The Journal of Animal Behavior Technology (JABT) (Previously, the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior) is a bi-annual fully peer-reviewed journal publishing papers of interest to behaviorologists, behavior analysts, professional companion animal behavior technologists. JABT publishes papers of all kinds including review of topics, original research papers, case-studies, short communications, critical reviews, persuasive essays, theoretical works, technical articles and commentary. 


The mission of the Journal of Animal Behavior Technology is to disseminate papers on the science and technology of behavior to the behaviorology and behavior technology community and thereby contribute to the knowledge- and skill-base in the profession and improve the human-animal social relationship.

Target Audience:

Behaviorologists, behavior analysts, professional companion animal behavior technologists.



James O’Heare, DLBC

Editor in Chief



Kellie Snider, M.S.

Associate Editor


Kamrin MacKnight, J.D., Ph.D.

Copy Editor


Review Board

Review Board (with expertise included)

Papers submitted for publication are reviewed by at least two reviewers. The reviewers are chosen based on a match between the topic of the essay and the areas of expertise of the reviewers. Original research essays are reviewed by at least one expert in research methods and experimental design and by one expert in the topic of the essay. If this cannot be achieved in a particular case with review panel members the Editor will endeavor to identify an expert in the topic to review the essay.

James O'Heare, DLBC, CDBC. 

Behaviorology, principles of behavior, philosophy, ethics

Jean Donaldson, B.A., CDBC

Dog training techniques

Maren Jensen, Ph.D.

Biology, neuroscience, genetics

Dee Ganley, CPDT, CDBC, CABC

Dog training techniques

Sue Alexander, CDBC

Clicker training techniques

Kellie Snider, M.S., B.S., BCABA

Behavior analysis

Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Ph.D.

Behavior analysis, experimental analysis of behavior, Principles of behavior

Nicole Wilde, B.A., CPDT

Dog training techniques, client consulting, business

Caroline Warnes BVSc. MSc. MRCVS.

Veterinary sciences

Rachel Kelly, D.V.M.

Veterinary medical care

Sarah Kalnajs B.A., CDBC, CPDT

Shelter work, temperament testing, dog training

Amanda Shyne, Ph.D.

Research methods, principles of behavior, and dog agility



JABT accepts papers on any topic in the field of companion animal training and behavior technology from basic manners training to changing complex behavior problems as well as coaching clients on working companion animals, consulting skills, ethics issues, running a professional animal behavior business and the science of behavior in general. Authors can review a topic in depth, compare and contrast procedures, report on an experiment, explain and review equipment, critique a method or published book/article or write about any number of other related topics that would be of interest to professional behaviorologists, behavior analysts or animal behavior technologists. 

It is not easy to get published in a peer reviewed journal. Being published in a peer reviewed journal is considered more prestigious than being published in a magazine or newsletter though. We encourage you to accept the challenge and help contribute to the body of knowledge in animal training and move the profession forward.

Some tips on submitting an acceptable essay for a journal:

  • Your audience is professional and knowledgeable companion animal behavior technologists, not the general public

  • Present detailed information, exploring your topic in-depth

  • Cite your sources

Incentive Program

Anyone who submits an article that is eventually published in the journal (book reviews excepted) will qualify for 1 free year’s membership with the AABP. All of the rules for attaining and maintaining membership remain in effect.


Please follow the guidelines found in this document carefully before making a submission for publication. The editorial staff may decline to accept any submissions in significant discord with these guidelines. Editors will modify manuscripts in accordance with house style.

Article Types

Authors may submit a wide range of article types, from: reports on research they have conducted to reviews of a topic or reviews of the literature on a topic; a review/critique of a specific article or book or training approach; simple educational articles on any topic of interest to behaviorologists, behavior analysts or professional animal behavior technologists, from philosophical underpinnings (radical behaviorism, natural science), business practices, ethics, theoretical examination of a topic, species-typical behavior patterns (in a behavioralogical context), functional assessment, procedure design, selection or implementation, application of principles of behavior to various settings such as shelters for example, liability issues and the list goes on. Basically, any topic that would be of interest to fellow behaviorologists, behavior analysts or professional animal behavior technologists are welcomed. These are general guidelines. If you have an essay idea that does not fit neatly into one of these categories that is not likely a problem. In that case just email us and ask for guidance.


Articles must be submitted via email to the Managing Editor, James O'Heare. The author should include separately a cover letter and the article as well as any letters of permission required for extensive quotes (500 words or more), borrowed tables, figures or illustrations etc. The cover letter should include the following information:

Title of article 

  • Full name of author with appropriate credential letters after name 

  • Institutional affiliation if any 

  • Phone number with area code 

  • Email address 

  • Mailing address 

  • Abstract (if research article)

The article itself should not contain the author’s identity.

