About Arthropoda


Arthropoda (ISSN 2813-3323) is an international, peer-reviewed open ‎access journal specializing in the study of arthropods, with a focus on non-insect arthropods, published quarterly online by MDPI. 

Arthropoda is the sister journal to Insects, providing a publication outlet for research on non-insect arthropods. 

The focus of Arthropoda is the publication of high-quality research with a focus on arachnids (mites, scorpions, spiders), myriapods (millipedes, centipedes and allied taxa), pycnogonids, horseshoe crabs and crustaceans. Manuscripts addressing fossil arthropods outside these taxonomic groups are also welcomed. The journal publishes review papers, standard research articles, short notes of broad interest, single-species descriptions, taxon revisions and opinion pieces. There is no restriction on the maximum length of the papers, and a range of multimedia and specialized format files can be accommodated as supplementary files. 

We aim to publish a broad range of manuscripts with submissions possible across the breadth of biological science, as long as the focus remains on non-insect arthropods. We also look forward to receiving submissions overlapping with a cross-section of topics as diverse ‎as molecular genetics, behaviour, neuroscience, ‎biomechanics, biochemistry, systematics, physiology, ‎developmental biology, ecology, and palaeontology.


The scope of this journal covers all topics related to non-insect arthropods, running the spectrum from molecules through to populations and individual species, to ecosystem studies. Specific fields of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Morphology, biology, ethology, physiology, ecology, etc.
  • Higher level systematics
  • Taxonomy
  • Phylogeny and evolution
  • Palaeontology
  • Range extensions, new records for a geographical area, species checklists
  • Invasive species
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Pest control
  • Crustacean fisheries
  • Impact on and interactions with humans and society.

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

MDPI is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Arthropoda will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2024 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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