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NEW: Bringing fossils back to life

Guest Edited by Marcos D. Ercoli and Jamie A. MacLaren.

Birds and environment

Guest Edited by Ashish Kumar Arya, Archana Bachheti, Kamal Kant Joshi and Vinaya Kumar Sethi 

Novel insights into animal phylogeny and systematics

Guest Edited by Brock Fenton and Federico Plazzi

Editor's Pick

New Content ItemGiant pandas in captivity undergo short-term adaptation in nerve-related pathways                                  

New Content ItemHigh disparity in repellent gland anatomy across major lineages of stick and leaf insects          


New Content ItemMorphological and functional trait divergence in endemic fish populations        

Featured Blogs

New Content ItemBehind the paper: Lions & sea lions & bears, oh my

In his blog, Alexander Okamoto discusses the importance of museum specimens in studying mammalian bone formation outside conventional model systems.

BMCNew Content Item Series: What makes a fighting fish fight?

Kyriacos Kareklas speaks about how his work on Siamese fighting fish challenges traditional models on animal fighting behavior and sheds light on flexible decision-making in contests.


Aims and scope

BMC Zoology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of zoology, including comparative physiology, mechanistic and functional studies, morphology, life history, animal behavior, signaling and communication, cognition, parasitism, systematics, biogeography and conservation.

2024 Image Competition

New Content Item

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first joint BMC Ecology and Evolution and BMC Zoology image competition! Bringing together art and science, the competition aims to showcase the beauty of ecology, evolutionary biology and zoological research. Guidelines to enter can be found here.  

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    1.6 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.9 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.654 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.453 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    42 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    179 days submission to accept (Median)

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