Welcome to the website for the journal, Megadrilogica.

Megadrilogica publishes papers on the ecology, physiology, taxonomy, and systematics of terrestrial Oligochaeta (Annelida) - commonly referred to as megadrile oligochaetes, or simply 'megadriles'. The journal will also consider publication of papers focusing on other groups of terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, and marine oligochaetes. Megadrilogica first began publication in September 1968. Each volume comprises 12 issues, with one to four papers per issue.

This website provides the visitor with contact information for Dr. John W. Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Megadrilogica, instructions to assist authors in the preparation and submission of manuscripts to be considered for publication in this journal, the cost for a current subscription to this journal, and information for the purchase of past volumes / issues. A hyperlink to a cumulative index for all volumes and issues of Megadrilogica published to date is provided HERE and in the site navigation bar, below. Soon, we will compile and present an annotated guide to pertinent literature to assist biologists in their study of megadrile oligochaete worms.

Publication Schedule, Annual Subscription Information, Cost of Individual Issues: Megadrilogica is an irregular publication -- a given volume (12 issues) may be published over a period of time that is less than, or greater than, a calendar year; this is dependent upon submission, review, and acceptance of manuscripts. The current volume (No. 15) is now being finalized. Beginning with Volume 16 (mid-2013), the subscription rate will be USD $70.00 per volume; most single issues are available for USD $10.00. Postage for volume and single issue purchases is included for Canada and U.S. postal addresses; postage for mailing volume and single issue purchases to foreign addresses will be higher. Note that subscription rates (and cost for an individual issue) may be higher if one or more lengthy papers comprise the issue. Please contact Editor Reynolds prior to sending funds.

Instructions for Authors: Authors of manuscripts who wish to have them reviewed and considered for publication in Megadrilogica are required to:

1) follow the format of recent issues of the journal when preparing their manuscript, and 2) secure two or more independent reviews of their manuscript prior to its submission to Editor Reynolds for consideration; authors who do not have English as their 'native' language must secure a review and assistance from one or more colleagues who do speak and write fluently in English. Most papers published in Megadrilogica are in English; papers in French and Spanish are also welcome, as long as an English abstract, and resumé in French or resumen in Spanish (as applicable) are included. Abstracts in other languages are also encouraged, particularly when pertinent to the region of focus by the manuscript (e.g., abstract in Greek for lumbricids of Greece; abstracts in Tamil, Hindi, and Kannada for earthworms from several regions in India; abstract in Mayan for earthworm records from Beliz, C.A.; abstract in Ojibway [Latin and pictograms] for earthworm records from the Rainy River District in north western Ontario, and yet other papers with pertinent abstracts in Burmese, Chinese, Lao, Thai, Bangla, Malayalam, Hungarian, Serbian, Romanian, and Navajo). The inclusion of six to eight key words is also required; additional keywords will also be considered.

By following the manuscript requirements, above, authors will be assured a more timely review process by the journal's editorial board prior to acceptance for publication. The Editor-in-Chief, after consultation with the journal's editorial board and outside referees, will make the final decision regarding the suitability, scientific worthiness, and acceptance of manuscripts submitted for publication.

Page Charges: Page charges (text) will be USD $40.00 per printed page; a surcharge of USD $50.00 will apply to pages with colour figures. Authors of papers published in Megadrilogica will receive 25 reprints without cost. Please note that additional reprints can be ordered, but they must be ordered from the editor before issues go to print (with cost of additional reprints dependent upon number requested, and page length of paper).

Editorial Board of Megadrilogica: Dr. John W. Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief (contact information below), and Associate Editors Dr. Catalina C. de Mischis (Facultad Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, República Argentina), Dr. Donald F. McAlpine (New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada), and Mark J. Wetzel (Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA).

Specific questions regarding manuscript format (including those associated with figures, graphs, tables, photographs, and photomicrographs) should be forwarded to Dr. Reynolds via *E-mail.

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Postal Address – NEW as of 02 November 2016:
Dr. John W. Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief
Oligochaetology Lab
9-1250 Weber Street East,
Kitchener, Ontario N2A 4E1
Voice: (519) 896-4728 (with voicemail)
*E-Mail: john.reynolds1'{AT}'

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Photo © The Record, Kitchener,
Ontario, CA; all rights reserved.

The photo of John Reynolds (above right) was associated with an article entitled, "He Really Digs His Research", written by Valerie Hill (Lifestyle Journalist) and published in THE RECORD, a daily newspaper in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday 8 January 2004 (Section B pp. 1-2).

This website was established (14 August 2003) by Mark J. Wetzel (Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois, USA), an Associate Editor of this journal, in cooperation with Dr. John W. Reynolds (Director of the Oligochaetology Laboratory, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), the Editor-in-Chief of Megadrilogica. Questions, comments, corrections, and/or suggestions regarding this website can be directed to Mark Wetzel [*E-Mail: mjwetzel{AT}]; other inquiries specific to the Journal (e.g., editorial format, manuscript submission, publication schedule, page and reprint charges, suggestions for outside reviewers, subscriptions, purchase of past volumes / issues by individuals and institutional libraries) should be directed to Dr. Reynolds [*E-Mail: john.reynolds1'{AT}'].

The site navigation bar at the bottom of this page directs you to information associated with the journal Megadrilogica and to several websites you may find useful in your study of megadriles and other groups of terrestrial and aquatic Oligochaeta. Note that one or more of the hyperlinks, below, are under construction and thus not yet viewable; please check again soon.

Notice: On 23 February 2010, we initiated the use of to track the number of hits and also map the general locations of visitors; however, on 7 March 2015, the system disks and backups of ClusterMaps experienced fatal, non-recoverable issues. At the time of the crash, this site had tallied thousands of visits from individuals in over 50 countries. Please read the blog via the ClusterMaps website for additional information. I intend to restart the new ClusterMaps application as soon as possible. -- mjw

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page update: 21 November 2016

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Cumulative Index - Megadrilogica | Nomenclatura Oligochaetologica – Editio Secunda NEW SITE
Classification and Checklist of Freshwater Oligochaetes Occurring in North America North of Mexico
The Enchytraeidae and Propappidae (Annelida, Clitellata, Enchytraeida) of North America
Publications of Gordon E. Gates | Publications of Wilhelm Michaelsen
Annotated Bibliography for megadriles and other groups of Oligochaeta [currently under construction]
INHS Annelida Collection | INHS Center for Annelida Resources
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