Special Issue "Systematic Zoology and Biodiversity Science: A tribute to Terry Erwin (1940-2020)"

Open for submissionDeadline for manuscript's submission: 31 January 2021

Special Issue Editors

John Spence, Achille Casale, Thorsten Assmann, James Liebherr, Lyubomir Penev

Special Issue Information

In tribute to our beloved friend and founding Editor-in-Chief, Dr Terry Erwin, who passed away on 11th May 2020, we are planning a special memorial volume to be published on 11 May 2021, the date Terry left us. Terry will be remembered by all who knew him for his radiant spirit, charming enthusiasm for carabid beetles and never-ceasing exploration of the world of biodiversity! 

In recognition of the love and devotion that Terry expressed for study of the World's biodiversity, ZooKeys invites contributions to this memorial issue to all subjects falling within the area of systematic zoology. Of special interest would be papers recognising Terry's dedication to collection based research, massive biodiversity surveys and origin of biodiversity hot spot areas.

Article processing charges (APCs) will be waived for: (1) Contributions to systematic biology and diversity of carabid beetles, (2) Contributions from Terry’s students and (3) Contributions from his colleagues from the Smithsonian Institution. The APC for articles which do not fall in the above categories will be discounted at 30 %.

The submission deadline is 31st of December 2020.

Contributors are also invited to send memories and photos which shall be published in a special addendum to the volume.

The memorial volume will also include a joint project of Plazi, Pensoft and the Biodiversity Literature Repository aimed at extracting of taxonomic data from Terry Erwin’s publications and making it easily accessible to the scientific community.


Topical collection "Biology of Pangolins and Bats"

Permanent collection

Topical collection editors

Topical collection information

ZooKeys invites research publications on the biology of bats and pangolins with the aim to shed light on the factors that make certain organisms like bats and pangolins particularly efficient vectors of diseases capable of causing global emergencies and irreversible damages, such as COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The APCs for this upcoming collection will be waived.

By means of Open Science, ZooKeys aims to contribute with real-time findings and data to the efforts of scientific teams, experts and other decision-makers across the globe, in order to advance the world’s understanding of the transmission pathways and potential vectors of zoonotic diseases. By adding further knowledge to the key factors that pave the way for global public health emergencies, such quality research publications are to ultimately help the mitigation and prevention of similar devastating events in the future.


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