Insect Science

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 3

Edited By: Le Kang

Impact Factor: 2.144

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 12/92 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1744-7917



Author Guidelines


1. MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ins

We are looking forward to your submission.

2. EDITORIAL AND CONTENT CONSIDERATIONS

Aims and scope

Insect Science is an English-language journal, which publishes original research articles dealing with all fields of research in into insects and other terrestrial arthropods. Papers in any of the following fields will be considered: ecology, behavior, biogeography, physiology, biochemistry, sociobiology, phylogeny, pest management, and exotic incursions. The emphasis of the journal is on the adaptation and evolutionary biology of insects from the molecular to the ecosystem level. Reviews, mini reviews and letters to the editor, book reviews, and information about academic activities of the society are also published.

Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed by two reviewers. Reviewers’ evaluations are compiled by the Editor-in-Chief for sending to authors.

The Editor-in-Chief will advise authors whether a manuscript is accepted, should be revised or is rejected. Minor revisions are expected to be returned within four weeks of decision; major revisions within three months. Manuscripts not revised within these time periods are subject to withdrawal from consideration for publication unless the authors can provide extenuating circumstances.

A number of manuscripts will have to be rejected on the grounds of priority and available space. A manuscript may be returned to the authors without outside review if the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor find it inappropriate for publication in the journal. Similarly, the Editors may expedite the review process for manuscripts felt to be of high priority in order to reach a rapid decision. Such ‘fast-track decisions’ will normally occur within one week of receipt of the manuscript.

Authors may provide the Editor-in-Chief with the names, addresses and email addresses of up to three suitably qualified individuals of international standing who would be competent to referee the work, although the Editor-in-Chief will not be bound by any such nomination. Likewise, authors may advise of any individual who for any reason, such as potential conflict of interest, might be inappropriate to act as a referee, again without binding the Editor-in-Chief.

The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final. If, however, authors dispute a decision and can document good reasons why a manuscript should be reconsidered, a rebuttal process exists. In the first place, authors should write to the Editor-in-Chief.

Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of scientific content, the Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

Ethical Considerations

Use of Animals in Research

Any experiments involving animals must be demonstrated to be ethically acceptable and where relevant conform to national guidelines for animal usage in research.

Disclosure

All authors are required to disclose all potential conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations (other than those affiliations listed in the title page of the manuscript) relevant to the subject of their manuscript. This information should be provided under the heading titled ‘Disclosure,’ which should appear after the ‘Acknowledgment’ section and before the ‘References’ section. Authors without conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations relevant to the subject of their manuscript, should include a statement of no such interests in the Disclosure section of the manuscript. Failure to include this information in the manuscript may delay evaluation and review of the manuscript.

Plagiarism Detection

The journal 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.

Reproduction of Copyright Material

If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is the author’s responsibility to also obtain written permission for reproduction from the copyright owners. For more information visit Wiley’s Copyright Terms & Conditions FAQ at http://exchanges.wiley.com/authors/faqs---copyright-terms--conditions_301.html.

Committee on Publication Ethics

The journal is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Authorship and Acknowledgments

The journal adheres to the definition of authorship set up by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria: i) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; ii) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; iii) Final approval of the version to be published; and i) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under ‘Acknowledgements’.

3. MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Insect Science publishes original articles, reviews, mini reviews, letters to the editor and book reviews. Information about the academic activities of the society are also published.

Letters to the Editor. Letters to the Editor are short reports of a novel finding that is of general interest to the field. Specific format requirements for preparing a Letter:
1. LTEs require a brief and clear title of no more than 80 characters (including spaces).
2. LTEs should start with “Dear Editor,” followed by a brief paragraph to provide the rationale of the work, followed by results (including essential materials and methods) and discussion, and then funding and acknowledgements. The entire text should be should be limited to 1600 words and no more than 4 small display items (figures or tables). There should be no subheadings within letters. Author information should be included before the references. Supplementary information is allowed.

4. PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Author Services

Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of the Wiley ‘Author Services’ website: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/default.asp. This site includes useful information covering such topics as copyright matters, ethics and electronic artwork guidelines.

Pre-acceptance 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. Visit our site to learn about the options. All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Please note using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.

Optimising Your Article for Search Engines

Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo or similar. By optimising your article for search engines, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. We have compiled these guidelines to enable you to maximise the web-friendliness of the most public part of your article.

STYLE OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Spelling. The journal uses US spelling and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Merriam–Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Units. All measurements must be given in SI or SI-derived units. Please go to the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) website at http://www.bipm.fr for more information about SI units.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be used sparingly – only where they ease the reader’s task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.

Zoological nomenclature. All papers must conform to the latest edition of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Upon its first use in the title, abstract and text, the common name of a species should be followed by the scientific name (genus, species and authority) in parentheses. Genus names should not be abbreviated at the beginning of paragraphs.

Genetic nomenclature. Standard genetic nomenclature should be used. For further information, including relevant websites, authors should refer to the genetic nomenclature guide in Trends in Genetics (Elsevier Science, 1998).

Nucleotide Sequence Data. Nucleotide sequence data can be submitted in electronic form to any of the three major collaborative databases: DDBJ, EMBL or GenBank. It is only necessary to submit to one database as data are exchanged between DDBJ, EMBL and GenBank on a daily basis. The suggested wording for referring to accession-number information is: ‘These sequence data have been submitted to the DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank databases under accession number U12345’.

