Insectes Sociaux (IS) is the journal of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI). It covers the various aspects of the biology and evolution of social insects and other presocial arthropods; these include ecology, ethology, morphology, population genetics, reproduction, communication, sociobiology, caste differentiation and social parasitism. The journal publishes original research papers and reviews, as well as short communications. An international editorial board of eminent specialists attests to the high quality of Insectes Sociaux, a forum for all scientists and readers interested in the study of social insects.


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Insect. Soc.
First published in 1952
1 volume per year, 4 issues per volume
approx. 500 pages per volume
Format: 21 x 27.9 cm
ISSN 0020-1812 (print)
ISSN 1420-9098 (electronic)

5-Year Impact Factor: 1.490 (2018)
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  • Covers biology and evolution of social insects and other Arthropods
  • Explores ecology, ethology, morphology, systematics, population genetics, reproduction and more
  • Publishes original research papers and reviews, as well as short communications
  • 90% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Miriam Richards
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

1.946 (2021)
Impact factor
1.830 (2021)
Five year impact factor
54 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
102,116 (2021)
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Electronic ISSN
1420-9098
Print ISSN
0020-1812
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