Cover image for Vol. 15 Issue 3

Edited By: Kathy Kohm

Online ISSN: 1936-6779

Author Guidelines

Conservation Biology in Practice is a quarterly magazine dedicated to bridging the gap between conservation science, practice, and policy. Our style is best described as a hybrid between a magazine and journal-combining scholarly rigor with an accessible look and engaging writing style. In other words, not standard academic fare.

We welcome ideas/articles that can be translated into management action, and that reflect clear and innovative thinking along with outstanding jargon-free writing-a hefty but we believe worthwhile goal.

Submitting An Idea Or Article

The first step to submitting an article is to complete a 1-2 page proposal. This proposal can stand alone, or accompany a manuscript or outline. Either way, the proposal is key. We will use it to judge submissions relative to one another and make publication decisions in regular editorial meetings. We also hope it may help you clarify and sharpen your idea(s).

The proposal should succinctly address the following:

  • Proposed Title. As a matter of style, we try to begin article titles with an action verb (e.g., creating, changing, choosing, etc.) Crafting a final title is a cooperative effort between author(s) and editors.
  • What is your main message? If readers retain only one thing from your article, what do you want that to be? Or put another way, if we asked someone to describe your article a week after reading it, what would you like them to say?
  • Why is your message important-What are its implications? This is that quintessential editorial question, 'So what?' Why should a busy manager or policy maker read your article? What does it offer them? What is new, counterintuitive, or innovative about your message?
  • What is your source of information? (e.g., a study, personal experience, etc.)


Each issue is comprised of the following sections:

  • Features introduce readers to new ideas, research, and theories in conservation and discuss their practical applications. We welcome articles on the biological, ecological, and/or human dimensions of conservation Themes should reflect bold and original thinking that can be translated into management action. Authors should draw upon examples to illustrate key concepts and theories. (up to 4000 words).
  • Case Studies build on the idea that people learn through stories. They should focus on creative approaches to conservation challenges and highlight lessons from successes as well as failures. The writing style should be informal and draw upon anecdotes and personal experiences. We are more interested in how an important or widespread conservation problem/issue was addressed than in the idiosyncrasies of a particular case (up to 3000 words)
  • Tools & Techniques are concise reviews of new conservation tools, hands-on techniques, technologies, and equipment. This focused 'nuts and bolts' approach should emphasize practicality and applicability in the field. (up to 1500 words).
  • Numbers in Context is a 2-page spread of graphs, charts, tables, and other data. It relies on minimal text (up to 500 words) and is designed to give readers a quick, accessible way to grasp the context and relevance of often counter-intuitive results. We are particularly interested in the juxtaposition of data from different disciplines that provide readers with fresh perspectives on conservation trends and challenges.

Our Procedure and Policies

We do our best to make decisions on submissions within 2 months. Since our lead time to publication may be several months, articles should not be so time-bound that they will become quickly dated.

Initial acceptance of a proposal or manuscript (or the assignment of a commission) does not guarantee publication. After initial acceptance, authors and editors work closely on all revisions-often we go through several iterations.

Submissions are not subject to formal peer review. Rather, we rely on the comments and judgement of our editorial advisory board and other professionals prior to publication.


  • The best articles are engaging and draw upon anecdotes and stories to illustrate key concepts and/or theoretical points. We hold clarity, conciseness, and the lack of jargon in high esteem.
  • Graphics and illustrations are welcome. They should add to the text as well as be understandable on their own. Also keep in mind that all graphics and photos need to reproduce well in black and white. Following initial acceptance, we will work with you to revise and/or create graphics to fit our format.
  • Space for references is limited. We limit feature articles to ten references. Other sections do not generally have a literature cited section. However, we make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. We also request a list of 5-10 sources of further information for each article. These can be books, other articles, web sites, or contact information. This is one of our editorial goals-to introduce readers to a variety of ideas and information and lead them on to further resources.

Send proposals to

One copy via email or regular mail to The Editors, Conservation Biology in Practice, Department of Zoology, Box 351800, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1800
email; phone 206/685-4724; fax 206/221-7839

Please include your full contact information, including your title, company/institution/organization and its location.