The Journal of Ethology features reviews and original papers relating to all aspects of animal behavior, including traditional ethology. The official journal of the Japan Ethological Society and the publication is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 18HP2005.

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  • Covers all aspects of animal behavior, including traditional ethology
  • Presents papers on field, laboratory, and theoretical studies
  • Offers both purely descriptive studies with broad implications and quantitative studies
  • Official journal of the Japan Ethological Society

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Chief Editor
  • Kensuke Nakata
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). Learn about publishing Open Access with us

Journal metrics

1.400 (2019)
Impact factor
1.278 (2019)
Five year impact factor
51 days
Submission to first decision
186 days
Submission to acceptance
77,113 (2020)
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  • Japan Ethological Society

    The Journal of Ethology is the official journal of the Japan Ethological Society, which was founded in 1982.

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Electronic ISSN
1439-5444
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0289-0771
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