Dr. Andrea Fidgett of the Chester Zoo announced that the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) published the first edition of the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research:
‘I’m delighted to share with everyone the launch of EAZA’s new journal – the first issue of the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research (JZAR) is available online, for free!
A significant advance for EAZA, the launch of this journal in itself is not the most noteworthy aspect. JZAR is the first and – so far – the only scientific journal that focuses on zoo-based research AND is fully Open Access with NO author contributions. The journal is freely available to anyone interested in zoos and zoo research in particular, and anyone can contribute research papers free of charge. Most of the work is done by research staff of EAZA member zoos, and everything that has to be paid for is covered by EAZA.
Research categories include studies in pure and applied biological sciences (e.g. behaviour, genetics, medicine, nutrition, population management and reproduction), in-situ conservation research (e.g. socio-economic and field surveys) and research aimed at developing other roles of zoos and aquariums (e.g. visitor learning and marketing surveys). A section of the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research will be devoted to submissions of original, previously unpublished, case studies documenting the effects of husbandry interventions.
The first issue of JZAR was produced by members of the EAZA Research Committee and the BIAZA Research Committee (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) who made up the interim editorial board. JZAR will be published quarterly. If you are interested in learning about the wonderful world of zoo science or you have the urge to submit a research article, please visit the journal website www.jzar.org.‘
Read the current issue here: http://www.jzar.org/jzar/issue/current
Learn how you can contribute here: http://www.jzar.org/