Agricultural and Forest Entomology

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 1

Edited By: Allan D. Watt, Hefin Jones and Barbara Ekbom

Impact Factor: 1.805

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 19/94 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1461-9563

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

Author Guidelines

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Agricultural and Forest Entomology aims to provide a natural home for the best papers on entomological research in agroecosystems and managed forests. It welcomes high quality original research papers on the biology, population dynamics, impact and management of insect and other arthropod pests of forest, agricultural and horticultural crops. All cropping systems within these sectors are of interest; including forest plantations, semi-natural forest stands, seed orchards, fruit orchards, agroforestry systems, grassland, arable and horticultural field and protected crops.

Agricultural and Forest Entomology will also publish papers on the management of agroecosystems and managed forests for the diversity of insects and other arthropods, particularly where this is relevant to pest management.

Papers from any region of the world will be welcome.

Agricultural and Forest Entomology will publish original research, review articles on topics of current relevance and a series of short critical commentaries. These short papers and review articles form an integral part of the journal but are usually commissioned. Potential authors should contact the Editors before submitting them.

We aim to provide rapid publication and speedy responses to authors, with all papers being critically reviewed by at least two independent referees. The peer review process will ensure that articles are both rigorous and readable.

Agricultural and Forest Entomology is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Papers 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 will not be considered. A numbered abstract of up to 250 words should be provided. The text should normally be divided into Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion sections. Please examine recent issues for details of acceptable style and format. See below for further details. Manuscripts which do not conform to the standards outlined will be returned to the author(s) with a request that they are edited to meet these standards prior to submission.

Short critical reviews - Issues in Agricultural and Forest Entomology - and longer review articles will be published. These will usually be commissioned, and potential authors should contact the Editors before submitting them.

Submission of manuscripts
Manuscripts should be submitted online at Please provide:
 - A covering letter including your full contact details and those of any co-authors
 - A Word file containing your text, figure legends, tables and any figures embedded at the end.

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 Agricultural and Forest Entomology and are accepted on the understanding that they have not been, and will not be, published elsewhere. If accepted, papers become the copyright of the Journal. Authors must give signed consent to publication, but permission to use material elsewhere (e.g. in review articles) will normally be granted on request.

Conflict of Interest
Agricultural and Forest 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.

Preparation of artwork
Please prepare your figures according to the publisher's Electronic Artwork Guidlines. Although low quality images (GIF/JPG) are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images (TIFF/EPS). The Editorial Office will request that high-quality electronic figures are provided once your paper has been accepted.

• 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.

Presentation of manuscripts
The author's name, full postal address, telephone number, fax number and email address of the author to whom readers should address correspondence and offprint requests should be given on the title page. Present addresses of authors should appear as a footnote. A running title of not more than 50 characters, including spaces, should be provided and five to ten key words for indexing purposes.

All papers must include an Abstract not exceeding 250 words which should be made as far as possible intelligible to a more general audience. The Abstract should be presented as a series of factual, numbered statements. The main text should normally be subdivided into Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. The Results and Discussion sections can include additional subheadings.

All pages must be numbered consecutively. Line numbering should also be used. Tables, figures, figure legends and acknowledgements should be submitted on separate pages following the main text. The preferred position of tables and figures should be indicated in the margin of the text. Footnotes should not be used.

Give the scientific name of each species in full, together with the authority for its name where appropriate, at first mention in the main text. Do not give authorities for species cited from published references. Where a scientific name follows its common name, it should not be separated by a comma or brackets.

After an analysis of variance, further simultaneous testing of treatment means should not be done, except for specific comparisons planned prior to the experiment. Results of statistical analysis should always be presented in full with statistical results (e.g. F values), degrees of freedom and P values (e.g. PTables and Figures
Original drawings or photographs should be supplied for reproduction. Figures will be reduced to single column width (80 mm), two-thirds page width (110 mm) or full page width (169 mm) and should be planned accordingly.

Colour Work Agreement forms
It is the policy of Agricultural and Forest 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. 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:

Customer Services (OPI)
John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre
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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.

Authors should use the Harvard system. Only full articles which have been published or are 'in press' (i.e. accepted for publication) 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 author's initials and surname. It is the author's 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. Journal titles should be given in full.

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. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Page proofs will be available 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.

Author material archive policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of 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.

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.

Cover Photographs
Photographs suitable for the cover of Agricultural and Forest Entomology are welcomed by the Editors. It is not essential that these should be related to submitted papers. 

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:

Author Services
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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 appropriate 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.