an Article for the Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation:
This page contains information on how to send in articles for publication.
It briefly describes three categories of contribution and you then select
the one you want to go to the next web page. Selection is possible only
at the bottom of the page - we want you to read this page first!!!
your selection below:
Notes and observations
Our aim is to make submitting an article for publication easy and to encourage
more people to do so.
. 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
. We welcome contributions concerned with British moths, British butterflies,
British beetles, British flies and other groups.
. We also welcome 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
interesting part of continental Europe is of greater interest as many
readers may wish to go there on holiday).
. Why not take a look at last year's Contents to see
the range of articles that might interest us
We recognise that many important contributions to entomological knowledge
have been made by amateurs.
Anyone can publish in the Entomologist's Record regardless of background,
nationality, race or any other factor. Contributions are judged on
the merit of their content alone. The name and title of the author
are of no
relevance. You do not have to be a subscriber to write a contribution.
Nor do you have to own a computer (though if you are reading this page
you probably do!).
There is a vast number of entomologists all carrying out different
kinds of field work. Now and then, each of us discovers something of
Remember - if it interests you, it might also interest the rest
of us. Write it up as a note - you might be surprised to find
that your observation fits with others to form a pattern. Well done!
You have just contributed
an important piece of knowledge and understanding! And if it was not
of interest? Well - I have never received a single note that was not
interest to other readers, so why should you be any different!
There are three categories of contribution - you need to select one
of them. First read the words below to decide which category to select,
make the selection by clicking the appropriate line at the bottom of
this page. Drawings and photographs (including colour) are welcomed
effectively illustrate the written article.
If you are not sure if you are writing a paper or a note, write it
as a note. The Editor may convert it into a paper if he feels it appropriate.
Papers will usually be at least 1500 words in length (normally more)
and will occupy at least two or three pages in the journal. Acceptance
is not automatic. They will be reviewed by an appropriate expert (who
has the right to remain anonymous) and he or she is very likely to
suggest modifications. These will be communicated back to the author
who must then either make the modifications or be prepared to justify
not doing so.
Papers should cover their subject matter to a far greater depth than
Notes and will normally present original material or a broad-based review
of existing knowledge. Thus, to give one example, a new vice-county record
of a moth will warrant a Note, but a review of the spread of the species
in Britain in recent years, incorporating a distribution map, is better
presented as a Paper.
Authors of papers are expected to follow the house style and conventions
as closely as possible.
The Editor reserves the right to convert papers into Notes and vice versa.
These are the meat of the journal! Most contributions will fall into
this category. They will normally be less than 1500 words in length
(and can be very short indeed as long as the information they impart
We welcome Notes. There is no limit to how many you can contribute.
Authors of Notes should try as far as possible to follow the House style
and conventions, but the Editor will attend to these if errors are made.
The Editor reserves the right to convert Notes into papers and vice versa.
Subscribers to the journal may advertise entomological events, publications
or related matters free of charge, provided that the advert and the
item(s) advertised are legal and provided that they are, in the exclusive
opinion of the Editor, of interest to a majority of readers.