About the journal
The North-Western Journal of
Zoology (North-West.J.Zool.) is the official zoology and
animal ecology journal of the Herpetological Club of Oradea (HCO),
It was founded in 2005 by a group of young
researchers (PhD and PhD candidates) that recognize the necessity to
create a new peer reviewed scientific journal in Romania. They
also recognized the need of giving possibility for researchers to
publish their research quickly, and in visible way. Since its formation, North-West.J.Zool. make the papers published available online
without fee. North-West.J.Zool. is currently published two
times every year (in June and December) but the
editors are working in the possibility for increasing the number of
issues to three per year. This will moreover depend on the number of
high quality manuscripts submitted. From 2007 the editors
“online first”, to facilitate a
more rapid apparition of the accepted manuscripts.
was recently covered by ISI, by this being the only
biology journal covered by ISI in Romania. C.N.C.S.I.S. (The
National University Research Council) have indexed
N.West.J.Zool. in the “A” category,
our journal receiving by this the highest recognition from the Romanian
scientific forum from all Romanian biology journals. These new changes in the
journal “status” impose a series of further responsibilities regarding
the quality of the papers published in this journal. This responsibility
will be reflected both in the high quality review process and the short
publication period after the paper acceptance.
Each paper will be sent to at
least two independent reviewers. If there are inconsistencies
between the reviewers, a third reviewer will be asked to review
the manuscript. Since the review process is a time and energy consuming
work, the editors will acknowledge their effort by respecting their
proposals entirely. Periodically, the journal will list the name of the
reviewers, acknowledging them their work in a separate note.
The editors will be grateful if the
authors that submit manuscripts propose for the editorial board three
internationally recognized researchers in the domain of their paper.
This will facilitate the review process. The following details of the
proposed reviewers should be mentioned: name, e-mail address,
institution and the domain of work. The editors have the right to choose
or not the proposed reviewers. Moreover, a paper may be rejected if the
editors think that it is unacceptable for publication.
When preparing the manuscript, the
authors should check very carefully the “Instruction
for authors” section.
manuscripts submitted in North-West.J.Zool.
should be primary research papers, reviews and opinion
papers. Original research papers are welcomed both as full-length
papers or short notes. Review papers should deal with topics of general
interest or of contemporary importance, being synthetic rather than
comprehensive in emphasis. The opinion papers should debate important
issues in zoology and animal ecology. Authors of Review papers should
consult with the editor before submission. The editors reserve the right
to move manuscripts from one to other category.