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SCOPE:
TAPROBANICA, The Journal of Asian Biodiversity ISSN / eISSN 1800-427X (founded in 2009) is an open access, international, multi-disciplinary, printed & online journal devoted to biodiversity (fauna & flora) in Asia. Taprobanica accepts original papers on taxonomic descriptions, notes, observations, essays, opinions, short communications, and biodiversity inventories with emphasis on behavior, breeding, conservation, ecology, evolution, morphology, genetics and systematic. The ultimate aim of the journal is to provide an effective medium for communication of the latest and best scientific information.

GEOGRAPHIC AREA:
The journal’s geographic range extends to Asia with special attention to South and Southeast Asian regions.

FREQUENCY & VOLUME:
Published biannually, but the number of fascicles / supplements / special issues / occasional papers may be increased to six depending on the volume of contribution. Each fascicle of the journal is printed minimum 200 copies, comprises with minimum 50 pages in perfect-bound double column format, and printed on art paper. High quality colour and black & white illustrations are encouraged, and will be accepted with no charge for pages and illustrations.

INDEX & ARCHIVE:
Taprobanica is abstracted or indexed in (1) Thomson Reuters Zoological Record, (2) Google Scholar, (3) PubGet, (4) Bibliomania, (5) Bibliothekssystem Universität Hamburg, (6) Docseek, (7) Genamics, (8) Index Copernicus, (9) J4F, (10) NSFSL, (11) Researchgate, (12) Slashdocs, (13) SLJOL, (14) WILBERT, (15) Worldcat, and (16) WZB e-journals etc. Taprobanica printed version is archived in five International Libraries (sensu Article 8 of ICZN 1999); and the online version is registered in ZooBank (sensu Article 8 of ICZN 1999).

PUBLISHING HISTORY:
Volumes 1–2 (2009–10) of Taprobanica Journal were published by Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, an independent, Non-Governmental Organization established in 11 September 2008. Registered under Voluntary Social Services Organizations Act, No 31 of 1980 as amended by Act, No 8 of 1998 (Reg. No: L-131816) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Volumes 3–5 (2011–13) of the Journal were published by Taprobanica Private Limited, an independent, private organization established in 15 February 2011. Incorporated under Companies Act, No. 7 of 2007 (Reg. No: PV 77205) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Since Volume 6 (2014–) of the Journal has been published by Research Center for Climate Change – University of Indonesia, a Research Center established in 17 October 2010. Registered as a Directorate for Research and Community Services University of Indonesia. From the year 2017 until 2019 were lapsed due to lack of funding to cover the cost of journal. Taprobanica Journal was recommenced in 2020 (Volume 9)

ORIGIN OF THE NAME:
Greek astronomer Ptolemy compiled a map in 139 AD and labelled the island as "Taprobane". Reports of the island's existence were known before the time of Alexander the Great (~350 BC). For some time, the exact place to which the name referred remained uncertain. The likely possibilities included: Sri Lanka, or Sumatra, or phantom island. We use the name "Taprobanica" for our company as well as for our journal.