Publication of a New International Journal Asian Herpetological Research

The first issue of an international journal Asian Herpetological Research (AHR) was formally published on 25 September 2010, as a quarterly journal by the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CIB), and Science Press in cooperation with the Asiatic Herpetological Research Society (AHRS). 

AHR, with its registered numbers of CN51-1735/Q and ISSN 2095-0357, is a peer-reviewed and internationally distributed journal, and has an international Editorial Board consisting of many well-known and multi-disciplinary scientists from different countries. The scope of the journal includes all contemporary herpetological research areas including taxonomy, morphology, phylogeny, systematics, evolution, zoogeography, physiology, ecology, toxicology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles.

AHR aims to provide a forum for herpetologists and related specialists interested in conducting international academic exchanges and joint studies, and a platform for introducing their new scientific findings and research results.

The principal criteria of AHR for acceptance of articles for publication are the quality and significance of research, breadth of interest of the work to readers, and the clarity and effectiveness of communication. AHR welcomes manuscript submissions by authors from all countries while maintaining a research focus on the herpetofauna of the Asian and Pacific regions.

Historically, AHR was proceeded by the journal Acta Herpetologica Sinica which CIB began publishing in China in 1977 and ceased publishing in 1988. In 1990, Acta Herpetologica Sinica was renamed as Chinese Herpetological Research, and then was published by the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, USA as an international journal for the Chinese Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (CSSAR). In 1991–2008, the journal was again renamed as Asiatic Herpetological Research and published by the AHRS and CSSAR at the same Museum, with the last issue being Asiatic Herpetological Research Volume 11 published by CIB and AHRS also in USA.

From now on, AHR will be regularly published in China as a world-widely interested journal, and we hope that AHR will gradually become a journal with great influence in herpetological research circle not only in China, but also in the world.

From the initial application to the final publication of AHR, we have received diverse supports and helps from many peoples both in China and aboard. On behalf of the Editorial Board and Editorial Office of AHR, we would like to express our sincere thanks to them all.