Zoological Research: Diversity and Conservation (ZRDC)

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For every beautiful life of the fascinating earth


Editor-in-Chief Remarks:

ZRDC aims to publish major advances in theoretical and technical animal diversity research, resolve universally significant and cutting-edge scientific questions, and contribute to the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature and the synergistic development of society and the environment, with the hope that all countries on Earth will move towards a successful and ecologically sustainable future.


About ZRDC

Zoological Research: Diversity and Conservation (ZRDC) is a new open access, multidisciplinary international journal quarterly published by Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with the aims of being a high-profile rapid publication for research on all aspects of biological diversity, its conservation, and sustainable use. The journal is headed up by one Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Yonggang Yao (KIZ, CAS) and two co-Associate Editor-in-Chiefs, Prof. Xuelong Jiang (KIZ, CAS) and Prof. Shuqiang Li (Institute of Zoology, CAS).

ZRDC publishes reviews, research articles, editorials, commentaries, opinions, perspectives, viewpoints, short communications, and letters, focusing on topics of the basic theory of conservational biology and its application, including animal diversity, behavior, adaptation, evolution, ecology, wildlife monitoring and management, conservation genetics, canonical and modern molecular biological technology application in biological conservation and resources protection, etc., regarding with both vertebrates and invertebrates.  

Sponsored by China’s national publication funding, ZRDC offers article publication charges waiver to all users till 31st December 2024.


Honorary Editor-in-Chief

Yaping Zhang, CAS, China

Fuwen Wei, Institute of Zoology, CAS, China



Yonggang Yao, Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS, China


Executive Editor-in-Chief 

Xuelong Jiang, Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS, China

Shuqiang Li, Institute of Zoology, CAS, China 


Associated Editors-in-chief

Jiatang Li, Chengdu Institute of Biology, CAS, China


Pengfei Fan, Sun Yat-Sen University, 



Xingfeng Si, East China Normal University, China

Sponsored by: Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Supervised by: Chinese Academy of Sciences

Published by: Editorial Office of Zoological Research, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

E—mail: zrdc@mail.kiz.ac.cn

Tel: 86-871-65199026

Address: Editorial Office of Zoological Research,

Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

17 Longxin Road, Kunming, Yunnan 650201, China.


Author’s Guide

Aims and Scope

Zoological Research: Diversity and Conservation (ZRDC) is a quarterly publication produced by Kunming Institute of Zoology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It publishes peer-reviewed original research article/review/report/note/letter to the editor/editorial in English on all aspects of zoological diversity, its conservation, and sustainable use, from invertebrates to vertebrates, from micro-scale to macro- scale, through traditional methods or modern multidisciplinary ways, focusing on but not limited with, biodiversity, species richness, habitat management, species conservation policy and regulations, biodiversity loss, extinctions, checklists, descriptions of new species, taxonomic revisions, etc..


Editorial Policies

1. EndNote File and Instructions for ZRDC


2. Article-based Publishing Model of Zoological Research: Diversity and Conservation

ZRDC adopts an article-based publishing model. This means that upon acceptance, ZRDC will publish final and citable articles (with volume, issue, and page numbers) without the need to wait until a journal issue is complete. This new publishing model will speed up the publication of articles and ensure that readers can obtain the latest scientific findings in a more efficient way.

Compared with traditional print-based issues, article-based publishing is a major step forward by ZRDC and will promote publishing efficacy, maximize the academic impact of the publication, and provide a better reading experience for all readers and authors of ZRDC.

To get access to the most recently accepted articles, please visit “in Press” on the ZRDC homepage (http://www.zrdc.ac.cn).


3. Conflict of interest statement

Authors must indicate whether or not they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research. They should also state that they have full control of all primary data and that they agree to allow the journal to review their data if requested.


4. Statement concerning human and animal rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. [International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals") February 2006].

Specifically, the informed consent must be obtained and should be clearly indicated in the manuscript.


5. Anti-plagiarism policy

Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. ZRDC uses anti-plagiarism software from crosscheck. If plagiarism is identified, editor may reject the manuscript, contact the author(s)’ institution or ethics committee, and financial supporters.


6. Peer-review policy

The following types of manuscripts are single-blind peer-reviewed: Research articles, Brief reports, Opinions, Reviews, Notes, Editorials, Research highlights, Commentaries, Letters to the editor, and all forms of published correction may also be peer-reviewed at the discretion of the editors.

Reviewers are very important for maintaining the journal’s quality and reputation by pointing out the manuscript flaw, suspected plagiarism, inappropriate image manipulation, and ethical issues. Therefore, reviewer selection is critical to the publication process, and we take many factors into account, including expertise, reputation, specific recommendations. All reviewers must be selected by our editors. Editors will email selected reviewers the title and abstract of the manuscript, as well as a link for logging into the journal website to complete the review.

The reviewer should accept manuscripts for review only in his/her areas of expertise, and try to complete the review job on time. If it can’t be completed by the deadline, the reviewer should immediately contact the editor.

The reviewer should provide a reliable and helpful assessment of the manuscript. It is necessary that the reviewer could point out the strengths and weaknesses of the research, provide suggestions for improvement, and raise ethical concerns.

The reviewer should also maintain confidentiality about his/her involving in the peer-review process of the manuscript.

The reviewer must not plagiarize the idea or data from the manuscript reviewed by him/her since this kind of scandal has already happened in other journals.

Generally peer review is completed within 1-5 weeks and the editor’s decision within 1-10 work days of this.  


7. Open Access policy

All content published in ZRDC is made freely available online under an Open Access model. The scientific community and the general public have, for free, unlimited and immediate access to all content published in ZRDC as soon as it is published on the internet. This would increase the visibility and the citation rates of the published work, and also boosting the author's impact in the scientific community.

Authors grant ZRDC license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Copyright is retained by the author(s), who also may grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified. ZRDC uses the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) license as standard, which was developed to facilitate open access, namely, free immediate access to and unrestricted reuse of original works of all types.


8. Statement of copyright information

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as - tacitly or explicitly - by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out. The author warrants that his/her contribution is original and that he/she has full power to make this grant. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors. Transfer of copyright to ZRDC becomes effective if and when the article is accepted for publication.


9. The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals



Subscribers are mostly from an academic background. They include researchers, students, university lecturers and doctors and professionals who majored in life sciences, natural resource management, teaching and production.

The journal is released quarterly on the 18th of January, April, July, and September, Each issue includes about 80 pages in A4 format and costs ¥80.00. All volumes in a year costs ¥320.00.

The journal can be subscribed from all local post offices in China. It is also available directly from the editorial office.

Please direct any correspondence to:

Mr. Long NIE

Editorial Office of Zoological Research

Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

17 Longxin Road, Kunming

Yunnan 650201  China

Tel: +86 871 65199026

E-mail: zoores01@mail.kiz.ac.cn




All paper published in ZRDC is open-access and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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