JDS Communications®

Call for Papers: Behavior in Dairy Animals

JDS Communications invites submissions for a special issue: Behavior in Dairy Animals.

We are specifically interested in short communications, technical notes, and review articles that address the following topics.

Calf and heifer behavioral responses to

  • dam offspring contact, including severing the maternal bond
  • transport
  • climate change

Youngstock’s behavioral responses to

  • changes in housing
  • animal handling
  • changes in diet, including transition to solid feed
  • early-life experiences and their effect on adult animal behavior

Adults’ behavioral responses to

  • feeding, lying, and social interaction, including the effects of housing, management, and environment
  • the milking parlor and milking robots
  • automated monitoring for heat detection and health management
  • interactions with other cows and farm workers

Submitted papers may address all aspects of behavior, such as genetics and underlying physiological mechanisms, including endocrine responses and cognition. Open access fees will be waived for the first 20 articles accepted into this special issue.

An official journal of the American Dairy Science Association®, JDS Communications publishes narrowly focused, hypothesis-driven original research studies designed to answer a specific question. Our short publication format provides a venue for authors to publish results from a variety of studies that are of great importance to the dairy industry. JDS Communications is a gold open access journal with rapid review and publication times.

Manuscript Submission Information

Important preliminary data from high-risk/reward research and negative data from studies with adequate power are allowed. Manuscripts are strictly limited to 5 pages composed (approximately 5,000 words or 30,000 keystrokes), regardless of paper type. There is a tables and figures maximum of 3 in any combination. For additional submission information, please see our brief instructions, or submit your article now.

Submissions for this special issue are due September 15, 2023.

Why Publish in This Special Issue?

  • Special issue articles are published together on ScienceDirect, making it incredibly easy for other researchers to discover your work.
  • Special content articles are downloaded on ScienceDirect twice as often within the first 24 months as articles published in regular issues.
  • Special content articles attract 20% more citations in the first 24 months than articles published in regular issues.
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To learn more about this special issue or our journal, contact our Editor in Chief, Matthew Lucy, PhD.