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Author Guidelines

Online Submission

Manuscripts must be submitted in well-written US English. Papers that lack novelty, or are too restricted in their scope, will be rejected without review. A paper may also be returned to the author without review if it has not been prepared in accordance with these Guidelines, or if there is room for linguistic improvement.


Avoid long, complicated sentences and unusual words and phrases. Ideally articles should be read easily by those whose first language is not English.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The article is written in US English.

    The article does not exceed 20 double-spaced manuscript pages including references, figures, tables, and captions.

    All the text is saved in the RTF format.

    Use Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced. For added emphasis, use bold and italic rather than underlining (except for internet links).

  2. The paper is compiled in the following order:

    • title page;
    • abstract;
    • keywords;
    • main text: introduction, material and methods, results or/and discussion;
    • acknowledgments;
    • references;
    • appendices (as appropriate);
    • table(s) with caption(s);
    • figures; figure captions (as a list).
  3. The main part of the article is arranged as a single file in the following order:

    a) title of the article (with first letters Capitalized, NOT all letters UPPERCASE);
    b) running title;
    c) abstract;
    d) keywords;
    e) the main text;
    f) footnotes (except for addresses and affiliations of the authors).

    Next sections are uploaded as separate supplementary files (step 4: Upload Supplementary Files):

    a) list of authors’ names, their affiliations and addresses;
    b) references;
    c) each figure;
    d) all figure captions;
    e) each table with table captions.

    The name of each file briefly describes its contents (for example, Fig. 1, Table 2, Authors, References, Captions, etc.).

  4. Latin taxonomic names of the genus and species rank are italicized. “sp. nov.” not in bold.

    Abbreviations are defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

    Internet links are provided as a complete URL. However, long URLs are not accepted. Authors should use any available URL shortening services at their discretion.

    Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section at the end of the text. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.


  5. References are cited in the text by name and year in parentheses: (Thompson, 1990; Olson et al., 1995; Dans and Smith, 1999). Do not use “&” and do not italicize “et al.”

    References are listed in alphabetical order by the first author’s name and refer only to the publications cited in the text.

    Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text.

    The following are examples of references to articles from journals, books, and non-serial collective publications, respectively:

    Wilkinson J. A., Drewes R. C., and Tatum O. L. (2002), “A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the family Rhacophoridae with an emphasis on the Asian and African genera,” Mol. Phylogen. Evol., 24(2), 265 – 273.

    Deuchar E. M. (1975), Xenopus: the South African Clawed Frog, Wiley, New York.

    Trueb L. and Cloutier R. (1991) “A phylogenetic investigation of the inter- and intrarelationships of the Lissamphibia (Amphibia: Temnospondyli),” in: H.-P. Schultze and L. Trueb (eds.), Origins of the Higher Groups of Tetrapods: Controversy and Consensus, Cornell Univ. Press, New York, pp. 175 – 193.

    Danilov I. G. and Vitek N. S. (2009), “Cretaceous trionychids of Asia: a review of record and biogeography,” in: Proc. of the Gaffney Turtle Symp., 17 – 18 October, 2009, Drumheller, Canada, Drumheller, Canada, pp. 52 – 58.

    International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. 3rd Edition (1985), Int. Trust Zool. Nomencl., London.

    Uetz P. et al. (2013), The Reptile Database, (accessed April 1, 2013).

  6. Tables should be submitted in the RTF format.

    • All tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals.
    • Tables must be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the article.
    • For each table, please supply a title explaining the components of the table and, if required, a note containing an explanation of abbreviations and other symbols.
  7. Figures

    • All illustrations must be referred to in the text as Figures (Fig. or Figs.).
    • Figures must be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the article.
    • Arrange figure elements as logically as possible.
    • When illustrating several objects on the same figure, organize them in a uniform way; use italic lower case letters (a, b, c, etc.) to individualize each.
    • All the illustrations should be submitted in the JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, or PSD formats, with the minimum resolution of 300 dpi for the print size. All vector or vector-bitmap illustrations are presented in the formats of the Adobe Illustrator (.ai), Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf), Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), Corel Presentation Exchange (.cmx).
    • LZW compression should be used to reduce file size.
    • Please list all figure captions as a single separate file.
    • Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
    • Author text or tags placed over the image (for example, pictures or maps) should be easily removable (for example, placed on a separate layer in the Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, etc.).
  8. Electronic supplementary materials are not accepted.
  9. English Language Editing

    • For editors and reviewers to assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure that the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you are not a native English speaker:
    • You can ask a colleague who is a native speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
    • Use a professional language editing service.

    Note: A paper may be returned to the author without review if the English language is not of sufficient quality.

  10. First and last names of each author should be given in full and any middle names should be denoted by initials. Affiliations of the authors should be noted by numbered superscripts, including postal addresses for all authors and email addresses at least for the corresponding author(s). The corresponding author(s) should be indicated with an asterisk.
  11. The authors agree that the date of submission of the article is the date of its registration on the site, defined by the time zone of the site (UTC + 3:00).
  12. New taxon names must be registered in ZooBank. To avoid duplications, please, consult Nomenclature Zoologicus and Index Animalium.
  13. The authors agree that a paper may be returned to the author without review if it does not fit any of the above requirements.

Copyright Notice

It is a fundamental condition that submitted manuscripts have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright for their article is transferred to the publisher if and when the article is accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microforms, or any other reproduction of similar nature, and translations. Any reproduction of the text, figures, or tables from this journal is prohibited without a permission obtained from the publisher.
The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal the right of the first publication, with the work three years after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it at an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of the published work.


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