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Instructions for Authors
Small Carnivore Conservation publishes material concerning the families of Ailuridae, Eupleridae, Herpestidae, Mephitidae, Mustelidae, Nandiniidae, Prionodontidae, Procyonidae, and Viverridae, on any topic, because anything may impact their conservation.
All submissions are peer-reviewed. Submissions are usually in English (following British spellings and syntax), but other languages are now welcomed; these should include an English abstract.
Electronic submissions are preferred; paper submissions take longer to process. Articles may be any length and should be structured to communicate their content most effectively. All articles should contain an abstract (summary) and 4 – 8 keywords.
Abstracts in the vernacular, when included, should be submitted in electronic form (as pdf as well as a high resolution jpeg file) and prepared using Open Type Font (OTF). Please consult a recent issue (Volume 36 onward) for general style and adherence to the following conventions would be greatly appreciated.
English is a second language for many, so writing should be clear and direct. Capitalise English names of species, e.g. Selous’s Mongoose, Stripe-backed Weasel, Large-toothed Ferret Badger, but not group names, e.g. mongooses, skunks. Give both English and scientific names at first mention of a taxon, using neither parentheses nor comma, i.e., Stripe-necked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis. The editors are happy to assist authors in improving English style or more generally with the construction of manuscripts. All editorial correspondence should be addressed initially to the Editors-in-Chief (see below).
Tables and Figures
Figures should be prepared at proportions and text size suitable for reproduction onto an A4 page, in black-and-white. We recommend the use of Arial or similar sans-serif font for any lettering (such as axes labels) used on graphs. Excel spreadsheets containing graphs in proper format may be submitted electronically to the editors. Images (photographs, artwork, maps, diagrams) may be submitted in digital TIFF (at least 300 dpi resolution and 8″ × 11″) or JPEG (maximum quality) formats. Legends to all figures should be provided on a separate page with the manuscript.
Give geographical locations as latitude/longitude in degrees/minutes using a ° sign (or d if this is not available), e.g. 37°14′S, 6°04′E; do not use 37.14°S, because this is ambiguous.
With measurements use a space between number and unit: 34 mm, not 34mm (but: 34%). Dates must be unambiguous: use 3 April 1967, not 3/4/67. Use only the 24-hr clock, e.g. 07h55, 19h14,for times. Statistical testing is encouraged (the Editor-in-Chief is happy to advise), but manuscripts about little-known species are particularly sought, whether or not results are amenable to statistical testing. Similarly, given the paucity of information for many of ‘our’ species, speculative discussion is strongly encouraged, but any conclusions should be justifiable from the data.
Citation to unpublished information is welcomed (otherwise, it may never appear in public). To help future readers, give the person’s full name, institutional affiliation (if any), mode (written = in litt., spoken = verbally), and year [e.g., Mark Toghill (Dept of Environmental Conservation, Saltford Technical College, UK, verbally 1992) found that...] Minimise citation to secondary internet sources; give date of access and internet address.
Cite literature in the text as follows: (Dao Van Tien 1978, Bollen et al.1982b, 1982c, 1983, Raselimanana & Goodman 2004), items in date sequence. Order the reference list alphabetically by first word of family name (e.g. H. Van Rompaey under ‘V’, Mao Zedong under ‘M’) or, if no family name, by the first-written or otherwise predominant name. Give titles of periodicals in full. Capitalise significant words in titles of journals but not (in English) in titles of papers and books. Give the country as well as town of publication. Place transliterated titles in square brackets.
Articles in Journals
Heubel, F. 1940. Beobachtungen und versuche über das Sinnesleben und die Intelligenz bei einem Palmenroller (Arctogalidia stigmatica). Archives Neerlandaises de Zoologie 4: 369–400.
Thomas, O. 1927. The Delacour exploration of French Indochina–mammals. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London ‘1927’: 41–58.
Veron, G., Gaubert, P., Franklin, N., Jennings, A. P. & Grassman, L. I., Jr 2006. A reassessment of the distribution and taxonomy of the endangered Otter Civet Cynogale bennettii (Carnivora:Viverridae) of South-East Asia. Oryx 40: 42–49.
Books and Reports
Kantor, I. N. & Alvarez, E. (eds) 1991. Current status of bovine tuberculosis in Latin America and the Caribbean. Pan American Zoonoses Center, Buenos Aires (Special Publication n° 10).
Lekagul, B. & McNeely, J. A. 1977. Mammals of Thailand. Association for the Conservation of Wildlife, Bangkok (1988 reprint).
Ternovsky, D. V. 1977. [Biology of the Mustelidae]. Nauka, Novosibirsk, USSR. (In Russian.)
Chapters in Books and Proceedings
Lim, B. L., Ratnam, L. & Nor Azman Hussein 2003. Small mammal diversity in Pasoh Forest Reserve, Negeri Sembilan, peninsular Malaysia. Pp. 403–411 in Okuda, T., Manokaran,N., Matsumoto, Y., Niiyama, K., Thomas, S. C. & Ashton, P. S. (eds) Pasoh—ecology of a lowland rain forest in Southeast Asia. Springer-Verlag, Tokyo.
Material not fully in the Public Domain, Widely Accessible, or Permanent
IUCN 2006. 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 11 March 2007.
Roberton, S. in prep. Conservation status review of small carnivores in Vietnam.
Stuebing, R. B. & Wong, L. L. 2005. An integrated approach to biodiversity conservation for a planted forest in Sarawak. Draft of presentation at the 14th Malaysian Forestry Conference,12–16 September 2005, Kota Kinabalu.
Xavier, F. 1994. A study on Small Indian Civet (Viverricula indica) as a sustainable wildlife resource. University of Kerala (Ph.D. thesis), Thiruvananthapuram, India.