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The American Naturalist is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal that was established in 1867. It is published by the University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Society of Naturalists. The journal covers research in ecology, evolutionary biology, population, and integrative biology. As of 2018, the editor-in-chief is Daniel I. Bolnick. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had a 2016 impact factor of 4.167, ranking it 29th out of 153 journals in the category "Ecology"[1] and 13th out of 48 journals in the category "Evolutionary Biology".[2]

The American Naturalist  
Discipline Ecology, evolution, population biology
Language English
Edited by Daniel I. Bolnick
Publication details
Publication history
1867–present
Publisher
Frequency Monthly
4.167
Standard abbreviations
Am. Nat.
Indexing
ISSN 0003-0147
LCCN 00-227441
JSTOR 00030147
OCLC no. 45446849
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HistoryEdit

The journal was founded by Alpheus Hyatt, Edward S. Morse, Alpheus S. Packard Jr., and Frederick W. Putnam at the Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts.[3] The first issue appeared in print dated March 1867.[4]

In 1878 the journal was for sale and Edward Cope bought half the rights. He moved the journal to Philadelphia and arranged to edit it jointly with Professor Alpheus S. Packard Jr. Cope became editor-in-chief in 1887 and continued in that capacity until his death in 1897.[5]

In 1897, a group of professors from M.I.T., Harvard, and Tufts bought the rights from the Cope estate and kept the journal in publication until 1907 when J. McKeen Cattell acquired control.[6] Cattell's son Jacques became co-editor and publisher with his father in 1939.[7]

Although the ASN became increasingly involved in editing The American Naturalist through changes in 1941 and 1951, the journal remained with the Cattell family until 1968, when the University of Chicago Press took it over after Jacques Cattell's death.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Ecology". 2016 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. 
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Evolutionary Biology". 2016 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016. 
  3. ^ Dunn, L. C. (Sep–Oct 1966). "The American Naturalist in American Biology". The American Naturalist. 100 (915): 481–492. doi:10.1086/282444. JSTOR 2459204. 
  4. ^ "American Naturalist," in International Magazine Co., Periodicals, vol. 1, no. 1 (October-December 1917), pg. 5.
  5. ^ National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir of Edward Drinker Cope
  6. ^ Conklin, Edwin G. (1943). "The Early History of The American Naturalist". The American Naturalist. 78 (774): 29–37. doi:10.1086/281164. 
  7. ^ a b American Society of Naturalists (2012). "History of the ASN". Retrieved 5 December 2013. 

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