Journal of Comparative Psychology®

Editor: Josep Call
ISSN: 0735-7036
eISSN: 1939-2087
Published: quarterly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 2.309
Psychology - Multidisciplinary : 23 of 127

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An Evolution of Comparative Psychology
from Monitor on Psychology, December 2010


The Journal of Comparative Psychology® publishes original empirical and theoretical research from a comparative perspective on the behavior, cognition, perception, and social relationships of diverse species. The submission of articles containing data on multiple species and multiple tasks is especially encouraged. Studies can be descriptive or experimental and can be conducted in the field or in captivity.

Papers in the following areas are especially welcome:

  • behavior genetics
  • behavioral rhythms
  • communication
  • cognition
  • behavioral biology of conservation and animal welfare
  • animal models in robotics
  • experimental economics
  • development
  • endocrine–behavior interactions
  • evolutionary psychology
  • methodology
  • phylogenetic comparisons
  • orientation and navigation
  • sensory and perceptual processes
  • social behavior
  • social cognition
  • personality and temperament
Journal of Comparative Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Josep Call
University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Associate Editor

Irene M. Pepperberg
Harvard University

Consulting Editors

Louise Barrett
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Michael J. Beran
Language Research Center, Georgia State University

David F. Bjorklund
Florida Atlantic University

Gordon M. Burghardt
University of Tennessee

Ken Cheng
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Michael Domjan
University of Texas at Austin

Nathan Emery
Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom

Todd M. Freeberg
University of Tennessee

Kazuo Fujita
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Bennett G. Galef
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Satoshi Hirata
Kyoto University, Kumamoto, Japan

John C. Malone
University of Tennessee

Kelly Jaakkola
Dolphin Research Center

Roger Mundry
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Julie J. Neiworth
Carleton College

Sergio M. Pellis
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Diana Reiss
Hunter College, City University of New York

Charles T. Snowdon
University of Wisconsin—Madison

Giorgio Vallortigara
Center for Mind/Brain Science, University of Trento, Rovereto, Italy

Alexander Weiss
The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Meredith J. West
Indiana University, Bloomington

Andrew Whiten
University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Anna Wilkinson
University of Lincoln, Lincoln, United Kingdom

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Submit manuscript electronically via the Manuscript Submission Portal (PDF or .doc) to the Editor.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Josep Call
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
D-04103 Leipzig

General correspondence may be directed to Josep Call.

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply electronic mail addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Authors may suggest up to three names (with an email address) of potential reviewers.

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

Masked Review Policy

The default review policy for the Journal is unmasked review. However, authors can request a masked review. They should note their preference in a cover letter and make sure that their identity is not revealed elsewhere in the manuscript.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.


All manuscripts must include on separate pages

  • an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words
  • a title page with the author's name and affiliation when the research was done
  • author footnotes, which include acknowledgments of support, changes of affiliation, and name and address of the author to whom correspondence should be sent

All tables and figures must be included with the text in a single file, except for supplementary materials.

Number all pages (including pages containing the title and authors' names and affiliation, abstract, text, references, acknowledgments, tables, and figure captions).

Cumulative line numbers must be included with all submissions.

Revised submissions must have all changes highlighted in the Word document.

Confidence intervals and effect sizes are expected, not standard errors of the mean.

The journal also publishes brief communications, not to exceed 265 lines of 12-point Times Roman type (including references) and no more than two figures or tables.

Authors are strongly encouraged to videotape their study and submit short illustrative video files depicting their materials and procedures. Video files should depict the measured responses (coding schemas or ethogram) and in the case of experimental studies, the procedure of each experimental condition.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Social Learning in Humans and Nonhuman Animals

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 126, No. 2, May 2012. Articles include both new empirical studies and novel theoretical proposals describing work with both human children and adults and a range of nonhuman animals.

  • Acoustic Interaction of Animal Groups

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 122, No. 3, August 2008. Includes articles about acoustic communication among grasshoppers, treefrogs, bullfrogs, katydids, dolphin, and chickadees, as well as evolution of vocal learning in mammals.

  • Revisiting the Umwelt

    Special issue of APA's Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 116, No. 2, June 2002. Includes articles about animal acoustic communication and the role of the physical environment among elephants, Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, the desert golden mole, brown-headed cowbirds, pygmy marmosets, dogs, rattlesnakes, ground squirrels, burrowing owls, fish, and other animals.