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Type: Editorial
Published: 2023-12-29
Page range: 53-60
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Publication and impact: a bibliometric survey of Megataxa 1–10

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Private Bag 92170, Auckland, New Zealand; Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity, School of Biological Sciences, the University of Auckland, Auckland 1072, New Zealand
Taxonomy publication impact authorship open access


Megataxa was founded in January 2020 as a sister journal of the two most important journals in taxonomy, Zootaxa and Phytotaxa, with similar goals to accelerate the documentation of undescribed species and promote the development of global taxonomy, but aims to be a premium journal for most important works in taxonomy. Megataxa has grown steadily since January 2020 and has published 44 papers of various types in 3329 pages, 14 issues and 10 volumes, averaging 76 pages per paper and including six large monographs. These were contributed by 99 authors from 27 countries in six regions. Analysis of citation data in the Web of Science Core Collection showed that papers in Megataxa were cited three to nine times as often as those in Zootaxa published in the same year. The estimated (non-official) journal impact factor of 2023 for Megataxa is 6.8. These indicate that although Megataxa is still in its infancy, it has great promise to become a journal of high impact in taxonomy.


  1. Britz, R., Hundsdörfer, A. & Fritz, U. (2020) Funding, training, permits—the three big challenges of taxonomy. Megataxa, 1 (1), 49–52.
    Chethana, K.W.T., Jayawardena, R.J. & Hyde, K.D. (2020) Hurdles in fungal taxonomy: Effectiveness of recent methods in discriminating taxa. Megataxa, 1 (2), 114–122.
    Christenhusz, M.J.M., Chase, M.W., Fay, M.F., Lumbsch, T., Monro, A., Vorontsova, M. & Zhang, Z.-Q. (2009) A new international journal for rapid publication of botanical taxonomy. Phytotaxa, 1, 1–2.
    Coleman, C.O. & Radulovici, A.E. (2020) Challenges for the future of taxonomy: talents, databases and knowledge growth. Megataxa, 1 (1), 28–34.
    Dubois, A., Ohler, A. & Pyron, R.A. (2021) New concepts and methods for phylogenetic taxonomy and nomenclature in zoology, exemplified by a new ranked cladonomy of recent amphibians (Lissamphibia). Megataxa, 5, 1‒738.
    Dupérré, N. (2020) Old and new challenges in taxonomy: what are taxonomists up against? Megataxa, 1 (1), 59–62.
    Lücking, R. (2020) Three challenges to contemporaneous taxonomy from a licheno-mycological perspective. Megataxa, 1 (1), 78–103.
    Orr, M.C., Ascher, J.S., Bai, M., Chesters, D. & Zhu, C.-D. (2020) Three questions: How can taxonomists survive and thrive worldwide? Megataxa, 1 (1), 19–27.
    Vences, M. (2020) The promise of next-generation taxonomy. Megataxa, 1 (1), 35–38.
    Vences, M., Miralles, A., Brouillet, S., Ducasse, J., Fedosov, A., Kharchev, V., Kostadinov, I., Kumari, S., Patmanidis, S., Scherz, M.D., Puillandre, N. & Renner, S.S. (2021) iTaxoTools 0.1: kickstarting a specimen-based software toolkit for taxonomists. Megataxa, 6, 77–92.
    Wheeler, Q. (2020) A taxonomic renaissance in three acts. Megataxa, 1 (1), 4–8.
    Zhang, Z.-Q. (2006) The first five years of Zootaxa. Zootaxa, 1111, 68.
    Zhang, Z.-Q. (2011) Accelerating biodiversity descriptions and transforming taxonomic publishing: the first decade of Zootaxa. Zootaxa, 2896, 1–7.
    Zhang, Z.-Q. (2020a) Megataxa for big science questions in taxonomy. Megataxa, 1(1), 1–3.
    Zhang, Z.-Q. (2020b) Promoting excellence of monographs in taxonomy. Megataxa, 1(2), 141–142.