Focus and Scope

Pet Behaviour Science publishes original research on all aspects of pet behaviour, including their relationships with humans. It is free of charge to authors and readers.

It 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 sciences, social sciences and health sciences.

Topics covered include, but not limit to:

  • 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 main subjects are dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and any other species kept as companion animals, or individuals belonging to these species but not used as companion animals, such as laboratory dogs, where the results may be of interest to their companion species as pets.

Peer Review Process

Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will be double-blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous experts. Pet Behaviour Science has adopted a double-blind peer review process where neither the authors nor the reviewers are aware of each other's identities.

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

In addition, plagiarism and AI-generated text will be checked during the review process.

There is no charge for the submission, review or publication process.

Publication Frequency

Pet Behaviour Science is published twice a year. However, manuscripts are available as soon as they have passed the peer-review process.

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)



Category 2021-01-01 — 2022-12-31 Total
Submissions Received 10 52 (5/year)
Submissions Accepted 7 34 (4/year)
Submissions Declined 3 11 (2/year)
 Submissions Declined (Desk Reject) 3 6 (2/year)
 Submissions Declined (After Review) 0 5 (0/year)
Submissions Published 7 34 (4/year)


Journal History

Created in 2015 by David J. Menor Campos with the support of University of Cordoba