Summary: A new periodical on mammals
Russian Journal of Theriology (semiannual). Editor: Alexan-
der O. Averianov [sasha@AA1923.spb.edu]. Publisher: KMK
Scientific Press Ltd., Moscow [firstname.lastname@example.org], Zoologi-
cal Institute, RAS, Universitetskya nab. 1, Saint Petersburg
199034, Russia. Personal yearly subscription USD 40.00; insti-
tutional subscription USD 60.00.
Approximately one year ago a Russian colleague, Alexander O.
Averianov, asked me to serve on the editorial board of new jour-
nal, the Russian Journal of Theriology (ISSN 1682-3540). I had
forgotten about this promise until volume 1, number 1 arrived this
past summer. As I have contributed nothing as an editorial board
member to date, other than my name, I feel that I can fairly com-
ment on this new endeavor.
The first question one must always ask is whether a new journal
such as this is needed. The one word answer is "yes;" of course it is
another matter whether it will survive in the crowded market place
of similar journals. During Soviet times such survival was much
more assured because journals produced in Russian within the
country were some of the only available to many Soviet scientists.