About the Journal

Focus and Scope

PHYLLOMEDUSA publishes original research articles, short communications and review papers concerning the whole field of Herpetology. PHYLLOMEDUSA also maintains sections for Book Reviews. Manuscripts will be considered on condition that they have not been published elsewhere or are not under consideration for publication, in whole or in part, in another journal or book. Publication in PHYLLOMEDUSA, including color pictures, is free of charge. All manuscripts are subject to peer review. This process averages 90 days. Authors receive pdf proofs before publication and 30 reprints free of charge. Full-text pdf versions of all articles are available for free download in this homepage.


Manuscripts must contain significant new findings of fundamental and general herpetological interest and may not be considered if they do not meet these criteria. Surveys and descriptions of new species are published only where there is sufficient new biological information or taxonomic revision also involved to render the paper of general herpetological interest. Low priority is given to confirmatory studies, works that are primarily descriptive in nature, investigations primarily of local or regional interest, techniques unless of broad application, species range extensions, and descriptions of phenomena based on scanty data. Manuscripts should include a clear statement of purpose and/or hypothesis to be tested by the work, and may be rejected if this is lacking

Articles published in PHYLLOMEDUSA are indexed by Web of Science, SCOPUS, Dimensions, Zoological Records, BIOSIS Previews, CABI Publishing, Current Contents (Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences), and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Peer Review Process

Peer Review. At least two referees, an Associate Editor, and the Editor will review each manuscript that is deemed to fall within the scope of Phyllomedusa. Authors will be notified of the status of their manuscript within 90 days. Revised manuscripts accepted for publication will be edited for English usage and syntax prior to final acceptance for publication.

Publication Frequency


Open Access Policy

This journal 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.

Ethics Policy and Regulation

PHYLLOMEDUSA adheres to the Codes of Conduct and Good Practice set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (https://publicationethics.org/), and all submissions must adhere to these guidelines. For further information, the original English text is accessible at: https://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_1.pdf.


PHYLLOMEDUSA employs iThenticate, a service provided by CrossRef, to detect text similarity within previously published scientific documents. For additional details, please visit: https://app.ethenticate.com. Generative Artificial Intelligences In accordance with COPE guidelines, PHYLLOMEDUSA does not allow generative Artificial Intelligences to be included as authors of submissions, as they do not meet the authorship requirements in scientific productions, as they cannot assume responsibility for the content of the text. Additionally, the journal does not allow excerpts of submitted texts to have been generated by generative Artificial Intelligences, as authors are fully responsible for the content of their manuscripts. Access the COPE guidelines here: https://publicationethics.org/cope-position-statements/ai-author.

Ethical principles

Decisions made by the Editors and Editorial Board will not be influenced by revenue sources. 

Information Services

  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Scopus
  • Zoological Record
  • Biological Abstracts
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • CABI Publishing
  • Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases
  • The Reptile Database
  • Bibliomania Herpetological Contents
  • Herpetological Literature Database
  • Portal de Publicações Científicas da USP