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Bringing together significant work on all aspects of the subject, Behavioral Ecology is broad-based and covers both empirical and theoretical approaches. Studies on the whole range of behaving organisms, including plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and humans, are included.

Behavioral Ecology construes the field in its broadest sense to include 1) the use of ecological and evolutionary processes to explain the occurrence and adaptive significance of behavior patterns; 2) the use of behavioral processes to predict ecological patterns, and 3) empirical, comparative analyses relating behavior to the environment in which it occurs.

Behavioral Ecology is the official journal of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. All individuals and student subscribers to Behavioral Ecology automatically become members of the Society. For more information see the subscription information.

Behavioral Ecology is published bimonthly.


Behavioral Ecology is covered by the following major indexing/ abstracting services:

Animal Breeding Abstracts
Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews
CAB Abstracts
CSA Animal Behavior Abstracts
Current Contents® /Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences
Elsevier BIOBASE - Current Awareness in Biological Sciences (CABS)
Index Veterinarius
Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition
Science Citation Index®
Veterinary Bulletin
Zoological Record


Year Impact Factor Si: Behavioral Sciences Si: Ecology Si: Zoology
2015 3.029 15 out of 51 42 out of 149 10 out of 160
2014 3.177 14 out of 51 39 out of 144 7 out of 153
2013 3.157 18 out of 49 39 out of 140 6 out of 152
2012 3.216 17 out of 49 34 out of 136 6 out of 149
2011 3.083 18 out of 47 36 out of 131 10 out of 146
2010 2.926 17 out of 48 41 out of 129 7 out of 145
2009 2.981 20 out of 49 39 out of 127 5 out of 127
2008 3.224 10 out of 47 30 out of 124 5 out of 125
2007 3.018 9 out of 45 27 out of 116 6 out of 124
2006 3.061 11 out of 43 23 out of 114 4 out of 114

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.

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