Addresses are as follows:
DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ) http://www.ddbj.nig.ac.jp
EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Submissions http://www.ebi.ac.uk
GenBank http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

8. STRUCTURE OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words, (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgments, (v) disclosure (vi) references, (vii) appendices, (viii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (x) figure legends. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter. Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files. Manuscripts, including the references, should be double-spaced, line and page numbered.

Title page

The title page should contain: (i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (ii) the full names of the authors (iii) the addresses of the author’s affiliated institutions at which the work was carried out (iv) a short running title (no more than 40 characters, abbreviations are permitted) (v) the full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Abstract and key words

All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 300 words or fewer the purpose, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. Six key words (for the purposes of indexing) should be supplied below the abstract in alphabetical order.

Text

Authors should use the following subheadings to divide the sections of their manuscript: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion.

Acknowledgments

The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

Disclosure

At the time of submission, each author must disclose and describe any involvement, financial or otherwise, that might potentially bias his or her work. Disclosure must be included in the text of the manuscript.

References

• The Harvard (author, date) system of referencing is used (examples are given below).
• In the text give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000).
• If there are two authors use ‘and: Baskin and Baskin (1998); but if cited within parentheses write use ‘&’: (Smith & Jones 2001).
• When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002).
• If several papers by the same authors and from the same year are cited, a,b,c etc should be inserted after the year of publication.
• In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order.
• In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al.
• Do not use ibid. or op cit.
• Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith, 2000, unpublished data).
• All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.
• Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Journal article

Zhao, Y.X. and Kang, L. (2002) Role of plant volatiles in host plant location of the leafminer, Liriomyza sativae (Diptera: Agromyzidae). Physiological Entomology, 27, 103-111.

Online Article Not Yet Published in an Issue

An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allow an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.

Wang, C., Henderson, G. Gautam, B.K., Chen J. and Bhatta, D. (2015) Panic escape polyethism in worker and soldier Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Insect Science, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12206.

Books

Wratten, S.D. and Fry, G.I.A. (1996) Field and Laboratory Exercises in Ecology. Edward Arnold, London. pp. 98–103.

Chapter in a book

Kaplan, A.I. (2003) Entomological societies. Encyclopedia of Insects (eds. V.H. Rush & R.T. Carde), pp. 369–373. Academic Press, New York.

Tables

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate sheet with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡,§, ¶ should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Figure legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Figures

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals, and cited in consecutive order in the text. Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name.

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication: Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (line art) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programs. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible).

For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: line art: >600 dpi; half-tones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi.

More advice on figures can be found at Wiley’s guidelines for preparation of figures: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp

Color figures. Figures submitted in color may be reproduced in color online free of charge. If an author wishes to have figures printed in color in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged.

5. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Manuscripts should be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ins

• A cover letter should be included in the ‘Cover Letter Field’ of the ScholarOne system. The text can be entered directly into the field or uploaded as a file.

• The covering letter must contain:
- An acknowledgment that all authors have contributed significantly
- A statement that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

• As the journal is single-blind reviewed only one Word-file needs to be submitted. This should include both the title apge and the main text, including tables and figure legends but excluding figures which should be supplied separately. The text should be prepared using Microsoft Word, doubled-spaced. The top, bottom and side margins should be 30 mm. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right-hand corner, beginning with the title page. Line numbers should be included.

• Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files will be required.

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6. COVER IMAGE SUBMISSIONS

Authors are encouraged to submit potential cover images for the issue their article will be published. Suggestions can be sent in at any time from acceptance of the manuscript to completion of the page proof corrections. Authors are welcome to submit up to three images for consideration. A low-resolution image is sufficient for initial submission – if your suggestion is chosen for the cover we will contact you with a request for a higher resolution file for publication (details below). A cover image should above all be eye-catching. The cover is a showcase for the journal and your research.

Decisions on cover images are made after papers for inclusion in each issue have been finalised. The editorial team will select those images they consider most appropriate for the cover.

When a cover image is chosen, the author will be asked to provide:
• A high-resolution file of the image, saved as either a TIFF or PSD file. The actual resolution may vary, but should be high enough (> 300 dpi) that the image is clear and sharp.
• A short (50–80 words) description of the cover and the work it represents should be included. This description will be featured as the cover caption.

Final figure files can be sent to the editorial office by e-mail. If the files are too large to be sent by e-mail, it may be sent via flash-drive to the editorial office.

If your suggested cover is selected and published, we will provide you with a high-resolution PDF version. A hard copy of the issue is available free of charge from the editorial office.

7. COPYRIGHT, LICENSING AND ONLINE OPEN

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. 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.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.

8. PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE

Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article 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 corresponding author will receive 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 http://www.authorservices.wiley.com/ for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Accepted Articles

The journal offers Wiley’s Accepted Articles service for all manuscripts. This service ensures that accepted ‘in press’ manuscripts are published online very soon after acceptance, prior to copy-editing or typesetting. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance. Given that copyright licensing is a condition of publication, a completed copyright form is required before a manuscript can be processed as an Accepted Article.

Proofs

Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed 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. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation 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 http://www.doi.org/faq.html.

9. POST ACCEPTANCE

Article PDF for authors

A PDF of the article will be made available to the corresponding author via Author Services.

Printed Offprints

Printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: http://offprint.cosprinters.com/cos. If you have queries about offprints please e-mail: offprint@cosprinters.com.

Author Marketing Toolkit

The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provides authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.

10. EDITORIAL OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS

Dr Yun Xian Zhao
Managing Editor
Email: zhaoyx@ioz.ac.cn
Tel: +86 10 64807095 Fax: +86 10 64807099
Address: Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Beijing 100101, China.

Author Guidelines updated 13 October 2015

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