Zoologica Scripta Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien; Norske videnskaps-akademi i Oslo, Wiley

Journal description

An International Journal of Systematic Zoology published for the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesZoologica Scripta provides a unique publishing medium for original research in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny and biogeography. Established over 20 years ago, Zoologica Scripta is one of the leading journals for the publication of descriptions of new species and taxonomic revisions.The journal also welcomes contributions dealing with evolutionary aspects of morphology, physiology, ecology, ethology and palaeontology. Backed by an international advisory council, Zoologica Scripta publishes the research of zoologists, marine biologists, systematicists, ecologists and taxonomists from all parts of the world.

Current impact factor: 3.22

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.224
2013 Impact Factor 2.922
2012 Impact Factor 2.793
2011 Impact Factor 2.913
2010 Impact Factor 3.091
2009 Impact Factor 2.605
2008 Impact Factor 2.494
2007 Impact Factor 2.364
2006 Impact Factor 2.338
2005 Impact Factor 1.906
2004 Impact Factor 2.411
2003 Impact Factor 1.477
2002 Impact Factor 1.171
2001 Impact Factor 2.516
2000 Impact Factor 2.375
1999 Impact Factor 1.921
1998 Impact Factor 1.649
1997 Impact Factor 1.025
1996 Impact Factor 1.136
1995 Impact Factor 0.714
1994 Impact Factor 0.55
1993 Impact Factor 0.437
1992 Impact Factor 0.4

