Submission Guidelines

Publication type

We accept both short and full notes. Either can be observational, natural history and geographical based notes. Full notes may include longer articles which focus upon one subject or an observation which has been made over a longer period of time. Below are some examples which qualify as full notes:

  • Some statistical analyses.
  • Minor methodological aspects (morphometrics, sampling strategies etc).
  • Some use of inventories.
  • The use of identification techniques.

Any articles which involve one observation or one individual should be submitted as a short note. Short notes should be based on novel observations, distribution extensions and any observations of significant importance.

Literature and book reviews are also accepted. Literature reviews should be carried out on subjects or fields which are lacking in current literature. Please contact us prior to submitted a review.

Guidelines for all submissions

  • All taxon names should strictly follow the regulations of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. At first mention taxon names should all be followed by their authority without any intervening marks/punctuation.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All location data must be submitted with geographical coordinates if possible. Coordinates should be given to four decimal places, for example 0.0000°N, 0.0000°E.
  • All documents to be submitted as Microsoft Word documents.
  • All figures to be submitted in a separate file.
  • A statement noting whether any animals observed were captive or wild specimens.
  • Upon receiving your article back from review we ask that you include a short statement detailing any changes/non-changes made regarding requested changes upon re-submission.

Guidelines for short notes

  • 800 words maximum.
  • No abstract
  • Submitted with photographic evidence if possible.
  • Any photographs submitted in a separate Word document.
  • For observational notes the editorial team will decide if the note is of sufficient interest to be published after submission.

Guidelines for full notes and literature reviews

  • No maximum word count.
  • Short abstract needed (200 words maximum).
  • All figures to be submitted in a separate Word document.

Format of all submissions

  • All articles should be written in the ‘Times New Roman’ Font.
  • The article title should be in bold font and size 16.
  • Subtitles should be in a bold font of size 12.
  • All text should be font size 12 and all binomial names/non-English text (eg. et al) should be italic.
  • Authors should be written in bold and font size 14.
  • Author contact details and institutions/addresses should be below the author names in font size 11.
  • All figures to be accompanied by a legend written in font size 9 and the figure number in bold (eg. Figure 1.).
  • Please visit a previous issue for clarification on the above and the referencing style.
  • References should be formatted in the following format;

Ruane, S., Bryson, R.W., Pyron, R.A., Burbrink, F.T. (2014) Coalescent species delimitation in milksnakes (genus Lampropeltis) and impacts on phylogenetic comparative analyses. Systematic Biology, 63, 231–250.

For more further examples on referencing see the latest issue.

Preparation checklist

All submissions should adhere to the checklist below, Captive and Field Herpetology does not condone or take any responsibility for plagiarised articles.

  • The article is not published elsewhere or under consideration by another journal/publisher.
  • The article is of your own production or work. If not, proof of permission from the original author must be supplied before submission.
  • All submission are in Microsoft Word file/s.
  • All text and formats adhere to the guidelines stated above.

For further information regarding formatting and the content of articles authors should consult a recent issue of Captive and Field Herpetology.

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have before submission.