We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Stan Kuczaj, who founded this journal. We would like to reassure readers that the journal will continue under the editorship of co-editors, Jennifer Vonk (Oakland University) and Michael J. Beran (Georgia State University). The new co-editors thank the editorial board for their continued service to the journal. Correspondence regarding submissions and other inquires should be sent to either or both editors by emailing: animalbehaviorandcognition@gmail.com.

Kuczaj Memorial Fund

Applications are currently being accepted for the Kuczaj Memorial Travel Grant, which is given to students attending the Conference on Comparative Cognition. The grant is administered in memory of Dr. Stan Kuczaj, who was a leader in the study of comparative animal cognition, particularly within marine mammals. Stan believed in pursuing challenging topics in human and animal cognition with rigor, candor, and the spirit of intellectual adventure. The Kuczaj Memorial Travel Grant is administered with the goal of preserving and promoting Stan’s interests and beliefs in scientific pursuit.

Applicants for the Kuczaj Memorial Travel Grant must:
1) be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the application,
2) have their abstract accepted for presentation at the Conference on Comparative Cognition,
3) submit their abstract for evaluation and ranking, and
4) provide evidence of graduate enrollment.
The Kuczaj Memorial Travel Grant is determined through a competitive ranking process based upon the quality of the abstracts submitted.

Grants are for $500 in travel allowances to be applied toward conference fees, food and lodging, or travel expenses. Two grants will be awarded and grantees will be selected and notified of the award by March 15, 2017. Applications must be submitted to Dr. Heather Hill (hhill1@stmarytx.edu) no later than February 28, 2017. For more information on the Kuczaj Memorial Fund, or to make a donation, please visit http://www.nmmf.org/kuczaj-memorial-fund.html.


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 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.