Herpetology Notes

Publication of the Societas Europaea Herpetologica

ISSN: 2071-5773

Herpetology Notes is an online-only and open access journal, published by the Societas Europaea Herpetologica (SEH) alongside its main flagship journal, Amphibia-Reptilia. Processing, editing, and typesetting of manuscripts is carried out by an international team of editors. The current rejection rate is around 15%. Manuscripts that do not follow the editorial style will not be considered for publication and will be sent back to the authors. Recent papers published in Herpetology Notes should be consulted before submitting a manuscript.

Focus and Scope

The goal of Herpetology Notes (HN) is to offer a publishing venue for those wishing to publish herpetological minutiae quickly and make their work easily accessible to a wide readership. The Editorial Team consists of an Editor-in-Chief, three Managing Editors, and many Associate Editors, with suitable specializations, in an attempt to make publication in HN fast, straightforward, and author-friendly. We believe that HN is best placed to serve in the publication of natural history notes, range extensions, or other short observations relevant to the field of herpetology, which might otherwise remain unpublished, hidden in larger papers, or relegated to the "grey" literature (such as governmental reports or society newsletters). HN is global in scope, and we welcome contributions from anyone interested in herpetology.
It is our aim to rapidly publish short papers (< ten printed pages), in order to assemble a database of herpetological knowledge on a broad spectrum of topics, including especially the natural history and distribution of amphibians and reptiles. Descriptive papers on the morphology or genetic variability (e.g., DNA barcoding) and marker development (e.g., microsatellite loci) are also appreciated. Papers including taxonomic decisions (e.g., descriptions of new species) are not accepted. 

Section Policies

Full Articles: 
  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed
Short Notes:
  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed


Peer Review Process

All full papers (> ten manuscript pages) will be subjected to peer review by at least one external reviewer and a member of the Editorial Team. Notes (such as natural history notes and geographic distribution notes) will be generally be reviewed only by members of the Editorial Team, who may request an external review. All full papers should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation (a "pre-peer review") that attests their relevance and quaity.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Editorial team

Jiri Smid, Dr. Diego José Santana, Mirco Solé, Bina Perl, Ariel Rodríguez, Wouter Beukema, Hinrich Kaiser, Graham Walters, Vaclav Gvozdik, Angelica Crottini, Spartak Litvinchuk, Dr. H. Christoph Liedtke,Philipp Wagner, Maximilian Dehling, Martin Jansen, Hendrik Müller, Alessandro Ribeiro Morais, Dr. Seyyed Saeed Hosseinian Yousefkhani, Fabrício Hiroiuki Oda, Daniel M Portik, Benjamin Tapley, Fábio Hepp, Werner Conradie, Pedro Henrique Pinna, Renato C. Nali, Igor Kaefer, Robson W Ávila, Gonçalo M. Rosa, Anamarija Zagar, Iris Starnberger, Simon Maddock, Clarissa Canedo, Javier Ernesto Cortés Suárez, Kotambylu V Gururaja, Dr. Rachunliu G Kamei, Prof. Madhava Meegaskumbura, Kanto Nishikawa, Yunke Wu, Eric Munscher, Thijs van den Burg, Idriss Bouam, Dr Andrew M Durso, Dr Gabriela Bittencourt-Silva, Sven Mecke, Dr Jim Labisko, Andre C. Bruinjé, Dr. Colin Thomas Strine,Zeeshan A Mirza, Michael Jowers