Aims and Scope

Animal Behavior and Cognition (Print ISSN: 2372-5052 Online ISSN: 2372-4323) publishes original empirical research, replication reports, target review articles, opposing viewpoints, brief reports, and theoretical reviews on all aspects of animal behavior and cognition. All articles undergo peer review and editorial review. The journal is multi-disciplinary, and so welcomes submissions from those studying animal behavior, behavioral ecology, ethology, cognitive science, and comparative psychology.

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Animal Behavior and Cognition offers readers open access to recent important research on all aspects of behavior and cognition assessed in a comparative perspective. For authors, the journal offers no publication fees, rigorous peer-review, rapid turnaround on decisions for submissions, and the chance to provide free access to their research and broader contributions to this field. Articles are indexed in Google Scholar.

Call for Submissions

We are currently looking for high quality original research reports, brief reports, replication reports, target reviews, and opposing viewpoints for the journal. Please see "Author Guidelines" for further details on each of these manuscript types.

Call for Contributions to a Special Issue: The value and status of replications in animal behaviour research

Replications are widely considered an essential tool to evaluate scientific claims. Recent efforts in psychology and related fields have highlighted the poor replicability of many research findings and well-known effects and question the lack of incentives for researchers to replicate former studies. These efforts have led to a large-scale movement within psychology with the aim to both study and address these issues. A similar development has not happened in animal behaviour science, although related concepts and issues are being considered and discussed by different researchers. To provide a more organised and coherent framework for discussions on this topic as well as bring together researchers and thoughts from different disciplines related to animal behaviour, we are organising a special issue of Animal Behavior and Cognition (anticipated publication in May 2021). Submissions can be reviews, historical perspectives, commentaries, simulation studies and empirical papers. Regarding the latter, the special issue also offers the opportunity to publish close replication studies - we thus especially want to emphasize submission of replication attempts that did or did not confirm the original results. Animal Behaviour Scientists, open your file drawers!

Special Guest Editors for the Special Issue:
Katharina Brecht (University of Tübingen)
Hannah Fraser (University of Melbourne)
Edward Legg
Christian Nawroth (Institute of Behavioural Physiology, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, Dummerstorf)
Ljerka Ostojić (Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education - IGDORE)

Submission deadline: DEADLINE FOR INITIAL SUBMISSIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL AUG. 31 2020 due to current circumstances.
Anticipated Publication: May 1, 2021

Please send questions to

Call for Contributions to a Special Issue: The Effects of Animal-Visitor Interactions in Zoos

Over the past few decades, there has been an increase in research examining animal-visitor interactions within zoos. The aim of this special issue is to consolidate current zoo research focused on animal-visitor interactions and their effects on both zoo animals and zoo visitors. Manuscripts that examine any aspect of how zoo animals affect zoo visitors, how zoo visitors affect zoo animals, and/or any broader impact of such interactions are welcomed for consideration in this special issue. The planned publication date for the special issue on animal-visitor interactions in zoos in Animal Behavior and Cognition is November of 2021.

The timeline for the process is as follows:
Submission deadline is March 30, 2021
Reviews returned to authors by May 30, 2021
Re-submission due by July 30, 2021

Expected online publication of accepted articles is November 2021. Specific interest will be given to papers that use experimental designs to investigate animal-visitor interactions as well as papers that examine visitor attitudes and behavior in conjunction with the examination of visitor effects on zoo animals. Commentaries and reviews are also welcome, with attention to how studies of animal-visitor interactions have evolved, as well as implications and/or suggestions for future research. Papers will be rigorously peer reviewed and the peer review process will be managed by guest editors, Samantha Chiew and Eduardo Fernandez.

Submission enquiries and questions about the special issue should be directed to:

Samantha J. Chiew
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Animal Welfare Science Centre
Level 3, Building 400
Corner Flemington Rd and Park Dr
University of Melbourne, Australia

Eduardo J. Fernandez, PhD
Senior Lecturer
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Williams Building
Roseworthy Campus
The University of Adelaide, Australia

Call for Proposals for Special Issues

We are soliciting proposals for special issues reflecting any of the general topic areas covered in our aims and scope. Special guest editors would be responsible for recruiting 6-10 articles that may fit within any of the accepted categories of animal behavior and cognition. Please note these special issues can consist of empirical reports of new data, broader summaries of research areas, theoretical debates, or a combination of those perspectives. Guest editors will be responsible for the peer review process with final acceptance dependent on approval by the editors-in-chief. Please email us with proposals (e.g., a working title and tentative list of authors and article titles/topics) at