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.
COVID-19 and impact on peer review
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.
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
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
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
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
A right whale (Mysticeti, Balaenidae) from the Pleistocene of Taiwan
Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and Chun-Hsiang Chang
Published on: 28 December 2019
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
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
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
Recapitulation-like developmental transitions of chromatin accessibility in vertebrates
Masahiro Uesaka, Shigeru Kuratani, Hiroyuki Takeda and Naoki Irie
Published on: 14 November 2019
Gene expression profiles of dicyemid life-cycle stages may explain how dispersing larvae locate new hosts
Tsai-Ming Lu, Hidetaka Furuya and Noriyuki Satoh
Published on: 13 November 2019
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.
ZooDiversity Web is a search and access website that provides an attractive and easy-to-use internet search engine and showcase for scientific papers published since 1984 in the English-language journal of the Zoological Society of Japan (Zoological Science). These papers include over 4,000 peer-reviewed articles on a great diversity of over 13,000 different species of animals.
Annual Journal Metrics
53 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
42 days to first decision for all manuscripts
137 days from submission to acceptance
23 days from acceptance to publication
2.064 - 2-Year Impact Factor
2.390 - 5-Year Impact Factor
0.558 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
0.593 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
562 Altmetric Mentions