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. As of December 2012 more than 26,300 new taxa have been described in the journal.[1] Print and online versions are available.

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Edited byZhi-Qiang Zhang
Publication details
Magnolia Press (New Zealand)
FrequencyUpon acceptance
0.949 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Zootaxa
ISSN1175-5326 (print)
1175-5334 (web)
OCLC no.49030618

Temporary suspension from JCREdit

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 alsoEdit

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


  1. ^ Zootaxa Statistics
  2. ^ Oransky, Author 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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