International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM)


 

 

Official Journal of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Michael A. Hoyt

 

  • Explores interactions among behavioral, psychosocial, environmental, genetic and biomedical factors relevant to health and illness
  • Covers biobehavioral mechanisms; clinical studies on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation; and more
  • Official publication of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM)
  • 95% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Aims and Scope

The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) is the official scientific journal of the International Society for Behavioral Medicine (ISBM). IJBM seeks to present the best theoretically-driven, evidence-based work in the field of behavioral medicine from around the globe. IJBM embraces multiple theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, groups of interest, and levels of analysis. The journal is interested in research across the broad spectrum of behavioral medicine, including health-behavior relationships, the prevention of illness and the promotion of health, the effects of illness on the self and others, the effectiveness of novel interventions, identification of biobehavioral mechanisms, and the influence of social factors on health. We welcome experimental, non-experimental, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies as well as implementation and dissemination research, integrative reviews, and meta-analyses.

 

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Call for Papers

Current

Social Isolation and Loneliness in Acute and Chronic Illness

Social ties can facilitate overall wellbeing, recovery from acute illness, and self-management of chronic conditions. The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) announces a special call for papers focused on social isolation and loneliness in the context of acute (e.g., injury, surgical recovery) or chronic (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes) illness.

 

Behavioral Medicine research from all scientific areas and across the translational spectrum is welcome. In fact, research that bridges the intersections of behavioral medicine and other areas of research (e.g., neuroscience, medical practice, nursing, public health, education, health psychology, environmental science) are likely to make a strong contribution.

 

Areas of work might include:

  • Empirical papers describing the application of existing theoretical frameworks to the context of social isolation or loneliness in different illnesses.
  • Processes by which loneliness and social isolation lead to positive or negative impacts of health, wellbeing, illness, or recovery.
  • Papers reporting the results of trials evaluating efficacy of interventions to mitigate the impact of social isolation or loneliness.
  • Research on social aspects of caring for a person with acute or chronic illness (i.e., family care partners, young adult care partners, medical professionals).
  • Studies of the mechanisms, processes, and trajectories involved in loneliness and social isolation that inform intervention development.
  • Investigations observing or harnessing social media to improve health outcomes or prevent illness.
  • Manuscripts reporting on the basic individual, social, and biobehavioral processes by which loneliness and isolation have positive or negative impacts across the lifespan.
  • Reports on cognitive, neuroendocrine, immune, or other biobehavioral concomitants of loneliness and social isolation.

 

IJBM accepts papers reporting on original empirical research including applied and clinical trial research, qualitative reports, experimental studies, and observational research; systematic reviews and meta-analytic studies; and brief reports. Submissions that integrate the existing science, present a strong conceptual grounding in behavioral medicine, or point the field to opportunities for future progress are desired.

 

Letters of Intent are due January 31, 2023.

 

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Advancing the Science of Behavioral Medicine: Meta-Analyses and Foundational Reviews

The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) approaches its 30-year anniversary. In commemoration of this momentous milestone, IJBM is organizing a special issue focused on systematic, scoping, and integrative literature reviews and meta-analyses that synthesize the state of the science in foundational areas of behavioral medicine. Submissions that integrate the existing science and point the field to opportunities for future progress are desired.

 

All scientific areas within the field of behavioral medicine are welcome. Meta-analyses and literature reviews of behavioral medicine research across the translational spectrum will be considered. Further, research that bridges the intersections of behavioral medicine and other areas of research (e.g., neuroscience, medical practice, nursing, public health, education, health psychology, environmental science) are likely to make strong contributions. Areas of work might include:

  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Symptom Management
  • Chronic Pain
  • Translational Sleep Science
  • Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Health and Illness
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Health Disparities and the Health of Underrepresented Populations
  • Technology-based Behavioral Medicine
  • Social Processes and Health
  • Resilience and Positive Psychology
  • Behavioral Medicine and Theory

 

This special issue provides a unique opportunity to simultaneously pause to organize accumulated knowledge and to provide the groundwork for the next generation of research in our field, including work that will achieve large steps forward for the discipline and its global impact. Thus, all submissions will be meta-analyses or reviews. Meta-analyses are a family of methods which allow for the aggregation and quantitative synthesis of a body of prior empirical findings. Literature reviews aim to synthesize an accumulated body of knowledge to inform new research efforts. Such reviews consolidate and synthesize existing literature through a transparent and replicable method.

 

Letters of Intent are due December 1, 2022.

 

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Past

2020

The International Journal of Behavioural Medicine (IJBM), the official journal of the ISBM, issued a call for papers for a special issue on:

 

''Digital Health Interventions in Chronic Medical Conditions''.

 

Submissions were due March 1, 2020.

 

2019

The International Journal of Behavioural Medicine (IJBM), the official journal of the ISBM, issued a call for papers for a special issue on:

 

''Translational Sleep Science in Behavioural Medicine''.

 

Submissions were due June 1, 2019.

 

2018

The International Journal of Behavioural Medicine (IJBM), the official journal of the ISBM, issued a call for papers for a special issue on:

 

''Salivary Bioscience in Behavioral Medicine''.

 

Letters of Intent were due November 15, 2018.

 

2016

The International Journal of Behavioural Medicine (IJBM), the official journal of the ISBM, issued a call for papers for a special issue on:

 

''Women’s reproductive health in sociocultural context''.

 

The submission deadline was extended until 30 September, 2016.