Systematic Entomology

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Edited By: Shaun L. Winterton, Christiane Weirauch, Thomas J. Simonsen and Peter S. Cranston (Reviews Editor)

Impact Factor: 3.343

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 4/94 (Entomology); 16/46 (Evolutionary Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-3113

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

Author Guidelines

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Papers submitted to Systematic Entomology should be original contributions to insect taxonomy and systematics, although descriptive morphology and other subjects bearing on taxonomy may be considered. Emphasis is placed on the selection of comprehensive or revisionary studies, and on work with a biological or zoogeographical relevance. Papers submitted must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Papers may be of any length up to about 50 printed pages but should be in clear, concise English. The editors reserve the right to make minor textual corrections and changes that do not alter the author's meaning.  Detailed lists of examined material are welcome at any length, but will be included as freely available electronic supplements on Synergy.  Concise lists and all details of the type material will be printed.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically as e-mail attachment to the appropriate editor. The text should be in Word or RTF format. The figures may be embedded in the Word file or sent combined in one PDF file (preferred) or a common compressed format that allows forwarding by e-mail. Paper submissions will be accepted exceptionally, although any relevant data matrices should be electronic.  All accepted manuscripts must be electronic, as e-mail attachment or on disk/CD-ROM (avoid ZIP and other media). Examine recent issues of the journal, and the journal's and Wiley Blackwell's web pages for details of acceptable style and format. Avoid capitalization except for abbreviations of depositories and the names of countries indicated for material examined.

The title of the paper should be informative but concise. A short title (for page headlines) should be given. The abstract should be a concise summary of the significant content and salient conclusions of the work. Tables should be used sparingly and should be self-explanatory. Tables should be at the end of the file and must be formatted according to the journal's style (consult a current issue).

Figures should be of publishable quality and about twice their published size, labelled large enough to allow reduction and numbered consecutively in the sequence referred to in the text. Drawings and photographs that make up separate parts of the same figure must be mounted together and labelled consecutively (preferably left to right, top to bottom) with capital letters. Reference in the text should be: Fig. 1, Figs 2, 3 and Figs 1; 2A,C. Figure legends should be grouped together on a separate sheet. The format for figure legends is: Fig. 1. Genus species. A, Habitus;B,C, male genitalia; D-F, head (D), thoras (E) and abdomen (F). In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version. Therefore the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure.

Colour illustrations are welcome. An appropriate editor should be contacted to negotiate the cost of publication.

Conflict of Interest
Systematic 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.

Systematic Entomology 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.

Preparation of electronic artwork
We would like to receive your artwork electronically in addition to hard copy. Please prepare your figures according to the publisher's Electronic Artwork Guidlines.

• 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.

Colour Work Agreement forms
It is the policy of Systematic Entomology for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork. 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 with 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.

References in the text should be in the form (Allis & Webb, 1972a, b; Brown, 1981) and should be collated at the end of the paper with periodical titles in full.

New Nomenclatural Acts
Please note that for papers containing new nomenclatural acts that are made available electronically, all new nomenclatural acts need to be registered in ZooBank and citation of such registrations included in to the text of the paper. Authors are responsible for registration of the paper and all new acts at the time of manuscript acceptance.

Papers must conform to the articles and recommendations of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. New taxa must be clearly differentiated from existing taxa. Holotypes, lectotypes and neotypes must be deposited in a recognized scientific or educational institution that maintains a research collection, with proper facilities for preserving name-bearing types, and makes the accessible for study. New distributional and other noteworthy records should be documented by voucher specimens deposited in a museum or similar institution. The abbreviations gen.n., sp.n., syn.n. and comb.n. should be used to distinguish all new taxa, synonymies or new combinations. An author's name must follow the name of a taxon without any intervening punctuation, and a comma must be inserted between the name of the author and the date of publication. If a species is transferred from its original genus, the author's name must then be placed in parentheses. The name of a subsequent user of a scientific name must be separated from that of the original author by a semicolon or the word 'of'.

In describing new species, one specimen must be designated as the holotype; other specimens mentioned in the original description are to be designated as paratypes. Any additional specimens considered but not regarded as paratypes should be listed separately. For lectotype designations, please consider Declaration 44, Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 60(4), Dec. 2003, 263. The complete data of the holotype and paratypes, and the institutions in which they are deposited, must be recorded in the original description, e.g.:

Holotype, ♂, GREAT BRITAIN: Essex, Rainham, Warwick Wood, (Morris) (BMNH).

Paratypes, NEPAL: 1 ♂, 1 ♀, Chautara Dist., Choche Ridge, 2500 m, ex Quercus, 17.vii.1983 (Brendell) (BMNH); 1 ♂, 2 ♀, Katmandu, 1350 m, 6.vii.1982 (Allen) (BMNH; NMNH).

All material examined should be listed in similar format: localities should be cited in order of increasing precision as in the examples; names of countries should be in capitals. Sex symbols should be used rather than 'male' and 'female'.

Papers not conforming with these directives are liable to be returned to the author.

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:

Early View
Systematic Entomology is covered by Wiley Blackwell'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:

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.

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.

Wiley Blackwell's policy is to use permanent paper from mills that operate a sustainable forestry policy, and which has been manufactured from pulp that is processed using acid-free and elementary chlorine-free practices.  Furthermore, Wiley Blackwell ensures that the text paper and cover board used in all our journals has met acceptable environmental accreditation standards.

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.

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.

Author Services
Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track articles--once they have 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 emails at key stages of production so they do not 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.