Journal of Applied Entomology

Cover image for Vol. 140 Issue 9

Edited By: Stefan Vidal

Impact Factor: 1.517

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 30/94 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1439-0418

Author Guidelines

1. General Scope

The Journal of Applied Entomology publishes original articles on current research in applied entomology, including mites and spiders in terrestrial ecosystems. Research on stored product pests will be also accepted. The language of publication is English. All manuscripts are evaluated in a peer-review process.

2. Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors, whose native language is not English, are requested to consult a native English speaker before submission of their manuscript. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at

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.

 3. Recommendation of reviewers

Authors are requested to recommend at least 3 potential reviewers for their manuscript in the cover letter.

4. Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts have to be submitted electronically. Go to the Journal of Applied Entomology Manuscript Central site at

and create an account. The submission must be done from the corresponding author’s account.

For submission assistance, please contact:

Dr. Christine Denys

Journal of Applied Entomology

Editorial office (Managing Editor)

For technical problems when submitting your manuscript, you can contact the Editorial Office; alternatively contact ScholarOne directly:

5. Types of Manuscripts

Original contributions
Short communications
Advances in methodology
Book reviews

6. Manuscript Requirements

Manuscripts that do not strictly adhere to the instructions will not be accepted for further processing.

External form of the main text

Short communications and original articles must include Title, Short title (Running Head), Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables and Figures.

Original articles should not exceed 6,000 words (including blanks, without references).

Short communications should not exceed 1,500 words (including blanks, without references).

The manuscript has to be submitted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format.

The lines of the manuscript must be numbered consecutively throughout the entire manuscript.

Scientific names of genus, species, and subspecies should be formatted in italics.

The full name of species and subspecies must be used when first mentioned in a paper, and its abbreviation used thereafter.

Abbreviations must be explained in the text.

Authors are requested to use the International System of Units (SI, Système International d'Unités).

Manuscript title

Please limit the title to 16 words.

Manuscript short title

Please provide a short title (running head), a maximum of 8 words.

The Abstract should refer to the main hypotheses and results and emphasize the key findings of the research, indicating the generality and applicability of the results.

The Abstract should not exceed 300 words.

Provide a maximum of 7 key words to the abstract. Avoid overlap with the title.


References in Articles
Each reference should conform to the examples given below, with author names separated only by a comma as shown. Full stops should not be used in the forename initials. The name of a journal should be given in the abbreviated form, strictly following the codes given in

The References should be listed in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author and should give the full title of the paper. Anonymous contributions should be cited at the beginning of the bibliography.

In the running text, citations should be made as in the following examples: Beroks and Bode (1999), or (Richter 1991, 1993; Starck and Schneider 2001). Up to two authors, give the names; for more than two authors, give the name of the first author followed by "et al."

a. From journals

Engels H, Sinha A, Schuphan I, Eber S, 2008. Small-scale dispersal of the European corn borer and its relevance for resistance management in Bt maize. J Appl Entomol, 132, 675-680.

b. From books or other non-serial publications
Chapman RF, 1998. The insects - Structure and function. 4th edition. CambridgeUniversity Press, Cambridge.

c. From reference book contributions
Zlotkin E, 2001. Insecticides affecting voltage-gated ion channels. In: Biochemical site of insecticide action and resistance. Ed. by Ishaaya I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 43-76.

d. From unpublished work
Unpublished work should only be cited when it has been accepted for publication, and then together with the name of the journal in which it has been accepted.

Ciosi M, Toepfer S, Li H, Haye T, Kuhlmann U, Wang H, Siegfried B, Guillemaud T, 2008. European populations of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera are resistant to aldrin, but not to methyl-parathion. J Appl Entomol (in press).

e. From websites
Beckleheimer J, 1994. How do you cite URLs in a bibliography? [WWW document]. URL

 f.Online citation
Use the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number. 

Nestel D, Papadopoulos NT, Miranda Chueca MA, 2008. Current advances in the study of the ecol ogy of fruit flies from Europe, Africa and the Middle. J Appl Entomol, DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0418.2008.01378.x

Tables must be uploaded separately. Tables must be self-explanatory and accompanied by legends. Please number tables consecutively in the order in which they occur in the text. Tables should be created using the table function in MS Word. Please mark the position of the tables in the text.

Figures must be uploaded separately. Figure legends should be included with the main text of the manuscript, after the references.

Please number figures consecutively in the order in which they occur in the text. All figures must be provided in RTF, TIF, TIFF, EPS, PDF, Word, PPT or JPEG Format. Please mark the position of the figures in the text.

Line drawings should only be contour drawings without halftones (photo, shades of grey). Please do not use patterns; rough hatching is possible. Graphs with an x and y axis should not be enclosed in frames.

Colour figures (including photographs) must be accompanied by the Colour Work Agreement form (CWA). This form can be downloaded as a PDF file from the internet. If you are unable to download the form, please contact the editorial office and they will be able to email or fax a form to you.The cost for colour printing must be paid by the author.

Once completed, please return the form (hard copy with original signature) to Customer Services via regular mail to the address below:

Customer Services (OPI), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre, New Era Estate, Oldlands Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO22 9NQ, UK.

Manuscripts received with colour files WILL NOT be reproduced in colour unless a CWAF has been received.

7. Supporting Information
Supporting information can include additional figures, tables, appendices, videos or other data sets (including raw data, if appropriate). The most common video file types are supported providing they do not exceed a file size of 50MB. Authors wishing to submit larges files are advised to contact the journal's editor. This information will not be published in the printed edition of the journal, but will be viewable in the online edition. Supporting information should be succinct and designed with the aim to allow a complete and full understanding of the manuscript. Authors are encouraged to shift material of secondary importance to the online Supporting Information.

If you have previously provided Supporting Information with your article, please note it will not be edited or altered from its original format during the Production process. Although a proof of your Supporting Information is not available, it will appear online when your article is published.

8. Copyright Transfer
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 agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

9. Proof correction and offprints
The corresponding author will receive proofs via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF file which should be reviewed and returned without delay using the resubmission instructions 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.

10. Book reviews
Book reviews are usually published in the fields of ecology and entomology. At the beginning of each book review, precise bibliographic details must be given in the following form: Family name, followed by the Christian name initials of the author of the book; the book's title; which edition (if not the first); place of publication; name of publisher; year of publication; number of pages, figures and tables; ISBN; binding and retail price.

11. OnlineOpen
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's 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 the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

12. Author Services

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. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Last update: 12th April 2013