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Newly Published Papers in Insecta Mundi.
Insecta Mundi is a journal primarily devoted to insect systematics, but articles can be published on any non-marine arthropod. Manuscripts considered for publication include, but are not limited to, descriptions of new taxa, revisions, taxonomic or nomenclatural notes, bibliographies, checklists, catalogs, reviews, and life histories. For papers describing new taxa, Insecta Mundi provides authors rapid publication so the names may be included in other publications.
As of 2007, Insecta Mundi (paper ISSN 0749-6737, CD-ROM ISSN 1942-1362, online ISSN 1942-1354) is published irregularly throughout the year. As manuscripts are completed and published, they are individually, sequentially numbered from now into the future. There is no longer year-based volume or issue numbers. Further details about our policies and procedures can be found in 2007 Insecta Mundi 0001.
Potential authors must have their manuscript reviewed by 2 peer reviewers prior to submission. Proof of those reviews must be submitted with the manuscript. One author of each submitted manuscript must be a current member of the Center for Systematic Entomology (CSE). Membership is presently $US 35.00, plus $US 6.00 for international postage.
Authors are fully responsible for the contents of their paper. However, all papers are reviewed after submission by individuals with special expertise and the Editorial Board to assure quality. Acceptance by the Editorial Board is a requirement for publication. Authors are provided with a PDF page proof prior to publication. Articles are not published until the author has accepted the page proof.
Insecta Mundi is not in the printing business. Thus, we offer no reprints for sale. Our intent is to publish articles for CSE members and see these articles are distributed, archived, and readily available. Authors are provided with a PDF file of their article which can be printed easily by them or at a local print shop. Insecta Mundi has no page charge, nor web posting fee, and there is no extra charge for use of color. The only monetary requirement is membership dues for one author. However, we gladly accept donations to help cover production costs.
Insecta Mundi is widely distributed, and referenced or abstracted by several sources including the Zoological Record, CAB Abstracts, etc.
Printed copies of each issue are deposited in several international libraries, as listed on the inside cover of each article. These copies are mailed and postmarked on the day of publication or earlier to establish the date of publication as required by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.
Electronic copies in PDF format are made available on the day of publication by sending members an e-mail notice with links to recent publications. At the end of each year, all members are mailed a printed CD with all articles published that year.
Online free open-accessible copies are available in PDF format at the Florida Virtual Campus and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Digital Commons soon after publication.
Copyright for any article published in Insecta Mundi is held by the author(s) of the article. Insecta Mundi follows terms of the Creative Commons, Attribution Non-Commercial License (cc by-nc). By submitting and publishing articles in Insecta Mundi, authors grant the CSE and Insecta Mundi's host institutions permission to make the article available through Internet posting and electronic dissemination, and to otherwise archive the information contained both electronically and in a hard printed version. When used, information and images obtained from Insecta Mundi articles must be referenced and cited appropriately. Articles may be reproduced for personal, educational, or archival purposes, or any non-commercial use. Permission should be sought from the author(s) for multiple, non-commercial reproduction. Written permission from the author(s) is required for any commercial reproduction.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Incoming managing editor: Eugenio H. Nearns, e-mail: gino(at)nearns.com
Outgoing managing editor: Paul E. Skelley, e-mail: insectamundi(at)gmail.com
Production editor: Michael C. Thomas, e-mail: mcthomas(at)atlantic.net
Center for Systematic Entomology
P.O. Box 141874
Gainesville, FL 32604-1874 U.S.A.
General Instructions to Authors
Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
- All submissions must adhere to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN 1999, or more recent rules posted on their website).
- Articles published free are limited in length to 100 printed pages. For longer articles, authors should contact the managing editor.
- Submissions may be in English or Spanish. An English abstract is required for Spanish manuscripts.
- The publisher will design, format, and assemble text and artwork for publication.
- Each new taxon must be illustrated and included in a new key, or as an addendum to an existing key. The only exceptions to this rule are the publication of a replacement name for a homonym, or a new combination of a species or subspecies.
