Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) is an official publication of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  The mission of TAVB is to support the dissemination of innovative empirical research, theoretical conceptualizations, and real-world applications of the behavioral science of language. The journal embraces diverse perspectives of human language, its conceptual underpinnings, and the utility such diversity affords. TAVB values contributions that represent the scope of field and breadth of populations behavior analysts serve, and is the premier publication outlet that fosters increased dialogue between scientists and scientist-practitioners.


Articles addressing the following topics are encouraged: language acquisition, verbal operants, relational frames, naming, rule-governed behavior, epistemology, language assessment and training, bilingualism, verbal behavior of nonhumans, research methodology, or any other topic that addresses the analysis of language from a behavior analytic perspective.


New manuscripts for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) should be submitted online after reviewing the instructions for authors.


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1-year subscription
Print + Electronic
Student members $48.00
All other ABAI members $61.00
Electronic only
Student members $13.00
All other ABAI members $19.00
3-year subscription
Print + Electronic
All ABAI members $182.00
Electronic only
All ABAI members $57.00


TAVB was first published in 1982 by the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VB SIG) of ABAI. ABAI took over publication of the journal in 1995, with the continued support of the VB SIG through 1997. The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis supported the publication of the journal from 1989–1997. Past editors have been Mark Sundberg (1982–1997); Kent Johnson, co-editor (1982); Joseph Spradlin, co-editor (1985); Hank Schlinger (1998–2000); Sam Leigland (2001–2003); Jack Michael (2004–2008); Caio Miguel (2008–2011); Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir (2011–2014); James Carr (2014–2017);  Mark Dixon (2018–2020); and Tiffany Kodak (2021–2024). Tiffany Kodak is the current editor of TAVB. 



The Analysis of Verbal Behavior is an official publication of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), published in cooperation with Springer Publishing.

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