Ethology Journal Onlne (Ethol J Online) aims to publish reliable sources of information on the discoveries and current developments in the form of original articles, review articles, case reports, short communications, etc. in the areas of ethology and related disciplines. The editorial body requires a peer-review process for the submitted manuscripts for the quality of publishing and credibility of the works.

This present journal originated from an idea among the staff of Ethology Institute: to share the work of our teachers and students—without renouncing copyrights—and keeping it affordable for readers. It started as a collection of papers from a little study group composed of teachers and students. It remained as such for seven years with Professor Abrantes being the contributor of the majority of articles. In 2017, we decided to expand the scope of the journal. We are indeed pleased to announce that we now welcome any independent researcher to submit papers. In 2018 and beyond, we look forward to publishing, a great diversity of research and review papers as well as historical and high-quality popular articles.

Our journal has a double-sided goal: (1) to provide an opportunity for researchers without fundings to publish their work, and (2) to offer readers the possibility to read scientific papers without having to pay the exorbitant subscription fees that are common in the area of academic journals. It's free of charge for authors to submit their work, have it peer-reviewed, and published, eventually. Our journal is not a commercial enterprise, and we will, therefore, keep subscription fees as low as possible while covering the incurred expenses.

Ethol J Online publishes scientific work and is independent of commercial, religious and political interests. The journal receives no sponsorship in any form. All income is generated via reader subscriptions.

Although we publish the work of our staff and students, we do not relinquish the criteria for the acceptance and publishing of their papers, or their scientific accuracy. They are subject to the same scrutinizing process as all others. We may even be stricter with our own than with others.

We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their work. After all, they are the ones who bore the burden of conducting objective and scientific research for the enlightenment of fellow researchers and the public at large. Copyright for all articles is therefore shared between the Journal and the authors. Additionally, and we believe we are the first ones to do so (it is not uncommon for journals to require payment from the authors), we pay the authors an annual royalty according to a formula based on the journal's yearly income divided by the number of articles and readers.

Third-parties may not redistribute the material in this journal in any form. Citations adhering to the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index are allowed and references and links to the articles must be correct and in the standard academic formats.