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Journal of Vector Ecology

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Edited By: Dr. Marc J. Klowden, University of Idaho

Online ISSN: 1948-7134

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Contributors
The Journal of Vector Ecology is an international, open access journal published by the Society for Vector Ecology. It is concerned with all aspects of the biology, ecology, and control of arthropod and vertebrate vectors and the interrelationships between the vectors and the agents of disease that they transmit. The journal publishes original research articles and scientific notes, as well as comprehensive reviews of vector biology based on presentations at society meetings, with an audience consisting of entomologists and vector biologists. All papers are reviewed by at least two qualified scientists who recommend their suitability for publication. Acceptance of manuscripts is based on their scientific merit and is the final decision of the Editor, Marc J. Klowden, (, but these decisions may be appealed to the Editorial Board. Submission of a manuscript implies that it has not been published previously and not under consideration in another journal.

Publication charges
Flat rate charges for the online/open access publication of papers in the Journal of Vector Ecology partially defray the cost of publication. Charges are payable when page proofs are returned and before publication can occur.

Vector Ecology Publication

To qualify for the member rate, at least one author of the publication must be a SOVE member. SOVE members who are unable to pay page charges may apply for a limited number of waivers. As shown above, authors from developing countries qualify for lower rates. Developing countries are identified by the World Bank according to their Gross National Income (GNI) per capita per year. Countries with a GNI of ≤$11,905 (US$) are defined as developing.

Journal publication is exclusively online, available at the journal web site ( ). Unlimited copies of articles can be printed from these files. Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be submitted online at Review of manuscripts generally takes 8 weeks before a decision for publication is reached.

Manuscripts should be organized under the following headings:

List the title of the paper, authors’ names, institutions where the work was done, name, address, and email address of corresponding author to whom proofs are to be sent. Six to 8 keywords should also be included.

An Abstract of no more than 250 words precedes the Introduction. The one-paragraph Abstract should be written in complete sentences and should concisely state the objectives, the experimental design of the study, and the principal observations and conclusions.

The Introduction should provide the rationale for the study. The purpose for writing the paper should be stated concisely, along with a brief review of the pertinent literature to allow readers to gain a perspective and evaluate the results without needing to refer to prior publications on the topic.

Provide full experimental details that will form the basis for repetition of your experiments by others. Experimental animals should be identified by genus, species, and strain, where applicable. Chemicals and instruments used should be described generically to avoid potential advertisements. The methods that are used should be described precisely and chronologically as they were performed in the experiments. Ordinary statistical methods may be referred to without requiring literature citations.

The Results section is the most important part, yet should be the shortest. Provide an overall description of your experiments and then present the data. These should be presented without the redundancy of commenting with text descriptions while also displaying figures and tables. Figures and tables must be numbered consecutively, each with a legend, with figures in high resolution (tiff, jpeg, or pdf format) and tables in spreadsheet format. Tables should be designed so they fit adequately on a single page. Figures and their lettering should be uniform in size and may be either in color or black and white; there is no additional charge to publish color figures. Figure legends must be submitted separately from the figures themselves. Meaningful and justified statistics can be used to describe the results.

The Discussion should not be a repetition of the Results. Begin by discussing the most important findings of your work and describe their significance and relationships to previously published work. Present your conclusions and provide your experimental evidence that supports each one. There is no need for a separate Conclusions section.

Acknowledge the support of institutions, agencies, and grants for the completion of your research. Thank individuals who do not qualify as authors for their help. If research involves vertebrate animals, provide the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee protocol number. When appropriate, as for evaluating insect traps, for example, any conflicts of interest or their absence should be reported.

References in the text should be cited by the name of the authors and the year of publication in parentheses. References by three or more authors are cited by the first author and "et al."

…Wigglesworth (1936) reported…

…the study by Jones and Crawford (2011) examined…

…has been reported (Lea et al. 1967).

Unless the contribution is a review of the field, do not feel obligated to cite multiple references for statements of common knowledge or previous work. References in the References Cited section must be arranged alphabetically, formatted as:

Journal article
Jones, A., B. Smith, and D.J.K. Tyler. 1996.
Role of host odors in the attraction of mosquitoes. J. Insect Biol. 64: 27-32.

Day, R.M. 1999. Culture of Mosquito Parasites. John Wiley & Sons, NY. 496 pp.

Book chapter
Steinhorst, H.H. 2013. Ovarian dynamics after a blood meal. In: A.S. Sears and P.Y.R. Roebuck (eds.), Mosquito Biology for Students. Academic Press, San Diego CA. pp. 45-64.

Articles that have been submitted but not yet accepted, and theses and dissertations, should be noted parenthetically in the text and not listed in the References Cited. Only articles accepted by peer-reviewed publications should be listed.

Scientific Notes
Preliminary studies and significant observations may be submitted as Scientific Notes. Notes should include the Title Page, Acknowledgements, and References Cited sections, as described above, and do not require an Abstract. Notes are generally 2-3 published pages (approximately 8 typed pages) and may contain up to 3 tables or figures and up to 4 15 references. Scientific Notes undergo the same degree of peer review as do Research Articles.

Authorship policy follows the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Authorship is granted only to those who have made substantial contributions to the paper in all three of these criteria: (1) the conception or design, or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work, (2) drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content, and (3) final approval of the version to be submitted and published. All authors must agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work, the conduct, analysis, and writing of the manuscript, and should have knowledge of and approval for its submission.

General manuscript instructions

  • Do not use abbreviations to begin sentences
  • Use only one space between sentences.
  • Use tabs rather than multiple spaces to distribute text.
  • Number all pages of the manuscript consecutively.
  • The word "Figure" written in the text should not be abbreviated.
  • Figures should be submitted as high resolution tiff, jpeg, or pdf files. Do not
    embed them in the manuscript file.
  • Spell non-technical terms according to the current Webster's International
  • Always spell out numbers when they appear as the first word in a sentence.
    Numbers indicating units should be Arabic numerals when followed by
    abbreviations (e.g., 15 mm, 5 s, 25 ml). The numbers one to ten should be written
    as words in the text; higher numbers should be in Arabic numerals.

A single set of page proofs will be sent to the author as a pdf. All corrections should be marked clearly directly on page proofs and returned to the editorial office promptly. Once in page proof, major editing can no longer be made without incurring extra charges. An invoice listing publication charges will accompany the page proof. The charges must be paid before publication.