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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: Behavioral SciencesSi: ZoologySi: Ecology
20123.21617 out of 496 out of 14934 out of 136
20113.08318 out of 4710 out of 14636 out of 131
20102.92617 out of 487 out of 14541 out of 129
20092.98120 out of 495 out of 12739 out of 127
20083.22410 out of 475 out of 12530 out of 124
20073.0189 out of 456 out of 12427 out of 116
20063.06111 out of 434 out of 11423 out of 114

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