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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


"Zoodiversity" niether has article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Manuscripts should be submitted to "Zoodiversity" via the online submission system available here.

Authors should register themselves first as new users and then upload their manuscripts.
In a case of any technical problems, please, send your manuscript directly to Galina Gorodiska, the Secretary of the Editorial Office (

Manuscripts submitted to Zoodiversity should be original contributions to any aspect of zoology.

Manuscript should be of a length up to 50,000 symbols or, for short communications 7,000-8,000 symbols.

Publication language is English. Text should be clear and concise. It is anticipated that authors will make every efforts to carry out linguistic corrections before submitting the manuscript; otherwise, considerable delays can be expected.

All manuscripts will be considered by a board of assistant editors and reviewed by at least two appropriate referees. The editors reserve the right to make textual corrections that do not alter the author's meaning.

The metric system should be used.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title
  • Name(s) of author(s)
  • Affiliation and full address of the author(s) including e-mail (if any)
  • Abstract (not exceeding 200 words giving a succinct account of the subject, results and conclusions)
  • Keywords
  • Main text of the paper (Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Conclusions)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

No sentences, headings or surnames should be in capitals.

Latin names of the genera and species should be italicised.

Please use an unmodified Normal style in the MS Word *.doc and *.docx files, except only italicised genus and species names. For acceptable style, please examine the recent issues of the journal. Please do not modify font and size of the lettes: this is to be done by the editors.

The first mention of any organism must include the full scientific name with the author name and the year of publication, but thereafter the author and date can be omitted and the generic name abbreviated.

Male and female symbols have to be coded as ♂ and ♀, respectively.
Geographic and other names in languages where other than Latin characters are used (e. g. Armenian, Chinese, Georgian, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian etc.) should be given in the transliteration/transcription (not translation!) (and could be supplied by the original language spelling in brackets, where needed). The transliterations used by Google Maps are preferable.

The authors should strictly follow the requirements and recommendations of the current edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Alternatively, the nomenclature used should follow a recent list or other suitable work and this should be cited. The materials used should be listed in the following order: type material, if examined, with exact citation of labels in primary types (holotype, lectotype or syntypes); non-type material, organized by countries or provinces either alphabetically or geographically (from North to South, from West to East) ordered: country: province (optionally): locality, coordinates and altitude (where available), ecological data (hosts, feeding substrate, etc.), date (collector second name in brackets) (abbreviation of depository); for specimens with unrecognized localities, only a full original label can be cited, as follows, for example:

Material. Type. Holotype Adapsilia griseipennis ♀: China: "Shin Kai Si / Mt Omei / Szechuen China / 4400 ft", "July 1-30 / 1921", "DCGraham / Collector" (USNM). Holotype Taeniomastix sumatrana ♀: Indonesia: "Sumatra / Nonfried S.", "Typus [pale red, Enderlein's style]", "Taeniomastix / sumatrana /Type Enderl. ♀ / Dr. Enderlein det. 19341" (ZMB); paratype Taeniomastix sumatrana, 1♀, idem, "Paratypus [pale red, Enderlein's style]", "Taeniomastix / sumatrana / Paratype Enderl. ♀ / Dr. Enderlein det. 19341" (ZMB).

Non-type. Moldova: Chisinău [46.9663137N 28.8820267E], 12.09.1987, 1♂; idem, 13.07.1987, 2♂; Balabaneşti nr. Vadul-lui-Vodă [47.0401821N 29.1376305E], 22-26.07.1988, 1♂ (V. Korneyev) (SIZK); Ukraine: Kyiv Reg.: Kyiv, 13.09.1944, 1♀ (Bilanovskiy), Maliutianka nr. Fastiv, 5.09.1920, 1♀ (S. Paramonov) (SIZK); Cherkasy Reg.: Moshnohirya: Kaniv Nature Reserve [49.7250063N 31.5322959E]: dung heap, 30.06.1957, 1♀; idem, greenhouse, 5.06.1958, 1♂, 3♀, 16.06.1958, 2♂, 22.07.1959, 2♂, 7♀ (O. Viktorov-Nabokov); Odesa Reg.: Ananyiv, 11.07.1921, 1♀ (S. Paramonov) (SIZK).


Non-type. China: "Shin Kai Si / Mt Omei / Szechuen China, 4000 ft", [no date], 2♀; idem, 2000-6000 ft [no date], 1♀ (Graham); Kwanhsien, 07.1930, 1 ex, idem, [no date] 1♀; "Kwan", 28.07.1930, 1 ♀ (Melander) (USNM); Laos: Vientian Province: Ban Van Eue, 15-31.05.1965, 1♀ ("native collector"); Sedone Province: Pakse, 31.05.1967, 1♀ (L. B. & S. A. Jonhson) (BBMH).

