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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
Digit ratio in the common toad Bufo bufo: the effects of reduced fingers and of age dependency
Mikołaj Kaczmarski, Jan M. Kaczmarek, Łukasz Jankowiak, Krzysztof Kolenda and Piotr Tryjanowski
Published on: 25 March 2021

Research article
D-Tryptophan enhances the reproductive organ-specific expression of the amino acid transporter homolog Dr-SLC38A9 involved in the sexual induction of planarian Dugesia ryukyuensis
Takanobu Maezawa, Masaki Ishikawa, Kiyono Sekii, Go Nagamatsu, Ryohei Furukawa and Kazuya Kobayashi
Published on: 20 March 2021

Research article
Developmental fates of shark head cavities reveal mesodermal contributions to tendon progenitor cells in extraocular muscles
Shunya Kuroda, Noritaka Adachi, Rie Kusakabe and Shigeru Kuratani
Published on: 15 February 2021

Research article
Influence of Quaternary environmental changes on mole populations inferred from mitochondrial sequences and evolutionary rate estimation
Azusa Nakamoto, Masashi Harada, Reiko Mitsuhashi, Kimiyuki Tsuchiya, Alexey P. Kryukov, Akio Shinohara and Hitoshi Suzuki
Published on: 15 February 2021

Research article
Functional identification of an opsin kinase underlying inactivation of the pineal bistable opsin parapinopsin in zebrafish
Baoguo Shen, Seiji Wada, Haruka Nishioka, Takashi Nagata, Emi Kawano-Yamashita, Mitsumasa Koyanagi and Akihisa Terakita
Published on: 12 February 2021

Research article
Visualization of antennal lobe glomeruli activated by nonappetitive D-limonene and appetitive 1-octen-3-ol odors via two types of olfactory organs in the blowfly Phormia regina
Toru Maeda, Tomoyosi Nisimura, Shunnya Habe, Tatsuya Uebi and Mamiko Ozaki
Published on: 27 November 2020

Research article
Management of flying insects on expressways through an academic-industrial collaboration: evaluation of the effect of light wavelengths and meteorological factors on insect attraction
Masahiro Komatsu, Keigo Kurihara, Susumu Saito, Mana Domae, Naoki Masuya, Yuta Shimura, Shunichiro Kajiyama, Yuna Kanda, Kouki Sugizaki, Kouji Ebina, Osamu Ikeda, Yudai Moriwaki, Naohiro Atsumi, Katsuyoshi Abe, Tadashi Maruyama, Satoshi Watanabe and Hiroshi Nishino
Published on: 26 November 2020

Research article
New insights into the morphology and evolution of the ventral pharynx and jaws in Histriobdellidae (Eunicida, Annelida)
Alexander Tzetlin, Nataliya Budaeva, Elena Vortsepneva and Conrad Helm
Published on: 19 November 2020

Research article
Coloration principles of the Great purple emperor butterfly (Sasakia charonda)
Doekele G. Stavenga, Hein L. Leertouwer and Kentaro Arikawa
Published on: 12 November 2020

Research article
The role of clockwork orange in the circadian clock of the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus
Yasuaki Tomiyama, Tsugumichi Shinohara, Mirai Matsuka, Tetsuya Bando, Taro Mito and Kenji Tomioka
Published on: 11 November 2020

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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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