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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Symposium #309
Diversity submission Geographic Affiliation of Authors and Editors of Behavior-Analytic Journals
Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 203 AB
Area: PCH; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Abha Dixit (Department of Psychology, Western Michigan University)
Abstract:

Behavior analysis is a scientific discipline that was established in the United States, and since its establishment has been embraced in various parts of the globe. This symposium will review data related to the geographic affiliation of authors and editors of behavior-analytic journals, near and far. The first study that will be presented will consist of data related to the geographic affiliation of authors who have contributed works to the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), and Perspectives on Behavior Science (PBS) from 1997 to 2020. The second study will consist of geographic affiliation data for journals housed outside of the United States, namely the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, and Brazilian Journal of Behavior Analysis. The third study will consist of data related to the geographical affiliation and gender of editorial board members for JABA, JEAB, and PBS from 2000 to 2020.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): gender analysis, geographic affiliation
Target Audience:

Attendees should be able to analyze the level, trend, and variability of graphed data. Attendees should also have knowledge of prominent behavior-analytic journals and their importance to the field.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to describe the importance of analyzing the geographic affiliation of authors of behavior-analytic journals; will be able to summarize current data and trends related to the geographical affiliation of authors in prominent behavior-analytic journals; and will be able to summarize the findings for gender analyses of editorial boards.
 
Diversity submission International Publication Trends in Basic, Applied, and Conceptual Behavior-Analytic Journals
Hugo Curiel (Western Michigan University), EMILY CURIEL (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The analysis of international and collaborative publication trends in prominent behavior-analytic journals has been a topic of interest for behavioral researchers. This paper focuses on publication trends from 1997 through 2020 in three prominent journals: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), and Perspectives on Behavior Science (PBS). The variable of interest was the percentage of articles published per geographical category—Australasia/East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, and Africa. The results showed that 79, 96, and 87% of the published articles in JEAB, JABA, and PBS, respectively, were conducted by researchers with a North American affiliation. Furthermore, 12, 4, and 4% of the articles in JEAB, JABA, and PBS, respectively, were coauthored by at least two researchers from different geographical categories. At the end of the presentation, we will discuss the findings, potential barriers to collaboration, and provide suggestions that may enhance collaboration.
 
Diversity submission Geographic Affiliation of Authors and Collaborative Research in the Mexican, European, and Brazilian Journal of Behavior Analysis
Hugo Curiel (Western Michigan University), Emily Curiel (Western Michigan University), JOSEPH WILLIAM RYAN (Western Michigan University), Katarina Alice Rotta (Western Michigan University), Alicia Roca (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Alan D. Poling (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Publication trends in prominent behavior-analytic journals developed in the United States of America have shown that most of its research has been produced by authors with North American affiliations. The geographic affiliation of authors who have contributed research to the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis (MJBA), European Journal of Behavior Analysis (EJBA), and Brazilian Journal of Behavior Analysis (BJBA)—all of which are housed outside of the United States of America—are currently unknown. We examined articles published in these journals from their inception through 2020 to determine the geographic locations of authors’ listed affiliations. We found that 70% and 90% of publications in the MJBA and BJBA, respectively, were from researchers with Latin American affiliations. The EJBA had 58% and 42% of publications from researchers with North American and European affiliations, respectively. The articles were also analyzed to determine if they were co-authored by researchers from different geographic regions. The data show that 11, 6, and 3% of articles published in EJBA, MJBA, and BJBA, respectively, were collaborative.
 
Diversity submission Editorial Boards: An Analysis of Geographic Affiliation and Gender
Joey Ryan (Western Michigan University), HUGO CURIEL (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The geographic affiliation and gender of authors who have contributed research to behavior-analytic journals have been analyzed at different points in time. These lines of research, collectively, have shown that (a) authorship by women has increased across time and (b) a significant number of articles published in prominent journals have been from authors with North American affiliations. Much less, however, is known about the characteristics of editorial boards. The purpose of this study was to assess the diversity, on the basis of geographic affiliation and gender, of editorial board members that have served on prominent behavior-analytic journals. We analyzed the editorial boards of Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), and Perspectives on Behavior Science (PBS) from 2000 to 2020. The data for JEAB show that 83, 83, and 73% of Editors-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Board of Editors, respectively, have been men. For JABA, 63, 63, and 61% of Editors-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Board of Editors have been men. For PBS, 88, 69, and 64% of Editors-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Board of Editors have been men. Furthermore, 95, 87, and 83% of Editors-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Board of Editors had a United States affiliation.
 

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