ISSN 1759-0116

Occasional papers in Zoology

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by Afriherp Communications, Greenford, United Kingdom

Author Instructions

ZooNova accepts original papers in English on any zoological topic, but particularly on ecology, behaviour, biodiversity, conservation, zoogeography, morphology, taxonomy and systematics.

Papers should be submitted by email to submit(at) as MS Word or RTF files. The preferred font is Times New Roman 12 point. Tables and illustrations (colour or monochrome) should be submitted as separate jpeg or tiff files (300 or 600 dpi) as should equations using non-standard fonts and symbols. Their position in the text should be indicated by the figure or table number within { }. Labels should be inserted after the number but still within the { }.

The standard layout for papers is:

1. Title
2. Author details
2a. Author name/s
2b. Author addresses (including corresponding author e-mail)
3. Abstract
4. Key Words
5. Running header
6. Main body including -
6a. Introduction
6b. Methods and materials:
6c. Results
6d. Discussion
6e. Conclusions
7. Acknowledgements
8. References

Some flexibility is allowed in the layout to allow for the requirements of different topics. Line spacing and heading formatting is not critical as this will be adjusted in the editing process.

Peer Review
All submissions will be subject to independent peer review. In general, ZooNova uses peer review to ensure that the final published version achieves the required standards of scientific process and presentation. It is not intended that peer review should be used as a form of scientific censorship.

Authors are encouraged to provide the names and contact details of at least three potential referees. ZooNova reserves the option to make use of additional or alternative referees. Referees are required to provide detailed criticism of papers which will lead to improvement of the final versions.

Copyright assignment
Copyright remains with the author/s. Submission of a paper for publication in ZooNova is subject to the automatic granting of a licence to ZooNova (Afriherp Communications) and its representatives for the publication of the paper as a portable document format (PDF) file distributed on the Internet as a single document, in printed form as a single document and included with other papers in a single printed issue.

Legal deposit requirements
ZooNova deposited appropriate printed copies of its publications in the UK deposit libraries as required by UK legislation. It also provided copies to Zoological Record. Following changes to the processes in both cases, we have been advised that electronic (PDF) copies are being collected by both the UK deposit libraries and Zoological Record directly from our website.

Publishing fees
ZooNova is an open access publication. Previously, authors needed to cover the costs of printing and legal deposit including postage. The costs involved for different options were advised once the paper had been accepted and before publication. Charges were based on the actual costs involved (about £30.00 for a 10 page colour document). . We suggest that authors should compare our charges with those of other open access publishers.

ZooNova is adopting an online-only publishing policy from issue 5 onwards. In this case there will be no printed copies but there will be a nominal £25* charge to cover costs.

*ZooNova is waiving this charge for all papers submitted before 31 December 2020.

Reference style
Click here for examples of the accepted formatting of references and citations for ZooNova.

For further information please contact submit(at)

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