Vertebrate Zoology

Instructions for authors

Within the next days new Author Instructions will be announced because Vertebrate Zoology will move to another publication platform with the next volume. Please wait with any submissions until the new Author Instructions will be available.

Author Guidelines

VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY (formerly Zoologische Abhandlungen) is a scientific journal published by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. The official website of the journal is at The journal is published in parallel in a print version and an online version according to the Creative Commons Licence. Only manuscripts in English language are considered for publication.

Research fields covered by VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY are taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, phylogeny (molecular and morphology-based), historical biogeography, and palaeontology of vertebrates. 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). Studied specimens have to be deposited in a public scientific collection to allow re-examination and reproducibility of results.

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

Submission of a manuscript implies that the same work has not been published or submitted elsewhere. For the structuring of manuscripts, please consult the most recent issue of VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY. It is anticipated that authors make every effort to make the text concise and linguistically correct. Manuscripts not conforming to expectations are returned to the authors.

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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.

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.

First submissions

Authors should provide a PDF and a Word version of their manuscript with double-spaced lines with line numbers. Figures, tables, and any supporting information should be included in the same document to facilitate peer review. If a manuscript will pass peer review, authors will receive detailed instructions for submission of final files.

Manuscripts and all related correspondence should be sent by email to

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