Systematic Entomology

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Edited By: Lars Vilhelmsen, Thomas J. Simonsen, Shaun L. Winterton and Peter S. Cranston (Reviews Editor)

Impact Factor: 2.553

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 7/90 (Entomology); 26/46 (Evolutionary Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-3113

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Ecological Entomology, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Insect Molecular Biology, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Physiological Entomology

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Opinion PiecesOpinion Pieces

We encourage non-polemical debate on pressing issues in our field in the form of Opinion pieces. Further, we encourage authors to submit a well reasoned response to a systematic paper published in another journal that is less responsive to debate. To encourage wide dissemination, we are making all Opinion pieces, plus any underlying paper, free to all.

Read the latest Opinion Piece and Response below:

A plea for digital reference collections and other science-based digitization initiatives in taxonomy: Sepsidnet as exemplar
Yuchen Ang, Jayanthi Puniamoorthy, Adrian C. Pont, Miroslav Bartak, Wolf U. Blanckenhorn, William G. Eberhard, Nalini Puniamoorthy, Vera C. Silva, Lorenzo Munari & Rudolf Meier

Are noterids specialised meruids (Coleoptera, Adephaga)? A reply to Dressler et al.
Andrew Edward Z. Short, Yves Alarie, Mauricio García, Luis J. Joly

Anomalous areas and awkward ages: alleviating concerns
Niklas Wahlberg, Daniel Rubinoff

Anomalous areas and awkward ages: concerns about over-reliance on model-based biogeographical and temporal inferences
Andrew V. Z. Brower, R. I. Vane-Wright

Best Paper Award


The prize for the best paper published in Systematic Entomology in 2011-2 has been awarded to:

Origin and diversification of the cryptic ant genus Stenamma Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), inferred from multilocus molecular data, biogeography and natural history
MICHAEL G. BRANSTETTER. Systematic Entomology (2012), 37,478-496.

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Studies in Systematic Entomology have major implications for global plant biosecurity and will positively affect pest management, quarantine, international trade and post-harvest treatment. Read both studies today!

One and the same: integrative taxonomic evidence that Bactrocera invadens (Diptera: Tephritidae) is the same species as the Oriental fruit fly Bactrocera dorsalis

Synonymization of key pest species within the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera: Tephritidae): taxonomic changes based on a review of 20 years of integrative morphological, molecular, cytogenetic, behavioural and chemoecological data

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8th International Congress of Dipterology

The preparation of this virtual issue of Systematic Entomology is timed to coincide with the 8th International Congress of Dipterology in Postdam, Germany, in August 2014. From the origin of the journal we have received consistently interesting papers from the community of workers studying the Diptera. Initially these covered mainly morphological taxonomy, often concerning taxa in the medically important groups but including also agricultural pests and parasitoids... Read more.

Previous Virtual Issues

Systematics papers concerning scale insects

XXIV International Congress of Entomology

Molecular phylogeny of Lepidoptera in the 21st century

Insect Morphological Studies

Systematic Melittology: a virtual issue on bee systematics

Systematics of fossil insects

Larval information in entomological systematics

Systematics and Diversity of Coleoptera