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The publication costs for Zoological Letters are partially supported by the Zoological Society of Japan, so authors only need to pay an Article Processing Charge of £1000, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable, for each article accepted for publication. 

PLEASE NOTE: Authors must use the code RA-TZSJ-ZLET-0119 when agreeing to the Article Processing Charge amount, otherwise the full price of £1370, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable, will be charged.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Zoological Letters is now accepting submissions to the cross-journal series: Life at the extreme. Highlighting research on the physiology and development of extremophile species. Find out more here.


Research article
Natural selection, selective breeding, and the evolution of resistance of honeybees (Apis mellifera) against Varroa
Jacques J. M. van Alphen and Bart Jan Fernhout
Published on: 18 May 2020

Research article
Cellular and molecular aspects of oocyte maturation and fertilization: a perspective from the actin cytoskeleton
Luigia Santella, Nunzia Limatola and Jong Tai Chun
Published on: 15 April 2020

Research article
First observation of larval oarfish, Regalecus russelii, from fertilized eggs through hatching, following artificial insemination in captivity
Shin-ichiro Oka, Masaru Nakamura, Ryo Nozu and Kei Miyamoto
Published on: 8 April 2020

Research article
Structure and development of the complex helmet of treehoppers (Insecta: Hemiptera: Membracidae)
Haruhiko Adachi, Keisuke Matsuda, Kenji Nishida, Paul Hanson, Shigeru Kondo and Hiroki Gotoh
Published on: 24 February 2020

Research article
A new redescription of Richtersius coronifer, supported by transcriptome, provides resources for describing concealed species diversity within the monotypic genus Richtersius (Eutardigrada)
Daniel Stec, Łukasz Krzywański, Kazuharu Arakawa and Łukasz Michalczyk
Published on: 5 February 2020

Research article
Long-term monitoring reveals invariant clutch size and unequal reproductive costs between sexes in a subtropical lacertid lizard
Jhan-Wei Lin, Ying-Rong Chen, Tsui-Wen Li, Pei-Jen L. Shaner and Si-Min Lin
Published on: 6 January 2020

Research article
A right whale (Mysticeti, Balaenidae) from the Pleistocene of Taiwan
Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and Chun-Hsiang Chang
Published on: 28 December 2019

Research article
Histaminergic interneurons in the ventral nerve cord: assessment of their value for Euarthropod phylogeny
Maite Maurer, Janina Hladik, Thomas M. Iliffe and Torben Stemme
Published on: 23 December 2019

Research article
Spectral tuning mediated by helix III in butterfly long wavelength-sensitive visual opsins revealed by heterologous action spectroscopy
Tomoka Saito, Mitsumasa Koyanagi, Tomohiro Sugihara, Takashi Nagata, Kentaro Arikawa and Akihisa Terakita
Published on: 16 December 2019

Research article
A self-marker-like protein governs hemocyte allorecognition in Halocynthia roretzi
Masaki Ema, Taizo Okada, Miki Takahashi, Masato Uchiyama, Hideo Kubo, Hideaki Moriyama, Hitoshi Miyakawa and Midori Matsumoto
Published on: 16 December 2019

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Founded in 1878, the Zoological Society of Japan is known to be one of the oldest and successful academic societies in Japan, and has supported scientific activities across a wide-range fields of areas associated with basic zoology. The Zoological Society of Japan is an academic society aimed at the advance and dissemination of animal scientific research. Members, starting with researchers and graduate students affiliated with universities and research institutes, consist of teaching staff at elementary, middle and high schools, and the number of members has reached 2,700.

Aims and scope

Zoological Letters is an open access journal that publishes new and important findings in the zoological sciences. As a sister journal to Zoological Science, Zoological Letters covers a wide range of basic fields of zoology, from taxonomy to bioinformatics. We also welcome submissions of paleontology reports as part of our effort to contribute to the development of new perspectives in evolutionary zoology. Our goal is to serve as a global publishing forum for fundamental researchers in all fields of zoology.

Shigeru Kuratani, Editor-in-Chief

Shigeru Kuratani received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology at Kyoto University. He spent the period from 1988 to 1991 working in experimental embryology in the Department of Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia before moving to the Biochemistry Department, Baylor College of Medicine, where he focused on molecular embryological research. He returned to Japan in 1994 to take a position as associate professor at the Institute of Medical Embryology and Genetics in the Kumamoto University School of Medicine. He moved to Okayama University to assume a professorship in the Department of Biology in 1997, where he remained until he was appointed team leader at the CDB in 2001. He was appointed Group Director at CDB from 2005 to 2014. Since 2014, he is Chief Scientist at RIKEN.


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