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Does Zootaxa consider manuscripts in languages other than
No, Zootaxa is published in English.
Does Zootaxa allow abstracts in languages other than
Yes, this should be in addition to an abstract in English. Abstract in languages
with special fonts/characters (e.g. Chinese) should be supplied as a
scanned TIFF image (at least 600 dpi as 1 bit image).
Does Zootaxa prefer manuscripts on a particular taxonomic group?
No, Zootaxa welcome manuscripts on all zootaxa.
Will Zootaxa consider a monograph consisting of about 400
Yes. The longest paper published so far is of 1295
pages. For long manuscripts of several thousand pages, the
authors are advised to break these into a
multi-volume contribution simply because books over 1000 pages are
difficult to bind and too heavy to hold.
Will Zootaxa consider a short note of one page to three pages?
Correspondence of one page to three pages can be considered
to fill the blank pages in multipaper issues. These include (1) opinions and views on
issues of general interests to systematic zoologists, (2) commentary of or additions/corrections to papers
previously published in Zootaxa, (3) obituary
of deceased systematic zoologists, and (4) taxonomic/nomenclatural
notes of importance.
Commentaries on published papers
are intended for scholarly exchange of different views/interpretations and
should not contain personal attacks; authors of original papers will be invited
to reply to comments to their papers. All manuscripts will
be subjected to peer review before acceptance by subject editors.
How do you determine
the importance of short
This can be shown in the following example: new distribution records. Just
another new distribution record for a common species A or B is not important,
but a new distribution record of an endangered species or an invasive species is
considered important. A new record for a higher taxon (e.g. family) in a
continent where it was not known is considered important.
Zootaxa consider manuscripts written in memory of a taxonomist?
Yes, especially if the manuscript includes detailed descriptions
of his/her contribution to the taxonomy of his/her group (e.g. with a list of
his/her publications and/or the new zootaxa he/she
How is the quality of the papers published
We ensure the quality of papers through peer
review. Only manuscripts accepted by peers and recommended for publication
by editors will be published.
How are manuscripts reviewed and processed?
When a manuscript is received by an editor,
he/she will have it reviewed by at least two peers qualified to evaluate
the manuscript and he/she normally asks the reviewers to complete the review
in one month. Once the review and/or revision of the ms is completed, the
responsible editor will then either reject or accept the manuscript. If the
manuscript is accepted, he will forward files in the required format to the
Chief Editor (Dr Zhang) for processing. Dr Zhang, with support of editorial
staff, will then work with the author and
the publisher/printer to ensure that the manuscript will be published within one
month or so (although long manuscript may take longer).
Do you accept photographic images generated
from digital cameras?
Yes, provided that it is equal to or greater
than the acceptable resolution, which is 300 dpi.
Will there be a provision to publish colour plates in your journal?
What will the costs be?
Yes, Zootaxa has a provision to publish colour plates. The unique
advantage that Zootaxa offers is that the publication of colour plates
in the online edition is free of charge (while the print edition is printed
as B&W). A charge is only applicable if you desire colour plates in
the print edition as well. Costs varied with the number of plates in the
paper. For many authors, publication of papers with colour plates is too
expensive. Zootaxa provides an economical way for authors to preserve
colour in the online edition without any cost to them.
Can I submit my manuscript by e-mail?
Yes, this is preferred as it is faster and saves
paper (and hence the forest and the environment). Please submit manuscripts
by e-mail as attachments to the
Editors responsible for your taxa or subject area, or to the Chief Editor
if none of them specialize in your taxa. Please submit text in
ms word or RTF and the figures
in TIFF (line drawing scanned at 600 dpi and half tone at 300 dpi). Submit
text in RTF along with PDF is recommended, as the former allows reviewers
to insert comments and suggestions directly with the ms. Alternatively,
you can send three copies of the manuscript by mail.
How can I submit very large files of scanned
figures by e-mail?
When large plates are scanned at 600 dpi, the
size of the TIFF files can be very large and these files can be difficult
to transmit by e-mail because some e-mail servers limit the size of
outgoing/incoming mails. If you can, please use LZW compression when you
save the file in TIFF. This will reduce the size of the file
without the loss of resolution. Please try to attach only one file to
one message to reduce the size of each mail. Please make sure
that line drawings are scanned as B&W line drawing (1 bit) but not grey
scale images (8 bit). Please save colour images and grey scale plates
as jpg file (highest quality). This will reduce file size considerably. If you have
compression tools, you may zip several files and submit the zipped file.
It is important to remember that the matter size for plates in Zootaxa is 14cm
wide and 20 cm high. Please do make the final plate size larger than
this. If you crop your plates to the right size, use compression and
send plates over several e-mails, you will have no problem sending the files for
publication. See here for detailed information
on preparing plates.
Authors of accepted manuscripts can also send the files by ftp to the
editor. Please ask your subject editor or Dr Zhang
for login and password.
How you select subject editors and what are their roles?
