2020 Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT)

The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association publishes an annual, peer-reviewed academic journal, The Journal of Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT). J-BIT is a multi-disciplinary journal intended to encourage academic research and scholarship regarding the function, design, operation, and assessment of Behavioral Intervention Teams (BITs).

General Submission Guidelines

Content Guidelines

J-BIT is a multi-disciplinary journal; the only limitation on subjects is that the article must relate to campus BIT concerns. There are four manuscript categories encouraged for submissions: 

Threat Assessment

  • Manuscripts will include information related to direct communicated threats, threat assessment strategies and theory, protective factors for threat prevention, social media threats, workplace violence, application to special populations (e.g. k-12, law enforcement, conduct, counseling, residence life), and violence risk factors.
  • Studies may include quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method design.
  • Research manuscripts should address questions important to the field of threat assessment and include implications for practice and future studies.
  • Submissions should not exceed 25 pages in length, including references, and up to three tables and two figures.

Case Study

  • Manuscripts highlight lessons to be learned from BIT-related cases, inform research on BIT, and facilitate dialogue about BIT practice.
  • Authors should take appropriate steps to safeguard private information (e.g. changing names and identifying details).
  • Submissions should not exceed 10 pages in length, including references, and up to three tables and two figures (or photos).

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Submissions may include traditional quantitative or qualitative analysis of current BIT practice, may explore new areas of knowledge related to BIT, or may highlight and analyze existing aspects of research literature for application to BIT practice.
  • Research manuscripts can include survey data, reviews of current practice, and meta-analysis of multiple BITs, and more traditional quantitative or qualitative analysis of current practice issues or BIT operation as it applies to special populations.
  • Submissions should not exceed 25 pages in length, including references, and up to three tables and two figures.

Innovative Practice

  • Manuscripts detail emerging and best practices related to BIT, including aspects of team processes, structures, and assessment. Initiatives related to prevention, case management, and interventions are also encouraged.
  • Submissions may present an in-depth analysis and discussion of current issues related to the practice of Behavioral Intervention Teams in higher education settings.
  • These manuscripts should include a critical review of relevant literature and research related to the professional issue addressed.
  • Submissions should not exceed 25 pages in length, including references, and up to three tables and two figures.

Manuscript Guidelines

All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). APA guidelines should be followed for all aspects of manuscripts, including format of manuscript, figures, tables, references and citations, and other details of editorial style. Authors are encouraged to report data in terms of effect sizes and to discuss the practical significance of results for campus BITs.

Care should be taken to avoid language that would imply bias against individuals on the basis of race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, or disability. Do not use footnotes.

Because the J-BIT readers represent a variety of professional interests, it is recommended that any statistical material be presented as briefly and simply as possible.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts submitted for consideration for the 2021 edition should be sent in electronic format (MS Word, WordPerfect, RTF, or DOS text) as a single file e-mail attachment to NABITA at info@nabita.org.

The title page should contain a concise and informative title, the names and institutional affiliations of each author, email address(es), and an abstract of between 50 to 70 words. We encourage you to develop this abstract according to the guidelines in the most recent edition of the APA Style Manual.

Lengthy quotations (generally 500 cumulative words or more from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. It is the author’s responsibility to secure such permission, and a copy of the publisher’s written permission must be provided to the editor immediately upon acceptance for publication.

Criteria for Selection

Papers are evaluated on the following dimensions:

  • writing style and readability, logical development, length, appropriateness of author’s stated objectives.
  • significance to J-BIT readers and relevance to the field, originality of approach, quality of theoretical/conceptual development, quality of data, appropriateness of methodology, quality of analysis, logic of conclusions, policy relevance.

We expect that authors, J-BIT, and the field will develop through the publication process.

Review Process

The editorial board will anonymously review manuscripts and authors will be notified of their manuscript status within 30 days.

Authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication are expected to work collaboratively with the editorial board to address editorial comments. NaBITA will provide authors with page proofs (in PDF format) of the edited manuscript for their final review prior to publication. Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of all references, figures, and tables.

Editorial Board

Managing Editor

Amy Murphy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Angelo State University

Associate Managing Editor

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S.
Executive Director, NaBITA
Vice President of Case Management Initiatives, TNG

Editor in Chief

Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.
President, NaBITA
Partner, TNG

Editorial Board

Charles B. Kenyon
Associate VP and Dean of Students
Buffalo State College

Peter Langman, Ph.D.
Langman Psychological Associates, LLC.

Peggy S. Scott, Ed.D., LPC
Director, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Stephen F. Austin State University

Aaron “Chip” Reese, Ed.D.
Past-President, NaBITAAssistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Columbus State University

David J. Denino, LPC, NCC
Director Emeritus, Counseling
Southern Connecticut State University
Mental Health Lead for CT/RI, American Red Cross

Dave Wilson
Psychological Wellbeing Manager
University of Cumbria

Karen B. Phinazee, M.A.
Senior Dean of Student Development/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Wake Technical Community College

Kathryn Conlon, M.S.
Student Conduct/Title IX
College of Western Idaho

Carolyn Reinach Wolf, J.D.
Past-President, NaBITA
Executive Partner and Director of the Mental Health Law Practice
Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP,

MJ Raleigh, Ph.D., NCC, LCPC, LCMHC
Director, Counseling & Testing Center
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Mitchell A. Levy, Ph.D., LMHC
Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Atlantic Cape Community College

Laura Ulmer, Ph.D.
Director of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
Old Dominion University

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Licensed Psychotherapist and Higher Education Crisis Management Consultant & Trainer

Production Editing 

Cynthia Gomez, CG Communication & Design

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