Systematic Entomology

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

Impact Factor: 3.343

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 4/94 (Entomology); 16/46 (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


The editors and production of Systematic Entomology are pleased to present our first scientific contribution with validation of newly described taxa in an e-publication (‘Early View’ – our Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue). Until last month (September 2012) the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature required that valid names for new taxa came only from formal, on-paper descriptions, paginated and allocated to an issue with a clear publication date. Following much discussion, commentary and voting, the code has been amended to allow valid description in electronic media that fulfill certain criteria (notably registration of the article with ZooBank, see International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (2012) Amendment of Articles 8, 9, 10, 21 and 78). What this means is, backdated from the start of 2012, peer-reviewed articles with date-sensitive nomenclatural actions that meet the criteria are valid as soon as they appears in EarlyView. Previously we have withheld such articles so that the electronic version appeared simultaneously with the print issue - often meaning substantial delay. From now on, these articles will be available as soon as peer-review and production of unalterable pdfs is completed, the Version of Record, without the sometimes protracted wait for allocation to print issue. So congratulations to the nomenclaturists vote to bring us into the 21st century of scientific publishing, and to James Robertson and his coauthors for allowing this test case for Zoobank registration and e-availability.

Read the article here.