2019 Editor’s Choice Award and Editor’s Choice Articles

The editorial committee of the Journal of Ethology awards a prize for the best paper published in the journal, the Editor’s Choice Award, every year. In addition, the committee selects certain outstanding papers as Editor’s Choice articles. I am very pleased to announce the award winner and the list of the Editor’s Choice articles for 2019.

Editor’s Choice Award

Naoko Irie, Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, and Nobuyuki Kutsukake (2019) Unique numerical competence of Asian elephants on the relative numerosity judgment task (Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 111–115).

The authors demonstrate that Asian elephants’ sense of numerosity differs from that of African elephants, and is similar to that of humans. The editorial committee considered the paper astonishing, since it reveals the diversity and convergence of numerical sense among different animals, using an ingenious study method. The committee also recognized the considerable social response to the paper.

Editor’s Choice Articles

Ayami Sekizawa, Shin G. Goto, and Yasuhiro Nakashima (2019) A nudibranch removes rival sperm with a disposable spiny penis (Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 21–29).

Masaru Hasegawa and Nobuyuki Kutsukake (2019) Kin selection and reproductive value in social mammals (Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 139–150).

Grete E. Wilson-Henjum, Jacob R. Job, Megan F. McKenna, Graeme Shannon, and George Wittemyer (2019) Alarm call modification by prairie dogs in the presence of juveniles (Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 167–174).

Jumpei Uematsu, Masayuki Hayashi, Hiroyuki Shimoji, Michel-Olivier Laurent Salazar, and Kazuki Tsuji (2019) Context-dependent aggression toward non-nestmates in the ant Diacamma sp. from Japan (Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 259–264).

Kohji Takahashi and Reiji Masuda (2019) Nurture is above nature: nursery experience determines habitat preference of red sea bream Pagrus major juveniles (Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 317–323).

Open access

These papers have now been made open access by the support from the Japan Ethological Society funded by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 18HP2005. I hope these papers will be read by many colleagues and will contribute to future studies of animal behavior.

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Nakata, K. 2019 Editor’s Choice Award and Editor’s Choice Articles. J Ethol 38, 1 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10164-019-00627-0

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