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INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

  • Scope

Tapir Conservation, the Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group aims to provide information regarding all aspects of tapir natural history. Items of news, recent events, recent publicati­ons, thesis abstracts, workshop proceedings etc concerning tapirs are welcome. Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx formats).

The Newsletter will publish original work by: Scientists, wildlife biologists, park managers and other con­tributors on any aspect of tapir natural history including distribution, ecology, evolution, genetics, habitat, husbandry, management, policy and taxonomy. Preference is given to material that has the potential to improve conservation management and enhances understanding of tapir con­servation in its respective range countries.

The primary languages of the Newsletter are English and Spanish. Abstracts in English are preferred.

  • Papers and Short Communications

Full Papers (2,000-5,000 words) and Short Communications (200-2,000 words) are invited on topics relevant to the Newsletter’s focus, including:
• Research on the status, ecology or behavior of tapirs.
• Research on the status or ecology of tapir habitats, including soil composition, mineral deposits (e.g., salt licks) and topo­graphy.
• Husbandry and captive management.
• Veterinarian and genetic aspects.
• Reviews of conservation plans, policy and legislation.
• Conservation management plans for species, habitats or areas.
• Tapirs and local communities (e.g., hunting, bush meat and cultural aspects).
• Research on the ecological role of tapir, for example, seed dispersers, prey for predators and facilitators of forest re-growth.
• Natural history and taxonomy of tapirs (e.g., evolution, paleontology and extinction).

The Editorial Team welcomes contributions to the other sections of the Newsletter:

News: Concise reports (<300 words) on news of general interest to tapir research and conservation. This may include announcements of new initiatives; for example, the launch of new projects, conferences, fun­ding opportunities, new relevant publications and discoveries.

Letters to the Editors: Informative contributions (<650 words) in response to material pub­lished in the Newsletter.

  • How to Submit a Manuscript

Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format by e-mail to the newsletter contributions editors at the e-mails provided. Hard copies will not be accepted.

In the covering e-mail, the Lead Author must confirm that:

a) the submitted manuscript has not been published elsewhere,

b) all of the authors have read the submitted manuscript and agreed to its submission, all research was conducted with the necessary approval and permit from the appropriate authorities and adhere to appropriate animal manipulation guides.

  • Review and Editing

All contributors are strongly advised to ensure that their spelling and grammar is checked by native English or Spanish speaker(s) before the manuscript is submitted to the Contributions Editors. The Editorial Team reserves the right to reject manuscripts that are poorly writ­ten.

All manuscripts will be subject to peer review by a minimum of TWO reviewers. Authors are welcome to suggest appropriate reviewers. However, the Contributions Editors reserve the right to appoint reviewers that seem appropriate and competent for the task.

Proofs will be sent to authors as a portable document format (PDF) file attached to an e-mail note. Corrected proofs should be returned to the Editors within FIVE days of receipt. Minor corrections can be com­municated by e-mail.

  • Preparation of Manuscripts

Contributions in English should make use of UK English spelling [if in doubt, Microsoft Word and similar software can be set to check spelling and grammar for “English (UK)” language]. The cover page should contain the title and full mailing address, e-mail address and address of the Lead Author and all additional authors. All pages should be numbered consecutively, and the order of the sections of the manuscript should be: cover page, main text, acknowledgement, tables, figures and plates.

Title: This should be a succinct description of the work, in no more than 20 words.

Abstract: Full Papers only. This should describe, in 100-200 words, the aims, methods, major findings and conclusions. It should be informative and intelligible without reference to the text, and should not contain any references or undefined abbreviations.

Keywords: Up to five pertinent words, in alphabetical order.

Format: For ease of layout, please submit all manuscripts with a minimum of formatting (e.g. avoid specific formats for headings etc); however, the following is needed:
• Manuscripts should be double-spaced.
• Submissions can be in .doc or .docx format, preferably as one file attached to one covering email.
Avoid writing headlines in CAPITAL letters.
• Font type and size should be Times New Roman # 12
• Font type for tables should be Arial and 0.5 dot lines.
• 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins for all margins
• Number pages consecutively starting with the title page, numbers should be on the bottom right hand corner
• Font type for tables should be Arial and 0.5 dot lines.
• Pictures and illustrations should be in as high resolution as possible to allow for proper downscaling and submitted as separate files in EPS or JPG format.

References: References should be cited in the text as, for example, MacArthur & Wilson (1967) or (Foerster, 1998). For three or more authors use the first author’s surname followed by et al.; for example, Herrera et al. (1999). Multiple references should be in chronological order. The refe­rence list should be in alphabetical order, and article titles and the titles of serial publications should be given in full. In cases where an author is referenced multiple times the most recent publication should be listed first. Please check that all listed references are used in the text and vice versa. The following are examples of house style:

Journal Article
Herrera, J.C., Taber, A., Wallace, R.B. & Painter, L. (1999). Lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) behavioral ecology in a southern Amazonian tropi­cal forest. Vida Silv. Netropical 8:31-37.

Chapter in Book
Janssen, D.L., Rideout, B.A. & Edwards, M.S. (1999). Tapir Medicine. In: M.E. Fowler & R. E. Miller (eds.). Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, pp.562-568. W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, USA.

Book
MacArthur, R.H. & Wilson, E.O. (1967). The Theory of Island Biogeography. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA.

Thesis/Dissertation
Foerster, C.R. (1998). Ambito de Hogar, Patron de Movimentso y Dieta de la Danta Centroamericana (Tapirus bairdii) en el Parque Nacional Corcovado, Costa Rica. M.S. Thesis. Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica.

Report
Santiapilli, C. & Ramono, W.S. (1989). The Status and Conservation of the Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) in Sumatra, Indonesia. Unpublished Report, Worldwide Fund for Nature, Bogor, Indonesia.

Web
IUCN (2007). 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.redlist.org [accessed 24 March 2011].

Tables, Figures and Plates: These should be self-explanatory, each on a separate page and with an appropriate caption. Figures should be in black and white. Plates will only be included in an article if they form part of evidence that is integral to the subject studied (e.g., a camera-trap photograph of a rare situation), if they are of good quality, and if they do not need to be printed in color.

Species Names: The first time a species is mentioned, its scientific name should fol­low without intervening punctuation: e.g., Malay tapir Tapirus indicus. English names should be in lower case throughout except where they incorporate a proper name (e.g., Asian elephant, Malay tapir).

Abbreviations: Full expansion should be given at first mention in the text.

Units of Measurement: Use metric units only for measurements of area, mass, height, distance etc.

  • Copyright

The copyright for all published articles will be held by the publisher unless otherwise stated.

  • Publisher

IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG)

  • Website

www.tapirs.org




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