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Instructions for Authors

***Note to Authors: please make sure your contact address information is clearly visible on the outside of all packages you are sending to Editors.***

Submission of Manuscripts

Submission of Manuscripts. An original and four copies of the manuscript should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief, Craig J. Forsyth, PhD,, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana 70504-0198. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts on disk. The disk should be prepared using MS Word or WordPerfect and should be clearly labeled with the authors’ names, file name, and software program. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

All papers undergo a blind review. Authors shall be notified. All manuscripts submitted to Deviant Behavior from those serving as Board Members or Associate Editors of the journal undergo the same blind review process as do those submitted by other individuals. In addition, any manuscript submitted for review authored or co-authored by the Editor-in-Chief is handled by an independent Special Editor who coordinates a blind review process and makes the final deceision as to the suitability of the manuscript(s) for publication in Deviant Behavior.

All parts of the manuscript should be type-written, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper.

Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text.


Should be listed at the end of the paper and refer only to material cited in the manuscript. They should be listed in alphabetical order and follow the current American Sociological Review style. In the text, reference citations should include author and year of publication (Brown 1978). Identify subsequent citations of the same source in the same way as the first, not using ibid., op. cit., or loc. cit. Give both last names for dual authors; for more than two, use “et al.” in the text. When two authors have the same last name, use identifying initials in the text. For institutional authorship, supply minimum identification from the beginning of the complete citation (U.S. Bureau of the Census 1963, p. 117).

In the reference section, list all source citations by author, and within author by year of publication. The reference list must be complete and include all references in the text. The use of “et al’ is not acceptable in the reference list; provide the names of all authors. If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, them by the letters “a,” “b,” etc. added to the year (Levy 1963a). Give the publisher’s name in brief a form as is fully intelligible. If the cited material is unpublished, use “forthcoming” with the name of journal or publisher; otherwise use “unpublished.”

Jud, Gerald J., Edgar W. Mills, Jr., and Genevieve Walters Burch. 1970. Ex-Pastors. Philadelphia: Pilgrim Press.

Conger, Rand. Forthcoming. “The Effects of Positive Feedback on Direction and Amount of Verbalization in a Social Setting.” Pacific Sociological Review.

Davie, M. 1938. “The Pattern of Urban Growth.” Pp. 133 161 in Studies in the Science of Society, edited by G. Murdock. New Haven: Yale University Press.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
  • submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All original figures should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, author’s name, and top edge indicated.

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