acta ethologica publishes empirical and theoretical research papers, short communications, commentaries, reviews and book reviews as well as methods papers in the field of ethology and related disciplines, with a strong concentration on the behavior biology of humans and other animals.

The journal places special emphasis on studies integrating proximate (mechanisms, development) and ultimate (function, evolution) levels in the analysis of behavior. Aspects of particular interest include: adaptive plasticity of behavior, inter-individual and geographic variations in behavior, mechanisms underlying behavior, evolutionary processes and functions of behavior, and many other topics.

acta ethologica is an official journal of ISPA, CRL and the Portuguese Ethological Society (SPE)

  • Publishes empirical and theoretical research papers, short communications, commentaries, Reviews, book reviews and methods papers on the behavior biology of humans and other animals
  • Focuses primarily on results of field studies
  • Places special emphasis on studies integrating proximate and ultimate levels in the analysis of behavior

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Chief Editor
  • Peter K. McGregor
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

1.231 (2020)
Impact factor
1.692 (2020)
Five year impact factor
45 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
34,229 (2021)

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This journal has 31 open access articles

Journal updates

  • Impact of global change on social interactions: ecological and fitness implications

    The aim of this special issue is to bring together studies investigating changes in behavioural interactions in response to global changes. We are particularly interested in highlighting a broad range of studies in terms of taxa (both invertebrates and vertebrates), the type of environmental changes likely associated with global changes (e.g. climate change, noise pollution, habitat destruction, and species introduction), social systems (from solitary to cooperative species) and geographical range.

    The submission deadline for this special issue is 28 February 2022, although early submissions are encouraged. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

  • Instructions For Authors Announcement

    acta ethologica has changed the Instructions for Authors to incorporate the STRANGE framework to identify, mitigate and report sampling biases in animal behaviour research. Find out more. 

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