On 5th of June 2012, Zookeys published its 200th jubilee issue. The journal continues to experience steady growth ever since its inception in 2008. Since the start of 2012, the journal reported 164% increase of the number of published articles (202), in comparison to the same period of the previous year (123). The number of published issues has also increased, from 29 to 40 for the same timeframe. Additionally, ZooKeys continues to evolve it’s editorial workflow, constantly implementing new and improved publishing and dissemination technologies, always striving to be on point for digital biodiversity science.
The jubilee issue is a monograph, devoted to the ants in the Philippines. The authors encounter more than 90 genera of ants, native to the archipelago, with 3 genera entirely new to science. 12% of the species are recorded for the first time in the region. The Philippines is considered one of the hottest of the biodiversity hotspots, though imposed to a severe human pressure on its highly endemic (unique) native flora and fauna. Despite decades of nature conservation measures and reforestation, natural habitats continue to dwindle. Aside from habitat destruction, invasive ant species also impact the native ones, although the extent and severity of this influence is yet to be determined.
Original source citation:
General DM, Alpert GD (2012) A synoptic review of the ant genera (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of the Philippines. ZooKeys 200: 1-111. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.200.2447