Subject editors are established
specialists of their taxa and are those people who
are willing to help colleagues to publish papers in Zootaxa. They can be
either nominated by colleagues, or by themselves to the editor, who will review
candidate's background and suitability for the roles, and then make a
decision. Subject editors organize the reviews of manuscripts submitted
to them and have the authority to reject/accept manuscripts after peer review.
Why this new journal? Do we need it when we have so many journals already?
There are millions of zootaxa waiting to be discovered, described and
analyzed. Many of them will probably become extinct before they are ever known.
Most other journals have fixed printed pages per issue and fixed number of
issues per year; as a result, many these journals cannot accept monographic
works and many authors have to wait several months or even years for publication when
their papers are accepted. Some of these journals levy page charges so that
authors without funds are unable to publish in them. ZOOTAXA provides a
solution to these problems.
How is this journal funded when
you do not levy page charges?
This journal is currently published with funding by the Publisher, who has
made available sufficient funds for the production of the journal. Any journal
that does not ask authors to pay for the cost of production will have to reply
on subscriptions in one way or another. Because this is a new journal and
the number of subscriptions is slowly picking up, the production cost, at the
moment and in the near future, is and will be largely provided by the publisher.
How soon can manuscripts be published after the final revised version
We aim to publish papers within one month after the final revised version
is accepted for publication, assuming that authors return corrections within
1 week after receiving proof. Short papers can take less time, whereas
very long monographs of hundreds of pages may take longer to page-set by
the printer and to proofread by the authors. Most papers so far published were
issued within 30 days after acceptance by editors. As far as we know,
this speed is not matched by other journals.
Is the online edition of Zootaxa published before the print
No, the print and online editions are published
concurrently, as this is important for taxonomic papers with new names. The
official date of publication will be clearly stated on the front page of
Does Zootaxa meet the criteria of valid publication set by
ICZN? I have not seen any statement in your journal that print copies
have been deposited in at least five major publicly accessible libraries?
Yes, Zootaxa is a valid publication by International Code of Zoological Nomenclature
criteria. The print edition of Zootaxa, like other publications, is issued
for the purpose of providing a permanent public and scientific record.
Which edition is more complete and authoritative? Print or online?
This is a good question because major indexing/abstracting journals
need to decide which one to use. For Zootaxa, both editions are
generated from the same file and they thus match in format, text and page
numbering, and therefore provide the same content and citation/bibliographical
data. However, the online edition can be richer in information because
it can contain bookmarks and interactive links.
Is the print edition of Zootaxa produced using acid-free paper?
Yes, Zootaxa is printed on acid-free, permanent paper (80g, white). Colour
plates are printed on glossy paper (100g).
Will this journal be covered by major indexing/abstracting journals/databases?
Yes, it is indexed by Biosis in Zoological Record and by ISI in Science
Citation Index Expanded and Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and
I found an error
in my paper published in Zootaxa. Can I correct it?
Yes, we can publish errata for you. Please send
your corrections to the chief editor.
Are all published issues provided online? Or is the current issue
only kept online?
published issues are online.
How do I subscribe to this journal?
You can subscribe to the online edition, the print edition or both editions. Standing orders for both editions are preferred and recommended
for libraries. You can also purchase individual issues. Subscriptions rates
can be worked out from the information here, where contact
addresses can also be found. Write to zootaxa
to request an invoice by e-mail, or if you need more information. You may
also order it from your regular agent.
If you are a specialist of a group (e.g. insects) and want only papers on
Insecta, then a standing order for the entomological subset of Zootaxa can be
From 2008, online edition of various taxa can be
subscribed for a flat rate.
What is an IP address?
It is a series of four numbers separated by periods, e.g. "000.000.00.00".
It is a unique number for your computer. Access to online files of Zootaxa
is by IP filtering and you need not to type a login, nor remember password.
The publisher needs to know your IP address to configure the system to
allow your access. To find IP address of your computer, visit: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/nph-traceroute.pl
from your computer. The IP address appears at the end of the top line of
the display. If you do not have a static IP address, the publisher can
send PDF files to you by e-mail. For very long monographs, delivery of
electronic version may be better done by e-mail because online viewing
can be very slow.
How do you maintain a low subscription rate?
In addition to no page charge, we want to ensure
that readers pay a low subscription rate compared to similar journals. We can do this by minimizing cost using modern e-technology
Is there a reason for my library to subscribe to both the online
and print edition?
Yes, because each edition may provide advantages that the other does
not have. The online edition is optimised for online viewing and thus the
images in the papers are reduced to resolutions optimised for this purpose.
This is its disadvantage compared to the print edition, which is produced
at high resolutions. On the other hand, the print edition is disadvantaged
in lacking interactive links that can be included in the online edition.
open access and links
Reprints, open access, colour plates and interactive links can be purchased
pre- publication when corrections to proofs are returned. You will be provided
an order form with information. Orders can also be placed after the paper is
published, although we strongly encourage you to order pre-publication.
In the past we mailed reprints and provided open access pre-payment. Due
to significant delay of payments by many authors, it is not possible for us to
provide services pre-payment.
Effective 1 May 2006, all service will only be provide after payment is