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Edited byZhi-Qiang Zhang
Publication details
Magnolia Press (New Zealand)
FrequencyUpon acceptance
1.091 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Zootaxa
ISSN1175-5326 (print)
1175-5334 (web)
OCLC no.49030618

Zootaxa is a peer-reviewed scientific mega journal for animal taxonomists. It is published by Magnolia Press (Auckland, New Zealand). The journal was established by Zhi-Qiang Zhang in 2001 and new issues are published multiple times a week. From 2001 to 2020, more than 60,000 new species have been described in the journal accounting for around 25% of all new taxa indexed in The Zoological Record in the last few years.[1] Print and online versions are available.

Temporary suspension from JCR[edit]

The journal exhibited high levels of self-citation and its journal impact factor of 2019 was suspended from Journal Citation Reports in 2020, a sanction which hit 34 journals in total.[2] Biologist Ross Mounce noted that high levels of self-citation may be inevitable for a journal which publishes a large share of new species classification.[3] Later that year this decision was reversed and it was admitted that levels of self-citation are appropriate considering the large proportion of papers from its field published by Zootaxa.[4]

See also[edit]

  • ZooKeys, a fully open access zoological journal
  • Phytotaxa, a botanical journal also published by Magnolia Press


  1. ^ Contributions of Zootaxa to biodiversity discovery: an overview of the first twenty years
  2. ^ Oransky, Ivan (2020-06-29). "Major indexing service sounds alarm on self-citations by nearly 50 journals". Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  3. ^ Mounce, Ross (2020-07-03). "Suppression as a form of liberation?".
  4. ^ Major indexing service reverses decision to suppress two journals from closely followed metric

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