Dr. Karl Shuker announces a new journal for cryptozoology:
With the demise of Kraken and, in particular, Cryptozoology (published by the now-defunct International Society of Cryptozoology), there has been no peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to cryptozoology for quite some time. Consequently, the Journal of Cryptozoology is launched today to remedy this situation and fill a notable gap in the literature of cryptids and their investigation. For although some mainstream zoological journals are beginning to show slightly less reluctance than before to publish papers with a cryptozoological theme, it is still by no means an easy task for such papers to gain acceptance, and, as a result, potentially significant, serious contributions to the subject are not receiving the scientific attention that they deserve. Now, however, they have a journal of their own once again, and one that adheres to the same high standards for publication as mainstream zoological periodicals.
To that end, a distinguished peer review panel has been assembled, currently numbering ten members in total (although this may increase in the future), consisting of some of the world’s most eminent zoologists and associated researchers in their respective fields. And I am honoured to have been invited by the journal’s originator and publisher, CFZ Press, to become Editor – an invitation that I am delighted to accept.
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This is exciting news for those serious about scholarship in cryptozoology. The review panel has some familiar and well respected names such as Darren Naish, Charles Paxton, Brian Regal and Adrienne Mayor. It sounds like a respectable outlet to publish research and field reports and to have meaningful exchanges – much needed to rise above the blogs and forum discussions. The first issue is due later this year. A call for submissions has been issues (see link for guidelines). We wish Dr. Shuker (editor) best wishes in this endeavor.