Behaviour

Editor-in-Chief: Frans de Waal
Behaviour is interested in all aspects of animal (including human) behaviour, from ecology and physiology to learning, cognition, and neuroscience. Evolutionary approaches, which concern themselves with the advantages of behaviour or capacities for the organism and its reproduction, receive much attention both at a theoretical level and as it relates to specific behaviour.

The journal Behaviour has its roots in ethology and behavioural biology (see historical note), in which the emphasis is not so much on how animals compare with humans under strictly controlled conditions (as in comparative psychology), but more on tracing the phylogeny and evolution of natural behaviour as shown under naturalistic or natural conditions. Specialized cognition and communication are part of this approach. Well-controlled laboratory experiments are needed and welcome, but by no means the only approach. Behaviour has a long tradition of publishing systematic observations of spontaneous behaviour.

Behaviour covers the whole animal kingdom, from invertebrates to fish, and from frogs to primates. The study of animal behaviour remains vibrant and keeps attracting young, talented scientists, who will find Behaviour a journal with a quick turn-around time (we strive for first reviews within a month) read by a wide range of students and researchers of animal behaviour.

Historical note: Behaviour was founded by Nobel Prize winner Niko Tinbergen together with W. H. Thorpe, in 1948. In a classical 1963 paper—dedicated to the 60th birthday of that other animal behaviour Nobelist, Konrad Lorenz—Tinbergen proposed that questions relating to why an animal behaves in a particular way can be viewed through four prisms. At the proximate level, we have 1) the causation of behaviour (its underlying motivation, cognition, and emotions), and 2) the behaviour's ontogeny, such as how it develops or is acquired. At the ultimate level, we have 3) the behavior's survival value, and 4) its evolution and phylogeny. Behaviour seeks to cover all four prisms equally.

2017 Impact Factor: 1.484
5 Year Impact Factor: 1.582

The editorial board of Behaviour wishes to state unequivocally that it is not our policy to influence the Impact Factor in any way that could be regarded unethical.

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Editor-in-Chief:
F.B.M. de Waal Atlanta, GA, USA

Managing Editors:
P.C.H. Albers Groningen, The Netherlands
B.D. Wisenden Moorhead, MN, USA

Technical Editor:
P.C.H. Albers Groningen, The Netherlands

Associate Editors:
M. Campbell Atlanta, GA, USA
C. Carere Viterbo, Italy
E. Clotfelter Amherst, MA, USA
V. Dinets Knoxville, TN, USA
M. Ferrari Saskatoon, SK, Canada
P.F. Ferrari Parma, Italy
B. Galletti, Santiago, Chile
J. Herberholz College Park, MD, USA
C.D. Kelly Montreal, Canada
M.E. Kret Leiden, The Netherlands
S. Leitner Seewiesen, Germany
L. Lewejohann Osnabrück, Germany
E. von Lonsdorf Lancaster, PA, USA
E. Palagi Pisa, Italy
M. Reudink Kamloops, BC, Canada
A. Roulin Lausanne, Switzerland
A. Russon Toronto, Canada
P. Rutherford
B. Schulte Bowling Green, KY, USA
I-M. Tso Taichung, Taiwan
C. Willis Winnipeg, Canada
A.D.M. Wilson Sydney, NSW, Australia

Reviews Editor:
M.E. Kret Leiden, The Netherlands
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Applied Ecological Abstracts
Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (Part 1 & 2)
Bibliography and Index of Geology
Bio Control News & Information
Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews
Chemical Abstracts
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Dairy Science Abstract
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Index to Scientific Reviews
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Soils & Fertilizers
Sport Fisheries Abstracts (now: Fisheries Review)
Tropical Diseases Bulletin
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