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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: EcologySi: Behavioral Sciences
20123.2166 out of 14934 out of 13617 out of 49
20113.08310 out of 14636 out of 13118 out of 47
20102.9267 out of 14541 out of 12917 out of 48
20092.9815 out of 12739 out of 12720 out of 49
20083.2245 out of 12530 out of 12410 out of 47
20073.0186 out of 12427 out of 1169 out of 45
20063.0614 out of 11423 out of 11411 out of 43

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