Animal Cognition is an interdisciplinary journal offering current research from many disciplines (ethology, behavioral ecology, animal behavior and learning, cognitive sciences, comparative psychology and evolutionary psychology) on all aspects of animal (and human) cognition in an evolutionary framework.

Animal Cognition publishes original empirical and theoretical work, reviews, methods papers, short communications and correspondence on the mechanisms and evolution of biologically rooted cognitive-intellectual structures.

The journal explores animal time perception and use; causality detection; innate reaction patterns and innate bases of learning; numerical competence and frequency expectancies; symbol use; communication; problem solving, animal thinking and use of tools, and the modularity of the mind.

  • An interdisciplinary journal offering current research on animal cognition from many disciplines
  • Considers vital questions, including: How do animals categorize and recognize individuals patterns? How do animals form concepts? How do animals learn by observation, imitation and instruction?
  • Explores animal time perception and use; innate reaction patterns and innate bases of learning; numerical competence and more
  • 90% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Debbie M. Kelly
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

2.859 (2019)
Impact factor
2.651 (2019)
Five year impact factor
77 days
Submission to first decision
158 days
Submission to acceptance
282,171 (2019)
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Electronic ISSN
1435-9456
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1435-9448
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