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, including the range of subdisciplines within psychology as well as the social sciences (e.g., sociology, political science, criminology) and humanities (e.g., history, literature studies).

This includes a special interest in work that explores:

  • The role of evolved mechanisms in real-world phenomena, especially when the findings hold implications for policy or practice;
  • The expression of evolved cognitive, behavioral, and physiological mechanisms across contexts and the consequences they have for the patterns and structure of society;
  • The interplay between evolved psychological mechanisms and cultural influences in driving behavior, including papers that test established theory in new cultural contexts.

EBS publishes both empirical and theoretical manuscripts and welcomes quantitative, qualitative, 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.

The journal also publishes short reports (of no more than 2,500 words) that present new findings in brief without a lengthy theoretical background. In addition, EBS sees reproducibility as a major challenge facing science in general and encourages the submission of replication studies, especially when they test existing knowledge in ways that probe underlying assumptions, and meta-analyses that assess the overall body of work around a particular question.

Editorial Board


Catherine Salmon
University of Redlands

Associate Editors

Andrew Gallup
State University of New York Polytechnic Institute

Jessica A. Hehman
University of Redlands

Peter Karl Jonason
Western Sydney University

Satoshi Kanazawa
London School of Economics and Political Science

Book Review Editor

Aurelio José Figueredo
University of Arizona

Founding Editors

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

Sarah L. Strout
Dominican College

Consulting Editor

Abdolhossein Abdollahi
The University of Texas at El Paso & El Paso Community College

Alice Andrews
State University of New York at New Paltz

Nicholas P. Armenti
Rutgers University

Gordon N. Bear
Ramapo College

David F. Bjorklund
Florida Atlantic University

Paul Bloom
Yale University

Rebecca L. Burch
State University of New York at Oswego

David M. Buss
University of Texas at Austin

Abraham P. Buunk
University of Groningen

Peter Carruthers
University of Maryland

James Chisholm
The University of Western Australia

Jaime M. Cloud
Western Oregon University

Catherine A. Cottrell
New College of Florida

Timothy Crippen
University of Mary Washington

Lee Cronk
Rutgers University

Robert O. Deaner
Grand Valley State University

Jeff Elison
Adams State University

Dennis Embry
PAXIS Institute

Maryanne L. Fisher
Saint Mary's University

David A. Frederick
Chapman University

Michael J. Frederick
University of Baltimore

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

Justin R. Garcia
Indiana University

Killian James Garvey
State University of New York at New Paltz

Glenn Geher
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Herbert Gintis
Santa Fe Institute

Aaron T. Goetz
California State University at Fullerton

Peter Gray
Boston College

Marissa A. Harrison
Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg

Patricia Hawley
Texas Tech University

Leslie L. Heywood
Binghamton University

John Hinshaw
Lebanon Valley College

Susan M. Hughes
Albright College

Scott James
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Daniel Nelson Jones
University of Texas at El Paso

Farnaz Kaighobadi
Bronx Community College

Timothy Ketelaar
New Mexico State University

Daniel J. Kruger
University of Michigan

Barry Kuhle
University of Scranton

Robert Kurzban
University of Pennsylvania

Norman Li
Singapore Management University

Richard S. Machalek
University of Wyoming

Sean Massey
Binghamton University

Tami M. Meredith
Saint Mary's University

Sandeep Mishra
University of Regina

Daniel O'Brien
Northeastern University

Rick O'Gorman
University of Essex

Sally Olderbak
Ulm University

Carin Perilloux
Southwestern University

R. Nathan Pipitone
Adams State University

Steven M. Platek
Georgia Gwinnett College

Gad Saad
Concordia University

David P. Schmitt
Brunel University London

Aaron Sell
Griffith University

Todd K. Shackelford
Oakland University

Daniel L. Smail
Harvard University

David Livingstone Smith
University of New England

Gert Stulp
University of Groningen

Nicholas Thompson
Clark University

Joshua Tybur
Vrije Universiteit

T Joel Wade
Bucknell University

Gregory D. Webster
University of Florida

Andreas Wilke
Clarkson University

David Sloan Wilson
Binghamton University

David Zehr
Plymouth State University

Peer-Review Coordinator

David Roddy
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences

  • OCLC
  • PsycINFO
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To submit to the Editorial Office of Catherine Salmon, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).

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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.

Public Significance Statements

Authors submitting manuscripts to Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences are required to provide 2–3 brief sentences regarding the public significance of the study or meta-analysis described in their paper. This description should be included within the manuscript on the abstract/keywords page. It should be written in language that is easily understood by both professionals and members of the lay public.

When an accepted paper is published, these sentences will be boxed beneath the abstract for easy accessibility. All such descriptions will also be published as part of the Table of Contents, as well as on the journal's web page. This new policy is in keeping with efforts to increase dissemination and usage by larger and diverse audiences.

Examples of these 2–3 sentences include the following:

  • "A brief cognitive–behavioral intervention for caregivers of children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant reduced caregiver distress during the transplant hospitalization. Long-term effects on caregiver distress were found for more anxious caregivers as well as caregivers of children who developed graft-versus-host disease after the transplant."
  • "Inhibitory processes, particularly related to temporal attention, may play a critical role in response to exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The main finding that individuals with PTSD who made more clinical improvement showed faster improvement in inhibition over the course of exposure therapy supports the utility of novel therapeutic interventions that specifically target attentional inhibition and better patient-treatment matching."
  • "When children participated in the enriched preschool program Head Start REDI, they were more likely to follow optimal developmental trajectories of social–emotional functioning through third grade. Ensuring that all children living in poverty have access to high-quality preschool may be one of the more effective means of reducing disparities in school readiness and increasing the likelihood of lifelong success.

To be maximally useful, these statements of public health significance should not simply be sentences lifted directly from the manuscript.

They are meant to be informative and useful to any reader. They should provide a bottom-line, take-home message that is accurate and easily understood. In addition, they should be able to be translated into media-appropriate statements for use in press releases and on social media.

Prior to final acceptance and publication, all public health significance statements will be carefully reviewed to make sure they meet these standards. Authors will be expected to revise statements as necessary.


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    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.
  • 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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Special Issues
  • Evolution of Cognitive Mechanisms

    Special issue of the APA journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 3, July 2018, on human cognitive evolution. The articles cover diverse adaptive problem domains (e.g., mating, foraging, group living) and topics (e.g., conflict, interpersonal relationships, social learning, decision-making, risk assessment).

  • Committed Romantic Relationships

    Special issue of the APA journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 2, April 2017. The articles draw from many established theoretical models about the nature of long-term committed romantic relationships, including predictors of stability and commitment, and present a variety of available methodological tools, with samples from around the world.

  • 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.