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New Zealand Journal of Zoology: Special Issue Call for Papers

Zoological applications for Environmental DNA: detection, diversity, and health

Abstract deadline
31 August 2020

About this Special Issue

The New Zealand Journal of Zoology invites submissions of papers focused on environmental DNA (eDNA) with some connection to animals. Environmental DNA is generally regarded as DNA extracted from environmental samples such as soil or water without first isolating the target organism(s), however we will also include papers discussing sequencing of bulk samples of entire organisms isolated from various environmental samples. The special issue’s wide scope means we will also welcome papers discussing microbiology topics connected to animals.

The guest editors are Dr Jonathan Banks (Cawthron Institute and Lincoln University) and Associate Professor Gavin Lear (The University of Auckland, NZ). Jonathan’s research interests include identifying the source of faecal contamination of freshwaters using eDNA, and characterising freshwater fish communities from eDNA collected from water samples. Gavin’s research principally explores the complex interactions among microbial communities, their DNA and the varied environments in which they reside. As a recent leader of New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge ‘eDNA project’, Dr Lear’s research interests include investigations into the fate of fish, plant and insect environmental DNA.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are being sought for papers from researchers wishing to publish in the eDNA special issue. Please send a preliminary title, author list and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript as soon as convenient to the chief guest editor, by 31st August 2020. EOIs and other questions can be directed to Jonathan.Banks@cawthron.org.nz.

The guest editors will make a decision on which manuscripts to invite for the special issue and will notify the invited authors by 11th September 2020. Note that an invitation to submit does not guarantee acceptance for publication; this will depend on the outcome of peer review process and authors meeting critical time schedules.

The issue is scheduled for publication in early 2021. We anticipate that the deadline for manuscript submission will be 31st October and peer-reviewing and revision completed by March 2021. Each manuscript will be published online as soon as the manuscript receives final acceptance; the special issue in its entirety is expected to be published in mid 2021. 

The New Zealand Journal of Zoology has no page charges, offers free colour printing. and has a supportive editorial team to assist all researchers with the publishing process. The journal welcomes submissions from researchers at all stages of their careers.