Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Cover image for Vol. 30 Issue 1

Edited By: M. Cameron, D. Otranto

Impact Factor: 2.86

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 2/133 (Veterinary Sciences); 4/92 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2915

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

Author Guidelines

Medical and Veterinary Entomology accepts submission of manuscripts in three categories:

Original Articles
Short Communications

Original Articles should contain original information relevant to the journal (see Aims and Scope statement) that has not previously been published.  These submissions should contain no more than 6000 words in the body (i.e. excluding references and supplementary information).  Only the most pertinent references should be cited and should normally not exceed 30.

Short Communications should also contain original information relevant to the journal but which are more concise, containing a maximum of 15 references and should contain no more than 3000 words; they do not need to have the formal structure of full papers, but should give sufficient methods and data necessary for their comprehension. Short Communications should not have more than two Tables and Figures. Incomplete or preliminary work will not be considered.

Reviews should be authoritative analyses of recent, peer-reviewed studies dealing with currently topical subjects that are relevant to the journal.  Reviews are normally solicited by the Editors/Editorial Board, but unsolicited submissions will be considered if deemed suitable by the Editors. It is recommended that authors send an email enquiring about the suitability of their review prior to submission. Reviews must not exceed 5,000 words (excluding tables, figure legends abstract or references).

Submission to Medical and Veterinary Entomology is entirely online through ScholarOne Manuscripts ( Authors will receive online, step-by-step guidance throughout the manuscript submission process. Authors will be asked to select a classification for their submission (i.e. Medical or Veterinary, based on the main contents of the manuscript), as well as a category designation (Original Article, Short Communication, etc.). Electronic PDF proofs will be automatically generated from uploaded files, and will need to be reviewed and approved by the author before the submission is complete.

Authors will be asked to recommend up to 3 Reviewers (with email addresses) whom they feel are qualified to evaluate their submission. Please do not suggest reviewers that the author(s) have published with in the last three years. Provision of the names does not imply that they will definitely be used as reviewers.  Authors will also be invited to provide the names of individuals who they prefer not to be chosen as Reviewers

Submission of an article is understood to imply that the article is original and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission also implies that all authors have approved the manuscript for release and are in agreement with its content. Upon acceptance of the article by the journal, the author(s) will be asked to transfer the copyright of the article to the Publisher. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.

All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be submitted.

Submitters should check a recent issue of the journal and format their manuscript so that it conforms to the journal's style. Improperly formatted submissions will be returned to the corresponding author by the administrator. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly requested to have their manuscripts checked by an English-speaking colleague or by any company who can provide English language and copyediting services prior to submission.

Original Communications should include the following sections

Title page  - with the title, a list of authors and their affiliations, a running head (short version of the title)

  • The title should be concise with a common name of the subject organism(s)
  • Do not include Order:Family or Authority in the title

Abstract - containing the purpose(s) of the research, basic procedures, main findings, and principal conclusions. Not to exceed 200 words.

  • At first use of a taxon indicate Order:Family and the Authority
  • Do not repeat this information in the main text

Corresponding Author information - including full address, telephone and facsimile numbers as well as an e-mail address.

Key words - up to 10 key words not in the title. Taxonomic names should be listed first (in alphabetical order) followed by other words (in alphabetical order).

Body of manuscript should be organized into the following:


  • Please state clearly the rationale for the research and the main aims of the article
  • Put the research in context of previous literature

Materials and Methods

  • Description of the equipment and procedures should be concise yet complete enough that the reader is able to repeat the research.
  • Identify equipment and chemicals/pharmaceuticals with the manufacturer's or supplier's name, city and country.
  • Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable the reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results.


  • Means must always be followed by a measure of variance (SE, SD, or 95% confidence intervals) and the sample size (n); medians should be followed by the range or interquartile range.


  • Do not repeat the results, rather discuss the findings in relation to other published literature.



Harvard style. References should be cited in the text by author and date, e.g., (Dangl et al., 1989; Steeves & Sussex, 1989; Bloggs, 1990a, b).

