In commemoration of the journal’s 15th Anniversary
ACARINA. Russian Journal of Acarology
O. Voltzit and A. Tolstikov
Fourteen years have passed since the first issue of the Russian Journal of Acarology “Acarina”. The journal appeared during difficult times for Russia. Drastic cuts to the Russian budget led to a catastrophic decrease of basic and applied research financing, including Acarology. Many scientific periodicals were closed. Even those researchers who were able to continue their work were not able to publish their articles as the Russian scientific journals accepted mainly short papers with a limited number of illustrations.
Following the collapse of the “iron curtain”, the “language barrier” problem came to the fore. Many Russian research papers, published in the native language (especially those in systematics, such as descriptions of new taxa) were not accessible to or comprehended by a number of experts in other countries. This resulted in the foundation of numerous English-based periodicals in Russia. Many of them have been recently closed down; however, some of these new periodicals have been fortunate enough to survive. The Russian Journal of Acarology is one such journal. Credit should be given to the publisher, Dr. Kirill Mikhailov, who established a small publishing house in 1992 and gave life to several new journals. We extend our appreciation to the members of the Editorial Board, who despite all the difficulties, continued to work hard and believed the success of this journal. Thanks are also due to Russian and international authors, who were kind enough to excuse all mistakes during the journal's “infancy period” and continued to submit their papers for publication. We are very grateful to all of our colleagues, who gave us their support in the first ten years of the journal's existence, and who continued to support us, and we look forward to future cooperation. We believe that the quality of the journal meets the highest criteria, and that the journal will find its place in the family of other acarological periodicals.
The number of authors submitted their papers to “Acarina” has increased thanks to a number of international acarologists. The research papers of scientists from Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Iran, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States of America have been published in the journal for the last ten years. We hope this list of countries will continue to grow.
Most papers published by the journal relate to systematics. One new family, 19 new genera, 1 new subgenus, and 199 new species of mites have been described over the course of the journal's existence. The papers dealt with various taxonomic groups of ticks and mites, mostly animal parasites, but also with soil, aquatic, and plant-inhabiting mites. The journal has published fifteen papers on oribatid mites, including the Catalog of Oribatid Mites of the Caucasus, 30 papers on Astigmata, 15 papers on Heterostigmata, 73 papers on Prostigmata, 24 papers on Mesostigmata, and 29 papers on Ixodoidea. Nine articles addressed the general problems of Parasitology, while 24 papers have focused on morphology, physiology and ontogeny, and 20 publications on biology, behavior and ecology of mites and ticks. Two issues were dedicated to the memory of distinguished Russian acarologists, Drs. Vsevolod B. Dubinin and Alexander B. Lange.