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IBIS – Submission

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Anyone can submit a manuscript for publication, and what’s more, it’s totally free to publish in IBIS – no page charges! Authors can opt to pay for Open Access allowing anyone to view the full version of their published paper. Open Access can be paid for on publication or retrospectively see here.

Your manuscript
Manuscripts should be submitted in English as Word documents (.doc or .docx).
Figures should be uploaded separately.

Please ensure that the track changes feature has been turned off and any reviewing notes removed before submission or they will be visible throughout the review process. Please also remove any reference manager field codes such as EndNote from your submitted manuscript.

On acceptance, you will be required to upload your manuscript as one text file and additional high resolution graphics files; TIFF (.tiff), high-resolution JPG (.jpg) or EPS (.eps) are our preferred formats. We can also work with PDF (.pdf) files if these are easier to create when using R software.

Full upload instructions and support are available online from the submission site via the ‘Get Help Now’ button.
Please submit your covering letter or comments to the editor when prompted online.

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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. 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.

Manuscript presentation
For authors new to scientific publication, or authors who are not native English speakers, we recommend the following guidelines: http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines

We recognise that formatting a manuscript to a particular journal style is onerous and welcome submissions that meet only the following minimum formatting requirements. If the manuscript proceeds to a revision, we will send authors more detailed information on how to format their manuscript to IBIS style.

Manuscripts should be written in English. All text, including tables, figure captions and reference list should be double-spaced, with line and page numbers.

The scientific name of a species is given only the first time the species is mentioned in the text.Thereafter, the common name is used. Authors should follow the IOC list- see http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
Apply capitals as follows: ‘Short-eared Owl’, ‘Red-winged Grey Warbler’, but ‘owls’, ‘warblers’.

Text for Original Papers and Short Communications should be divided into the following sections and appear in the order:

  • Title page
    – Short running page heading, title, author names and affiliations
    – Please try to avoid titles in the form of questions, titles with colons and titles with unnecessary ‘gimmicky’ elements, such as: ‘Life in the fast lane: does flight speed vary with wing length?’
    – Try to use words in the title that are useful for indexing and information retrieval.
  • Abstract (for a Short Communication we only require a four sentence abstract)
    – If any aspect of your manuscript relates to current environmental policy, or conservation issues, then please include within your abstract how your work relates to them. This will help us to promote your work
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
    – Inserted in the text in parentheses in full for single and dual authored papers, but using the first author and et al. for multiple authored papers.
    – Reference to personal communications, unedited and un-refereed work, and work that is unpublished should be minimal and should appear in the text only.
    – It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication.
    – References in the list should be in a neutral style, as they will be formatted electronically at the editing/proofing stage.
    – Data citation IBIS requires data to be cited in the same way as article, book and web sources are cited, and you should include data citations as part of your reference list. When citing or making claims based on data, you must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. We recommend the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles: 
    – – Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)
  • Appendices
  • Supporting Online Material (SOM)
    SOM comprises additional relevant appendices, figures, tables or data (including audio or video files) that is only published online, and is not copy edited. Such material should not be necessary for readers to judge the scientific value and message of your manuscript; all necessary information should be included in the main manuscript. SOM is an opportunity to elaborate and illustrate your argument further for the interested reader, to include raw data too extensive for print, or to include additional results that support the main results given in the main manuscript. Authors are encouraged to include as SOM items such as sound files, sonograms, and photographs where these add value to the manuscript.Authors are strongly encouraged to make available in the SOM the full datasets on which the manuscript is based.

    Photographs: if you have any good quality photographs of your study species, or related subject, please upload these in the SOM (marked with appropriate copyright on the image itself, e.g. © Steve Dudley in one corner), as these can be used to help us promote your paper in our newsletters and on social media. Landscape images (ratio 2:1), or square images, are easier to use than portrait images. More information here.

    The availability of SOM should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the references, providing titles of figures, tables, etc. Reference to SOM should be inserted in the text in parentheses (e.g. Supporting Online Information table S1 or figure S1)

    SOM appears online only and there is no charge for colour. You will find more details here

  • Tables
  • Figure legends
  • FiguresGraphics and electronic artwork
    Table and figure legends should be included within the text file and contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text. Each should begin with a short title for the figure. All symbols and abbreviations should be explained with a key.

    Numerical results should be presented either as tables or figures. Tables should be an integral part of the text file. They should have a brief descriptive title and be self-explanatory. Units should appear in parentheses in the column headings, not in the body of the table. Repeated words or numerals on successive lines should be written in full.

    You will find detailed guidance on electronic artwork here.

    IBIS welcomes colour figures and plates, although the cost of colour in the print version must be borne by the author. The exception is Review papers, for which colour printing is free. Colour figures will be published online free of charge; however, the journal charges for printing colour figures. If you supply colour figures, you will be invited to complete a colour charge agreement in RightsLink for Author Services at Early View publication. You will have the option of paying immediately with a credit or debit card, or you can request an invoice. If you choose not to purchase color printing, the figures will be converted to black and white for the print issue of the journal.

    In the event that an author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures, IBIS offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures for free in the online version of the article, but in black and white in the print version). Authors wishing to have figures in colour online but black and white in print must submit both colour and black and white versions of the figures for review. The same legend must be used for both the colour and the black and white versions of the same figure, so authors must ensure that the same legend adequately describes both versions. The black and white print version must be fully interpretable by readers of the print issue; where this is not possible (e.g. in the case of colour maps with many elements), the colour print reproduction cost must be paid by the author.

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