About the Journal

Zoosystematica Rossica is an international peer-reviewed open access scientific journal covering any aspects of systematic zoology. It was founded in 1992 by an outstanding Russian taxonomist Izyaslav Kerzhner (1936‒2008). The language of the journal is English.


Founder and publisher: Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg.


ISSN: 2410-0226 (Online), 0320-9180 (Print).


Aims and scope

The journal publishes papers on all groups of animals, both extant and fossil, from all over the World. It focuses on the description of new taxa, revisions and reviews, nomenclature, theories and methods of taxonomy and phylogeny, taxonomic morphology, interesting new faunal records, catalogues and checklists, identification keys, phylogenetic relationships and zoogeography. Faunal articles are published in a limited way and only if they contain new records for large geographical regions and are important for zoogeography or taxonomy.

Publication frequency

Since 2018, Zoosystematica Rossica switched to the continuous publication (CP) model allowing the immediate publication of an article as soon as it is ready. This way an approved article does not need to wait until a particular issue of the journal is completed, providing a better service to authors and readers by securing faster publishing to the scientific community. The journal will continue to gather articles for two issues per year, with the publishing deadlines on the end of June and at the end of December. However, the online website of the journal will be continuously fed throughout the year. When the deadline of an issue has passed, it is closed and the next issue starts to be fed. This model permits faster publication of the articles that no longer need to wait for the issue to be completed, entirely following the innovation of the discoveries, providing nomenclature priority to new names of taxa, and allowing the authors to see their work published as soon as possible. Collections of articles and monographs can be published as non-periodic supplements to regular volumes of the journal.

Abstracting, indexing and archiving

All papers are registered in the Official Register of Zoological Nomenclature (ZooBank) and archived in the Zenodo digital repository in accordance with the requirements for online publications, which are set out in The ICZN amendment of Articles 8, 9, 10, 21 and 78 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Any nomenclature act published in the journal becomes valid immediately after the online publication of the respective article.

The journal is indexed in:

Open access statement

Zoosystematica Rossica is an open access journal. Articles are available on the online website of the journal immediately after publication. All the main information about the article, as well as the full text in PDF format, is presented on the page of a separate article in the Volumes online section. Currently, full texts of articles are available for journal issues, starting with 10(1), 2001, and work to digitise earlier issues is underway, as well as retrospective assignment of DOI to all articles.

Publication Ethics

The journal aims to follow the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editorial Board

Chairman of the Editorial Board

Nikita Chernetsov (Russia, St Petersburg)


Dimitry Gapon (Russia, St Petersburg)

Vice Editors

Andrey Frolov (Russia, St Petersburg)

Andrey Przhiboro (Russia, St Petersburg)

International Advisory Board

Kjell R. Bjørklund (Norway, Oslo)

Holger H. Dathe (Germany, Eberswalde)

Irakli Eliava (Georgia, Tbilisi)

Mark J. Grygier (Taiwan [R.O.C.], Keelung)

Ke Ch. Kim (USA, Penn State University Park)

Adrian C. Pont (United Kingdom, Oxford)

Alexander P. Rasnitsyn (Russia, Moscow)

Language Editor

Robert B. Angus (United Kingdom, London)

Executive secretary

Alexey Khalin (Russia, St Petersburg)

Technical Editor

Tatyana Dolnik (Russia, St Petersburg)

Section Editors

Sergey Aibulatov (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Diptera

Sergey Belokobylskij (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Hymenoptera

Nina Bogutskaya (Austria, Vienna): Pisces and lower Chordata

Mikhail Daneliya (Finland, Helsinki): Crustacea

Tatiana Dautova (Russia, Vladivostok): Coelenterata

Dmitry Dmitriev (USA, Champaign): Hexapoda, Auchenorrhyncha; issues of zoological nomenclature

Nataliya Dnestrovskaya (Russia, Moscow): Polychaeta, Echinodermata

Irina Ekimova (Russia, Moscow): Mollusca

Ilya Gavrilov-Zimin (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Paraneoptera

Oleg Gorbunov (Russia, Moscow): Hexapoda, Lepidoptera

Andrey Gorochov (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Orthoptera

Boris Kataev (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Coleoptera

Andrey Khalaim (Mexico, Ciudad Victoria): Hexapoda, Hymenoptera

Pavel Kijashko (Russia, St Petersburg): Mollusca

Nikita Kluge (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Ephemeroptera and higher systematics of Arthropoda; issues of zoological nomenclature

Evgeny Koblik (Russia, Moscow): Aves

Konstantin Lutaenko (Russia, Vladivostok): Mollusca

Yuri Marusik (South Africa, Bloemfontein; Russia, Magadan): Chelicerata

Alexander Ryss (Russia, St Petersburg): Nematoda

Sergey Sinev (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Lepidoptera

Sergey Storozhenko (Russia, Vladivostok): Hexapoda, Orthoptera

Ekaterina Tselikh (Russia, St Petersburg): Hexapoda, Hymenoptera

Nikolai Yunakov (Norway, Oslo): Hexapoda, Coleoptera