Proceedings of the Theriological School (in Ukrainian: Праці Теріологічної школи) is a scientific peer-reviewed open access journal founded in 1998 by the Ukrainian Theriological Society. It is published by the National Museum of Natural History, NAS of Ukraine (Kyiv). The journal was first presented at the 5th Theriological School-Workshop (Haidary, Kharkiv oblast) as a series of scientific contributions with thematic content under ISBN 966-02-0692-5. Since Volume 11 (2012), the edition has been an academic periodical published both print (ISSN 2312–2749) and online (e-ISSN 2074–2274).
The journal is approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine as a specialized professional edition in the field of Biology (Decree No. 1601, 22 December 2016).
Aims and Scope
The journal publishes papers presenting results of original research into several aspects of mammalian biology, in particular fauna, ecology, distribution, evolution, taxonomy, variability, diversity, and conservation. Reviews, papers on science and research history, short communications, and chronicles of events devoted to mammalogy are also welcomed. Simple faunal lists without any kind of analysis are not considered for publication.
The journal's main topics are
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Periodicity and Accessibility
The journal publishes one or two volumes per year. All published papers can be accessed freely on the journal's website and on the website of Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine — the main repository of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
The Editorial Office works with the authors and manuscripts in electronic format. The Corresponding author is asked to send the paper's manuscript, designed in accordance with the journal's requirements (see Author Guides) to the Editorial Board via email. The same stands for all additional materials including figures (images, maps, graphs etc.) and tables.
Materials submitted by the Corresponding author undergo preliminary (internal) peer-review by the Chief Editor or one of the Associate Editors. This process is mandatory and aimed to analyse that the submitted materials meet the topics of the journal, presented results are novel and relevant for the scientific community, and the design of the manuscript meets the prescribed criteria. Afterwards the manuscript is sent back to the Corresponding author to consider editorial remarks and prepare the manuscript for external peer-review.
Preparation of the manuscript for publication strats when the peer-review process is completed and the Editorial Board has accepted the manuscript. This process is usually consists of three stages of corrections, such as scientific, technical, and language proofreading. The Corresponding author receives all intermediary and the final version of the manuscript, particularly after 1) submission with preliminar editorial remarks, 2) peer-review with the reviewer's comments, 3) scientific and technical corrections and language proofreading, 4) the galley proof is prepared, and 5) the final pdf file has been sent to the publisher.
After editorial remarks considered, all papers except for those in informative sections (history, chronicles, promotions, reviews) are sent for external peer-review. The Editorial Board selects peer-reviewers without consultations with the authors. The peer-reviewer receives the manuscript without any information about the author's person, and the peer-review form. The number of peer-reviews is usually two, although, if needed, additional peer-review can be also appionted.
The aim of the peer-review process is to obtain conclusions from professionals in the corresponding research area about the quality of the submitted paper and expediency of publication of materials presented. The peer-review process usually lasts for a month, after which the Corresponding author receives the reviewer's comments with additional editorial advice. The reviewer's name remains unknown for the author(s) except when the reviewer himself/herself asks for revealing his/her name. When peer-reviewers' assessments contradict, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision whether to publish or not the manuscript.
The Editorial Board ensures the respect of consistent and fair policy, and encourages authors to follow academic ethics, as well as ethical treatment with research objects.
To avoid contradictions or conflicts and to observe ethical and moral requirements our authors are asked to declare their authorship and potential conflicts of interests. For this, each author of the manuscript should fill in an Author Declaration form sent by the Editorial Board right after the manuscript has been submitted.
An inportant aspect of the journal's policy is seraching for and support of new authors providing them advice and benevolent comments during preparation of their manuscripts.
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As of 30.12.2017, there are 872 citations of 164 publications from the journal, the h-index is h = 12,
i10-index = 21 (number of papers with >= 10 citations).