Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences  
DisciplineLife sciences, behavioral sciences, biology, neuroscience, psychology, genetics, psychiatry
Edited byPaul Bloom, Barbara L. Finlay
Publication details
17.194 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Behav. Brain Sci.
ISSN0140-525X (print)
1469-1825 (web)
OCLC no.4172559

Behavioral and Brain Sciences is a peer-reviewed scientific journal of Open Peer Commentary established in 1978 by Stevan Harnad[1] and published by Cambridge University Press. It is modeled on the journal Current Anthropology (which was established in 1959 by the University of Chicago anthropologist, Sol Tax).[2][3]

The journal publishes "target articles" followed by 10 to 30 or more peer commentaries and the response of the authors of the target article. The journal covers all areas of the biobehavioral and cognitive sciences (psychology, neuroscience, behavioral biology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy) and articles are judged by four or more referees to be of sufficient importance and interdisciplinary scope to merit Open Peer Commentary. Volume 1 appeared in 1978 and issues appeared quarterly; as its popularity grew it switched to a bimonthly schedule in 1997.


According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2018 impact factor of 17.194, ranking it 1st out of 53 journals in the category "Behavioral Sciences",[4] 4th out of 267 journals in the category "Neurosciences",[4] and 1st out of 14 journals in the category "Psychology, Biological".[4]


  1. ^ Alva Noë . "As Thinking On Animal Ethics Shifts, New Journal On Animal Feeling Launches". NPR, May 6, 2016
  2. ^ Inaugural editorial
  3. ^ Valedictory editorial
  4. ^ a b c Journal Citation Reports (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2019.

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