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Vestnik Zoologii

The Journal of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Schmalhauzen Institute of Zoology

Vestnik Zoologii is publishing original papers in all fields of zoology (except for strictly applied): fauna and systematics, ecology, ethology, descriptive and comparative morphology, physiology, zoological aspects of nature conservancy; the journal also includes eventual items like  Information and Chronicle, Book Reviews, Field Notes, etc.

Publication language is English.

Extensive contributions may be published as supplement volumes.

Why subscribe and read

  • high-quality papers in all fields of faunistics and animal systematics, ecology, ethology, morphology, and physiology, as well as zoological aspects of nature conservancy;
  • the best papers by the authors from Central and Eastern Europe and adjusting countries, covering various aspects of zoological sciences in that region;
  • comprehensive papers by the zoologists from all over the world.

Why submit

  • peer-reviewed;
  • language improvement for English articles;
  • no page charge for publishing;
  • free e-reprint upon publication;
  • abstracts and excerpts of all papers are available free online;
  • colour illustrations free of charge in the e-reprints.

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Supplementary Materials


The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Manuscripts should be submitted to Vestnik Zoologii via the online submission system available for this journal http://www.vzoologii.eu/. Authors should register themselves first as new users and then upload their manuscripts. In case of any technical problems, please send your manuscript directly to Editorial Office: Galina Gorodiska (vestnik@izan.kiev.ua).

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

Manuscript should be of a length up to 40,000 symbols, short communications up to 3,500 symbols.

Publication language is English. Language 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 reviewed by a board of assistant editors and 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, methods, techniques, material studied, results, conclusions)
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

For acceptable style, format and layout please examine recent issues of the journal. Do not hyphenate nor justify the right-hand margin. No sentences, headings or surnames should be in capitals or small caps. Latin names of genera and species should be italicised.

The first mention of any organism must include the full scientific name with the author 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 authors should strictly follow 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 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.ix.1920, 1♀ (S. Paramonov) (SIZK); Cherkasy Reg.: Moshnohir'ya: Kaniv, Nature Reserve [49.7250063N 31.5322959E]: dung heap, 30.06.1957, 1♀, idem, greenhouse, 5.06.1958, 1♀, 3♀, 16.vi.1958, 2♂, 22.vii.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?, 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 preferably to be given in decimal format; 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 typed on a separate page.

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

Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals according 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 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 drawn in black ink, labeled with stenciled or pre-printed lettering or numbering in Arabic numerals large enough to allow reduction.

Photographs must be of 300 600 dpi quality. Where several photographs are to form one plate, they should be mounted in one journal page size file (125 135 × 50 190 mm).

Figures should show the reference scale bars, where relevant.


We use a modified Harvard style for references.

EndNote output style file can be found here: http://mail.izan.kiev.ua/vz/Vestnik_zoologii.ens

References in the text should be cited by 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 References section should contain the following in the order and with the punctuation 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. 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 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. Vlg. 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 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.


Please read the terms of this agreement, print initial page 1, sign page 2, scan and send the document as one file attached to an e-mail to vestnik@izan.kiev.ua as soon as possible after submission.


All correspondence sent to:
Vestnik Zoologii
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology
Vul. B. Khmelnits'kogo, 15
Kyiv, 01030
E-mail: vestnik@izan.kiev.ua

Igor Akimov, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Managing Editors
Vitaliy Kharchenko, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Vladislav Monchenko, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Responsible Secretary
Galina Gorodyska, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Editorial Advisory Board
C. van Achtenberg, National Museum of Natural History (Leiden, Netherlands)
Josef Chernichko, Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station (Melitopol, Ukraine)
Igor Emelyanov, National Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Victor Fet, Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University, USA (Huntington, WV, USA)
Martin Flade (Landesamt für Umwelt, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz) State Office for Environment, Health and Consumer Protection (Brandenburg, Germany)
Uwe Fritz, University of Leipzig, Museum of Zoology (Museum fuer Tierkunde) Senckenberg Natural History Collections Dresden (Leipzig, Germany)
Boyko B. Georgiev, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sophia, Bulgaria)
Eric Hoberg, US National Parasite Collection (Beltsville, Md, USA)
Rusłan V. Sałamatin, Medical University of Warsaw, Department of General Biology and Parasitology (Warsaw, Poland)
Valeriy Korneyev, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Vadim Kornyushin, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Mikhail Kovtun, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Sergey Mezhzherin, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Vladimir Pesic, University of Montenegro (Podgorica, Montenegro)
Alexander Protasov, Institute of Hydrobiology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Aleksey Solodovnikov, Zoological Museum of Copenhagen University (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Hugo Verreycken, Research Institute for Nature and Forest (Brussels, Belgium)
Alan Warren, National Natural History Museum (London, UK)
Marina Zerova, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Igor Dzeverin, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Valeriy Korneyev, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Aleksander Putchkov, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Yuriy Kuzmin, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Anatoliy Poluda, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Yuriy Semenov, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Language Editors
Valeriy Korneyev, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Natalia Filimonova, Institute of Zoology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Technical Editor
Oleg Tsudzinovich, Institute of Zoology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Igor Akimov
address vul. B. Khmelnytskoho.,15 Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
tel. 380 044 235 10 70
email: akimov@izan.kiev.ua

Vitaliy Kharchenko
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e-mail: vit@izan.kiev.ua

Galina Gorodyska
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e-mail: vestnik@izan.kiev.ua

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