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About the Journal

The Journal of Molluscan Studies accepts papers on all aspects of the study of molluscs. These include systematics, molecular genetics, palaeontology, ecology, evolution, and physiology. Where the topic is in a specialized field (e.g. parasitology, neurobiology, biochemistry, molecular biology), submissions will still be accepted as long as the mollusc is the principal focus of the study, and not incidental or simply a convenient experimental animal. Papers with a focus on fisheries biology, aquaculture, and control of molluscan pests will be accepted only if they include significant advances in molluscan biology. While systematic papers are encouraged, descriptions of single new taxa will only be considered if they include some ‘added value’, for example in the form of new information on anatomy or distribution, or if they are presented in the context of a systematic revision or phylogenetic analysis of the group.

Five categories of papers are published:
Featured Article : a single paper in each issue, chosen by the Editor-in-Chief for its unusual interest or potentially wide appeal; the article is immediately available for free download.
Review Papers : comprehensive reviews and syntheses on topics of wide general interest within molluscan research. Potential authors are advised to contact the Editor-in-Chief regarding topic and proposed length.
Research Papers : traditional research papers describing advances in knowledge and understanding based on analysis of data.
Research Notes : these are generally methodological notes or brief reports that are of wide interest or importance; they are published as rapidly as possible after acceptance.
Comment and Response : a short critique of a Research Paper, with a response from the original author.

Journal of Molluscan Studies also publishes “Themed Clusters” of papers and occasional “Special Issues” on appropriate topical themes. These may be based on submissions at special sessions at scientific meetings or workshops. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief with proposals for themed clusters of papers or potential Special Issues.


Year Impact Factor Si: Marine & Freshwater Biology Si: Zoology
2015 1.185 64 out of 103 68 out of 160
2014 1.362 56 out of 102 58 out of 153
2013 1.495 48 out of 102 44 out of 152
2012 1.358 52 out of 100 55 out of 149
2011 1.227 55 out of 97 61 out of 146
2010 0.969 59 out of 92 73 out of 145
2009 1.074 56 out of 88 60 out of 127
2008 1.408 37 out of 87 40 out of 125
2007 1.032 49 out of 86 56 out of 124
2006 0.968 49 out of 79 51 out of 114

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.

The Journal of Molluscan Studies is the major international journal covering the biology of molluscs. The journal features the newly developing subjects of molecular genetics, cladistic phylogenetics and ecophysiology, but also maintains coverage of ecological, behavioural and systematic malacology.


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Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
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Ecological Abstracts
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Helminthology Abstracts
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