Myrmecological News is an independent, international non-profit journal devoted to ant research. In a lively mix of research and review articles, all fields of myrmecology are covered. Quality contributions are sought, expected to be of genuine interest to myrmecologists and of enduring relevance to ant research. Suitable manuscripts are reviewed by at least two independent expert referees prior to potential acceptance. Reviewers can stay anonymous to the authors or waive anonymity, and they are asked to actively search for plagiarism. In 2017, primary editorial decisions were made, on average, after 33 and 53 days for all manuscripts and for those subjected to in-depth peer evaluation, respectively. Myrmecological News publishes at least one volume per year.

From Volume 28 onward (for details, see Open access), Myrmecological News ...
... is an open-access journal, that is, contributions are immediately and freely available from the publisher, with article-processing charges paid by the author. On 1 January 2019, also all past volumes will become freely accessible to everyone.
... publishes all contributions under the Creative Commons (CC) license CC BY 4.0.
... leaves the copyright entirely with the author.
... is an online-only journal. Taxonomic acts continue being valid under the International Code for Zoological Nomenclature also after the journal's transition to an online-only journal because they meet the requirements of the amendment of Articles 8, 9, 10, 21, and 78: contributions are produced in pdf/A format; stored in the digital archive of Biotaxa; registered with ZooBank, the online version of the Official Register of Zoological Nomenclature; and bear the date of the electronic publication and evidence of ZooBank registration.

Taxonomic manuscripts with isolated species descriptions are generally discouraged, especially for genera with large numbers of undescribed species; it lies at the discretion of the editorial team whether such manuscripts are considered. Papers on new distribution records will be considered if the new records are sufficiently important or unexpected from a biogeographical perspective. Such papers could, for example, discuss relevant biological/ecological data and/or biogeographical implications such as analysis by species-distribution modelling.

Rejection rate is 65% (2015 - 2017).


In detail, research areas covered by Myrmecological News include:

  • behaviour
  • biogeography and faunistics
  • biological-pest control
  • chemical ecology
  • climate-change biology
  • cognition and learning
  • comparative and functional morphology
  • community ecology
  • conservation biology and bioindication
  • cytogenetics
  • ecology and evolution of (endo)symbioses
  • ecosystem (dis)services
  • foraging strategies
  • fossils
  • fragmentation ecology
  • genomics
  • histology
  • immune research
  • (integrative) taxonomy
  • interspecific hybridisation
  • invasion biology
  • life-history research
  • methodology in community quantification
  • national checklists
  • neurobiology
  • niche ecology
  • orientation and navigation
  • phenology
  • phylogeny and phylogeography
  • population genetics
  • sensory physiology
  • social evolution
  • social parasitism
  • sociogenomics
  • stable isotopes
  • tools for routine identification