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Instead of preaching to the choir, publish outside of the box
Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Patrick C. Friman, Boys Town
  • Matthew P. Normand, University of the Pacific
  • Derek D. Reed, University of Kansas
  • Henry D. Schlinger, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Stuart A. Vyse
Document Type
Conference Presentation
Association for Behavior Analysis
Minneapolis, MN
Conference Dates
May 24-28, 2013
Date of Presentation
Although behavior analysis thrives, its influence on other fields and the intellectual and popular culture remains mainly slight. In part, this is due to our having founded our own journals (e.g., JEAB). Among the benefits are readerships that understand our work and can constructively critique it. Among the costs are that we mainly “preach to the choir” and that many fields think we are dead. This session addresses how these costs might be mitigated by publishing “outside the box.” The participants address publishing basic, translational, and applied research in relevant journals in other fields, articles about and informed by behavior analysis in newspapers and magazines, and books for the intellectual and popular culture. The session’s objective is mainly pragmatic: to offer advice about how to publish in these venues. This includes the selection of topics (e.g., joint appeal), manuscript preparation (e.g., the autoclitics of circumspection), strategies for selecting venues (e.g., journals, magazines), and tactics for working with editors (e.g., valuing values). When we publish more outside the box, we will gain more influence in other fields and the culture at large.
Citation Information
Patrick C. Friman, Matthew P. Normand, Derek D. Reed, Henry D. Schlinger, et al.. "Instead of preaching to the choir, publish outside of the box" Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis (2013)
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