Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

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The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology is organized to integrate the many fields of specialization which occur in the broad field of biology.[1]

The society was formed in 1902 as the American Society of Zoologists, through the merger of two societies, the "Central Naturalists" and the "American Morphological Society" (founded in 1890).[2] The Ecological Society of America split from it in 1915, and another society of geneticists also split from it in 1930.[1] In 1996 the name was changed to the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.[1]

The society publishes two scientific journals: the bimonthly journal Integrative and Comparative Biology (formerly the American Zoologist) and Evolution & Development.[3][4] It is organized in a flexible structure with many lightweight divisions.[1] As of 2014, it has approximately 3500 members.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pennisi, Elizabeth (10 January 2014), "Once failing biology society thrives as it nurtures new disciplines", Science, 343 (6167): 129, doi:10.1126/science.343.6167.129 .
  2. Quinn, C. Edward (1982), "Ancestry and beginnings: The early history of the American Society of Zoologists", American Zoologist, 22 (4): 735–748, doi:10.1093/icb/22.4.735 .
  3. McCain, Katherine W. (April 2010), "Core journal literatures and persistent research themes in an emerging interdisciplinary field: Exploring the literature of evolutionary developmental biology", Journal of Informetrics, 4 (2): 157–165, doi:10.1016/j.joi.2009.11.004 .
  4. Schmidt, Diane; Davis, Elisabeth B. (2001), Using The Biological Literature: A Practical Guide, Revised And Expanded, Books in Library and Information Science, 60 (3rd ed.), CRC Press, p. 264, ISBN 9780824741716 .

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