about the journal
journal was established on 15th April 1890 by the famous Victorian
Lepidopterist J. W. Tutt. The journal has been published continuously
ever since, including during the various war years. In 2009 responsibility
for publication of the journal was assumed by the Amateur Entomologists’ Society.
publish one volume per year, and this is issued in six parts. These parts
are published on the 25th day of the odd numbered
months of the year (January,
March, May, July, September and November). A comprehensive index to each volume
is usually sent out with part 1 of the next volume.
Page numbers run continuously within each volume so that all six parts and the index may be bound together. Advertisements are never printed on pages that will be bound in - thus it is always safe to remove advertisement pages when binding the journal.
For many years the journal was exclusively concerned with Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), but in recent years the scope has widened to include other British insect groups.
The journal is primarily aimed at British entomologists, many of whom are amateurs, some of whom are professional entomologists.
It carries peer-reviewed papers and shorter notes and communications that are reviewed by the Editor or other members of the Editorial Board. Contributions are accepted on merit, with no regard whatsoever to the occupation or standing of the author. First time authors are welcome to send material for publication. See the page on submitting an article for publication for details of how to go about it.
The content of the journal ranges widely from descriptions of species new to science or taxa new to Britain, through to short notes on interesting observations that ought to be placed on record for others to access, or accounts of entomological trips. We aim to balance the "science" with "lay-interest" and hope that as a result the contents are readable, but also stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Most papers and notes are concerned with British moths and a lesser number with British butterflies. However, we also accept contributions on British beetles (Coleoptera), British flies (Diptera) and other groups.
We also accept contributions on European insects if these are likely to be of interest to British readers. Subjects might include species likely to colonise Britain (especially where these contributions include identification keys or photographs), or accounts of entomological trips to places that are of possible interest to other readers (e.g., a six-month trip to a remote South Atlantic island is fascinating stuff, but few readers will ever likely do the same: on the other hand, a week of intensive moth-catching in an interesting part of continental Europe is of greater interest as many readers may wish to go there on holiday).
We also have two regular features. The annual review of important records of microlepidoptera, including new vice county records, is the central source of such information. The annual review of immigrant Lepidoptera is the definitive record - in cases of conflict, this review is to be taken as correct. If you don't already send records of immigrant butterflies and moths to the authors please consider doing so by clicking here.
We are funded entirely by subscription and by advertisers. We are non profit-making - all income goes to producing the journal. All personnel act in a voluntary, unpaid capacity. We welcome sponsorship from all sources - be it for a particular paper, a set number of pages, a whole issue or a whole volume. For guidance, each annual volume costs in the order of £18,000 to produce. To contact me on this please click here.
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The Editor is always happy to communicate with authors. If you have a useful contribution to make but are not sure how to go about it, get in touch please - click here - or go via the home page first for further instruction.