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Homepage funded by Beate Lattanzi-Schödl & Alexander Schödl, in honour of their brother, Stefan Schödl, 1957-2005, Editor of Myrmecological News, 1999-2005

Impact Factor: 2.157 (Rank 13/87 in Entomology) 

Edited by: Florian Steiner, Herbert Zettel, Birgit Schlick-Steiner

Print ISSN: 1994-4136

Online ISSN: 1997-3500

Abbreviation: Myrmecol. News

Frequency: at least once a year

Language: English, German

Current issue: Volume 19 (2014)

Previous name: Myrmecologische Nachrichten

Indexed by: Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences; Google Scholar; Science Citation Index Expanded; Scopus; Zoological Record

Myrmecological News is an independent, international, peer reviewed, non-profit journal. It offers rapid means of publication on all fields of ant research, in a lively mix of research and review articles. Myrmecol. News is printed at least once a year. In the online version articles are published as soon as they are ready.

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>>> Two new contributions published Online Earlier: [as of 7 April 2014]
A new transplantation protocol for harvester ant queens Messor barbarus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) to improve the restoration of species-rich plant communities
Bulot, A., Dutoit, T., Renucci, M. & Provost, E.    Check it out
Spatiotemporal resource distribution and foraging strategies of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Lanan, M.    Check it out

>>> The five most viewed contributions of March 2014 are: [as of 1 April 2014]
1. The demise of the standard ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
     Heinze, J.   Check it out

2. The evolution and functional morphology of trap-jaw ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Larabee, F.J. & Suarez, A.V.    Check it out

3. Niche-based processes and temporal variation of environment drive beta diversity of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in dryland ecosystems of Iran
Paknia, O. & Pfeiffer, M.    Check it out
4. Discovery of a second mushroom harvesting ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Malayan tropical rainforests
Von Beeren, C., Mair, M.M. & Witte, V.    Check it out
5. Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
     Buschinger, A.   Check it out

>>> Volume 19 published in print [as of 30 January 2014]
Click here for information on how to order the print version of Volume 19
Click here for information on how to order the online version of Myrmecol. News

>>> The ten most viewed contributions of the year 2013 are: [as of 7 January 2014]
Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Buschinger, A.   Check it out

2. Is competition a significant hallmark of ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) ecology?
Cerdá, X., Arnan, X & Retana, J.   Check it out
3. The demise of the standard ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Heinze, J.   Check it out

4. Counting ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): biodiversity sampling and statistical analysis for myrmecologists
Gotelli, N.J., Ellison, A.M., Dunn, R.R. & Sanders, N.J.   Check it out
5. Biodiversity, species interactions, and functional roles of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in fragmented landscapes: a review
      Crist, T.O.   Check it out

6. Karyotype evolution in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of the known ant chromosome numbers
Lorite, P. & Palomeque, T.   Check it out
. On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: V. The genus Odontomachus Latreille, 1804
      Sorger, D.M. & Zettel, H.   Check it out
8. Cryptic species in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) revisited: we need a change in the alpha-taxonomic approach
      Seifert, B.   Check it out

9. A taxonomic revision of the Formica rufibarbis Fabricius, 1793 group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Seifert, B. & Schultz, R.   Check it out

10. News on the enigmatic ant genus Anillidris (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae: Leptomyrmecini)
      Schmidt, F.A., Feitosa, R.M., De Moraes Rezende, F. & Silva De Jesus, R., P.S.   Check it out

>>> The journal’s community is growing continuously
[as of 26 September 2013]
By now, approximately half of all ant researchers on this globe have subscribed to the E-alerts of Myrmecological News!
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>>> Streamlined editorial workflow [as of 26 September 2013]
This note is to inform you, as a (potential) author and reviewer, about some changes to the editorial process. As a consequence of input by Subject Editors, we have sought ways to further reduce turn-around times and to avoid instances of frustration of authors, reviewers and the editorial team.

Thus, from now on a manuscript …

… which the assigned Subject Editor considers eligible for peer review, but which is not properly formatted according to the journal instructions, contains illegible figures, or suffers from weak writing will be returned to the authors to correct these problems before the submission will be processed. In some cases, non-native-English-speaking authors may need to seek out a native-speaker biologist to improve the grammar, punctuation, and clarity of the text. Authors will profit from this measure in that it will prevent the referees’ annoyance by any of the shortcomings mentioned.

… submitted following a "rejection with permission to resubmit" decision will, after successfully passing the Subject Editor’s screening, be allowed just one further evaluation round by external peer reviewers in which it must become clear that the earlier criticism leading to the rejection has been successfully addressed. The time span until the final decision will thus be better foreseeable for authors and the final decision more likely to be positive when authors use this single chance thoroughly.

… submitted following a minor-revision decision (and potentially even a major-revision decision) will be sent out for re-evaluation by peer reviewers only in instances where re-evaluation by referees is considered unavoidable. Authors can actively speed the process by avoiding additional peer reviewing – convince your editors by succinct and satisfactory replies to all criticism!

We believe these changes make Myrmecological News even more attractive as an efficient and effective publication venue and look forward very much to our continued collaboration.

>>> Our editorial team has grown further: [as of 9 July 2013]
These eminent ant researchers have started working as Subject Editors for Myrmecological News recently – welcome on board!
     Timothy A.
     Christian Rabeling
     Bernhard Ronacher
     Chris R. Smith
To access contact details,
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>>> The Journal Citation Report for 2012 is out: [as of 9 July 2013]
In its second year of evaluation Myrmecological News has again achieved a very good Impact Factor of 2.157 (Rank 13/87 in Entomology)!
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