Instructions for authors of articles

  1. The title should be followed by the author(s) name e-mail address and institutional affiliation (if any), an abstract, a list of key words, an introduction (if necessary), the main article, and finally a list of references.
  2. The abstract should briefly summarise the article. For short articles one or two sentences should suffice; for longer articles the abstract should not exceed 400 words.
  3. A list of key words should be given. These should cover the main topics and species in the article but there should not be more than 25 key words. 
  4. The length of articles is at the discretion of the author. A reasonable guideline would be 1-4 sides of A4. Shorter articles may be more suited to publication as a communication. Longer and shorter articles will still be considered.
  5. Paragraphs should be separated by an empty line, and not be indented.
  6. Scientific names should be in italics. On the first usage names should be given in full, followed by the name of the author. On subsequent occasions the genus should be abbreviated to a single letter followed by a full stop, and the author should be omitted.
  7. Articles should be submitted in English.
  8. Numbers between one and ten should be spelled out while numerals should be used for 11 and above; the exceptions to this are where measurements are involved, or in descriptions of insects, in both cases numerals may be used throughout.
  9. Where measurements are given a space should not be left between numerals and units e.g. 6mm, not 6 mm. 
  10. References in the text should include the author and date, and page number if appropriate, these should be given in the form Smith (1982: 123), or (Smith, 1982: 123). In the references section, the names of authors and the volume numbers of journals should be printed in bold.
  11. Journal titles and book titles should be given (not abbreviated) and should be printed in italics.
  12. Scale lines must be used for iamges, not the magnification of the original drawing.
  13. Proofs will be sent to the author to be checked before publication.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith