• Akira Yasukouchi, Kyushu University

Deputy Editor

  • Harunobu Nakamura, Kobe University

Consulting Editors

  • Alan Bittles, Edith Cowan University
  • Hans Jürgens, University of Kiel
  • Tetsuo Katsuura, Chiba University
  • C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, University of Cambridge
  • Pavao Rudan, Institute for Anthropological Research
  • Masahiko Sato, Kyushu Institute of Design

Society affiliations

Journal of Physiological Anthropology is an official journal of the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology (JSPA).


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Aims & scope

Journal of Physiological Anthropology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on the physiological functions of modern mankind, with an emphasis on the bio-cultural effects on human adaptability to the current environment.

The objective of the Journal of Physiological Anthropology is to evaluate physiological adaptations to modern living environments, and to publish research from different scientific fields concerned with environmental impact on human life.

Upcoming events

ICPA 2015: The 12th International Congress of Physiological Anthropology

President: Prof. Tetsuo Katsuura, Chiba University
Date: October 27-30, 2015

27 Oct: Registration & Welcome Reception, Younger Researchers Colloquium
29-30 Oct: Scientific program

Venue: Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall, Chiba, Japan

Best Reviewer Award

Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY Best Reviewer Award 2014

In 2014, a total of 121 reviewers kindly reviewed the manuscripts submitted. In appreciation of their valuable contributions, we have awarded the Best Reviewer of the Year 2014 as follows:

  •  Hideyuki Mukae (Toyota Central R&D Labs., Japan)

Please visit the award webpage.

Editor's profile

Akira Yasukouchi Akira Yasukouchi graduated from Kyushu Institute of Design in 1979, after 8 years of research with the National Institute of Industrial Health for the Japanese Ministry of Labour, he returned to his old school as associate professor in 1990 to research physiological anthropology. He became professor in 1999, distinguished professor in 2009 and director of the Department of Human Science in 2012. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Physiological Anthropology since 1997.

"As a physio-anthropologist I try to describe the variations of adaptability, within and between individuals, to modern society. To do this the differences in adaptability should be examined in terms of biological characteristics, polytypisms and whole-body coordination. We must consider the factors affecting the morphological and physiological polytypisms using new study methodologies, with the aim of understanding what a truly "healthy" environment would be and how it would fit the needs of both individuals and populations."

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Articles published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology since 1996 (volume 15) are open access and fully accessible from the following link.

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ISSN: 1880-6805