Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Pet Behaviour Science publishes original papers relating to all aspects of the behaviour of pets, including their relationships with humans. It is free of charge for both authors and readers.

This is an international and multidisciplinary open access journal. As a multidisciplinary journal, Pet Behaviour Science welcomes submissions from the arts and humanities, behavioural and biological sciences, cognitive science, social sciences and the health sciences.

Topics covered include:

  • Behavioural genetics

  • Behavioural psychology

  • Behavioural physiology

  • Cognition

  • Communication

  • Cooperation

  • Ethology

  • Evolution of behaviour

  • Human-animal relationship and/or their mutual consequences

  • Methodology

  • Ontogeny

  • Problem solving

  • Pet management and welfare

  • Sensory and perceptual processes

  • Social behaviour

  • Social cognition

  • Sociobiology

The principal subjects are dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and any other animal species when cared for as pets, or animals belonging to these species but which are not used as pets, such as laboratory dogs, when the results could be interesting for their conspecifics as pets.


Section Policies


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Research papers


Research Papers should report the results of original research. Both quantitative and qualitative reports are encouraged, even if the results are negative. The material should not have been previously published elsewhere, except in a preliminary form. Research papers should be no longer than 5000 words in length. Word counts do not include tables, figures or references.

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Paper reviews


Review Articles should cover subjects falling within the scope of the journal that are of active current interest, providing new insights into the subject(s) they cover. Because of the nature of review articles, scrupulous attention must be paid to relevant attribution and this should be reflected in the literature cited section and in the acknowledgements. They may be submitted or invited, and should be no longer than 6000 words in length. Word counts do not include tables, figures or references.

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Abstracts and short communications


Abstracts and short communications should present preliminary results of original research. Like research papers, the material should not have been previously published elsewhere. They should be no longer than 1000 words in length. Word counts do not include tables, figures or references.

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How to

How to allows researchers to explain their techniques and approaches. This section will not be peer reviewed, and contributions may be submitted or invited. Submissions should be no longer than 2000 words in length, and should provide photos or video material.

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Peer Review Process


Pet Behaviour Science has instituted a double-blind peer review process, where neither the authors' nor the reviewers' identities are known to each other.

Reciprocal anonymity is suggested to provide a more objective and potentially less biased assessment of manuscripts, and help ensure that the process is fair to both junior and well-established scientists. The implementation of double-blind review aims at ensuring our reputation for integrity, fairness, and openness to new ideas.

Regarding processing charges, neither the submission, the review nor the publication process have any charge.


Publication Frequency

In order to reduce the editing time of each issue, submissions will be published as soon as they are ready by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents. However, submissions could be published collectively as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents if considered appropriate by the editorial team.


Open Access Policy

This journal and all papers published in it are open access, under a  Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 4.0 Internacional License.

By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited (Budapest Open Access Initiative BOAI)