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SALAMANDRA - German Journal of Herpetology

Instructions for authors

SALAMANDRA is a broadly based herpetological journal of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde e.V. (DGHT). It publishes results of original research and review articles in all fields of herpetology, including phylogeny, systematics, faunistics, ethology, ecology, physiology, conservation biology and captive breeding. Articles are exclusively published in English. If you are not a native speaker, it is recommended to consult a native speaker to read your manuscript prior to submission.

Manuscripts have to be submitted electronically to DGHT: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Alternatively, send files on CD to DGHT, P.O. Box 12 04 33, 68055 Mannheim, Germany. You are invited to suggest referees (who should not be close collaborators) accompanied by their E-mail addresses.

Text files have to be in RTF or Microsoft Word format (1.5 lines spacing, Times, font size 12 pt, left justified). Upon submission, figures (low resolution) and tables should be added on separate sheets following the text body (not imbedded within the text). After final acceptance of the manuscript, pictures must be submitted as electronic files in high resolution TIFF or JPEG format (minimum width of 170 mm at 400 dpi), as it is also obligate for line drawings, maps and diagrams. Figures and tables have to be numbered. Make sure that text within figures is large and clear enough, even if reduced to column width in printing.

All manuscripts should have a title page with only title, author(s) plus address(es) and suggested running head. Major articles should include title, author(s), authors' addresses, detailed abstract (at maximum about 15% of the length of text body), up to 10 key words in addition to the title, and in the following order introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references (which can be followed by an appendix or appendices). The sections material and methods, results and discussion can be combined or exchanged by other sections, if expedient. Start figure captions on a new page. All scientific genus and species names must be in italics. Use Small Capitals for authors cited in text and in references. Do not use completely CAPITALIZED words in any part of the text. Do not use any format of letters except of italics, bold and Small Capitals. Avoid using footnotes. Do not use hyphenation. Throughout the manuscript never use tabs, nor double or more space typing. Only literature cited within the text shall be included in references. Multiple publications by an author or a team of authors within the same year should be indicated by a, b, c forth. Use “&” (not “and”) when citing a reference by two authors and “et al.” when more than two authors are involved. Avoid comma between author(s) and year of publication except when author(s) of taxa is/are meant. Personal communications or unpublished data shall be cited as follows (examples): (W. Böhme pers. comm.) or (W. Böhme unpubl. data). Worldwide web sources have to be cited by author and year in references.

For style and the correct format, especially of citations including world wide web citations, refer to our manuscript and published publication provided here as examples.

Shorter contributions are also accepted and should include title, author(s), address(es), main text body, acknowledgements and references. Generally, the text of shorter contributions should follow the structure of major articles; however, do not include headings with the exception of acknowledgements and references. These shorter contributions will appear as so-called Correspondence in the issue.

Taxonomic works must follow the current “International Code of Zoological Nomenclature”. Descriptions of new species/subspecies must include at least designation of a preserved holotype, collection number, exact locality including political units, e.g. departments, altitude above sea level and geographic coordinates (e.g. Isecheno, 00°12’39’’ N, 34°46’36’’ E, 1550 m above sea level, southern Kakamega Forest, Kakamega District, Western Province, Kenya), detailed description of the holotype and a diagnosis (the diagnosis should compare the new species/subspecies with all closely related taxa). Include measurements, as usually used for the respective taxonomic group, of the holotype and a photographs or detailed drawings of same specimen. Contributions based on permanent removal of specimens from the wild should indicate the localities, collections and catalogue numbers of voucher specimens. The numbers of requisite permits and licenses must be mentioned in the acknowledgements. Molecular data submitted for publication to SALAMANDRA must be deposited at a recognised archive, such as the National Institute of Health’s GenBank (National Center for Biotechnology Information, NCBI, USA). Representative voucher specimens must be placed in scientific collections. Accession numbers for molecular sequences and voucher specimens should be provided in the manuscript.

Authorship implies responsibility. All authors must have played a significant role in designing and performing the study and/or in writing the manuscript. Those whose efforts were limited solely to providing materials and financial support or commenting on the manuscript, should be recognised in acknowledgements. Honorary authorship must be avoided.

The editors will examine a given manuscript upon submission. If appropriate, the manuscript will then be reviewed by two peer reviewers. Acceptance or rejection of a manuscript will be based upon the recommendations of the reviewers and communicated by the editor.

The author(s) will receive a high resolution PDF file of the publication at no cost.

Please find the checklist for authors here.