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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


YearImpact FactorSi: ZoologySi: Behavioral SciencesSi: Ecology
20133.1576 out of 15218 out of 4939 out of 140
20113.08310 out of 14618 out of 4736 out of 131
20102.9267 out of 14517 out of 4841 out of 129
20092.9815 out of 12720 out of 4939 out of 127
20083.2245 out of 12510 out of 4730 out of 124
20073.0186 out of 1249 out of 4527 out of 116
20063.0614 out of 11411 out of 4323 out of 114

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