Systematics and Biodiversity

Systematics and Biodiversity is a quarterly, international, peer-reviewed life science journal devoted to whole-organism biology, especially systematics, biodiversity and conservation.

Systematics and Biodiversity

The criterion for publication is scientific merit. The journal records the diversity of organisms through taxonomic papers, which have broad biological and contextual significance, using descriptive and analytical approaches.

The underlying basis of biodiversity is addressed through studies of systematic relationships and of growth, form, adaptation and function, and through analysis of biodiversity patterns in time and space, especially with respect to environmental and human factors.

Coverage also includes relevant theory and methodology, developments in taxonomy and classification and conservation biology.

Key features

  • focus on whole-organism biology 
  • emphasis on high quality illustrations with large format (A4) size 
  • provides an outlet for systematic revisions in a broad context and biodiversity and conservation research from large geographic areas 
  • international editorial team, covering systematics, biodiversity and conservation 
  • published articles are rigorously refereed by at least two reviewers to the highest scholarly standards 
  • submission online via the dedicated Manuscript Central website where Instructions to Authors are also located


Elliot Shubert
Department of Botany
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
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Associate editors

Dr Andrew Brower
Department of Biology
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN, USA

Dr Barry Clarke
Department of Zoology
Natural History Museum
London, UK

Dr P J Hayward
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Wales
Swansea, UK

Prof David Hibbett
Biology Department
Clark University
Worcester, MA, USA

Dr Charlie Jarvis
Department of Botany
Natural History Museum
London, UK

Prof Dr Thorsten Stoeck
Faculty of Biology
University of Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern, Germany

Mr R I Vane-Wright
Department of Entomology
Natural History Museum
London, UK

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