Systematic & Applied Acarology
ISSN 1362-1971
An international journal of the Systematic and Applied Acarology Society

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Aims and scope
Systematic and Applied Acarology (SAA) is an international journal of the Systematic and Applied Acarology Society (SAAS). The journal is intended as a publication outlet for all acarologists in the world.

There is no page charge for publishing in SAA. If the authors have funds to publish, they are encouraged  to pay US$20 per page to enable their papers published for open access.

SAA encourages high quality non-taxonomic papers to address the balance between taxonomic and non-taxonomic papers, and discourages single species description (giving priority to high quality systematic papers on comparative treatments and revisions of multiple taxa). In addition to review papers and research articles (over 4 printed pages), we welcome short correspondence (up to 4 printed pages) for condensed version of small papers, comments on other papers, and short reviews or opinion pieces. The correspondence format will save space by omitting the abstract, key words, and major headings such as Introduction.

SAA publishes papers reporting results of original research on any aspects of mites and ticks. Submission of a manuscript implies that the results have not been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. The journal assumes that all authors of a multi-authored manuscript agree to its submission. All papers are peer-reviewed before acceptance for publication.

Presentation of articles
All manuscripts must be in English. Authors should make sure that the manuscript is written in good and concise English. A manuscript must start with a concise title followed by the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s). An abstract of no more than 500 words should be included before the text. Up to 6 key words should be provided. Headings such as Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References may be used. The text is followed by tables, appendices (if any), figure captions, and figures, all of which must be numbered consecutively. Scientific names with authors should be given when names of any animals are first mentioned.
Systematic manuscript
Taxonomic revisions and phylogenetic studies are preferred, although manuscripts that simply describe a single new species are also considered for publication. New taxa, new combinations and new synonyms should be indicated as fam.nov., gen.nov., sp.nov., com. nov. and syn. nov. The data for holotype and paratype(s) and their depositories must be provided in the original descriptions. All material examined should also be listed.


Short manuscripts of no more than four printed pages should be submitted as Correspondence without an abstract and major headings such as "Introduction". The body of the paper can be a series of paragraphs (the first may be a summary) followed by heading "References" with a list of references cited in the manuscript.
Illustrations should have author(s') name(s) and the figure numbers on the back. When preparing the illustrations, authors should bear in mind that the journal has a matter size of 22 cm x 14 cm and is printed on 26 cm x 19 cm paper. Photographs should be used only when necessary and the original prints should be submitted.
References are cited in the text in the format: Xin (1988) or (Xin 1988), Shih and Huang (1991) or (Shih & Huang 1991); Zhu et al. (1995) or (Zhu et al. 1995). All dated references cited in the text should be listed in alphabetical order and the ones not cited should not be listed. The names of all authors should be given and the titles of the journals should be in full and not abbreviated. The references are arranged alphabetically in the following format for book chapters (A), books (B) and journal articles (C).
Shih, C.I.T. & Huang, J.S. (1991) Functional responses of Amblyseius womersleyi preying on the kanzawa spider mites. In: Dusbabek, F. & Bukva, V. (eds.) Modern Acarology Vol. 2 . Prague, Academia and The Hague, SPB Academic Publishing bv. pp. 481484.
B Xin, J.-L. (1988) Agricultural Acarology . Shanghai, Fudan University Press. 466 pp.
C Zhu, X.X., Zhang, W.Y. & Oliver, J.H. Jr. (1995) Immunocytochemical mapping of FMRFamide-like peptides in the argasid tick Ornithodoros parkeri and the ixodid tick Dermacentor variabilis . Experimental & Applied Acarology, 19, 19.
Manuscripts must be submitted using the online submission system ( Pre-submission questions should be sent to Prof. Tinghuan Wen (, Dr. Anne Baker (, Dr. David James (, Dr. Qing-Hai Fan ( or Dr. Zhi-Qiang Zhang (

Authors of accepted papers must submit final manuscripts in two types of files: RTF or MS Word for text
and tables, TIFF for line art drawings (6001200 dpi, 1 bit) and photographs (300600 dpi, 8 bit).

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed before acceptance.  Rejected papers may be re-submitted once.

During the online submission process, the author is encouraged to indicate to the Chief editor that (1) which of the editors listed above this manuscript is intended if they have a preference and (2) a list of potential reviewers.  During the review process, the figures may be inserted into ms word file if the size of the file is not too big.  If there are many plates, please upload them as supplementary files.

Here are information for authors who need instruction on using the manuscript submission system (Open Journal System).

Information are reviewers is here and that for section/subject editors here.

Authors of each paper receive receive a gratis e-reprint. Paper reprints may be ordered at cost to authors.

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