About the Journal

Zoosystematica Rossica is an international peer-reviewed open access scientific journal covering any aspects of systematic zoology. It was founded in 1992 by an outstanding Russian taxonomist Izyaslav Kerzhner (1936‒2008). The language of the journal is English.


Founder and publisher: Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1, Universitetskaya Emb., Saint-Petersburg 199034, Russia


ISSN: 2410-0226 (Online), 0320-9180 (Print).


Aims and scope

The journal publishes papers on all groups of animals, both extant and fossil, from all over the World. It focuses on the description of new taxa, revisions and reviews, nomenclature, theories and methods of taxonomy and phylogeny, taxonomic morphology, interesting new faunal records, catalogues and checklists, identification keys, phylogenetic relationships and zoogeography. Faunal articles are published in a limited way and only if they contain new records for large geographical regions and are important for zoogeography or taxonomy.

Publication frequency

Since 2018, Zoosystematica Rossica switched to the continuous publication (CP) model allowing the immediate publication of an article as soon as it is ready. This way an approved article does not need to wait until a particular issue of the journal is completed, providing a better service to authors and readers by securing faster publishing to the scientific community. The journal will continue to gather articles for two issues per year, with the publishing deadlines on the end of June and at the end of December. However, the online website of the journal will be continuously fed throughout the year. When the deadline of an issue has passed, it is closed and the next issue starts to be fed. This model permits faster publication of the articles that no longer need to wait for the issue to be completed, entirely following the innovation of the discoveries, providing nomenclature priority to new names of taxa, and allowing the authors to see their work published as soon as possible. Collections of articles and monographs can be published as non-periodic supplements to regular volumes of the journal.

Abstracting, indexing and archiving

All papers are registered in the Official Register of Zoological Nomenclature (ZooBank) and archived in the Zenodo digital repository in accordance with the requirements for online publications, which are set out in The ICZN amendment of Articles 8, 9, 10, 21 and 78 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Any nomenclature act published in the journal becomes valid immediately after the online publication of the respective article.

The journal is indexed in: Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Crossref, Dimensions, EBSCO, eLibrary, Russian Science Citation Index of Web of Science, Scopus, Zoological Record.

Address of the editorial office

Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1, Universitetskaya Emb., Saint-Petersburg 199034, Russia

Contact to Editors (including MS submissions): zoosystematica@gmail.com