The Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
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
- 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
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
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.
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
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
• 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
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.
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.,
MacArthur, R.H. & Wilson, E.O. (1967). The Theory of Island Biogeography. Princeton
University Press, Princeton, USA.
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.
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.
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.
The copyright for all published articles will be held by the publisher unless otherwise
IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG)