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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Insect Biodiversity is dedicated to publishing high quality novel scientific data on insect biodiversity It publishes research articles, scientific notes and reviews articles. The core scope of journal includes insect taxonomy & nomenclature, insect systematics & phylogeny, insect morphology, insect diversity, insect biogeography, insect conservation, beneficial insects, invasive insects and insect ecology.

Language of the journal is English (UK or USA), and all studies should be written in clear and concise English.

The page format is A4. The text including references, figure and table legends should be 1.5 spaced. Page margins should be 2.54 cm on all sides. The text should be in Times New Roman 12-point font, with 1.25 cm indent at the beginning of each paragraph. All pages should be numbered.

Manuscripts should include the following sections for Research Articles: Title, Author information, Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References.  For Review Articles, following sections should be organized: Title, Author information, Abstract, Key words, Introduction, subtitles, Discussion (or Conclusion), Acknowledgements, References.

Manuscripts one to three (1-3) printed pages are considered as scientific note; it should include Title, Author information, Abstract, Key words, Data Text, Acknowledgements, References. The information regarding "Introduction, Material and methods, Results, and Discussion" should be embedded in text of manuscript.

The title should be informative and briefly reflect the content of manuscript. Full names and affiliation of all authors including e-mail address are required. The abstract should summarize the manuscript content in not more than 250 words. Standard nomenclature should be used, and abbreviations should be avoided in abstracts. Up to 10 keywords should be presented. In addition, a "Running Title" should be provided. 

Any taxonomic treatment should follow the latest version of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Names of genera and species must be in italics and abbreviations for new taxa names and nomenclatural acts in bold (e.g., gen. nov., sp. nov., syn. nov., comb. nov.). The fully written author name and description year is required at the first mention of a species (e.g., Larinus paradoxus Ter-Minassian & Egorov, 1981). Morphological descriptions and keys should be in telegraphic style. Male (♂) and female (♀) symbols should be used for examined material. 

Citation of References in text should follow this example:

The Afrotropical fauna of Lixini are represented by 10 genera (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal 1999; Talamelli 2008; Gültekin et al. 2012), which includes 40 % of known species in the world (Petri 1912, 1914ab, 1920; Csiki 1934).

Format of references


Alonso-Zarazaga M. A. & Lyal C. H. C. 1999. A World Catalogue of Families and Genera of Curculionidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) (Excepting Scolytidae and Platypodidae). Entomopraxis, S.C.P. Edition, Barcelona, 315 pp.

Book chapter:

Caldara R. 2011. Erirhinidae, pp. 192–197. In: Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 7 (I. Löbl and A. Smetana, editors). Stenstrup, Apollo Books, 373 pp.

Journal paper:

Korotyaev B. A., Konstantinov A. S. & O’Brien C. W. 2000. A new genus of the Orobitidinae and disscussion of its relationships (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 102(4): 929–956.

Prena J. 2008. On the identity of European Baridini (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) named before 1832. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 55(2): 263–275. DOI: 10.1002/mmnd.200800027

Nikulina O. N. 2007. New data on larvae of weevils of the genus Lixus (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) from Central Asia. Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 86(9): 1086–1092. (in Russian)

Online journal paper:

Gültekin L. 2005. New ecological niche for weevils of the genus Lixus Fabricius and biology of Lixus obesus Petri (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Lixinae). Weevil News 24: 3pp.


Briese D. T. & Sheppard A. W. 1992. Biogeography, host-choice and speciation in two Mediterranean species of the weevil genus Larinus. In: Thanos C. A. (ed.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems "Plant-Animal Interactions in Mediterranean-type Ecosystems". Maleme, Crete (Greece), September 23-27, 1991. Athens 1992, MEDECOS VI. pp. 307–314.

Smith L., Cristofaro M., Tronci C. & Hayat R. 2007. Evaluation of the rosette weevil, Ceratapion basicorne, a new biological control agent of yellow starthistle. In: Proceedings California Invasive Plant Council Symposium, September 20-22, 2007, San Diego, CA. 11: 11–14.

 Arranging figure plates

Drawings, photographs, maps and graphs are considered as figures. Figures should be labelled using Arabic numbers or capital letters and referred to in the text as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, or Fig. 1A, Fig. 1B, etc.  Preparing figure plates on a separate page using Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw or similar programs is preferred. Electronic formats of figures should be in JPEG or TIFF  (minimum 300 dpi resolution for jpeg) and size 16x21 cm.

Figures or figure plates should be uploaded journal as supplementary material individually and not inserted text part of manuscript. One figure or figure plate should not exceed 10 MB.

Figure captions should be arranged following the example below and typed in the word document:

Figures 1–7. Larinus moestus Chevrolat, 1882. 1, dorsal view of prothorax; 2, ventral view of prothorax; 3, mesothorax; 4, metendosternite; 5, metepisternum and mesepimeron; 6, ventral view of elytron; 7, abdominal ventrite.

Figure 1. Larinus moestus Chevrolat, 1882. A, dorsal view of prothorax; B, ventral view of prothorax; C, mesothorax; D, metendosternite; E, metepisternum and mesepimeron; F, ventral view of elytron; G, abdominal ventrite.


Tables should not repeat data given in the text and should be limited in size and typed single-spaced. The legends must be clear, concise and allow a full understanding. Tables should be labelled using Arabic numbers and referred to in the text as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Tables must fit the size of a vertical page and not exceed its size. Tables should not be inserted text part of manuscript, they should be placed after references. 


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 another journal for consideration.
  2. All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter stating the author’s agreement for publication, number of figures, tables and supplementary information.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. Where available, URLs and DOI number for the References should be provided. If any agencies available supported the study should be indicated in the Acknowledgement.
  5. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file (doc, docx) format. Figures and figure plates should be uploaded to journal sytem as supplementary files.
  6. Two potential reviewers with their e-mail addresses and affiliations should be suggested.
  7. New taxa names in accepted papers will be necessary to be registered by authors in the Official Register of Zoological Nomenclature (ZooBank) accordingly to article 8.5.3. of ICZN before being published.

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