Behavioral Ecology (journal)

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Behavioral Ecology 
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Discipline Evolutionary biology
Language English
Edited by Leigh Simmons
Publication details
Publication history
1990–present
Publisher
Frequency Bimonthly
3.347
Standard abbreviations
Behav. Ecol.
Indexing
ISSN 1045-2249  (print)
1465-7279  (web)
LCCN 90650061
OCLC  no. 41963900
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Behavioral Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. The journal was established in 1990.

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Contents

Scope

Behavioral Ecology publishes empirical and theoretical papers on a broad range of topics related to behavioural ecology, including ethology, sociobiology, evolution, and ecology of behaviour. The journal includes research at the levels of the individual, population, and community on various organisms such as vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. [1]

Behavioral ecology Study of the evolutionary basis for animal behavior due to ecological pressures

Behavioral ecology, also spelled behavioural ecology, is the study of the evolutionary basis for animal behavior due to ecological pressures. Behavioral ecology emerged from ethology after Niko Tinbergen outlined four questions to address when studying animal behaviors that are the proximate causes, ontogeny, survival value, and phylogeny of behavior.

Ethology Scientific study of animal behaviour

Ethology is the scientific and objective study of animal behaviour, usually with a focus on behaviour under natural conditions, and viewing behaviour as an evolutionarily adaptive trait. Behaviourism is a term that also describes the scientific and objective study of animal behaviour, usually referring to measured responses to stimuli or trained behavioural responses in a laboratory context, without a particular emphasis on evolutionary adaptivity. Many naturalists have studied aspects of animal behaviour throughout history. Ethology has its scientific roots in the work of Charles Darwin and of American and German ornithologists of the late 19th and early 20th century, including Charles O. Whitman, Oskar Heinroth, and Wallace Craig. The modern discipline of ethology is generally considered to have begun during the 1930s with the work of Dutch biologist Nikolaas Tinbergen and by Austrian biologists Konrad Lorenz and Karl von Frisch, joint awardees of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Ethology is a combination of laboratory and field science, with a strong relation to some other disciplines such as neuroanatomy, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Ethologists are typically interested in a behavioural process rather than in a particular animal group, and often study one type of behaviour, such as aggression, in a number of unrelated animals.

Sociobiology

Sociobiology is a field of biology that aims to examine and explain social behavior in terms of evolution. It draws from disciplines including ethology, anthropology, evolution, zoology, archaeology, and population genetics. Within the study of human societies, sociobiology is closely allied to Darwinian anthropology, human behavioral ecology and evolutionary psychology.

According to the Journal Citation Reports , the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 3.347, ranking it 10th out of 51 journals in the category "Behavioral Sciences", [2] 41st out of 158 journals in the category "Ecology", [3] and 7th out of 166 journals in the category "Zoology". [4]

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Article categories

The journal publishes following types of articles:

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References

  1. "Behavioral Ecology" . Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  2. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Behavioral Sciences". 2017 Journal Citation Reports . Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018.
  3. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Ecology". 2017 Journal Citation Reports . Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018.
  4. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Zoology". 2017 Journal Citation Reports . Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018.