The editorial (November 5, 2008)

Dear readers and authors,


We are pleased to announce the opening of the Ruthenica official site. In current days the rapid dissemination of information is crucial and we are trying to use the modern techniques to achieve this goal. Ruthenica is not the first journal that is becoming Internet based. We are all aware of Zootaxa ( ), the “mega-journal for zoological taxonomists in the world”, which in a very short time became the largest (in terms of published pages per year) zoological journal in the world.

One of the most important consequences of the development of IT technologies is the proposal of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature on the expansion and refinement of methods of publication to allow under certain provisions the electronic publication of names and nomenclatural acts. The proposed amendment was published on October 17, 2008 in Zootaxa (open access Assuming the changes to the Code will be accepted, they will become effective after 2009. This leaves more than full year, which is a very short time, but significant for the publishers, authors and readers.

So what will be the modus operandi of Ruthenica in 2008 and 2009. We will be publishing the journal on a CD and simultaneously in free access on the Internet. The first part of volume 18 is published simultaneously with this editorial and contains 3 manuscripts.

Why did we decide to publish on a CD, a method that will be abolished if the amendment to ICZN is accepted?  At the moment this is the only venue allowed by the Code that does not employ printing on paper (see Article 8.6). The date of publication will be fixed by publishing on a CD and in the Web. This will allow very rapid publication, basically as soon as the revised manuscript is received, it is ready for publication. When a significant number of papers (some 48-60 printed pages) have been accumulated as CD versions, paper copies will be produced. They will be printed on demand and distributed strictly by subscription. We will publish at least one volume per year and are planning to continue this practice even when (and if) the amendment to the Code is accepted. 

Ruthenica will use the same format as in previous years, and will accept manuscripts both in English and Russian that are dedicated to all aspects of malacology. There will be no limit to color illustrations, but due to the high cost of printing, they will be printed for free only in the Internet version.

We have major changes in the Editorial Board, which becomes truly international. Simultaneously, we want to thank the retired members of the Editorial Board for their long service, which favored development of malacology in Russia for many years.

We will provide free access to the issues of the journal published starting volume 18.

The back issues of the journal and supplements are available from us as well as from our major distributor abroad – ConchBooks, publishing house, bookshop and antiquarian (

Do not hesitate to write to the Publishing Editors if you have any questions or comments.