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COVID-19 and impact on peer review
We are pleased to showcase our latest review publications, covering a variety of research areas from developmental biology to feeding ecology to social complexity.
Tim Dederichs takes us through testing the hypothesis that innervation of the spider copulatory organs may be part of the ground pattern of spiders.
Announcing the launch of In Review
Frontiers in Zoology, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:
- Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
- Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
- Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received
Aims and scope
Frontiers in Zoology is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing high quality research articles and reviews on all aspects of animal life.
As a biological discipline, zoology has one of the longest histories. Today it occasionally appears as though, due to the rapid expansion of life sciences, zoology has been replaced by more or less independent sub-disciplines amongst which exchange is often sparse. However, the recent advance of molecular methodology into "classical" fields of biology, and the development of theories that can explain phenomena on different levels of organisation, has led to a re-integration of zoological disciplines promoting a broader than usual approach to zoological questions. Zoology has re-emerged as an integrative discipline encompassing the most diverse aspects of animal life, from the level of the gene to the level of the ecosystem.
Frontiers in Zoology is the first open access journal focusing on zoology as a whole. It aims to represent and re-unite the various disciplines that look at animal life from different perspectives and at providing the basis for a comprehensive understanding of zoological phenomena on all levels of analysis. Frontiers in Zoology provides a unique opportunity to publish high quality research and reviews on zoological issues that will be internationally accessible to any reader at no cost.
The journal was initiated and is supported by the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, one of the largest national zoological societies with more than a century-long tradition in promoting high-level zoological research.
Jürgen Heinze is currently Professor of Zoology at University of Regensburg.
"Zoology is an active and colorful biological discipline with a long history and a promising future. The development of new theories and methodology makes this a particularly exciting time for researchers interested in aspects of animal life."
Ulrich Technau is Professor of developmental biology at the University of Vienna
"Zoology is addressing some of the most fundamental questions in Biology. It continues to deliver novel insights into the fascinating diversity and biology of animals by taking advantage of a combination of classical concepts and modern methods."
Official journal of
Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (German Society of Zoology)
We are a leading fully open-access journal of the Zoology category in the Journal Citation Reports
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The Editors of Frontiers in Zoology support initiatives that expedite the peer review process and are willing to consider manuscripts which have been reviewed by Peerage of Science. Please indicate in your cover letter if this applies to your manuscript.
Annual Journal Metrics
48 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
29 days to first decision for all manuscripts
105 days from submission to acceptance
28 days from acceptance to publication