The Journal of Vertebrate Biology is a continuation of the periodical Folia Zoologica (ISSN: 0139-7893, e-ISSN 1573-1189).

The Journal of Vertebrate Biology is an international journal for all fields of vertebrate zoology. The journal welcomes papers on the behaviour, ecology, physiology, anatomy, developmental biology, taxonomy, and evolution of vertebrates, including research at the interface of these disciplines. The journal is published quarterly, with one volume comprising four issues, with additional issues published occasionally. Please see our Guide for Authors for information on article submission.

Proposals for reviews and monographs, as well as for special issues are encouraged. Please feel free to email the Editor-in-Chief with ideas. Editorial support to assist authors in producing review papers will be provided.

The Journal of Vertebrate Biology has entered into an licencing agreement Open Access with BioOne and all manuscripts are released immediately after acceptance on their platform.

The journal is indexed in

  • Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Elsevier Bibliographic Databases incl. Scopus
  • Clarivate analytics Databases incl. Web of Science

The journal is available online through

  • BioOne
  • Digital Library Kramerius

We support transparency in publication and encourage authors to deposit data and data analysis code in a trusted repository, to pre-register studies and data analysis plans, and submission of replication studies.

Editors' profiles


Carl Smith

Vladimír Bejček

e-ISSN 2694-7684

Abbreviation: J. Vertebr. Biol.

Benefits to authors

  • Open Access
  • The new IF for JVB is 1.5
  • No publication charges
  • Rapid reviewing (average of 21 days to first decision)
  • No formatting required for initial submission
  • Assistance with English correction for non-native speakers

Biennial Report

Biennial report is a traditional publication of the Institute of Vertebrate Biology (IVB). The major goal of this report is to provide both a representative overview of the extensive range of research activities undertaken at the IVB and to inform the reader about the most important news and events, all in a style that is fully accessible to the interested layperson