Insect Conservation and Diversity

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Edited By: Simon R. Leather, Yves Basset and Raphael K. Didham

Impact Factor: 1.937

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 18/87 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1752-4598

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

Author Guidelines

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Editorial policy
Papers submitted to Insect Conservation & Diversity should be original research papers on aspects pertaining mainly to aspects of insect conservation and diversity.  Papers concerning other arthropods will also be considered.  Reviews, Mini-Reviews, short communications detailing innovative techniques or methodological approaches and thought provoking forum type articles on any aspect of insect conservation ranging from policy matters to conjecture based on a solid science base are welcomed.

Papers should be in clear concise English and written in the passive voice. They should not exceed 6000 words of text (12 printed pages) but longer papers of particular merit may be accepted. Papers submitted must not have been published or accepted for publication by any other journal.

Ethical considerations will be taken into account in considering the acceptability of papers, and the editors' decision on this, as on other aspects, will be final. Insect Conservation and Diversity is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Short communications should consist of a short abstract and should have a combined results and discussion section. The paper should be no more than 1500 words and should be limited to one figure and one table.  

Conflict of Interest
Insect Conservation and Diversity 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.

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and to collectively list in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgment section) and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

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.

Author material archive policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all submitted hardcopy or electronic material two 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.

Preparation of the manuscript
Examine recent issues for details of acceptable style and format. Manuscripts should be prepared in Word, double spaced with wide margins, preferably in A4 format. Tables must be on separate sheets, and should be self-explanatory. Figure legends should be grouped together on a separate sheet.

All papers should contain:

  • An informative, concise title (up to 20 words)
  • A running title (up to 40 characters)
  • A self-contained abstract of less than 250 words presented as a series of factual, numbered statements
  • Up to 10 keywords
  • The 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 first page (this will appear as a footnote in the journal and the publishers will send proofs to this author and address unless contrary instructions are written on the manuscript).

Taxonomic affiliation and authority should be given at the first mention of a species in the text.  References should conform to the name-and-date system; titles of periodicals should not be abbreviated.

To reduce confusion, Insect Conservation & Diversity has a standard set of guidelines for the presentation of statistical analyses. Click here for a list of commonly used abbreviations and their definitions, and these do not need to be explained in the text. Authors must however, clearly state what statistical approaches were used in their analyses (supported where relevant by adequate references). Where statistics are presented in the text, we ask that the authors follow the presentation guidelines provided below.

After an analysis of variance, further simultaneous testing of treatment means should not be done, except for specific comparisons planned prior to the experiment. Simple measures of variability (e.g. SE, LSD, CI) should always accompany means. The same data should not be given in both tables and figures.

We would also request that authors ensure a match between the tests used and figures provided in the text. For example, where non-parametric tests are used (e.g. Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA), it is inappropriate to present the mean and standard error of the analysed data. Instead the median and an indicator of variation about the median (e.g. inter-quartiles) should be provided. 

Preparation of artwork
• Prepare your figures according to the publisher's Electronic Artwork Guidelines.  Although low quality images (GIF/JPG) are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images (TIFF/EPS) to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. The Editorial Office will request the high-quality electronic figures and one good-quality hard copy of the 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 (see Electronic Artwork Guidelines)] 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: 80 mm (single column) or 165 mm (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.

Citations of online databases
The Internet contains data that are not present in the literature in their complete form. This is particularly true for DNA sequences, which are posted to sites such as NCBI, and X-ray crystallographic coordinate files, which are available from RCSB. These will usually be associated with a journal article, which you should cite as:

Luger, K., Mader, A. W., Richmond, R. K., Sargent, D. F. and Richmond, T. J. (1997) Crystal structure of the nucleosome core particle at 2.8 Å resolution. Nature 389, 251. <> 1st September 2005.

Citations of other websites
If the webpage is not associated with any sort of 'real' literature, it is acceptable to cite the URL directly as though it were a book, with the URL as the 'publisher':

United States Government Central Intelligence Agency (2005) The world fact-book. <> 1st September 2005.

A future reader should be able to find the material you have cited easily, even if the URL no longer exists.

Supporting Information/Supplementary Material
'Supporting Information' is important to the findings of a paper but cannot be included in the printed copy due to space or format constraints. This information is made available on the Publisher's website when a paper is published. Normally this should not exceed 1500 words, no more than 5 tables and figures.  All such material must accompany manuscripts when they are originally submitted and will be reviewed with the main paper. The arrangements for depositing the material on the web will be made by the Publisher after the manuscript has been accepted for publication. Supporting Information can be data files (e.g. extensive species lists), movies or extensive tables of information. This Information should enhance a reader’s understanding of the paper, but is not essential to the understanding of the paper. All Supporting Information should be self-explanatory.  

Colour Work Agreement forms
It is the policy of Insect Conservation and Diversity 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, Blackwell Publishing 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. Once completed, please return the form to Customer Services at the address below:

Customer Services (OPI)
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Any article received by Wiley Blackwell with colour work will not be published until the form has been returned.
*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:

Submission of the manuscript
All material must be submitted via the electronic site.
Manuscripts which do not conform to the standards outlined here will be returned to the author(s) with a request that they are edited to meet these standards.

Pre-submission 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. 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.

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 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:

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.
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.

Dr Simon R Leather
Editor-in-Chief,  Insect Conservation & Diversity
Division of Biology
Imperial College London
Silwood Park campus
Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7PY

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