Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” is a peer-reviewed jounal of over 50 years old. It was founded in 1957, when the museum was led by Professor Alexandru V. GROSSU, well-known malacologist. He was the editor–in-chief of the first three volumes. Along the years, this position was occupied by Prof. Bernard SCHNAPP (vol. IV), Dr. Mihai BĂCESCU (vol. V – XXX), Dr. Dumitru MURARIU (vol. XXXI – L), Dr. Ileana NEGOESCU (vol. LI – LII), Dr. Costică ADAM (vol. LIII – at present).
Since its very first issues, the journal tried to reflect the Romanian and foreign specialists’ activity, absolutely in all fields specific to biological research. Along time, Travaux slightly change its structure, according to the level reached by biological sciences, which generated the appearance of new researching fields. Since now, the papers dealt with systematics, faunistics, physiology, general biology, ecology, zoogeography, palaeontology, temporary exhibitions, updating of the permanent exhibition, educational activities, reviews, anniversaries, and commemorations. These presented the fauna of almost the entire Romanian territory and those dealting with the world fauna covered wide geographical areas, especially the oceans, from the poles to the tropics.
Beginning with 2011, the structure of the journal changed: accepted original papers deal with all aspects of general zoology (taxonomy, systematics, evolutionism, faunistics, zoogeography, palaeozoology, animal ecology, invasive species of animals, parasitism, biodiversity conservation). Also, some reviews, anniversaries and obituaries of some personalities of science world are accepted to be published in the Journal.
In the beginning, papers submitted to Travaux were published in French, German and Russian. Later, English was included. From now on, the only language accepted for our journal is English, exceptionally French. Abstracts are presented in English, French and Romanian.
Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” had an annual frequncy. After 53 years of existence, the journal reached the volume 53. With 2011, Travaux becomes a biannual journal.
It is distributed all over the world. For the time being, 160 institutions of 35 countries receive it in their libraries according to the exchange partnership contracts signed till now. There are also libraries which buy it. It is present in the museums and universities of over 25 European countries, USA and Canada, 5 countries of South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and 3 Asian countries. Besides the important names of the Romanian zoology, within its covers there are papers signed by over 90 foreign biologists from about 30 countries. As yet, the chapters of systematics and faunistics gather data on over 700 new taxa and over 2,200 new reports for the Romanian fauna.
For more details on the journal history, you can access the paper entitled “Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle "Grigore Antipa" (Bucharest) at the 45th volume” (by Mihaela BARCAN ACHIM) published in volume 45 (2003) of the Journal.