In commemoration of the journal’s 15th Anniversary
“ACARINA”. THE RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY
O. Voltzit and A. Tolstikov
Fourteen years have passed since the time the first issue of the Russian Journal of Acarology “Acarina” was published. The journal appeared in hard times for Russia. The tremendous cut of the Russian budget led to a catastrophic decrease of basic and applied research financing including Acarology. Many scientific periodicals were closed. The situation was dramatic. Even those researchers who continued their work were not able to publish their articles. Russian scientific journals accepted short papers with a limited number of illustrations.
At the time when the “iron curtain” fell down, the problem of the “language barrier” became obvious. Many Russian research papers, which were 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 were closed in the recent years. However, some of these new periodicals have been fortunate to survive. The Russian Journal of Acarology is one of them. The 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. The appreciation should be extended to the members of the Editorial Board, who despite all the difficulties continued to work hard and believed in the better future. Thanks are due to Russian and international authors, who were kind enough to excuse all mistakes of the “infancy period” and continued to submit their papers for publication. We are very grateful to all colleagues, who gave us their support in the first ten years of the journal life, continue supporting us, and, hopefully, will be cooperating with us in the future. We beleive that the quality of the journal will meet the highest criteria, and the journal will find its place in the family of other acarological periodicals.
The number of authors submitted their papers to “Acarina” was increased thanks to 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 be getting larger and larger.
Most papers published by the journal were related to systematics. One new family, 19 new genera, 1 new subgenus, and 199 new species of mites were described. The papers dealt with various taxonomic groups of ticks and mites, mostly animal parasites, but also with soil, aquatic, and plant-inhabiting mites. 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 were published. Nine articles were addressed to general problems of Parasitology, 24 papers were on morphology, physiology and ontogeny, and 20 publications were 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.