, Volume 200, Issue 1, pp 1-4

200 volumes in 90 years

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Friedrich G. Barth

The beginning

It was around Easter 1924 when the first issue of this Journal appeared as Zeitschrift für vergleichende Physiologie in section C of the Zeitschrift für wissenschaftliche Biologie. Karl von Frisch, at that time working at the Zoology Institute of the University of Breslau in Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), had convinced Ferdinand Springer, the publisher, that the increasing number of publications on topics of comparative physiology should have their own journal. He was supported by Alfred Kühn of the University of Göttingen, Germany, as the second main editor. Karl von Frisch and Alfred Kühn had a competent Editorial Board of 25 honorable professors of German universities. Volume 1 contained 13 contributions on 624 printed pages. Thus, each of them had an average of as many as 48 pages. All papers came from German universities, except a study by Hubertus Johannes Vonk Jr of the University of Utrecht, which was about phagocytosis in oysters. German then was