Revised April 4, 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. BCBA-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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Rights and Permissions © 2012 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)
Education and Treatment of Children (ETC) is devoted to
the dissemination of information concerning the development of services
for children and youth. 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
Materials appropriate for publication include experimental
research, research reviews, data-based case studies, procedure or
program descriptions, issue-oriented papers, and brief communications
and inquiries. 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.
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,
quantitative 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
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 clients 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.
Papers for the Forum section of ETC will generally be
discussions of legal, ethical, and other issues important to persons
working with children; 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 data based studies in ETC is intended to
provide those involved in the education and treatment of children 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 useful 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.