Submission checklist send to
1. Manuscript with lists of figures/photographs and
tables at end
2. Figures and photographs
4. Provide three recommended referees
Title of article: The title of the
article should be brief and describe the content of the article. If a particular species
is written include the publisher of the original description. If a higher taxonomic group is written no
reference is needed. Common names of species are included in the title at the authors
Full names, institutional addresses
and email addresses for all authors. Label the corresponding author
The Abstract of the manuscript
should not exceed 350 words and must be structured as background, significance, methods,
results, conclusions, summary.
Six to ten keywords should be
given. These should not include words in the title.
The introduction needs to be
accessible to those without specialist knowledge in the field. The introduction must clearly state the
background of the research and its aims and hypothesis. The section should end with a brief statement of what
is being reported in the article.
Describe in detail the
experimental design including the any animals used and their providence and housing, genbak information for
genetics, full description of source of materials used, what is being tested and how it is
assessed, statistical models.
Describe the statistics used including in which experiment each type of
analysis was used and its use for that
The Results and Discussion may be
combined into a single section or presented separately. In either case clearly state the results of each experiment
in a scientific form.
The discussion needs to relate the results of the study to the
topics and hypothesis in the introduction and perhaps methods. In the discussion results should be rounded
off to make reading easier. ie. 67 ± 2% expressed as ∼65%, and 33 ± 7% as ∼35%
This should state clearly the main
conclusions of the research and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance. Summary illustrations
may be included. Future directions to further the research field may be suggested. The length should be from 100 to
Authors' information - short biographies and pictures
It is generally appropriate to include an author short biography and author
photograph depicting the author in his normal work environment. This section of the paper is to
be listed at the end of the paper (for examples, see recent publications from the
You may choose to use this section to include any relevant
information about the author(s) that may aid the reader's interpretation of the article, and understand
the background of the author(s). This may include details about the authors' qualifications, current
positions they hold at institutions or societies, or any other relevant information.
Images for the article should be submitted in as high a quality as
jpg, giff, or tiff, and should not exceed a file size of 4 MB.
Image of authors, for authors bios, should be approximately 300 x
450 pixels whether horizontal of vertical.
List of abbreviations
Abbreviations should be defined
in the text at first use. If a term is only used a few times in the article do not use
Common and Scientific Names
Use the common name with scientific name only once when the
species is introduced or infrequently. The common name should only have proper names such as cities or locations or
peoples or entities names with a capital. ie. Pearsons desert rat, green anole, Sydney funnel web spider, elephant,
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no .txt file extension.)
1) For articles authors and article dates; alphabetical by surname of first author and et al. for many authors
should be cited in the manuscript. In-text citations should be within brackets. References should be separated
by semicolons and should not italicize “et al.” Citations by the same authors in the same year should be given a
lowercase letter after the year (example: Stow and Sunnucks
2004a,b) and repeated author names within the same in-text citation
should be omitted (example: Emlen 1994, 1997).
References can be placed in alphabetical order of first authors surnames, then by
the least recent date
Example: (Ané et al.
2007; Emlen 1994, 1997; Hey 2011; Lemos-Espinal et al. 1997; Omland 1999; Pagel and Meade 2006; Storey 2006; Stow
and Sunnucks 2004a,b; Wiens et al. 2008)
Alternatively, references to a historic theme may be
ordered by the most recent date then in alphabetical order of first authors surnames.
Example: (Castoe and Parkinson 2006; Knight et al. 1992; Kraus et al. 1996; Malhotra et al. 2010;
Parkinson 1999; Parkinson et al. 1997, 2002)
2) For articles with a very large
number of references, authors may number references consecutively to correspond with their order of use in the
reference list. In this case, in-text citations should still be in parentheses and use number ranges for
consecutive citations (1-3; 8).
Only articles and abstracts that
have been published, are in press, or are available through public e-print/preprint servers, may be
unpublished data, and personal communications should not be included in the reference list, but these citations may
be included in the text and referred to as "data not shown" or "pers. comm." giving the first initial and surname
of involved researchers (J. Smith, pers. comm.).
Obtaining permission to quote
personal communications and unpublished data from the cited colleagues is the responsibility of the
Citations in the reference list
should include all named authors, up to the first 9 and also including the final author to make 10, before
abbreviating with et al.
Any "in press" articles cited
must be provided if requested by the editorial office.
Internet links, including links
to the authors' own websites, should be referenced in the reference list. Links should be provided in full,
including the title of the site and page, the URL of the page, and the date
Link / URL: The Mouse Tumor
Biology Database. [Online]. Available: http://tumor.informatics.jax.org/mtbwi/index.do[Accessed: 12 September
Link / URL with author : Roth M. 2011. Experts identify world's most threatened sea turtle
populations. [Online]. Available: http://www.iucn.org/?8331/Experts-Identify-Worlds-Most-Threatened-Sea-Turtle-Populations
[Accessed 3 October 2011].
Link / URL for
newsletter: Janzen P. 2010. Cooperative breeding of amphibians by zoos and private
herpetologists in the “German speaking area”. AArk Newsletter (March 2010). [Online].
[Accessed: 14 October 2011].
Article within a journal:
Wiens JJ, Kuczynski CA, Smith SA, Mulcahy DG, Sites JW,
Townsend TM, Reeder TW. 2008. Branch lengths, support, and congruence: Testing the phylogenomic approach with 20
nuclear loci in snakes. Systematic Biology 57(3):420-431.
Article within a journal supplement
Orengo CA, Bray JE, Hubbard T,
LoConte L, Sillitoe I. 1999. Analysis and assessment of ab initio three-dimensional prediction, secondary
structure, and contacts prediction. Proteins 43(Suppl 3):149-170.
In press article
Hey J. 2011. Isolation with migration models for more than two
populations. Molecular Biology and Evolution, in
Zvaifler NJ, Burger JA,
Marinova-Mutafchieva L, Taylor P, Maini RN. 1999. Mesenchymal cells, stromal derived factor-1 and rheumatoid
arthritis [abstract]. Arthritis
& Rheumatism 42:s250.
Article within conference
Jones X. 1996. Zeolites and
synthetic mechanisms. In Proceedings of the First National Conference
on Porous Sieves: 27-30 June 1996; Baltimore. Editor. SY Stoneham.
Book chapter, or article within a
Emlen ST. 1997. Predicting family dynamics in social
vertebrates. In Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary
Approach. Editors. JR Krebs, NB Davies. Oxford,
Whole issue of journal
Ponder B, Johnston S, Chodosh L.
1998. Innovative oncology. In Breast Cancer Research.
1996. Proceedings of the
First National Conference on Porous Sieves: 27-30 June 1996; Baltimore. Butterworth-Heinemann.
Krause J, Ruxton GD. 2002. Living in Groups. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.
Monograph or book in a
Hunninghake GW, Gadek JE. 1995.
The alveolar macrophage. In Cultured Human Cells and Tissues. Editor. TJR Harris.
New York, Academic Press. 54-56. [G Stoner, Series Editor: Methods
and Perspectives in Cell Biology, Vol 1.]
Book with institutional author
Advisory Committee on Genetic
Modification. 1995. Annual
Davis AR. 2009. Kin dynamics and
adaptive benefits of social aggregation in the Desert Night Lizard, Xantusia vigilis. Ph.D.
Dissertation, University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology.
Ricards JJ. 1961. Variation and biogeography of the western
semiannulata Baird.M.S. Thesis,
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, Department of Biology.