Coordinates are preferable to be given in decimal format to avoid automatic replacement of seconds or minutes by quotation marks; should the degrees, seconds or minutes to be used, use the format: 30°25'06"N 30°25'06"E. Names of collectors should be given without initials unless different collectors with the same family name are known to exist (optionally). Abbreviations of the material depositaries are to be explained in the Material chapter. The derivation of new names should be explained in a paragraph Etymology.


Tables should each be arranged on separate pages.

Large tables should be avoided. If numerous data are to be presented, an attempt should be made to divide them into two or more tables.

Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals according to their sequence in the text. All tables should be referred to in the text.

Each table should have a title, which will make the meaning clear without reference to the text.

Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Units of measurements should be added after a comma.

Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Extra space should be left between the columns instead.

Additional explanations essential for the understanding of the table should be given as footnotes at the bottom of the table.


All illustrations should be given in separate files.

Files of illustrations should be numbered according to their sequence in the text. References should be made in the text to each figure. The suggested positions of figures should be indicated in the manuscript.

Figures must be labeled with stenciled or pre-printed lettering or numbering in Arabic numerals large enough to allow reduction.

Plates of photographs are to be 120-130 mm wide, and maximum 190 mm high; recommended resolution: 600 DPI for colour illustrations and 1200 DPI for monochrome black and white.

Figures should show the reference scale bars, where relevant.


We use a modified Harvard style for the references.

EndNote output style file can be found here:

References in the text should be cited by the author, date (and page, plate or figure if necessary), e.g.: (Emmet & Heath, 1989a, b; Kingsolver, 1976; Warren, 1936: 145) or Warren (1936). Higgins & Riley (1978: 63, pl. 22, fig. 11) depending on the context and should be collated in the References section in alphabetical and then in chronological order.

More than one paper by the same author in the same year should be designated: 1996a, 1996b, etc.

The following system should be used for arranging references. Each bibliographic entry in the References section should contain the following in the order and with the punctuation  as shown:

For periodicals
Author's last name, initial(s). Year. Title. Name of the journal (in italic), volume number (in bold), (issue number, if relevant), 00-00 [inclusive pagination (from-to)]. Titles of journals should be given in complete.

Heran, J. 1979. A contribution to the problem of relative size in vertebrate morphology. Věstník Československé společnosti zoologické, 43(1), 22-29.

Reshetylo, O. S. & Mykitchak, T. I. 2017. Road mortality of amphibians (Amphibia) in Lviv Region: problem status and estimating criteria. Vestnik Zoologii, 42(4): 315-323. [In Ukrainian.]

For books

Author's last name, initial(s). Year. Complete title (in italic). Edition (if applicable), Name of publisher, Location of publisher, Number of pages.

De Lattin, G. 1967. Grundriss der Zoogeographie. Gustav Fischer Vlg., Stuttgart, 1-602.

Shcherbak N. N. & Golubev, M. L. 1986. Gecko fauna of the USSR and contiguous regions. Naukova Dumka, Kiev, 1-232. [In Russian.]

Sharpilo, V. P. & Iskova, N. I. 1989. Trematodes. Plagiorchiata. Naukova Dumka, Kiev, 1989, 1-279. (Fauna Ukrainy. Vol. 34, iss. 3.) [In Russian.]

Chapters in books, edited symposia, special issues etc.

Author's last name, initial(s). Year. Complete title of the section. In: Authors' (or editor(s)') names and initials. Complete name of the book. Name of publisher, Location of the publisher, Pages of the section cited (from-to).

Wei, L. M. 2007. Sarcophagidae. In: Li, Z. Z, Yang M. F. & Jin, D. C., eds. Insects from Leigongshan Landscape. Guizhou Science & Technology Press, Guiyang, 526-539.

Fiedler, K. 1996. Associations of lycaenid butterflies with ants in Turkey. In: Hesselbarth, G., van Oorschot, H. & Wagener, S., eds. Die Tagfalter der Türkei. S. Wagener, Bocholt, 437-450.

Manton, S. M. 1959. Functional morphology and taxonomic problems of Arthropoda. In: Cain, A. J., ed. Function and taxonomic importance. The Systematics Association, London, 23-32. (Systematics Association publication no 3.)

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of citations. For more information, please, examine the current journal issue or contact the editor. Papers not conforming to the above requirements are liable to be returned to the authors.


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