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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.

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

    All the text is presented in the RTF format of Microsoft Word.

    Text is typed double-spaced, font Times New Roman, 12 pt; to highlight accents used bold and italic, rather than underlining (except 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).
    Each file has a short description of its contents (for example, Fig. 1, Table 2, Authors, References, Captions, etc.).
  3. The main part of the article (main text in a separate file) arranged in the following order:

    a) title of the article (must be capitalized, NOT in uppercase);
    b) running title;
    c) abstract;
    d) keywords;
    e) the main text;
    f) footnotes (except for addresses and affiliations of the authors)

    Next sections uploaded as separate files:

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

  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.
    No electronic supplementary material can be published.
  5. References are cited in the text by name and year in parentheses: (Thompson, 1990; Oloson et al., 1995; Dans and Smith, 1999) — “&” is not used. Do not use Italic for “et al.”

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

    Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text.

    The following are examples of the format to be used for articles from journals, books, and non-serial collective publications, respectively:

    Parker E. D., Trueb L., and Cloutier R. (1979), “Phenotypic consequences of C. tesselatus to its sexual parental species,”Evolution33(4), 1167 – 1179.

    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 October2009DrumhellerCanada, Drumheller, Canada, pp. 52 – 58.

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

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

  6. Tables should be submitted in RTF format.
    • All tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals.
    • Tables must be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
    • For each table, please supply a title explaining the components of the table and, if required, a note containing explanation of abbreviations and other signes.
  7. Figures

    • All illustrations must be referred in the text to 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 homogeneous and 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, PSD in minimum resolution of 300 dpi for actual size. All vector or vector-bimap illustrations are presented in the formats of Adobe Illustrator (. ai), Adobe Acrobat Reader (. pdf), Encapsulated PostScript (. eps), CorelDRAW (. cdr, . cmx), or other.
    • 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 tag placed over the image (for example, pictures or maps) should be easily removed from the picture (for example, made on a separate layer in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, etc.).
  8. English Language Editing

    • For editors and reviewers to assess the work presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you are not a native English speaker:
    • You can ask colleague who is a native speaker to review your manuscript for clarity.
    • Visiting the English language tutorial which covers the mistakes when writing in English.
    • Using a professional language editing service where editors will improve the English to ensure that your meaning is clear and identify problems that require your review.

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

  9. First and surnames of each author should be given in full and any middle names denoted by initials. Affiliations of authors should be noted by numbered superscripts, including postal addresses for all authors and an email address for any corresponding author at least. The corresponding author(s) should be indicated with an asterisk.
  10. The authors agree that the date of submission of the article is the date of it's registration on the site, defined by the time zone of the site (UTC + 3:00).
  11. Authoors 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, microform, or any other reproduction of similar nature, and translations. Photographic reproductions, microform, or any other reproduction of text, figures, or tables from this journal is prohibited without permission obtained from the publisher.

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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of 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 to 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 published work.


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