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Author Guidelines

Submission of paper to Conservation Science should be through journal online manuscript central. Authors can submit their well-prepared manuscripts with different technical and formatting requirements of Conservation Science in the “Your Paper in Your Way” (YPYW). This allows authors a rapid submission of the paper. The journal, however, prefers manuscript in the Conservation Science format.  Manuscript submitted in YPYW is checked for clarity and scientific suitability and send to reviewers for review. If revision is requested, author must submit a fully formatted manuscript. The detail instruction of online submission of manuscript is available here. If problem occurred in the online submission, please write email at info@conservscience.org, conserve.sci@gmail.com.

A complete pack of author information is avaialbe here to download (pdf)

Table: Summary of article requirement

  Article  Type

  Title

 Abstract

  Figures

  & tables

Manuscript length

peer

review

Open to Submission

  Original article

  25

  300

  6+6

8000

Yes

Yes

  Short communication

  20

  250

  3+3

3500

Yes

Yes

  Review

  25

  300

  6+6

12000

Yes

Yes

  Essay

  20

  250

  3+3

2500

Yes

Yes *

  Conservation Note

  30

  250

  unlimited

10000

No

Yes *

  Perspective

  25

  300

  3+3

4000

Yes

Yes *

  Letter to editor

  20

  NA

  2+2

1000

No

Yes *

  Book Review

 15

  NA

  NA

1000

No

No

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Registration with Conservation Science

To submit a paper in Conservation Science, corresponding author— author responsible to editorial correspondences— should register with Conservation Science as an author. Once you logged in to your user home page, you will be guided a step by step to submit your paper.

By submitting manuscript, author(s) confirm(s) that the work have not been published anywhere, and is not under consideration for publication anywhere. Please carefully review publication ethics before submitting manuscript.

The journal publishes three types of articles plus book review, letter to editor, conservation note and essay. Please carefully develop your manuscript in accordance with your article type.

Language Style

Both American and British English are accepted but not of combination of these. Authors for whom English is a second language should therefore have their manuscript be corrected by a native English speaker prior to submission. Conservation Science does not provide English editing service.

 Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be meticulously prepared, and submitted in the final form. The manuscript should be prepared in word processing format such as MS word or other compatible formats (not in *.pdf). A single file (in .doc format) of manuscript is preferable to the multiple files. Pages and lines must be numbered continuously throughout the manuscript including those containing references, tables and figures. The title page should include with following information:  

Title page:

  1. Title of paper
  2. Author(s) name
  3. Author(s) affiliation
  4. Corresponding author (email address, phone number)
  5. Total word counts
  6. Number of tables
  7. Number of figures
  8. Competing interest
  9. Author contribution
  10. Funding
  11. Acknowledgments

 

The title is written in title case, centered, and in 14 point bold Times New Roman font at the top of page. Name of all authors (unabbreviated) should be provided. Affiliation should be provided beneath author name with superscript numbers and be listed as follows: Institute, Department, Organization, City and Country (example: FirstName MiddleName FamilyName, Centre for Conservation Biology, Kathmandu Institute of Applied Science, and Kathmandu, Nepal). The Corresponding Author(s) should be marked with an asterisk (*). Provide the email address and phone number of the corresponding author in a separate section.  The length of title should be in accordance with your article type (see Table). Capitalize first letter of heading and subheading. Use only heading up to 4 levels (eg., 3, 3.5, 3.6.5, 6.3.6.2). 

Abstract should be simple and describe outline of works clearly. No reference citation is allowed in the abstract and minimum use of abbreviation is recommended. Abstract for original article, short communication should be broken down into following sections: Aim, Location, Materials and Methods, Key Findings and Conservation Implication. For other article types, abstract section is not required.  Provide 4-8 keywords in the alphabetical order. Text of manuscript should be prepared in Times New Roman font (12-point). Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Competing Interest

Conservation Science follows ethic statement, which requires disclosing any conflict of interest.  It requires disclose of all relationships (financial, commercial or other) that might involve any type interests.

Author Contribution

Authors should check criteria for determining authorship.  Contributors who do not meet criteria should be acknowledged in the acknowledgments section.

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Conservation Sciences requires a mandatory author contribution section for all articles even if articles by sole author. Author’s contribution to each of these areas should be mentioned. Please use first initial of author name without period. The tentative example is given below:

Template for writing authorship statement:  Conception or design of the work : ABC; Data acquisition, ABC, DEF; Data analysis: ABC; Data interpretation: ABC, DEF; Writing draft: PKP; Revising and editing draft: XYZ

Funding

Authors are required to provide funding information including grant numbers if applicable. Funding information should be short (maximum 85 characters with space). However, a detailed information can be provided in the acknowledgments section. The template for writing funding: “Name of Institution”, “Grand No-XYX”. If multiple funding sources are involved, following template should be used: ABC: Name of Institution”, “Grand No-XYX”; CDE: Name of Institution 1”, “Grand No-XYX1”.

Acknowledgments

This is a brief description of type of support you received from institutions, colleagues and experts. 

 Ethic Statement

Authors are required to review ethical statement section of this journal and provide an explicit statement should research work involved in human participation, handling animal and clinical trial etc. in the Materials and Methods section. 

The template of statement: This study was carried out in accordance with the recommendations of 'name of guidelines, name of committee' with written informed consent from all subjects.

