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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 20 (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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>>> The five most viewed contributions of August 2015 are: [as of 1 September 2015]
On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: V. The genus Odontomachus Latreille, 1804
      Sorger, D.M. & Zettel, H.   Check it out
2. The demise of the standard ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Heinze, J.   Check it out

3. Path integration as the basic navigation mechanism of the desert ant Cataglyphis fortis (Forel, 1902) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Ronacher, B.   Check it out
Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Buschinger, A.   Check it out
5. Worldwide spread of the destroyer ant, Monomorium destructor (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Wetterer, J.K.   Check it out

>>> Two new contributions published: [as of 26 June 2015]
A review of the biological control of fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Oi, D., Porter, S.D. & Valles, S.M.   Check it out
Wingless and dwarf workers underlie the ecological success of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Peeters, C. & Ito, F.   Check it out

>>> The ten most viewed contributions of the year 2014 are: [as of 2 January 2015]
The demise of the standard ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Heinze, J.   Check it out

2. On the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Philippine Islands: V. The genus Odontomachus Latreille, 1804
      Sorger, D.M. & Zettel, H.   Check it out
3. Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Buschinger, A.   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. Chemical sorcery for sociality: exocrine secretions of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Morgan, E.D.   Check it out

6. Spatiotemporal resource distribution and foraging strategies of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Lanan, M.   Check it out
. The roles of the queen, brood, and worker castes in the colony growth dynamics of the pharaoh ant Monomorium pharaonis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Tay, J.-W., Neoh, K.-B. & Lee, C.-Y.   Check it out
8. Impacts of invasive ants on native ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Wittman, S.E.   Check it out

9. Is competition a significant hallmark of ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) ecology?
      Cerdá, X., Arnan, X. & Retana, J.   Check it out

10. Worldwide spread of the longhorn crazy ant, Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
      Wetterer, J.K.   Check it out

>>> Volume 20 published in print [as of 5 September 2014]
Click here for information on how to order the print version of Volume 20
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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.

>>> Professor Gennady Dlussky, father of Russian myrmecology, passed away on 1 May 2014, aged 76. Our deepest sympathy is with all his family, friends, and colleagues! [as of 6 May 2014]

>>> The journal’s community is growing continuously
[as of 26 September 2013]
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Please continue to spread the word by forwarding this email to others who might be interested in Myrmecological News. And please do note that signing up for E-alerts only takes seconds and can be done at:

>>> 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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