The Editorial and Review Process

Upon submission, the Editor will confirm receipt of the article. The Editor in Chief (hereafter referred to as Editor) will then review the article for basic acceptability. If it is unacceptable or needs revision, the Editor will inform the author of this and what needs to be modified for acceptability. If the article is found acceptable on the face of it, the Editor will assign the article (without author identity) to two (2) reviewers based on a match between the complimenting expertise of the reviewers and the topic of the article or will assign the article to one (1) reviewer and act as the second reviewer. The reviewers will have two (2) weeks in which to review the article. If the reviewer determines that that article is unacceptable they will write guidelines for making it acceptable or recommend declining. Reasons for declining an article may include but are not limited to unethical research methods, unethical statements, serious flaws of reasoning, significant departures from academic writing style or proper grammar, inappropriate topic. This will be delivered to the Editor who will review the comments and article. The Editor takes the reviewer’s comments into consideration and writes a formal response to the author informing them of changes they require for a revision, or of its rejection or acceptance. Resubmitted articles after a request for changes should be accompanied by a letter explaining how the reviewers’ and Editor’s comments have been addressed in the resubmitted version. 

By submitting an article the author guarantees that the work is original, has not been published elsewhere (including on the internet), and is not plagiarized in any way. Exceptions can be made for republishing. Discuss this with the Editor.

Articles should conform to American Psychological Association Style Guidelines. A copy of the Publications Manual can be purchased at <>. See below for details.

File formats

Word (.doc or .docx) format is preferred for submissions (preferred). However, Rich Text Format (.rtf) is acceptable. Illustrations, figures, tables and photographs should be submitted inserted directly into the text in the appropriate places.


Authors retain the copyright to their article, however, articles are accepted based on the understanding that they are only being submitted to JABT and not to other journals or to magazines, newsletters or other publications without permission from the Editor, and that authors will only submit their article elsewhere or use their article in whatever other way they wish after the article has been released in JABT.



No responsibility is assumed by the Publisher, JABT Editors or Reviewers for any injury and or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in JABT. 

Ethical Treatment of Animals in Research

This is the stance of the Journal of Animal Behavior Technology on the use of animals in research

Animals should not be harmed in the study of their behavior. JABT recognizes a higher standard of ethical responsibility to the rights of animals under scientific investigation than is common. Full informed consent should also be secured from guardians of any animal used in any study. With respect to harm, broadly speaking, an animal is harmed if he or she is caused distress or physical harm. All reasonable precautions are to be taken to prevent the causing of harm to any animals. JABT will not publish essays based on research carried out by the authors or those under their direction that caused harm to the subjects.

General Submission Format Guidelines

  • Submit in .doc or .docx format, or where necessary  .rtf formal.

  • All manuscripts should be single spaced, left aligned.

  • Use continuously numbered lines where available (available in Word).

  • Use Times or Times New Roman font at 12 point size throughout.

  • 1-inch margins on all sides.

  • Page numbering should be included in the bottom footer centered.

  • Indent each new paragraph 1/2 inch.

  • Use only single spaces between sentences.

  • First level headings should be capitals for first letter of each main word and centered. Title should be treated as a first level heading.

  • Second level headings should be capitals for first letter of each main word, centered and italicized.

  • Third level headings should be capitals for first letter of each main word, align left and italicized.

  • Try to keep headings concise with as few levels as is required.

  • List of references cited should be in accordance with APA style guidelines.

  • Author’s names should be read first name, middle initial(s) and last name, followed by any credential letters as appropriate.

  • Level of authorship should be reflected in the order of the names in the manuscript, ranked from primary to lesser authorships in descending order.

  • Identify the corresponding author with address and email address below affiliations.

  • Research article: Abstract should be less than 250 words and should outline the purpose, the major findings and a statement of the main conclusion.

  • Research article: In “methods” section include information on how ethical considerations were taken into account and managed where there may be any question as to whether animals may have been put in harms way.

  • Insert figures and tables where they are to appear in the final article as published.

  • Ensure legends to figures or tables include all necessary information to understand them.

  • Avoid footnotes.

 Behaviorological Research

If you intend to engage in conducting research and submitting an article based on that research, please note that JABT publishes behaviorological research, not psychological or ethological research. It is important to note that within behaviorology (and behavior analysis) research operates under a completely different paradigm than does psychological or ethological research. Psychology and ethology operate under the hypothetico-deductive paradigm while behaviorology (and behavior analysis) operate under an inductive paradigm. Behaviorology does not generally compare groups (treatment and control) and attempt to spread variation out with statistical methods. Instead, behaviorologists carry out single-subject research and the same subject is exposed to treatment and control conditions. Variation is controlled for rather than hidden. The results are depicted graphically. However, this is not to say that between group experiments are never appropriate. It all depends of the research question. Generally, behaviorologists conduct single subject experiments and replicate with other individuals, each individual being the sole subject of the experiment and acting as the subject of both the control and treatment condition. If the research question relates to groups, then between group experimental methods may become appropriate as long as general behaviorological principles are observed. Strategies and Tactics of Human Behavioral Research by Johnston and Pennypacker 3rd edition is a good source for guiding research efforts.



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2008. Vol. 2, No.1


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