Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission meets the journal’s stated Aims and Scope.
- The submission is written in widely accessible language, free of field-specific jargon and unnecessarily technical language.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration. If the submission uses the same primary data set and has been published or already accepted for publication with another outlet, the cover letter details how the present submission differs from the other manuscript(s) in terms of range, scope, and theoretical and/or practical significance.
- The submission adheres to the relevant word limit for its submission type.
- The submission files adhere to the journal’s formatting requirements and are in either Microsoft Word/OfficeOpen (.docx) or OpenDocument (.odt) format.
- The author(s) have included a cover letter in the “Comments to the Editor” box that (1) affirms that the submitted research complies with the journal’s stated Publication Ethics policy; (2) provides three recommended peer reviewers who are well qualified to assess the submission’s quality, but who have no direct familiarity with the work; and (3) discloses any and all conflicts of interest.
Original Articles are unsolicited full-length submissions that present well-developed conceptual/theoretical arguments and/or present analyses from one or more research studies.
Original Articles may have one of three word limits, depending on their content:
- Original Articles may not exceed 8,000 words if they present quantitative analyses from single studies or purely conceptual/theoretical arguments.
- Original Articles may not exceed 10,000 words if they present quantitative analyses from multiple studies.
- Original Articles may not exceed 12,000 words if they present qualitative analyses or findings from multi-method studies.
Brief Reports are unsolicited short-form submissions that present single findings from individual research studies or present replications of previous research.
Brief Reports may not exceed 3,500 words.
Book Reviews are solicited short essays that provide a summary and critical assessment of one or more recently published book(s) relevant to the work published in BATS. If you are interested in submitting a review to BATS, please email a brief introductory message and copy of your CV to editor Thomas J Billard at email@example.com.
Book Reviews may not exceed 1,500 words.
Unless otherwise stated, all content published in BATS is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (by-nc-nd). This license allows anyone to copy and distribute the article for non-commercial purposes provided that appropriate attribution is given. For details of the rights authors grant users of their work, see the “human-readable summary” of the license.