Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Belgian Journal of Zoology is a diamond open access journal publishing high-quality research papers in English that are original, of broad interest and hypothesis-driven. Manuscripts on all aspects of zoology are considered, including anatomy, behaviour, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, genomics and physiology. Manuscripts on veterinary topics are outside of the journal’s scope. The Belgian Journal of Zoology also welcomes reviews, especially from complex or poorly understood research fields in zoology. The Belgian Journal of Zoology does no longer publish purely taxonomic papers. Surveys and reports on novel or invasive animal species for Belgium are considered only if sufficient new biological or biogeographic information is included.

All published papers and short notes in the Belgian Journal of Zoology are made available through this journal website. All manuscripts (including short notes) are peer reviewed by at least two referees and should be sent electronically to the editorial office at bjz@naturalsciences.be. Please always check the Author Guidelines before submitting. The Belgian Journal of Zoology is published online only from 2017 onwards in one volume with 2 issues. A print-on-demand version can be purchased from the editorial office.

The archive of the Belgian Journal of Zoology is available as PDF files from http://rbzs.be (2014-2016) and from https://www.naturalsciences.be/en/BJZ (1999-2015). Issues before 1999 are available in paper format at the library of RBINS.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Each submitted paper or short note will be sent to a scientific editor, who will forward it to two referees. The author(s) will be informed of the editorial decision after the reviewing process.


Open Access Policy

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



The Belgian Journal of Zoology accepts papers presenting original research through submission via e-mail.


Copyright statement

The Belgian Journal of Zoology is a diamond open source journal that wishes to distribute its papers as widely as possible without additional costs for the readers. Authors will be charged a fee, please contact the editorial office for details: bjz@naturalsciences.be

All published papers will be put on-line as high resolution PDF’s. Copyright thus remains with the authors. All manuscripts will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.