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.12
Cited half-life 8.20
Immediacy index 0.35
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 1.13
Website Zoologica Scripta website
Other titles Zoologica scripta (Online)
ISSN 1463-6409
OCLC 222765071
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The present molecular systematic and phylogeographic analysis is based on sequences of cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) (mtDNA) and 28S ribosomal DNA and includes 59 isolates of cestodes of the genus Anoplocephaloides Baer, 1923 s. s. (Cyclophyllidea, Anoplocephalidae) from arvicoline rodents (lemmings and voles) in the Holarctic region. The emphasis is on Anoplocephaloides lemmi (Rausch 1952) parasitizing Lemmus trimucronatus and Lemmus sibiricus in the northern parts of North America and Arctic coast of Siberia, and Anoplocephaloides kontrimavichusi (Rausch 1976) parasitizing Synaptomys borealis in Alaska and British Columbia. The cox1 data, 28S data and their concatenated data all suggest that A. lemmi and A. kontrimavichusi are both non-monophyletic, each consisting of two separate, well-defined clades, that is independent species. As an example, the sister group of the clade 1 of A. lemmi, evidently representing the ‘type clade’ of this species, is the clade 1 of A. kontrimavichusi. For A. kontrimavichusi, it is not known which one is the type clade. There is also fairly strong evidence for the non-monophyly of Anoplocephaloides dentata (Galli-Valerio, 1905)-like species, although an earlier phylogeny suggested that this multispecies assemblage may be monophyletic. The results suggest a deep phylogenetic codivergence of Lemmus spp. and A. lemmi, primarily separating the two largely allopatric host and parasite species at the Kolyma River in east Siberia. There are also two allopatric sublineages within each main clade/species of A. lemmi and Lemmus, but the present distributions of the sublineages within the eastern L. trimucronatus and clade 1 of A. lemmi are not concordant. This discrepancy may be most parsimoniously explained by an extensive westward distributional shift of the easternmost parasite subclade. The results further suggest that the clade 1 of A. kontrimavichusi has diverged through a host shift from the precursor of L. trimucronatus to S. borealis.
    Zoologica Scripta 08/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12136
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    ABSTRACT: The evolution of animal life strategies is among the main themes of current evolutionary biology. Checkered beetles, soft-winged flower beetles and their allies (superfamily Cleroidea), exhibit well-known aposematic colour patterns, particularly in the family Cleridae, which participate in mimicry complexes mostly with unpalatable beetles, ants and velvet ants representing a Müllerian–Batesian continuum. Many cleroids also exhibit attenuated hardening of cuticular layers resulting in a soft-bodied appearance. Here, a molecular phylogenetic analysis of the entire Cleroidea was performed using sequences of two nuclear and two mitochondrial loci of ~4 kb total length. Inferred phylogenies were used to reconstruct ancestral colour patterns and involvement in mimicry complexes. The hypothesis of a soft-bodied ancestor of Cleridae and allies was tested. The phylogenetic analyses corroborated the expanded Cleroidea concept including Byturidae and Biphyllidae formerly classified as Cucujoidea. Character state optimization showed cryptic coloration was the ancestral state in Cleroidea, from which aposematic coloration originated several times in distant cleroid lineages. Within Cleridae, mimicry also arose from an ancestor that was cryptic, and multiple lineages that mimicked unpalatable beetles (Chrysomelidae, Meloidae, Lycidae) and stinging Hymenoptera evolved. Aposematic coloration was acquired in all major clerid lineages including Thanerocleridae, which are either the sister group of Chaetosomatidae or Cleridae. These findings suggest that mimetic traits in the clerid clade evolved at various times, possibly soon after the origin of soft-bodiedness. The adaptive value of aposematism in cleroids is likely to be enhanced in soft-bodied species, as this trait provides limited means of protection against predators, and therefore may promote the acquisition of aposematic and mimetic coloration in various ecological situations.
    Zoologica Scripta 07/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12132
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    ABSTRACT: Reversed chirality has frequently evolved in snails, although the vast majority coils dextrally. However, there are often sinistral species within a dextral genus or almost exclusively sinistral families, such as the Clausiliidae. Some populations of the predominantly sinistral clausiliid genus Albinaria, in the southern Greek mainland, coil dextrally. The origin, evolution and distribution of the dextral Albinaria are puzzling, and as there is no reliable phylogenetic reconstruction for this speciose genus, it remains unclear how many times a shift in chirality has really occurred. In this study, our aim was to elucidate the evolutionary pathways of dextrality in Albinaria. We undertook a molecular phylogenetic analysis of two mtDNA (16S and COI) and one nDNA marker (ITS1) and included dextral and sinistral representatives found in syntopy or not. Both mtDNA and nDNA tree topologies imply that dextrals did not evolve as a monophyletic lineage. Instead, dextral lineages have evolved from sinistral ancestors multiple times independently. The fragmented population structure in Albinaria facilitates genetic drift and contributes to fixation of the opposite chirality and overcoming of the mating disadvantage of left–right reversal. Stochastic phenomena and biogeographical barriers have trapped those reversals in a limited geographical area.
    Zoologica Scripta 07/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12125
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    ABSTRACT: In the past years, various Eocene fossil birds were described as stem group representatives of the zygodactyl Psittaciformes (parrots). These birds show quite disparate morphologies, which cast some doubt on the correct assignment of all of them to the psittaciform stem group. A reassessment of their affinities is further needed, because it was recently proposed that among extant birds, Psittaciformes and Passeriformes (passerines) form a clade and that passerines possibly derived from a zygodactyl ancestor. Here, phylogenetic analyses are performed, which for the first time also include representatives of the Zygodactylidae, the extinct zygodactyl sister taxon of the Passeriformes. The early Eocene Psittacopes was originally described as a stem group representative of Psittaciformes. However, none of the present analyses supported psittaciform affinities for Psittacopes and instead recovered this taxon in a clade together with zygodactylids and passerines. Also part of this clade are the early Eocene taxa Pumiliornis and Morsoravis, and it is detailed that Psittacopes and the long-beaked and presumably nectarivorous Pumiliornis, with which it has not yet been compared, are very similar in their postcranial osteology. The present analysis corroborates the hypothesis of a zygodactyl stem species of passerines. To account for these results, Psittacopes is here assigned to a new higher-level taxon and a new name is also introduced for the clade including Zygodactylidae and Passeriformes.
    Zoologica Scripta 06/2015; DOI:10.1111/zsc.12128
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    ABSTRACT: Phylogenetic studies of ciliates are mainly based on the primary structure information of the nuclear genes. Some regions of the small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU-rRNA) gene have distinctive secondary structures, which have demonstrated value as phylogenetic/taxonomic characters. In the current work, we predict the secondary structures of four variable regions (V2, V4, V7 and V9) in the SSU-rRNA gene of 45 urostylids. Structure comparisons indicate that the V4 region is the most effective in revealing interspecific relationships, while the V9 region appears suitable at the family level or higher. The V2 region also offers some taxonomic information, but is too conserved to reflect phylogenetic relationships at the family or lower level, at least for urostylids. The V7 region is the least informative. We constructed several phylogenetic trees, based on the primary sequence alignment and based on an improved alignment according to the secondary structures. The results suggest that including secondary structure information in phylogenetic analyses provides additional insights into phylogenetic relationships. Using urostylid ciliates as an example, we show that secondary structure information results in a better understanding of their relationships, for example generic relationships within the family Pseudokeronopsidae.
    Zoologica Scripta 06/2015; 44(5). DOI:10.1111/zsc.12122