The International Journal of Comparative Psychology (IJCP) publishes studies on the evolution and development of animal behavior, including humans. Articles based on experimental or descriptive research procedures, carried out in laboratory, semi-natural, or natural settings, and involving mechanistic, developmental, functional-adaptive, or evolutionary theoretical approaches are welcome. Articles may include a single study or a series of related studies. Papers developing original theoretical models of behavior and substantial reanalysis of published data will also be considered. Articles reviewing the literature in a particular area of research will be occasionally accepted for consideration when the author has demonstrated significant contributions to the topic under review. Short letters to the editor focusing on relevant issues under discussion in the literature or on forgotten issues that deserve renewed attention will be considered. In addition, authors are encouraged to submit audio-visual material both as supplemental material and as stand-alone submissions. Such material needs to provide either educational value (e.g., demonstration of an experimental procedure) or should encourage discussion of critical issues of comparative psychology.
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Especially relevant are the guidelines about research and publication, care and use of animals, and treatment of human participants in research. It is expected that researchers comply with these norms independently of, and in addition to, compliance with other regulations enforced locally by governmental agencies.
Upon final acceptance, the author(s) will be required to send a computer file prepared in Microsoft Word. Figures must be prepared in Microsoft Excel or a high resolution JPEG format. Authors will be able to download a PDF file with the final version for electronic distribution of their paper.
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- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal (APA style, most importantly) and the inclusion of DOIs for each reference (if available).
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