Insect Molecular Biology

Cover image for Vol. 26 Issue 3

Edited By: Paul Eggleston and David A. O'Brochta

Impact Factor: 2.844

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 7/91 (Entomology); 142/286 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2583

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Ecological Entomology, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Physiological Entomology, Systematic Entomology

Author Guidelines

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All correspondence should be addressed to either:

Prof. Paul Eggleston
School of Life Sciences
Keele University
Huxley Building
Staffordshire, ST5 5BG
Tel: +44 1782 733027
Fax: +44 1782 733516


Prof. David A. O'Brochta
Department of Entomology
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
University of Maryland, College Park
9600 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850 USA
Tel: +1 240 314 6343
Fax: +1 240 314 6255

Research reports and short reviews will be considered. Research reports should be as concise as possible, compatible with clarity and completeness, and should occupy between 2 and 10 printed pages (1400-7000 words). Only complete reports will be published; preliminary communications and short notes will not be considered. Sequence data alone will not be published unless supported by other data indicating its biological significance. Short reviews will be published in areas of particular interest and current importance. Proposals for reviews should be made to the Reviews Editor, Dr. George Dimopoulos -  or the Editors, Dr. Paul Eggleston – or Dr. David O’Brochta –

Publication date
Papers accepted for publication in Insect Molecular Biology will be placed on Early View as soon as they are ready for publication. This can occur several weeks in advance of the cover date of the printed issue. Authors should take this into account when planning their intellectual and patent activities related to a document.

Submission of manuscripts
All manuscript submissions will be done online at  Every effort will be made to ensure rapid publication. Authors will normally receive reviewers' comments within 6 weeks of submission. The decisions of the Editors are final. No page charges will be levied. Papers must be submitted exclusively to Insect Molecular Biology and are accepted on the understanding that they have not been, and will not be, published elsewhere. All authors of papers citing other papers from the same authors as in press, must provide draft copies or copies of the galley proofs of the cited paper. Copies of any other papers, submitted or under review, that are relevant to the submitted paper, must also be provided. Authors reporting the results of analyses based on data provided by others, e.g. genome sequence consortia, prior to publication by the data providers, should supply the Editors with assurance that the data are being used with the providers' permission. The provision of such data should also be recognised in the Acknowledgements.

Submission dates are set when all materials relevant to the review of the paper are received in the Editorial Office. If accepted, papers become the copyright of the Journal. Authors must give signed consent to publication in a letter sent with the paper, but permission to use material elsewhere (e.g. in review articles) will normally be granted on request.

IMB employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Conflict of Interest
Insect Molecular Biology requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker’s fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission.

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the cover letter (if applicable) to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (in the footnotes, Conflict of Interest or Acknowledgments section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

In addition a statement is required that confirms that there are no disputes over the ownership of the data presented in the paper and all contributions have been attributed appropriately, via coauthorship or acknowledgement, as appropriate to the situation.

All submissions to this journal are required to comply with the above statements. At the Editor's discretion, clarification and further undertaking may be required from all submitting authors. Notwithstanding which, the interpretation of compliance with all of the above statements shall be reserved to the Editors of this Journal and the Editorial Officer of the Society, whose decision on all matters relating to and arising from the above statements shall be final.

Insect Molecular Biology is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Ethical Guidelines
The Journal expects authors to abide by the guidelines of those statutory bodies, or, discipline that are specific to the country of origin, or, execution of the research.

Presentation of manuscripts
Manuscript submission is done on-line at and authors can facilitate that process by having their submission materials organized appropriately prior to initiating the submission process. Authors should be prepared to provide an abstract not exceeding 200 words, a running title of not more than 50 characters, the contact information of all co-authors, and the name and contact information of three scientists who would be qualified to review the manuscript.  Authors will be asked to upload the following materials:

