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. 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 special issue on animal-robot interaction in Animal Behavior and Cognition

Artificial stimuli have been used for many decades as interactive partners to study animal behavior. The development of technology has come to allow researchers to use self-propelled and remote controlled objects to study social behavior of different species, and Animal-Robot Interaction (ARI) has become an emerging field of behavior science.

Utilization of robots as social partners opens up novel possibilities in the field of ethology and comparative psychology as it increases the controllability and reproducibility of experiments, and also enables researchers to investigate the effect of behavior and embodiment separately in social interactions.

ARI also facilitates collaboration between different disciplines (e.g., biology, psychology, physics, and engineering) that further contributes to the development of novel research methods and procedures.

We believe that a special issue on this topic will help to broadcast the advantages of ARI in research on animal behavior, and may facilitate the widespread use of this method.

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.

The main focus of the special issue is to investigate how we can study social behavior of different species by using different types of artificial agents as interactive partners.

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We invite original empirical research and theoretical reviews. Please, see our submission guidelines in the following link: http://animalbehaviorandcognition.org/submissions.php

The deadline of the submission is: 10th of September, 2017.
Manuscripts should be sent by email to animalbehaviorandcognition@gmail.com, but please indicate in the letter to the Editor that the manuscript is intended for the ARI special issue.

Special Issue Editors
Judit Abdai and Ádám Miklósi

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 animalbehaviorandcognition@gmail.com.