The Paläontologische Zeitschrift (PalZ) was included in the ISI Index of Science in 2005 and has undertaken another step toward internationalization with the switch to Springer publishers.

The Paläontologische Zeitschrift was first published in 1914 and kept the society members informed on current research and activities of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft until the 1980s. The minutes of the general assembly and board meetings were also published in the PalZ as well as scientific essays and shorter reports to current finds and fossil and outcrop locations.

Within the 1980s, the journal became a purely scientific publication medium. To keep members informed, the bulletin Paläontologie Aktuell was established, which later became Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen (GMIT).

The Paläontologische Zeitschrift is one of the first and few journals that is supported and financed continuously by a paleontological society as a member journal. Only few paleontological societies had a journal directly associated with or contemporary with their founding. Between 1914 and 2008, 82 volumes with 311 regular issues and two special issues (1956, 1962) were published. The society was not always able to adhere to the intially intended publication intervals due to wars or for financial reasons during post-war periods (e.g., 1917, 1941, 1949-1950). Until 2010, 1895 scientific articles, 234 pieces of society news, and 59 obituaries were published. The journal currently comprises 27 820 print pages, 11 210 figures and 1014 tables (1914 to 2008).

Most scientific articles (1259) were written in German; others in English (586; first in 1927) and French (50; first in 1932). In 1987, the number of English articles first exceeded the number of articles in German. The format and appearance of the PalZ including the cover and the society logo have changed several times. 13 editors-in-chief and 16 co-editors have maintained the scientific standards and focus of the PalZ in the last 94 years.


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