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Human Ethology Bulletin accepts original empirical or theoretical articles as well as commentary on original articles and book reviews. You will have to choose during the submission process, which type of manuscript you are submitting. For specific instructions about the different submission types please see below.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the online submission system at Human Ethology Bulletin.

Submission Types

Research Articles

up to ~4500 words, including references, notes and captions; are expected to present a major advance. Research Articles include an abstract, an introduction, up to six figures or tables, sections with brief subheadings, and up to a maximum of about 40 references.

Theoretical Reviews

up to ~4500 words, including references, notes and captions; describe new developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight future directions. They include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main theme, brief subheadings, and an outline of important unresolved questions. A maximum of 40 references is suggested.

Brief Reports

up to ~2500 words including references, notes and captions; present important new research results of broad significance. Reports should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, up to four figures or tables, and up to a maximum of about 30 references.

Open Peer Commentaries

Commentaries are welcome for any type of original article. They should be up to ~1000 words, including references, notes and captions; consist of published, non-anonymous commentaries on peer-reviewed Target Articles from a dozen or more specialists across disciplines, co-published with the Author’s Response. Open Peer Commentaries will be solicited from the general readership (not by special invitation, although commentaries by some selected individuals might be solicited by the Editor) upon the publication of each Target Article for the next issue of the Human Ethology Bulletin, and are due six weeks after the publication of the Target Article to leave sufficient time for peer review.

Book Reviews

up to 2000 words including references, notes and captions; present descriptions, evaluations, and critiques of new or recent books of theoretical, empirical, or practical importance to Human Ethology and related disciplines. Many Book Reviews are solicited by the editors, but unsolicited submissions are also considered.

Formatting Guidelines

All formatting should follow the APA Style Guidelines as listed in the newest edition of the APA Publication Manual.

Front Matter

Avoid long titles; try not to exceed 12 words.
In order to ensure blind review, please do not include an authors block in the manuscript file, you will have to insert the authors’ details during the submission process.
Include an abstract and keywords (maximally 10), followed by a page break.

General Formatting Guidelines

Manuscripts should have 1 inch margins, using size 12 font.


Level 1: Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Headings
Level 2: Left-aligned, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
Level 3: Indented, boldface, lowercase heading with a period.
Level 4: Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase heading with a period.

In-Text Citations

For in-text citations, author last name and year is used (for quotation include page number).

Jones (1956)….
Field and Jones (1967)….
Research supports this assertion (Field & Jones, 1967).
“Research supports this assertion” (Field & Jones, 1967, 21).
Reference List

Journal title abbreviations

Do not abbreviate journal titles.


References should be listed alphabetically by author last name. If several works are by the same author, list in order of date, with earliest date first.

Individual Entries

Journal Article with DOI (one to seven authors)
Jones, J. A., & Smith, B. L. (1999). Physiological and cognitive responses to emotional sentences and pictures. Journal of Emotional Psychology, 45(3), 123-127. doi: 10.1037/0278-7132.24.2.225

Journal Article with DOI (more than seven authors)

Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Rabin, N. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L., Assad, G. C., … Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG and attention. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 259-267. doi: 10.1123/0273-7732.27.1.335

Journal Article when DOI is Not Available

Cantor, N., Acker, M., & Cook-Flannagan, C. (1992). Conflict and preoccupation in the intimacy life task. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63(4), 644-655. Retrieved from
Light, M. A. (2008). The geographic expansion of Mexican immigration and its implications for local law enforcement. Law Enforcement Journal, 8(1), 73-82.

If there is no DOI assigned and the reference was retrieved online, give the URL of the journal home page; no retrieval date is needed. The second example is in the case of an article retrieved from a print source, not electronic.

Chapter from an Edited Book

Jones, J. A., Zephyr, J. R., Goulette, C., & Pinto, J. (1999). Physiological and cognitive responses to emotional sentences and pictures. In. F. R. White & B. Eddington (Eds.), The psychology of emotion: Contemporary research (pp. 541-562). New York: Penguin Publishing Co.

Section from a Non-edited Book

Lightfoot, C., Cole, M., & Cole, S. R. (2009). The Development of Children. (6th ed., pp.188-199). New York: Worth Publishers.

Entire Book

Erikson, E. (1968). Identity: Youth and crisis. New York: Norton.

Motion Picture, Video, TV Show

American Psychological Association. (Producer). (2000). Responding therapeutically [DVD]. Available from
Egan, D. (Writer), & Alexander, J. J. (Director). (2005). Failure to communicate [Television series episode]. In D. Shore (Executive producer), House. New York, NY: Fox Broadcasting.

Artwork, Figures, and Tables

Artwork, including figures, tables, models, etc. should be embedded in author’s submitted manuscript files where referenced in the text. Authors should not append figures, tables, etc. to the end of their manuscripts.

English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language are encouraged to consider having someone edit their manuscript prior to submission to improve the English. Authors may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited: see list of editing services at  All such services are arranged and paid for by authors.

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