- Type species of each new genus must be stated, with the manner of designation and reference to the designation.
- General organization of submitted manuscripts: Title, Author(s) and contact information, Abstract (Resumen), Introduction, Text, Acknowledgments, Literature Cited, Figure Captions, Graphics (as separate files).
- Titles should include the full taxonomic position of the taxa included: "(Coleoptera: Carabidae)". Genus and species names mentioned must include authors.
- Abstract and Resumen should be brief, define the conclusion(s), and should contain full scientific names (including authors for genera and species).
- Introductions should describe the scope and purpose (not a summary) of the manuscript.
- Distribution data may be summarized or presented as a graphic in table form. For new taxa or where primary types are designated, full label data is required for type specimens. Include the names of the collections in which the specimens are deposited. We strongly recommend that primary types be deposited in institutional collections as recommended by the ICZN (1999, Recommendation 16C). Use of acronyms in Arnett et al. (1993), Insect and Spider Collections of the World, is strongly encouraged. Alternative acceptable acronyms are available at http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/codens/.
- Footnotes are prohibited. Text Notes presented at the end of the manuscript are acceptable.
- Text should be kept simple. Do not use many special characters, as they frequently do not translate into the layout program, for example: male and female symbols (use M or F instead), eastern European diacritical marks, etc. Cite figures in the text as '(Fig. #)' or '(Fig. #-#)'. All figures must be cited in the text. Headings within the text are variable, see website for general style regarding bold or italicizing. Do not try to match fonts or font size, we will do that in the layout process.
All genus and species names should be spelled out in full and the author cited the first time a name is used in the text. This includes primary taxa and hosts. For hosts it is strongly recommended that additional information be given to indicate its taxonomic position: "... the plant, Xus albus Linnaeus..." or "... Xus albus Linnaeus (Asteraceae)." Abbreviate the genus name to its first letter and omit the author names after the first full use, EXCEPT in the case where the name is at the beginning of a sentence, then spell the genus name out in full. Never begin a sentence with an abbreviation.
Cite references in the text as follows: Fonzerelli (1994) or (Cunningham 2005), Laurel and Hardy (1914) or (Abbott and Costello 1943), (Washington 1798, 1801a, 1805; Jefferson 1808; Smith and Wesson 1860; Colt et al. 1945). Avoid commas between author and year, do not use ampersand '&' for 'and'. References should be cited as 'in press' only after they have been accepted for publication.
- Literature Cited. Present full citations for all references cited in the text. Include only references cited in the text. Use bold font for names of authors and year at the beginning of each entry. Use text-wrapping functions. Do not use hanging indentation because it does not translate into the layout program and is easily done by the editors. NEVER use hard returns, tabs, or spaces for every line. Names of journals and books are to be spelled out in full. When referencing books, we require publishers, cities, and total pagination be included with the reference. Cities are to be given in their English equivalent. For general organization and punctuation, see examples at the end of this article.
- In Figure Captions. 'Figure' is spelled out in full, followed by the number range appearing. Within the figure caption, each cited number is the beginning of a sentence and is boldfaced. Example:
Figure 1-5. Adult and larval habitus and structures of Platypsyllus castoris (from Desneux 1906). 1) Adult dorsal habitus. 2) Adult ventral habitus. 3) Larval dorsal habitus. 4) Adult maxilla, ventral view. 5) Adult labium and mentum. Scale line = 0.25 mm.
- Tables created in word processing programs or databases do not transfer easily into the layout programs and are not acceptable. Use of tables is generally discouraged, unless they are created and submitted as a graphic.
- Photos, Tables, and Artwork: Whenever possible, illustrations should be assembled into plates. Maximum dimensions of printed artwork are: full page 6.75" x 9" (1:1.3). Please take these dimensions and proportions into account when assembling plates. Resolution of electronic images should be 300-600 dpi in the final printed size, higher for line drawings. Images with too high a resolution create massive PDF files, and will be reduced. Low resolution images cannot be improved and may require authors to submit better images before the manuscript is accepted.
