Cover Photo: © Toshio Hagiwara


Since 1957

Primates is the oldest English-language primatology journal, published by the Japan Monkey Centre (JMC) through Springer in collaboration with the Primate Society Japan. The object of this journal is to facilitate the research on the entire aspect of nonhuman primates in connection with human. Museum section of JMC is taking on the role of delegating editorial board members/advisory board members/editor-in-chief, hosting editorial board meeting, and editorial operation of the journal Primates.

Editor-in-Chief Masayuki Nakamichi

Vice Editor-in-Chief James R. Anderson

Vice Editor-in-Chief Satoshi Hirata

Immediate-Past Editor-in-Chief Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Afterword of Volume 1, Issue 1 of Primates; October 25, 1957

Currently, there is no journal specializing in primatology; I declare that this is the very first primatology journal. Isn't this exciting? First of all, primatology department is non-existent in any university of the world, and therefore there is nothing such as an academic society for primatology. The modification in the operation of academic authority is evidenced by the fact that the Japan Monkey Centre (JMC) introduced the publication of this specialized journal, skipping the normal course of development, which is to begin by establishing a department at a university, followed by organizing an academic society, and then publishing a journal. The term "primatology" can be translated as "reichourui-gaku" in Japanese. But, we do not prefer such a difficult, orotund name. The primatology that we envision is a new scholarly endeavor to comprehensively investigate, so to speak, the genealogical history of humankind, by comparatively studying primates situated in various phylogenetic statuses, from various academic fields from the perspectives of not only morphology and development, but also physiology, psychology, ecology, sociology, and so forth.

It is from this standpoint that we conceived, an idea of gathering various primate species from around the world in a zoo that is expected to be built under the supervision of the JMC; we do not recklessly expand our research focus to include animals that do not share recent common genealogy with humankind. In this first volume, only articles that are based on naturalistic observations of Japanese monkeys could be included, but this journal seeks to gradually fulfill all the aforementioned ambitions. On the other hand, I request contributions from outside the country and promotion of the journal, until it achieves global recognition. I might have made too many irresponsible remarks, but I just want things to proceed in a lively manner, anticipating a bright future for us. Therefore, I sincerely ask your support and cooperation.

Kinji Imanishi

Editors-in-Chief in the Past

1957 – 1961 Kinji Imanishi

1962 – 1963 Denzaburô Miyadi

1964 – 1968 Junichiro Itani

1969 – 1977 Toshio Tanaka

1978 – 1980 Tsunahide Shidei

1981 – 1995 Masao Kawai

1996 – 2003 Yukimaru Sugiyama

2004 – 2010 Toshisada Nishida

2011 – 2014 Juichi Yamagiwa

2014 - 2020 Tetsuro Matsuzawa