Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Acta Herpetologica, a journal open to academics all over the world, offers itself as a new site for the presentation and discussion of the most recent results in the field of research on Amphibians and Reptiles, both living and extinct. The official journal of the Societas Herpetologica Italica (S.H.I.), Acta Herpetologica publishes original works – extended articles, short notes and book reviews – mostly in English, dealing with the biology and diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Contributions in Acta are welcome.

Journal secures:

  • open access to contribution (authors retain copyright)
  • peer-review by internationl experts
  • wide dissemination of published contributions both in the national and international area, with the help of specific tools


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Note

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Review

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the Editors / Board of Directors and by the members of the Editorial Boards. If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is sent to at least two reviewers. The peer review process is double-blind, whereby both referees and authors are kept anonymous. If the reviews are positive, but the manuscript requires to be revised and resubmitted, the author is expected to submit the revised version

Publication decisions by the Editors / Board of Directors are final.


Open Access Policy

 Acta Herpetolgica provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC-BY).

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the final version of the papers. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the Journal Board for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving (by RoMEO/SHERPA)

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving (by RoMEO/SHERPA)

Journal:Acta Herpetologica [1] (ISSN: 1827-9635, ESSN: 1827-9643) [started 2006]
RoMEO:This is a RoMEO green journal
Listed in:DOAJ as an open access journal
Author's Pre-print:green tick author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
Author's Post-print:green tick author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
Publisher's Version/PDF:green tick author can archive publisher's version/PDF
General Conditions:
  • On open access repositories
  • Publisher's version/PDF may be used
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives Licenses 2.5 or 3.0 are available
Mandated OA:(Awaiting information)
  • Publisher last contacted on 14/04/2014
  • All titles are open access journals
Updated:22-May-2014 - Suggest an update for this record
Link to this page:http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1827-9635/
Published by:Firenze University Press - Green Policies in RoMEO
  1. Alternative Journal URLs: (a) http://www.fupress.com/riviste/acta-herpetologica/21, (b) http://www.fupress.net/index.php/ah/index


Publication Frequency

The journal will be published two times per year.


Article Processing Charges (APC)

Acta Herpetologica does not ask for articles and submissions processing charges APC


Indexing and abstracting

Acta has been indexed in the following databases:

  • ACNP – Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici
  • Ape Journal – Academic Publications eJournal
  • BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • Biological Science Journals PQ
  • CABI – Abstracts
  • CABI – Global Health Database
  • CENGAGE Learning
  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Environmental Science Journals PQ
  • EZB – Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek – Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg
  • GOOGLE Scholar
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition THOMSON REUTERS
  • JournalSeek – Searchable Database of Online Scholarly Journals
  • JournalTOCs – Journal Tables of Contents (TOCs)
  • JURN
  • Natural Science Journals PQ
  • NewJour – Electronic Journals & Newsletters, University of Georgetown
  • OAIster [OCLC – Digital Collection Services] – WorldCat
  • PLEIADI – Portale per la Letteratura scientifica Elettronica Italiana su Archivi aperti e Depositi Istituzionali
  • Proquest
  • Science Citation Index Expanded THOMSON REUTERS
  • SciTech Journals PQ
  • SciVerse Scopus ELSEVIER
  • Searchteam
  • Socolar – China Educational Publications Import and Export Corporation
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory


Information for Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines


Information for Librarians

We encourage research librarians to list this journal among their library's electronic journal holdings. As well, it may be worth noting that this journal's open source publishing system is suitable for libraries to host for their faculty members to use with journals they are involved in editing (see Open Journal Systems).



Legal Deposit

This Journal is experimenting a National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service


Accepted Manuscripts

In response to feedback from the research community, ACTA is now making articles available online after the acceptance. 

As a free service, making the accepted manuscript available has a number of benefits for our authors, including;

  • Earlier opportunity for research to be read and cited
  • Authors can promote their work as soon as it is accepted by their peers - maintaining the momentum of the publication process
  • Improved opportunities for funding approval as researchers can list their work earlier.

This version of the manuscript will not be language-edited or typeset and will be provided as a flat PDF.

We will continue to work with authors on the production of their article, and the final version of record will replace the accepted manuscript version once this has been completed.

Accepted Manuscript is ‘the version of the article accepted for publication including all changes made as a result of the peer review process, and which may also include the addition to the article by FUP of a header, an article ID, a cover sheet and/or an ‘Accepted Manuscript’ watermark, but excluding any other editing, typesetting or other changes


  Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY- 4.0)

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