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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: 2.898 (Rank 3/92 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 21 (2015)

Rejection rate: 78% (2014 and 2015)

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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>>> Three new contributions published: [as of 3 February 2016]
Increased ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) incidence and richness are associated with alien plant cover in a small mid-Atlantic riparian forest
      Kjar, D. & Park, Z.   Check it out
Vegetation cover and elevation drive diversity and composition of ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a Mediterranean ecosystem
      Blatrix, R., Lebas, C., Galkowski, C., Wegnez, P., Pimenta, R. & Morichon, D.   Check it out

Spatio-temporal variation in ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) communities in leaf-litter and soil layers in a premontane tropical forest
      Jacquemin, J., Roisin, Y. & Leponce, M.   Check it out

>>> The five most viewed contributions of January 2016 are: [as of 1 February 2016]
Myrmecophily in beetles (Coleoptera): evolutionary patterns and biological mechanisms
      Parker, J.   Check it out
2. Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Buschinger, A.   Check it out

3. Impacts of invasive ants on native ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Wittman, S.E.   Check it out

4. Geographic spread of the samsum or sword ant, Pachycondyla (Brachyponera) sennaarensis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Wetterer, J.K.   Check it out
5. Natural history and phylogeny of the fungus-farming ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae: Attini)
      Mehdiabadi, N.J. & Schultz, T.R.   Check it out

>>> The ten most viewed contributions of the year 2015 are: [as of 7 January 2016]
On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: V. The genus Odontomachus Latreille, 1804
      Sorger, D.M. & Zettel, H.   Check it out
2. Path integration as the basic navigation mechanism of the desert ant Cataglyphis fortis (Forel, 1902) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Ronacher, B.   Check it out
3. Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Buschinger, A.   Check it out

4. The demise of the standard ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Heinze, J.   Check it out

5. Species diversity and dominance-richness relationships for ground and arboreal ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) assemblages in Namibian desert, saltpan, and savannah
      Campbell, H., Fellowes, M.D.E. & Cook, J.M.   Check it out

6. Worldwide spread of the destroyer ant, Monomorium destructor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Wetterer, J.K.   Check it out
. Spatiotemporal resource distribution and foraging strategies of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Lanan, M.   Check it out
8. Ant genomics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): challenges to overcome and opportunities to seize
Nygaard, S. & Wurm, Y.   Check it out
9. 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
10. Is competition a significant hallmark of ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) ecology?
      Cerdá, X., Arnan, X. & Retana, J.   Check it out

>>> Volume 21 published in print [as of 11 September 2015]
Click here for information on how to order the print version of Volume 21
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>>> Changed online accessibility of Myrmecol. News: [as of 29 May 2014]
This is to inform you about changes in the online accessibility of Myrmecological News for users without individual and/or institutional subscription. These changes became necessary because of pdf reader programs that ignore the original Adobe pdf-file rights management and thus allow the production of paper copies from pdf files that are non-printable when using Adobe software.
Thus, from now on, …
… the abstracts of all contributions are displayed directly on a contribution’s page and are freely accessible.
… the pdf files of all contributions are printable (i.e., the non-printable versions have been discarded), and for access a registration is necessary.
… each registered user is endowed with five printable pdf files for free download, without time limit; after that, subscription is necessary. Individual subscriptions and institutional subscriptions are available for EUR 35 and EUR 350 for 12 months, respectively, and facilitate unlimited downloads of the entire Myrmecological News online content.
Publications designated as FREE continue, of course, being accessible to everyone, and nothing has changed for users that have already subscribed to Myrmecological News. The new policy will warrant that our non-profit journal does not need to levy page charges for Palearctic and general myrmecological contributions and can continue with the very moderate page charges for other contributions.

>>> 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.

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