Call for papers related to presentations at the 2024 ICSB-ISAE joint conference

02 July 2024

While researchers studying the fascinating life forms of subterranean environments are looking forward to the upcoming joint conference of the 26th International Conference on Subterranean Biology and the 6th International Symposium on Anchialine Ecosystems taking place this September in Cagliari, Italy, the organisers are ready to invite research and review papers linked to the conference at the International Society for Subterranean Biology (ISSB)’s journal: Subterranean Biology.

While submissions are not limited to conference speakers or participants, the contributions need to be related to research work presented at the 2024 conference either as an oral presentation or a poster. Deadline for submission is 31 March 2025.

The topical collection  - now open for submission, covers all taxa occurring in subterranean habitats and all topics discussed at the conference, including molecular biology, monitoring techniques and protocols, conservation, behaviour, and eDNA.

Collection editors are Dr Enrico Lunghi (Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy), Dr Tiziana di Lorenzo (Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems of the National Research Council, Italy, and National Biodiversity Future Center, Italy) and Dr Elizabeth Borda (Texas A&M University San Antonio, USA).

Because of the format of the collection, all papers will be published upon acceptance, rather than waiting for the whole collection to be completed. The collection is expected to be completed by summer 2025.

To support early career researchers, at the final day of the conference, the ISSB will award the best three students’ contributions - either oral or poster presentations - with full APC waivers for publication in Subterranean Biology.


For more information about the conference, which expects around 150 biospeleologists from around the world eager to hear about, present and discuss the latest findings in the field, visit the conference website.


Why Subterranean Biology?

Amongst the advantages authors can find in the Subterranean Biology journal to ensure the global visibility, discoverability and citability of their published articles are rapid turnaround; full-text article indexation at 60+ leading literature databases, including Web of Science, Scopus and DOAJ; science communication services; semantically enriched articles; various usage metrics and hassle-free submission and editorial online environment.

The latest (2023) Scopus CiteScore for the journal is 2.5, which places the journal in Q1 in the Animal Science and Zoology category at Scopus.

Later in June, Subterranean Biology also saw an increase in its Journal Impact Factor, which now stands at 1.5, and means the journal ranks in Q2 in the Zoology category at Clarivate’s Web of Science.

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