Systematic Entomology

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

Impact Factor: 4.474

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 2/91 (Entomology); 9/48 (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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Latest Opinion Pieces

We encourage non-polemical debate on pressing issues in our field in the form of Opinion Pieces. Authors are encouraged to submit well reasoned responses to systematic papers published in other journals that are less responsive to debate.

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An opinion piece published in Systematic Entomology addresses a recent discussion of the taxonomic validity of names appearing in Early View (new names published electronically, prior to appearance in a journal issue). Two previous editors of Systematic Entomology, Wiley's Publishing Manager and the taxonomic editor of Austral Entomology combine to argue that Early View constitutes valid publication. Eighteen senior systematists, the current editors, the former Executive Secretary, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and the former Publishing Manager of Wiley journals endorse the opinion.

Wiley's Early View constitutes valid publication for date-sensitive nomenclature
Peter S. Cranston, Frank-Thorsten Krell, Ken Walker, David Hewes

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

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Celebrating 180 Years of the Royal Entomological Society Journals

Coleoptera Evolution

This collection of entomological studies has been compiled by the Editors to celebrate 180 years of the Royal Entomological Society journals. Read the celebratory Virtual Issue today!
Celebratory Virtual Issue

Don't be a zero-sum reviewer

Read this thought-provoking editorial on the benefits vs obligations of peer review. Free access from Insect Conservation and Diversity.

Don't be a zero-sum reviewer
Raphael K. Didham, Simon R. Leather, Yves Basset

Understanding Open Access

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