Collared Lizard, Crotaphytus collaris, photo by Steve Beaupre


two issues of the journal Copeia, one showing a horned lizard and the other showing imaging of a catfish

Edited by: W. Leo Smith
Impact Factor: 1.220
ISI Journal Citation Ranking: 70/166 Zoology
ISSN (print): 0045-8511
ISSN (online): 1938-5110

Published by the American Society
of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Aims and Scope

Founded in 1913, Copeia is a highly respected international journal dedicated to the publication of high quality, original research papers on the behavior, conservation, ecology, genetics, morphology, evolution, physiology, systematics and taxonomy of extant and extinct fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. Copeia is published electronically and is available through BioOne. Articles are published online first, and print issues appear four times per year. In addition to research articles, Copeia publishes invited review papers, book reviews, and compiles virtual issues on topics of interest drawn from papers previously published in the journal.

Copeia is the official journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). A subscription to Copeia is a benefit of membership.

Copeia offers

  • The highest scientific standards
  • Wide international circulation
  • Online archive back to 1913 (via BioOne and JSTOR)
  • Editorial decisions made by expert academic editors
  • Copyediting by experienced scientific editors
  • High-quality printing
  • Posting of final proofs as Online First in advance of printed issue
  • 50-day-open-access link to new papers for authors to share their research without membership or login


Ichthyologists, herpetologists, fish biologists, vertebrate organismal biologists, evolutionary biologists, taxonomists and systematists, ecologists, fisheries biologists, conservation biologists, marine biologists, paleontologists, environmental policy and conservation leaders, and marine and environmental educators