Submission of original artwork is discouraged (unless it was electronically produced). Contact the managing editor if this is a problem. Any costs accrued to handle original artwork will be passed directly to the author (scanning, postage, etc.). Do not apply individual figure numbers to final images. However, please send some form of a guide so we can correctly impose numbers in the final layout for uniformity. Use scale lines where appropriate. When sending multiple image files, use clear file name(s) or clearly associate images with the figure captions. Color images are acceptable and will be used if provided. Electronic media will not be returned, unless specifically requested. Contact the editors if there are concerns or questions.
- Keys. Keep the formatting of keys simple. Do not attempt to add a string of periods leading to the end selection. Do not attempt to create hanging indentations, which will not translate into layout programs, but are easily done by the editors. For larger keys, we recommend use of parenthetic numbers indicating the previous couplet where the selection was made. Use a hyphen to lead the second part of a couplet, not a primed number (e.g. 12'). In couplets stating more than one character, use semicolons to separate statements, not periods. Bold the number or names that end each part of a couplet. For example:
23(10). Antenna lamellate; abdomen coarsely punctate laterally, lacking punctures medially. 24
-- Antenna filiform; abdomen finely punctured throughout. 25
24(23). Pronotum black; elytra dull. X. nigra Bates
-- Pronotum white; elytra glossy. X. alba (Linnaeus)
25(23). Tarsal claws absent. X. adigitatus Vander
-- Tarsal claws present. 26
- Other general concerns should follow the most recent CBE Style Manual (now CBE 1994).
Acceptance and Publication
- Manuscripts and associated graphics must be submitted in an editable electronic form, not PDF. We have the capability to read most file formats but prefer text prepared in either Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect.
- All submissions must include proof of 2 peer reviews; e.g. copies of letters from the reviewers with general comments, or copies of the reviewed manuscript itself. We require these reviewers be acknowledged in the manuscript.
- Graphics or other images must be of an appropriate quality when submitted. They must be saved in either TIF or JPG format. If in JPG, graphics should be saved at the maximum quality setting. Graphics should never be imbedded in the same file as the main text.
- Manuscripts may be submitted attached to an e-mail message (size restrictions apply for each e-mail) sent to the editor or mailed by normal post on a CD, 3.5" disc, or USB readable apparatus.
- All submissions must include an e-mail address where the corresponding author may be contacted.
- If any manuscript or graphic does not meet our submission requirements, the author will be notified that it is not acceptable in its current form. Suggestions will be given to improve the manuscript for a second submission.
Once accepted for publication, manuscripts will be formatted and a PDF page proof provided for the author to approve or return a list of corrections. After author acceptance of the page proofs, publication should be within a month. While we anticipate this final step, from acceptance to publication, to take less than 2 months, it is limited by the time the author takes to reply. Author timeliness is critical in this final step, and may delay publication of their manuscript.
Note: These are examples of preferred presentation styles.
Arnett, R. H., Jr., G. A. Samuelson, and G. N. Nishida. 1993. The insect and spider collections of the world (second edition). Flora and Fauna Handbook No. 11. Sandhill Crane Press; Gainesville, FL. 310 p.
Arnett, R. H., Jr., and R. E. Woodruff. 1998. CSE style manual and requirements for publication in Insecta Mundi. Insecta Mundi 12: 38, 58.
CBE [Council of Biological Editors]. 1994. Scientific style and format: the CBE manual for authors, editors, and publishers (6th edition). Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, U.K. 825 p.
Davis, A. C. 1934. Notes on the insect inhabitants of wood rat houses in California. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 33: 1 13.
ICZN [International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature]. 1999. International code of zoological nomenclature. Fourth edition. International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature; London. 306 p.
Skelley, P. E., and R. D. Gordon. 2002. Family 37. Scarabaeidae. V. Subfamily Aphodiinae. p. 42-48. In: R. H. Arnett, Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley, and J. H. Frank (eds.). American beetles, Vol. 2. CRC Press; Boca Raton, FL. 861 p.
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