Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences

Editor: Dan O'Brien
ISSN: 2330-2925
eISSN: 2330-2933
Published: quarterly, beginning in January
This journal is a publication of NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society

Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences (EBS) publishes manuscripts that advance the study of human behavior from an evolutionary perspective, with an emphasis on work that integrates evolutionary theory with other approaches and perspectives from across the behavioral sciences.

This includes a special interest in work that explores:

  • the role of evolved mechanisms in real-world phenomena
  • the consequences of evolved behavior for the patterns and structure of society
  • the interplay between evolved psychological mechanisms and cultural influences in driving behavior

EBS publishes both empirical and theoretical manuscripts, and welcomes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches.

EBS will consider research on non-human animals provided it offers some insight on a current question in the study of human behavior. The journal is also interested in articles that seek to translate evolutionary reasoning into implications for policy and practice.

Editorial Board


Dan O'Brien
Northeastern University and Harvard University

Associate Editors

Aurelio José Figueredo
University of Arizona

Andrew Gallup
SUNY College at Oneonta

Peter Jonason
University of Western Sydney, Australia

Satoshi Kanazawa
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

S. Craig Roberts
University of Stirling, UK

Catherine Salmon
Redlands University

Book Review Editor

Pedro Wolf
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Founding Editors

Rosemarie Sokol-Chang
State University of New York at New Paltz

Sarah L. Strout
Dominican College

Consulting Editors

Abdolhossein Abdollahi
University of Limerick, Ireland

Alice Andrews
State University of New York at New Paltz

Nicholas Armenti
Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences

Gordon Bear
Ramapo College of New Jersey

David Bjorklund
Florida Atlantic University

Paul Bloom
Yale University

Rebecca Burch
State University of New York at Oswego

David Buss
University of Texas, Austin

Abraham Buunk
University of Groningen, Netherlands

Peter Carruthers
University of Maryland

James Chisholm
The University of Western Australia

Jaime Cloud
Birmingham-Southern College

Catherine Cottrell
New College of Florida

Tim Crippen
University of Mary Washington

Lee Cronk
Rutgers University

Robert Deaner
Grand Valley State University

Jeff Elison
Adams State University

Bruce Ellis
University of Arizona

Dennis Embry
PAXIS Institute

Maryanne Fisher
Saint Mary's University

David Frederick
Chapman University

Michael Frederick
University of Baltimore

Gordon Gallup, Jr.
State University of New York at Albany

Justin Garcia
Indiana University, Bloomington

Kilian James Garvey
University of Louisiana, Monroe

Glenn Geher
State University of New York at New Paltz

Herbert Gintis
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Aaron Goetz
California State University, Fullerton

Peter Gray
Boston College

Marissa Harrison
Penn State University, Harrisburg

Patricia Hawley
Texas Tech University

Leslie Heywood
Binghamton University

John Hinshaw
Lebanon Valley College

Susan Hughes
Albright College

Scott James
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Daniel Jones
University of Texas at El Paso

Timothy Ketelaar
New Mexico State University

Farnaz Kaighobadi
Columbia University

Daniel Kruger
University of Michigan

Barry Kuhle
University of Scranton

Robert Kurzban
University of Pennsylvania

Norman Li
Singapore Management University, Singapore

Richard Machalek
University of Wyoming

Sean Massey
Binghamton University

Tami Meredith
Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rick O'Gorman
University of Essex, UK

Sally Olderbak
Ulm University, Germany

Carin Perilloux
Union College

R. Nathan Pipitone
Adams State University

Steven Platek
Georgia Gwinnett College

Chris Reiber
Binghamton University

Gad Saad
Concordia University

David Schmitt
Bradley University

Todd Shackelford
Oakland University

Azim Shariff
University of Oregon

Kerrie Smedley
Lebanon Valley College

Daniel Smail
Harvard University

David Livingstone Smith
University of New England

Gert Stulp
University of Groningen, Netherlands

Nicholas Thompson
Clark University

Joshua Tybur
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands

T. Joel Wade
Bucknell University

Gregory Webster
University of Florida

Andreas Wilke
Clarkson University

David Sloan Wilson
Binghamton University

David Zehr
Plymouth State University

Manuscript Coordinator

David Roddy
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences

  • Academic Search Complete
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • PsycINFO
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 manuscripts electronically via the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts submitted to Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (2010).

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

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


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Display Equations

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In Online Supplemental Material
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In the Text of the Article
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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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • 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.


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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:

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


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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).

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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).

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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
  • The Behavioral Immune System

    Special issue of the APA journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 4, October 2014. Articles discuss circumscribing the behavioral immune system; affect and cognition; implications for societal dynamics; and methodology and theory.