The study of social insects has a long and rich history, and is associated with some of the classic papers in behaviour and evolution. From Darwin's dilemma regarding the evolution of sterile castes, to resolving key mechanisms that underpin their bewildering self-organization, to managing their economic impact in agriculture and as pests, social insects remain a pillar of biological research in the post-genomic era.
The Australasian Section of IUSSI aims to bring the Australian and New Zealand based social insect community together into a single forum on a regular basis keeping in-line with meetings of other IUSSI sections.
Insectes Sociaux, the journal of IUSSI, is looking for high-quality reviews. Writing reviews is an excellent way to consolidate ideas, to explore new thoughts, and to review current and relevant literature on a topic of your choice.
There's no limit to topic: it should be clearly delimited, directly related to social arthropods, carry implications of wider scientific interest, and be timely.
Review manuscripts are subject to the standard peer review process, so acceptance is not guaranteed, and manuscripts that mainly summarize published or unpublished data by the review's author(s) will not be considered. The maximum length of review articles is 10 printed pages (very roughly 65,000 characters including spaces). Authors also have the option to upload Supplementary online materials.
As a small token of our appreciation, the corresponding author will receive 200 Euros per accepted review article.
If you or someone in your lab is interested, the authors should send a short summary (1-2 paragraphs) that explains the intended topic, why the review would be timely, a brief indication of the structure, including a list of addressed topics, to Margaret Couvillon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abstracts can be downloaded from http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/10541
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