Ashford, A.E. (1998) Dynamic pleiomorphic vacuole systems: are they endosomes and transport compartments in fungal hyphae? Journal Title in Full, 28, 119-159.
Causton, B. (1984) The choice of resins for electron immunocytochemistry. Immunolabelling for Electron Microscopy (ed. by J. M. Polak and I. M. Varndell), pp. 29-36. Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Smith, B. (1984) Chapter title. Book Title, pp. 29-36. Publisher, Town.
Fischer-Parton, S. (1999) Role of pH, calcium and vesicle trafficking in regulating hyphal tip growth of Neurospora crassa. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.
Littlefield, L.J. and Heath, M.C. (1979) Ultrastructure of Rust Fungi. Academic Press, New York.


  • Reduction of large tables and/or inclusion of that data in Supplementary files should be considered. Reversing columns and rows will often reduce the dimensions of a table.
  • If a large amount of data are to be presented, an attempt should be made to divide them over two or more tables.
  • Tables should be numbered according to the sequence in which they are referred to in the text.
  • Each table should be submitted as a separate page of the manuscript and should never be embedded in the text.
  • Tables should have a concise title that allows the reader to interpret the contents without reference to the manuscript text.
  • Column and row headings should be concise. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
  • Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
  • Addition explanations crucial to understanding the data should be given as footnotes at the bottom of the table.

Figure Legends

  • Legends should stand alone with all relevant information that will allow a reader to interpret the information without reference to the text.


  • All figures, whether line drawings or photographs should be submitted as separate files, preferably in TIFF or EPS format.
  • Resolution should be a minimum of 300 dpi (See following information on preparation of electronic artwork).
  • Figures should be numbered according to the sequence in which they are referred to in the text.
  • Labelling on Figures should be large enough to be clear even with size reduction for printing. Any lettering should be in English. Use the same kind of lettering throughout and follow the journal style.
  • When required a scale should be given as a bar on the Figure so that there is no change with reduction.
  • Colour illustrations can only be included in print if the additional cost of reproduction is contributed by the author: you would receive information regarding the costs from
  • Wiley after receipt of your accepted article.

Short Communications should contain the following sections

Title page - with the title, a list of authors and their affiliations, a running head (short version of the title)

Abstract - containing the purpose(s) of the research, basic procedures, main findings, and principal conclusions. Not to exceed 200 words.

Body of manuscript - should contain all materials and methods (see above), the results and discussion of the significance of the outcomes

References - see above

Tables - Maximum of two

Figures - Maximum of two

Conflict of Interest
Medical and Veterinary Entomology 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.

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.

Early View
Medical and Veterinary Entomology is covered by Wiley's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at:

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.

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:

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.

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

Author material archive policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted 2 months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the Editorial Office or Production Editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Colour Work Agreement forms
It is the policy of Medical and Veterinary Entomology 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.

Preparation of electronic artwork
Once your manuscript has been accepted, we would like to receive your artwork. Please prepare your figures according to the publisher's Electronic Artwork Guidelines.

  • Create EPS files for images containing lineart. EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible). The following packages can be used to create EPS files: Adobe Illustrator 7.0 and above, Deneba Canvas 6.0 and above, CorelDRAW 7.0 and above, SigmaPlot 8.01 and above. Other programs may also be able to create EPS files - use the SAVE AS or EXPORT functions. EPS files can be produced from other applications (e.g. PowerPoint, Excel) BUT results can be unpredictable (e.g. fonts and shading not converted correctly, lines missing, dotted lines becoming solid).

  • Create TIFF files images containing half-tones/photographs. For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size, see above for a guide to sizes) should be as follows to ensure adequate reproduction: lineart, >800 d.p.i.; half-tones, >300 d.p.i. Figures containing both halftone and line images, >600 d.p.i. The following programs can be used to create TIFF files: Adobe Photoshop 4.0 and above, Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and GraphPad Prism 3. Other programs may also be able to create TIFF files - use the SAVE AS or EXPORT functions.

  • Black and white images should be supplied as 'grayscale'; colour images should be supplied as CMYK.

  • Multipart figures should be supplied in the final layout in one file, labelled as (A), (B) etc.

  • Supply figures at final size widths if possible: 19 picas (single column) or 40 picas (double column).

  • Use sans serif, true-type fonts for labels if possible, preferably Arial or Helvetica, or Times (New) Roman if serif fonts required.

  • Ensure all lines and lettering are clear.

  • The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. 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. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

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