Journal submission guidelines



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We’re actively looking for unique and diverse voices from everywhere. If you’re involved with animal behavior and training, and there’s something you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. You don’t have to be an IAABC member or a professional behavior consultant, and there are no minimum academic qualifications. Your work will be fact-checked by the IAABC Foundation Journal team and our network of experts.


Animal behavior is a large and diverse field, so we are open to content from many areas, such as applied behavioral analysis, ethology, the human-animal bond, interpersonal skills, and scientific literacy. We are looking for content covering all species of animal in any situation; this includes companion animals, working and service animals, shelter animals, feral, and wild animals.

For detailed information about the content we are looking for, read our submissions guidelines and style guide:

The IAABC Foundation Journal Submissions Guidelines


All contributions to The IAABC Foundation Journal must be based on current, scientifically valid principles and reflect our Core Competencies and position on LIMA.

Currently, no meta-analysis or systematic review supports the use of any complementary therapy in behavior modification for companion animals.

The IAABC Foundation cannot, therefore, accept content promoting these products and techniques as an adjunct or alternative to behavior modification.

Although we recognize that personal beliefs and opinions on the efficacy of different types of alternative medicine may run contrary to this position, we can only accept the best evidence presented by the scientific community at this time. The IAABC Foundation’s position will change if the body of evidence changes.

What is Peer Review?

The IAABC Journal is a peer reviewed publication. We have a group of
volunteers from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds who
provide anonymous feedback to help our editing team make acceptance
decisions and give suggestions to prospective Journal authors.

As an industry journal, not all of the content we receive is appropriate for
peer review. Personal opinions, stories, and editorials, for example, are
generally not required to be peer reviewed. Our content editing team
determines whether a submission is put into peer review based on the
following criteria:

• Use/interpretation of scientific data to draw conclusions
• Arguments based on learning theory, behavior science, ethology,
genetics, or any other scientific basis
• Submission is a case study in behavior consulting

Peer reviewing is anonymous to both the author and reviewers; your
submission will be stripped of identifying details for our reviewers, and
authors are never given the names of individuals who have reviewed their

If you would like to join our peer review team, email us at

How do I submit?

Your first point of contact will be to email our managing editor at Please include a little about yourself and your idea in your email, and include a draft if you have one. We have a Dropbox for large files like video, and can accept files from sharing and cloud services.

Can you help me get started?

Of course! Our editing team can help you come up with ideas, or with refining an existing idea. We can also offer guidance and technical support when it comes to getting photos and videos to accompany your submission.

We strive to make our editing process as careful, flexible and transparent as possible, so don’t be afraid to get in touch and pitch us something.

What about copyright?

All content will be licensed under Creative Commons — Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States. You retain the full rights to your submissions.

The IAABC Foundation has the right to distribute your content on the website and also across other media including social media.

We want the journal to be a source of unique content, so we strongly discourage submitting any work that has previously been published elsewhere. Plagiarism will result in your content being refused, or removed from the site—this includes photos and videos. Please only include media if you own the copyright or have permission for its use. We can supply you with a media release form to give to clients and other sources of video and images.

For more information, contact us using this form