Editor's Choice Award

The Editor’s Choice Award and the Editor’s Choice are open to all articles published in the Journal of Ethology. Selected members of the editorial committee decide on the Editor’s Choice (6–10 articles) in the volume for the year, and the first place among them receives the special award. All winning articles are given open access through the courtesy of the Japan Ethological Society (currently valued at Euro 2,480 per article). Unrestricted online access allows high exposure and visibility for the articles.

Editor’s Choice Award 2019 – Free Reading!

  • Unique numerical competence of Asian elephants on the relative numerosity judgment task.
    By Naoko Irie, Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, and Nobuyuki Kutsukake (Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 111-115)

Editor’s Choice 2019 – Free Reading!

  • A nudibranch removes rival sperm with a disposable spiny penis.
    By Ayami Sekizawa, Shin G. Goto, and Yasuhiro Nakashima (Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 21-29)
  • Kin selection and reproductive value in social mammals.
    By Masaru Hasegawa and Nobuyuki Kutsukake (Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 139-150)
  • Alarm call modification by prairie dogs in the presence of juveniles.
    By Grete E. Wilson-Henjum, Jacob R. Job, Megan F. McKenna, Graeme Shannon, and George Wittemyer (Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 167-174)
  • Context-dependent aggression toward non-nestmates in the ant Diacamma sp. from Japan.
    By Jumpei Uematsu, Masayuki Hayashi, Hiroyuki Shimoji, Michel-Olivier Laurent Salazar, and Kazuki Tsuji (Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 259-264)
  • Nurture is above nature: nursery experience determines habitat preference of red sea bream Pagrus major juveniles.
    By Kohji Takahashi, Reiji Masuda (Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 317-323

Editor’s Choice Award 2018 – Free Reading & YouTube video!

  • Olfactory discrimination of anal sac secretions in the domestic cat and the chemical profiles of the volatile compounds.
    By Tamako Miyazaki, Takashi Nishimura, Tetsuro Yamashita, Masao Miyazaki (Vol.36, Issue 1, pp 99–105

Editor’s Choice 2018 – Free Reading & YouTube video!

Editor’s Choice Award 2017 – Free Reading!

  • Male mate choice in a sexually cannibalistic species: male escapes from hungry females in the praying mantid Tenodera angustipennis.
    By Mika Kadoi, Kotaro Morimoto, Yasuoki Takami (Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp 177–185)

Editor’s Choice 2017 – Free Reading!

  • Unique arm-flapping behavior of the pharaoh cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis: putative mimicry of a hermit crab.
    By Kohei Okamoto, Haruhiko Yasumuro, Akira Mori, Yuzuru Ikeda (Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp 307–311)
  • Agonistic display or courtship behavior? A review of contests over mating opportunity in butterflies.
    By Tsuyoshi Takeuchi (Vol. 35, Issue 1, pp 3–12)
  • Behavioral assay and chemical characters of female sex pheromones in the hermit crab Pagurus filholi.
    By Saori Okamura, Takuma Kawaminami, Hiroshi Matsuura, Nobuhiro Fusetani, Seiji Goshima (Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp 169–176)
  • Setting an evolutionary trap: could the hider strategy be maladaptive for white-tailed deer?
    By M. Colter Chitwood, Marcus A. Lashley, Christopher E. Moorman, Christopher S. DePerno (Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp 251–257)
  • Sometimes noise is beneficial: stream noise informs vocal communication in the little torrent frog Amolops torrentis.
    By Longhui Zhao, Bicheng Zhu, Jichao Wang, Steven E. Brauth, Yezhong Tang, Jianguo Cui (Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp 259–267)

Editor’s Choice Award 2016 – Free Reading!

Editor’s Choice 2016 – Free Reading!

  • Experiments with claw models explain the function of the waving display of Ilyoplax pusilla (Brachyura: Dotillidae).
    By Daichi Izumi, Yoko Kawano, Yasuhisa Henmi (Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp 9-14)
  • Correlated responses in death-feigning behavior, activity, and brain biogenic amine expression in red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum strains selected for walking distance.
    By Kentarou Matsumura, Ken Sasaki, Takahisa Miyatake (Vol. 34, Issue 2, pp 97-105)
  • Behavioural interactions between the lizard Takydromus tachydromoides and the praying mantis Tenodera aridifolia suggest reciprocal predation between them.
    By Miyuki Fukudome, Yoshifumi Yamawaki (Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp 231-241)
  • Do weaponless males of the hermit crab Pagurus minutus give up contests without escalation? Behavior of intruders that lack their major cheliped in male-male contests.
    By Chiaki I. Yasuda, Tsunenori Koga (Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp 249-254)
  • Interference competition between an invasive parakeet and native bird species at feeding sites.
    By Le Louarn Marine, Couillens Bertrand, Deschamps-Cottin Magali, Clergeau Philippe (Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp 291-298)

Editor’s Choice Award 2015 – Free Reading!