Main Document.  The main document will contain the main content of the manuscript including all text and tables. It should be subdivided into Introduction, Results, Discussion and Experimental Procedures. The Results and Discussion sections may be combined and can include additional subheadings. Experimental Procedures should be sufficiently detailed to enable the experiments to be reproduced and should follow the Discussion. The text for review should be organised in the Journal format, with double-spaced text, consecutive page and line numbers. Footnotes should not be used. References should use the Harvard system. Only full articles that have been published or are in press (i.e. accepted), may be included in the reference list. In the text, unpublished studies should be referred to as such, or as a personal communication with the authors’ initials and surname. It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication. In the text, references should be inserted in parentheses, as follows: (Martinez, 1985; Martinez & Lawrence, 1985; Martinez et al., 1988). The reference list should be in alphabetical order according to the authors. All authors’names and the title of the article must be included. Standard abbreviations of journal titles should be used, as in the Index Medicus. For examples see a recent issue of the Journal. Standard abbreviations should be as recommended in Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (Royal Society of Medicine, 1988) or for USA authors as recommended in the CBE Style Manual (5th Edition 1983, published by the Council of Biology Editors, Inc., Bethesda,Maryland). Abbreviations of non-standard terms should follow, in parentheses, their first full usage.

Figures.  Figures are image files that depict a graph, chart, drawing or photograph and will be uploaded individually. Figures will be reduced to single column width (80 mm) or full-page width (169 mm) for publication in the hard copy of the Journal and should be planned accordingly. Figures should be prepared according to the publisher's Electronic Artwork Guidelines at Colour figures are published online without charge however the authors will be charged for colour figures appearing in print and a completed Colour Work Agreement form must be supplied (please refer to the relevant section below).
Supporting Information.  Supporting information for review and online publication can be provided and will consist of material that will not be printed in the hard copy but will appear in the online version only.  Supporting Information can include extensive data sets or video files. For more information please see our guidelines at
Additional Information. Information can also be uploaded during the manuscript submission process that will not be published but might be useful to the editors or reviewers such as a relevant manuscript that is not yet publicly available.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English through All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Colour Work Agreement forms
It is the policy of Insect Molecular Biology for authors to pay the full cost for the print reproduction of their colour artwork. Colour artwork will be published online free of charge. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley Blackwell require you to complete and return a Colour Work Agreement form before your paper can be published. This form can be downloaded as a PDF* from the internet. If you are unable to access the internet, or are unable to download the form, please contact the Production Editor at: and they will be able to email or FAX a form to you.

Please post or courier all pages of your completed form to Customer Services. Note that electronic or faxed copies cannot be accepted in compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements.

Once completed, please return the original form to Customer Services at the address below:

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Any article received by Wiley Blackwell without colour work will not be published until the form has been returned. For queries, please contact the production editor of the journal.

*To read PDF files, you must have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this program, this is available as a free download from the following web address: Please note this links to an external website. The journal accepts no responsibility for the content of external sites.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article open access. With OnlineOpen the author, their funding agency, or institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites. In addition to publication online via Wiley Online Library, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication. If you want your article to be open access please choose the approprite license agreement when you log in to Wiley's Author Services system. Click on 'Make my article OnlineOpen' and choose the appropriate license by clicking on 'Sign license agreement now' when you log in to Wiley's Author Services system.

Author Services
New: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article, once it has been accepted, through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don't need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreement, please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

For more information on this policy and the Journal's compliant self-archiving policy, please visit:

Note to NIH Grantees
Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance.  This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication.  For further information, see

Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

Page proofs will be despatched about 6 weeks after acceptance of papers and should be corrected and returned within 3 days of receipt. Only corrections and essential changes should be made at this stage. The cost of extensive changes will be charged to the authors. The Editors reserve the right to make minor modifications to manuscripts that do not conform to accepted standards. Such alterations will always be submitted to the authors for approval at the proof stage.

Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Distribution of strains and clones
The publication of an article in Insect Molecular Biology is subject to the understanding that authors will distribute freely any strains, clones or antibodies described therein for use in academic research.

Registration of sequences
DNA sequences published in Insect Molecular Biology must be deposited in the EMBL/GenBank/DDBJ Nucleotide Sequence Databases and this is the responsibility of the author(s). An accession number for the database must be given in the paper.

Indexing and abstracting
The Journal is covered by Biotechnology Citation Index, Elsevier BIOBASE/Current Awareness in Biological Sciences, Current Contents, Research Alert and SciSearch.

Cover photographs
Photographs suitable for the cover of Insect Molecular Biology are welcomed by the Editors. It is not essential that these should be related to submitted papers.