A Letter from the Editor, Deb Lieberman

Dear HBES Members,

It has been a busy summer at Evolution and Human Behavior and I am pleased to provide you with several updates.

 

EHB Special Issues

Currently at EHB, we are working on the publication of two special issues. The first special issue, organized by Joe Henrich, Coren Apicella, and Ara Norenzayan, examines recent efforts to expand evolutionary social science research beyond WEIRD societies. The Beyond WEIRD special issue will be the next issue published (issue 5, 2020). The second special issue, organized by Willem Frankenhuis and Dan Nettle, is on Life History Theory and will be the 6th and last issue of 2020. In each issue’s Editorial/Introductory article, there will be details regarding how to submit commentaries—a feature I’d like to continue with each Special Issue published at the journal. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Editors of both special issues for their hard work in pulling together excellent panels of papers. These special issues advance an important goal of the journal, which is to foster discussion and debate of scientific ideas as they relate to human evolutionary science. Thank you again!

 

EHB Reproductions

We are proud to announce a new article format at EHB called EHB Reproductions. EHB Reproductions report on efforts to replicate empirical research previously published in EHB. Reproductions follow the original methods and procedures to create conditions under which the original hypotheses can be tested. Deviations with respect to participants, materials, procedures, and analyses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In general, though, researchers should attempt to use the same materials, procedures, and analytical techniques as employed in the original article, and, while I think this goes without saying, authors of original articles are encouraged to provide all necessary materials for successful attempts at replication.

 

An EHB Reproduction includes an Abstract of 250 words. The Introduction should identify the paper being replicated, the hypotheses being tested, the rationale for replication, the justification for the methods (including statistical power), and the main conclusions of the current work. The Introduction and Discussion should be no more than 1000 words combined. (The original article should have done the literature review and theoretical heavy lifting mostly freeing Reproductions from this task.) There is no word limit for Methods and Results, but authors are encouraged to be succinct. In the Methods, authors should be clear regarding the sample used, and any methodological or analytical deviations from the original article with justification. Ideally, references should be limited to around 10. Titles should conform to the following: “EHB Reproduction: Author (et al.), Date”. EHB Reproductions will be evaluated based on quality, not outcome. Authors of the original article will be offered an opportunity to respond to the replication effort in a commentary. Currently, EHB Reproductions are limited to empirical articles. Conceptual replications, including modeling papers, should be submitted as Research Reports.

 

Updates on Sample Description

In an effort to provide greater detail on samples reported in Research Reports and EHB Reproductions, the submission process will soon contain information regarding how to describe samples in both the Abstract and Methods. The Editorial Board is currently finalizing these instructions and we will post all updates to the online Guide to Authors.

 

Updates on Database and Stimuli availability

As a general policy, EHB will now require researchers during the submission process to provide access (via a link to an online repository or via supplementary materials) to anonymized datasets (when appropriate) and, when feasible, stimuli used to carry out the reported research.

 

Updates on Tables and Figures

This might seem trivial, but to facilitate peer review, we now ask that all tables and figures be embedded in the text of the submitted manuscript in their appropriate location in addition to being uploaded as separate files. (It’s the little things that matter.) I think that’s it for updates.

 

Have a safe and healthy start to the new school year,

Deb Lieberman, Editor-in-Chief, Evolution and Human Behavior