Senckenberg Publications

Author Guidelines

Vertebrate Zoology

Instructions to authors


VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (formerly Zoologische Abhandlungen) is a scientific journal published by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. The official website of the journal is at

Papers submitted for publication should deal with vertebrates. Research fields covered by VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY are taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, phylogeny (molecular or morphology-based), historical biogeography, and palaeontology of vertebrate taxa. Original contributions as well as reviews are welcome. Descriptions of new taxa should be integrated into a proper context (e.g. complete revision of a taxon, phylogenetic or biogeographical framework). Only manuscripts in English language are considered for publication.

Submission of a manuscript implies that the same work has not been published or submitted elsewhere. We ask authors to carefully follow the “Instructions for authors” available online at For details of style, please consult the most recent issue of VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY. It is anticipated that prior to submission authors make every effort to make the text concise and linguistically correct. Manuscripts not conforming to expectations are returned to the authors.

All manuscripts will be reviewed by two or more peers. Mainly based on their reports the editors decide whether a manuscript will be accepted for publication.

After acceptance of works publishing new taxa, it is mandatory that the authors register the publication and the new taxa in ZooBank prior publication. The digital object identifiers of ZooBank have to be included in the print and online versions of the respective article.

By submission of a manuscript to VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY, authors give permission to the publisher to publish their contribution and accept the copyright note of the journal. There are no page charges, and no royalties will be paid to authors.

Authors receive PDFs of their published papers free of charge and are welcome to distribute them for non-commercial purposes. The PDFs will also be freely accessible at It is anticipated that authors submitting a manuscript to VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY accept these rules.

Manuscripts and all related correspondence should be sent by email to
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