Chapter 1: Writing for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Chapter 1 describes the role of ethics in publishing and offers guidance in following best practices for
Chapter 2: Manuscript Structure and Content
Chapter 2 defines all parts of a scholarly manuscript, from title to appendix, emphasizing both function
and form. It ends with sample papers for users to model.
Chapter 3: Writing Clearly and Concisely
Chapter 3 offers basic guidance on planning and writing the article. It advises readers on how to
organize their thoughts, choose effective words, and describe individuals with accuracy and sensitivity.
Chapter 4: The Mechanics of Style
Chapter 4 instructs readers on the nuts and bolts of style: punctuation, spelling, capitalization,
abbreviations, numbers, and statistics in text. It demonstrates that consistency in their use is key to
clear scientific communication.
Chapter 5: Displaying Results
Chapter 5 describes the effective use of graphic elements in text. It provides readers with guidance on
which graphic element is best suited to the data being delivered as well as detailed instruction on table
and figure preparation.
Chapter 6: Crediting Sources
Chapter 6 provides guidance on reference citation. It instructs readers on when and how to cite
references in text and on how to construct a reference list that contains everything readers need to
locate each source.
Chapter 7: Reference Examples
Chapter 7 offers a comprehensive set of reference examples for readers to model. It demonstrates the
reference components that readers need to locate the work, with an emphasis on electronic sources.
Chapter 8: The Publication Process
Chapter 8 provides an overview of the journal publishing process. It delineates author and publisher
responsibilities in manuscript review, selection, and preparation.