An analysis of trends in JABA authorship

Because the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is recognized as a prominent journal in applied behavior analysis, a description of authorship trends may be important for discerning developments in the discipline. The analyses reported herein address trends from 1975 through 1997 in the publication of articles by new authors and the appearance of articles authored by frequent contributors. The data reveal a trend away from the appearance of new authors with an increase in the publication of works by frequent contributors. These trends are shown to be more conspicuous than in comparison data from the American Journal on Mental Retardation.


Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis


  • Shelley Clarke
  • Glen Dunlap
  • Lilliane Reyes