Call for papers – Special Issue, “Invasive fishes”

The Journal of Vertebrate Biology is pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue, with Guest Editors Prof. Mirosław Przybylski, Dr. Lorenzo Vilizzi, Dr. Joanna Grabowska and Dr. Grzegorz Zięba (University of Lodz, Poland). The issue will focus on the traits associated with successful invasive fishes, their biotic and economic impacts,  and mitigation measures to limit these impacts. Submissions addressing one or more of the following themes are encouraged:

  1. ecological, behavioural and physiological traits associated with invasive species,
  2. advances in our understanding of evolutionary responses to invasion,
  3. impacts of environmental change on habitat susceptibility to invasion,
  4. biogeographical patterns of invasion,
  5. impacts and mitigation of invasive fishes.


Important or timely subjects that prospective contributors feel are related to current and emerging considerations but which are not stated in the theme will also be considered. Short reviews and meta-analyses are also welcomed.


The Journal of Vertebrate Biology publishes high-quality original research papers of broad interest. 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 open access with no publication charges, provides rapid reviewing, has no formatting requirements for initial submission, and provides assistance with English correction for non-native speakers.

Submissions for the Special Issue will be accepted until 1 June 2021. Prior to submission of a full manuscript, a 200-word summary of the proposed paper should be submitted via email to and CC’d to the Editor-in-Chief (Prof. Carl Smith; Please state that the submission is for consideration in the Special Issue “Invasive fishes” and briefly describe how the manuscript addresses one or more of the themes, and provides a novel and timely contribution to the field.  Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed upon submission and accepted articles included in a virtual Special Issue on the journal website in September 2021.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to agree to provide peer-review feedback for up to two manuscript submissions for this Special Issue, in the interest of ensuring judicious and appropriate peer-review.

Enquiries should be directed to Prof. Mirosław Przybylski (

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