 Figure and Table

Maps, drawing and artworks should be named as Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. Authors should check maximum number of figures and tables allowed for different types of articles (see Summary). Figure should be embedded in the relevant section of text. Figures should be sufficiently high quality for peer review. Multiple parts of figures should be numbered by lowercase letter (e.g., Figure 1a, b etc). Figure caption should be in bold type (e.g., Figure 1: Comparisons of key habitat properties and descriptors of megafauna assemblages).

After acceptance of the article, authors should submit figures with following requirements:

  •      Size: Less than 8 inch X 10 inch
  •      Format: TIFF (save using LZW), JPEG, EPS
  •      Color: RGB
  •      Resolution: 300 dbi

Table should be named as Table 1, Table 2 etc whereas appropriate. Each table should have a plain format (without any effects and vertical lines) and a brief title above the table in bold type (e.g. Table 1:  Comparisons of key habitat properties and descriptors of megafauna assemblages). Table footnotes should be below the table by superscript upper-case letters and provided beneath the table body.

Literature citation

A separate “Reference” section should be provided in the alphabetical order with journal name unabbreviated at end of the manuscript. Citations to work by three or more authors should be abbreviated with et al. (e.g. Grau et al. 2007). Citations should be listed in the chronological order in the text and be separated by a comma (e.g., Paudel 2012, Grau et al. 2007, Pillay et al. 2011). Unpublished data, manuscripts, or personal communications should be cited within the text only.

The format for papers, theses, entire books and chapters in books is as follows:

Research paper

Grau O, Grytnes JA, Birks HJB (2007) A comparison of altitudinal species richness patterns of bryophytes with other plant groups in Nepal, Central Himalaya. Journal of Biogeography, 34, 1907–1915

Online only articles with doi

Pillay R, Johnsingh AJT, Raghunath R, Madhusudan MD (2011) Patterns of spatiotemporal change in large mammal distribution and abundance in the southern Western Ghats, India. Biological Conservation, doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.01.026

Book

Begon M, Harper JL, Townsend CR (1996) Ecology: Individuals, Populations and Communities. Blackwell Science, Oxford

Theses and dissertations

Shrestha MK (2004) Relative ungulate abundance in fragmented landscape: Implications for tiger conservation. PhD dissertation, University of Minnesota

Book Chapter

Williams BH (2006) Red panda in Eastern Nepal: how do they fit into ecoregional conservation of the eastern Himalaya?, pp. 236—251. In: McNeely JA, McCarthy TM, Smith A, Olsvig- Whittaker L, Sheikh KM, Smith AT (eds), Conservation Biology in Asia. Society for Conservation Biology Asia Section and Resources Himalaya, Kathmandu

Report

IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) (1996) Second assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Citations from the World Wide Web

IUCN (2010) IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed 10 March 2011)

Cover Photo

Authors are encouraged to submit a cover photo after article acceptance. Initially, photos can be sent to the Editorial Office (info@conservsci.org) as low to medium resolution JPG files, but if selected a high resolution file (300 dpi at reproduction size) is required for printing.

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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (in Comments to the Editor).
  • For authors for whom English is a second language: manuscript is corrected preferably by a native English speaker.
  • Submission will include the names and emails of 3-5 potential referees working outside their home institution(s). (In message to Editor)
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

 Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work 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.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

 Supplementary Material

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit materials that support article, which are not of primary importance to main manuscript as a “Supplementary Material”. The supplementary materials include Data Sheet (word, excel, csv, cdx, fasta, pdf or zip files), Audio (mp3, wav or wma) or Video (avi, divx, flv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg or wmv), Maps (shp, klm), Movie (raw), Photos (cdx, eps, jpeg, pdf, png or tif ), Presentation (power point, pdf or zip files), Supplementary Image (cdx, eps, jpeg, pdf, png or tif), Supplementary Table (word, excel, csv or pdf).

 Submission of Manuscript

Authors are required to prepare manuscript carefully. Please check submission checklist below. While submitting your manuscript, you must provide a cover letter to the Editor. Please indicate details of your article (title, type). You also need to mention that your manuscript has not been published elsewhere or submitted for publication elsewhere. You also required to provide specific objectives and significance of your results in term of aim and scope of conservation science.

 Submission Checklist

 

 Cover letter,

 Word processing format (e.g., MS world

 Single file (First page: Title page)

  Title page should include following information

  • Title of manuscript,
  • Author name,
  • Affiliations,
  • Corresponding author,
  • Number of words,
  • Number of tables,
  • Number of figures,
  • acknowledgements
  • Competing statement
  • Author contribution
  • Funding
  • Acknowledgments

     Page number and  Line number (continuously throughout manuscript)

 Section of the manuscript should be numbered and should usually have following sections: 1. Introduction, 2. Materials and Methods, (3) Results, (4) Discussion, (5) Conclusion and Implication for Conservation

 Abstract (see Table for length). Break down abstract into Aim, Location, Materials and Methods, Key Findings and Conservation Implication

           Text of manuscript: Times New Roman font (12-point).

           Table (plain format without any effects and vertical lines).

           Figure (format: JPEG, EPS, TIFF, color: RBG, resolution: 300dbi)

 Corrections

Corrections to the accepted paper after proof correction stage are not possible. If authors note a serious error in scientific content of the paper (e.g., wrong figure etc.), they are required to communicate with editor with details of corrections (e.g., why corrections are required?, where corrections are necessary?). The corrections will be published after careful review of circumstances as Corrigendum: Title of original article”.

 

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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. For authors for whom English is a second language: manuscript is corrected preferably by a native English speaker
  3. Submission will include the names and emails of 3-5 potential referees working outside their home institution(s). (In message to Editor)
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work 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.

 

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