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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Call for Papers:

Special Issue of The Behavior Analyst on Contemporary Issues in Stimulus Relations Research

A special issue of The Behavior Analyst edited by Thomas S. Critchfield, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, and Jan De Houwer.


Seminal research on stimulus relations (e.g., Sidman, 1971) has influenced many lines of investigation (e.g., Barnes & Holmes, 1991; Wilkinson & McIlvane, 2001; Zentall, Galizio, & Critchfield, 2002), spawned heated theoretical debate (e.g., Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Roche, 2001; Horne & Lowe, 1996; Sidman, 2000), and given rise to emerging applied technologies (e.g., Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999; Rehfeldt, 2011). Although the resulting literature forces a re-thinking of both theoretical concepts and practical behavior-change strategies, it receives limited attention in the mainstream of behavior analysis. The special issue is intended to address this shortcoming by providing a contemporary assessment of a range of theoretical and applied issues.

Manuscripts will be considered for this special issue by invitation only, though inquiries from potential authors are welcome; send a description or extended abstract to any of the co-editors, who can determine whether the proposed paper may be suitable. Inquiries must be received by November 15, 2016.

Manuscripts may vary in format but in most cases should respect the journal's tradition of featuring review, theoretical, and historical articles. Manuscripts must do more than simply survey the literature; a coherent conceptual framework is required. We prefer manuscripts that thoroughly explore a well-defined topic rather than summarizing a broad literature and those that press boundaries by extending theory or by drawing previously unappreciated connections to problems and literatures outside the mainstream of behavior analysis.


Manuscripts under consideration must be submitted by February 15, 2017 via the journal's online system:


Papers should be approximately 20 manuscript pages (excluding tables, figures, and references) and conform to the requirements for submissions to The Behavior Analyst as described in the online system. It is recommended that papers be professionally proofread prior to submission.


*Please indicate in your cover letter that the submission is for the special issue on contemporary issues in stimulus relations research.



Barnes, D., & Holmes, Y. (1991). Radical behaviorism, stimulus equivalence, and human cognition. The Psychological Record, 41, 19-31.


Hayes, S. C., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Roche, B. (Eds.). (2001). Relational frame theory: A Post-Skinnerian account of human language and cognition. New York, NY: Plenum Press.


Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (1999). Acceptance and commitment therapy: An experiential approach to behavior change. New York, NY: Guilford Press.


Horne, P. J., & Lowe, C. F. (1996). On the origins of naming and other symbolic behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 65, 185-241.


Rehfeldt, R. A. (2011). Toward a technology of derived stimulus relations: An analysis of  articles published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1992-2009. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 109-119.


Sidman, M. (1971). Reading and auditory-visual equivalences. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 14, 5-13.


Wilkinson, K. M., & McIlvane, W. J. (2001). Methods for studying symbolic behavior and category formation: Contributions of stimulus equivalence research. Developmental Review, 21, 355-374.


Zentall, T. R., Galizio, M., & Critchfield, T. S. (2002). Categorization, concept learning, and behavior analysis: An introduction. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior78, 237-248.


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