Systematic Entomology

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

Impact Factor: 2.784

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 5/92 (Entomology); 24/46 (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:

An opinion piece newly published in Systematic Entomology addresses recent discussion of the taxonomic validity of names appearing in Early View (that is, new names published electronically, prior to appearance in a journal issue). Two previous editors of the journal, 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. The article is free access:
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

Best Paper Award


The prize for the best paper published in Systematic Entomology in 2013-14 has been awarded to:

The evolutionary history of Trichoptera (Insecta): A case of successful adaptation to life in freshwater
TOBIAS MALM. Systematic Entomology (2013), 38,459-473.

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J O Westwood Award for Insect Taxonomy

Call for nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the J. O. Westwood Medal and Award for Insect Taxonomy, which is awarded bienially in recognition of the highest standards of descriptive taxonomy. Click here for further information about the award.


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Prof. John Hildebrand

The 2016 Wigglesworth Lecture and Award has been awarded to Professor John Hildebrand for his lecture entitled "How Insects Smell, and Why We Should Care". The Award is made in recognition of the great contribution of Sir Vincent Wigglesworth to Insect Biology and the example that he set in the performance of his work.
John’s research combines neurophysiological, behavioral, chemical-ecological, anatomical, molecular and developmental approaches in a multidisciplinary program addressing problems of the information-processing mechanisms, behavioral roles, functional organization, and postembryonic development of the olfactory system in insects. His program’s goal long has been to understand the olfactory bases of beneficial and harmful behaviors of insects that impact human health and welfare.

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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