  • Distance-dependent switching of anti-predator behavior of frogs from immobility to fleeing.
    By Nozomi Nishiumi, Akira Mori (Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp 117-124)

Editor’s Choice 2015 – Free Reading!

  • Paternal care behaviors of Japanese giant salamander Andrias japonicus in natural populations.
    By Sumio Okada, Yukihiro Fukuda, Mizuki K. Takahashi (Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 1-7)
  • Guarding males of the hermit crab climb up algae to avoid male–male competition.
    By Takuma Kawaminami, Seiji Goshima (Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 25-33)
  • Conditional discrimination in Octopus vulgaris.
    By Koji Tokuda, Reiji Masuda, Yoh Yamashita (Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 35-40)
  • Rapid development of tool use as a strategy to predate invasive land snails.
    By Márcio A. Efe, Fábio Nunes de Paiva, João Marcelo Holderbaum, Richard J. Ladle (Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 55-57)
  • Object play in thick-toed geckos during a space experiment.
    By Valerij Barabanov, Victoria Gulimova, Rustam Berdiev, Sergey Saveliev (Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp 109-115)

Editor’s Choice Award 2014 – Free Reading!

  • Prey size affects the costs and benefits of group predation in nymphs of the predatory stink bug Andrallus spinidens (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae).
    By Daisuke Hyodo, Chihiro Himuro, Kenji Fujisaki (Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp 173-178)

Editor’s Choice 2014 – Free Reading!

  • Hidden burrow plugs and their function in the tiger beetle, Cosmodela batesi (Coleoptera, Cicindelidae).
    By Shou-Wang Lin, Toshinori Okuyama (Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp 23-27)
  • Cannibalistic siblicide in praying mantis nymphs (Miomantis caffra).
    By Murray P. Fea, Margaret C. Stanley, Gregory I. Holwell (Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp 43-51)
  • Sexual dimorphism and courtship behavior in Drosophila prolongata.
    By Shiori Setoguchi, Hisaki Takamori, Tadashi Aotsuka, Jun Sese, Yukio Ishikawa, Takashi Matsuo (Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp 91-102)
  • Variation in female guppy preference for male olfactory and visual traits.
    By Aya Sato, Naoko Ozawa, Kenji Karino (Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp 137-143)
  • Juvenile social play and yearling behavior and reproductive success in female Belding’s ground squirrels.
    By Scott Nunes (Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp 145-153)

Editor’s Choice 2013 – Free Reading!

  • Acoustic structure of songs in island populations of the Japanese bush warbler, Cettia diphone, in relation to sexual selection.
    By Shoji Hamao (Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp 9-15)
  • Love is in the air: olfaction-based mate-odour identification by jumping spiders from the genus Cyrba.
    By Ana M. Cerveira, Robert R. Jackson (Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp 29-34)
  • Divergent tail and throat ornamentation in the barn swallow across the Japanese islands.
    By Masaru Hasegawa, Emi Arai (Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp 79-83)
  • Preadaptation for parthenogenetic colony foundation in subterranean termites Reticulitermes spp. (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae).
    By Kazutaka Kawatsu, Kenji Matsuura (Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 123-128)
  • Exchange of “signature” calls in captive belugas (Delphinapterus leucas).
    By Tadamichi Morisaka, Yayoi Yoshida, Yuichiro Akune, Hideki Mishima, Sayo Nishimoto (Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 141-149)
  • Paternity assurance before and after fertilization by male burying beetles (Nicrophorus quadripunctatus).
    By Mamoru Takata, Takuma Kurachi, Satoshi Koyama, Toshiyuki Satoh, Hajime Fugo (Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 185-191)
  • Allocleaning behavior by the sentinel crab Macrophthalmus banzai: a case of mutual cooperation.
    By Yurika Fujishima, Keiji Wada (Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 219-221)
  • Mother–calf interactions and social behavior development in Commerson’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus commersonii).
    By Mai Sakai, Tadamichi Morisaka, Mari Iwasaki, Yayoi Yoshida, Ikuo Wakabayashi, Atsushi Seko, Masahiko Kasamatsu, Shiro Kohshima (Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp 305-313)