Instructions for authors of communications

  1. The title should be followed by the author(s) name e-mail address and institutional affiliation (if any), a list of key words, the main article, and finally a list of references.
  2. 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 15 key words. 
  3. As a guideline Communications should be between half a side and one side of A4. Shorter and longer Communications will still be considered.
  4. Paragraphs should be separated by an empty line, and not be indented.
  5. 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.
  6. Articles should be submitted in English.
  7. 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.
  8. Where measurements are given a space should not be left between numerals and units e.g. 6mm, not 6 mm. 
  9. 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.
  10. Journal titles and book titles should be given (not abbreviated) and should be printed in italics.
  11. Scale lines must be used for iamges, not the magnification of the original drawing.
  12. 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