Writer's Guidelines for REPTILIA (April 2011)
Reptilia is an international quarterly magazine covering diverse aspects of reptiles, amphibians, and occasionally arthropods. We strive to educate and entertain our readers with current, scientifically sound information, eye-catching photography and illustrations, and exciting design. Our aim is to provide reliable and easily understood information — for amateurs and professionals alike — to foster educated appreciation of reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods, and to encourage and facilitate their protection in the wild and responsible care and breeding in captivity.
Article themes include natural history, terrarium keeping, veterinary care, conservation, and legislation. To see the kinds of articles we publish, check recent issues of our magazine, or the sample articles posted online at www.reptilia.net.
What we are looking for
Reptilia welcomes original nonfiction articles on reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, and related topics. Please do not send us articles that have been published or submitted elsewhere.
If you are interested in writing for Reptilia, it is best to check with us first to make sure we have not recently published a very similar article, and do not have one by a different author forthcoming. You can get an idea about recently published articles by checking our back issues online (www.reptilia.net).
Articles must be attractively illustrated with good photographs, and, if necessary, maps, illustrations, and diagrams. Articles lacking a sufficient number of suitable photos may not be published. Reptilia is not a technical scientific journal. We prefer articles that appeal to, and are easily understood by a wide range of readers. The general language of the article should not be too technical. If technical terms are used they should be explained when they first appear in the text, or in a glossary at the end of the article.
We prefer articles describing original personal experience rather than collections of citations of other works. Some citations are acceptable, and indeed necessary in some cases, but we don’t have space for lengthy lists of references. Acknowledgments are nice for those mentioned, but do not benefit our readers and take up valuable space that could otherwise be used for text and photos.
Feature articles (2,000–2,500 words). These articles should be well organized and complete. Articles on captive care should include information on natural history (e.g., habitat, diet, activity patterns, adult size, and lifespan) in addition to full coverage of enclosure setup and maintenance (e.g., enclosure type and size, substrate, furnishing, lighting, temperature, humidity, cleaning, etc.) and care of the animal (feeding, handling, behavior and temperament in captivity, health, etc.). Articles on breeding should cover all aspects of preparing the animals (e.g., hibernation), courtship and mating, gestation, nesting, incubation, and care of offspring.
Feature articles may also cover the herpetofauna of particular locations or regions, specific aspects of terrarium keeping (e.g., lighting, substrates, etc.), conservation, and other topics. Discussions of controversial issues are acceptable as long as they are well documented and fairly presented.
Notes (900–1,000 words). This type of article allows for sharing personal experiences with herps, especially captive breeding experiences, in a briefer format than feature articles. Notes should nonetheless be written out as short articles.
Photoreports (about 900 words). These are short texts to accompany galleries of photographs. One Photoreport is published each issue, corresponding with the cover theme, and must be coordinated with us first. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text. Manuscripts may be written in Spanish, German, or English. Please write in your native language if possible. We have translators.
Include your contact information as part of the text document — name, e-mail, telephone, and mailing address. This is for our internal use only. We do not publish author contact information.
Please help us by being careful with spelling, grammar, and typing. Writing style should favor clarity. Format should be simple. Do not try to create a layout design with photos, tabulations, extra spaces, underlining, or various fonts, type sizes, or type styles. These will not correspond with our format or layout design, and will only complicate our job.
The only format elements that will help us, and are requested, are the following. Scientific genus and species names should be in italics. Reference citations in the text and bibliographies at the end of the article should follow our format (refer to recently published articles for examples).
If common names are used for animals and plants, they should always be accompanied by the scientific names on first appearance.
Our editors may make minor changes and corrections without sending a manuscript back to the author for review.
Tables and charts. If tables or charts are useful, they should be numbered and named and self-explanatory.
Photographs. Reptilia is renowned for impressive photography. Photos should be in sharp focus, with good lighting, and include a variety of interesting views.
If photos are submitted digitally they should be in .jpg format, and of highest quality (with little or no reduction or compression). A good image size is the equivalent of 15 x 20 centimeters at 300 dpi (occupying about 1.5–3 MB on the desktop or in an e-mail, or about 15 MB decompressed).
All photo .jpg files should be named simply with a short version of the name of the author of the article (the same on every photo) and numbered (e.g., SMITH_01.jpg, SMITH_02.jpg, SMITH_03.jpg, etc.). A list of captions corresponding to the same numbers should be included at the end of the article manuscript. Captions should be short but varied (not just the name of the animal repeated on each photo), and should include the name of the photographer (e.g., "Adult male in defensive posture. Photo: R. Jones")
Manuscripts must be submitted as Word documents or compatible. We prefer that articles be sent by e-mail. Photos should be sent separately (not pasted into the Word document), in several e-mails if necessary.
The acceptance of an article for review does not constitute a contract for publication. Our editors may reject an article for reasons of content or form.
Payment is made upon publication, during the month of the issue in which the work appears. Each article is paid once, even though it is published in several language editions of Reptilia (English, Spanish, and possibly German).
Pay rates are as follows:
Feature articles with 5–6 photos, 120 euros.
Short notes with 4–5 photos, 60 euros.
Photoreports with at least 18–30 photos, 145 euros.
Authors are sent copies of the magazine issues in which their articles appear. Authors will be sent one copy each of the English and Spanish editions, and may request additional copies.
For further information please contact:
C/ Bisbe Urquinaona, 34
08860 - Castelldefels (Barcelona)
Tel.: 0034 - 93 205 01 20
Fax: 0034 - 93 280 64 94