clarity of the presentation for practitioners are the considerations used by our reviewers when judging an experimental study manuscript's suitability for publication in ETC.

Data-Based Case Studies

Manuscripts that meet the following criteria will be considered for publication in the Data-Based Case Studies section of ETC. The minimum requirements are: (1) a demonstration of direct, empirical measurement of specific client behaviors repeated over time that guided the clinical and/or educational decision making reported in the study; and (2) a contribution to advancing teaching/training/treatment effectiveness by serving (a) as a source of ideas and hypotheses for further research, (b) as a source of developing teaching/training/treatment techniques, such as a study of a rare phenomenon, (c) as a counterinstance for notions that are considered to be universally applicable, or (d) as persuasive and motivational (see ETC, 22 (2), for references). Replications in real-life situations of procedures developed under rigorous research protocols are welcome, especially when the original study was a highly controlled experiment. Also, data based case studies that highlight efficient and effective means to collect data that guide treatment/teaching will be accepted.

Reviews of the Literature

Reviews should be focused on the implications of the results of studies for practitioners whose clients may benefit from the procedures described by the literature. Reviews need not be comprehensive as long as the literature not included would in no way alter the implications for practice described by the review. The style, format, and organization should be such that practitioners will clearly understand what is being presented. It is important to caution practitioners about the limitations of the implications for practice drawn from the research literature. This may include discussions of legal, ethical, scientific, and logistical limitations and associated issues.

Program Descriptions

It is important for practitioners and program managers to know what resources will be required to successfully implement programs or procedures that have been useful to others. ETC publishes such program or procedure descriptions when reviewers indicate that the description clearly communicates this information. This typically means that the manuscript includes an introduction that identifies a framework into which the program fits, or a rationale for the program's operation; basic information regarding the geographic area served and the program location, accessibility, funding sources, etc; a clear description of the people served; the number, types, and training of staff who implement the program; details of the actual operation of the program; documentation of program successes; and discusses any and all aspects of the program that will allow the readers to determine the feasibility and desirability of implementing the program or procedure in their settings.

Forum Articles

Papers for the Forum section of ETC will generally be discussions of legal, ethical, and other issues important to persons working with children and youth who are at risk for or experiencing emotional or behavioral problems; discussions and/or descriptions of methods and techniques that provide information directly applicable to the assessment, treatment, and evaluation of services for children; descriptions of guidelines or criteria useful in planning and implementing assessment, treatment, and evaluation programs for children; behavior analyses of situations relevant to the education and treatment of children; theoretical papers that focus on the potential applications of the position taken; or survey research that addresses important social and criterion-related validity issues regarding evidence-based practices that improve the services for children and youth. It is difficult to describe a set of specific review criteria that are appropriate for the wide variety of manuscripts that can be considered for the Forum section of ETC. In general, Forum manuscripts will be reviewed to determine if the manuscript provides information that can be directly applied to the education and treatment of children; addresses an issue or problem that affects a large population of children, professionals, or parents; clearly and cogently make its points; considers all of the critical information relevant to the topic; and adds to our knowledge regarding the education and treatment of children.

General Issues in the Reviewing Process

The publication of studies in ETC is intended to provide those involved in the education and treatment of tchildren and youth who are at risk for or experiencing emotional or behavioral problems with useful empirical information. The editorial review process is designed to identify such information in the manuscripts that are submitted for review. The accuracy and clarity of the information is shaped by the review process with the result that the investigator's efforts are recognized by the publication of an article that is of interest to many of our readers. The editorial review process articulates what is useful, accurate, and clearly communicated in each manuscript. It also identifies what is not useful, accurate and/or clearly communicated. Finally, the review process determines whether or not a given manuscript is ready to be published, can be revised so that it will be publishable, or cannot be revised so that it is be publishable.

The usefulness of information contained in a manuscript is a judgement made by reviewers who have dealt with similar problems in similar settings. They are asked to determine whether or not the procedures used would be feasible for others to use and whether or not the results produced justify the effort required. Researchers who are familiar with available methodology judge the accuracy of the information presented. They are asked to determine whether or not measurement procedures were used that will give readers confidence that the data reflect the behaviors that occurred. In addition, they indicate whether or not the conditions under which the data were collected in combination with the results obtained are sufficient to assure readers that the procedures employed were responsible for the changes in behaviors that were observed. Reviewers are also asked to comment on the clarity of the presentation and to provide suggestions to the authors that will improve the readability of the manuscript.

Only infrequently does a manuscript fully satisfy all the criteria when it is submitted. More frequently manuscripts are improved by the interactions among reviewers, an associate editor, an editor, and the authors as they pass through the editorial review process. Often the improvement of a manuscript results in it meeting the publication criteria and it is ultimately published. Sometimes manuscripts cannot be or are not improved so that they meet the criteria and they are not published.

Format for Figures

All graphics for ETC need to be submitted as publication-ready vector PDF files with supporting Excel files. When in doubt about the best method to convert a file to PDF, please consult with an IT person to determine the proper procedure.

Type: All minor labels (for example axis increments of graphs) should be set in 8pt Verdana typeface (or if necessary Arial). Major labels should be set in 10pt. Both type sizes apply to the graphic's display at final size.

Sizes: If the graphic is small enough to fit across a normal ETC page in portrait orientation and be readable, the width of the graphic should be 4.25 inches. If the graphic is so large that it must be turned on its side to fit across the long dimension of the page, the width should be 7.25 inches.

If the graphic absolutely must be provided in a raster image format such as JPEG, PNG, or TIFF, the resolution of the file at file printed size must be at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch, often mistakenly represented as dpi (dots per inch)).

Color: ETC is printed in black ink only, so graphics need to be legible in shades of grey.


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