Notice to contributors
The New Zealand Journal of Ecology publishes papers on any aspect of pure and applied ecology. Emphasis is on the New Zealand region but information of general interest from anywhere else in the world will be considered for publication. Work published or offered for publication elsewhere cannot be accepted. All papers become the copyright of the New Zealand Ecological Society.
Each manuscript considered by the Scientific Editor to be appropriate for the Journal is allocated to a member of the Editorial Board (i.e. Associate Editor) who will oversee the review process. Referees and Board members are busy people who do the task voluntarily; please do them the courtesy of submitting manuscripts that have been thoroughly appraised by your colleagues and have had the writing edited by someone with an excellent knowledge of English grammar. Manuscripts that are in poor accordance with journal format, badly presented or written, or too long will be returned to the authors without review.
Manuscripts requiring revision after the review process should be returned within 1 month of the date of the request for revision and must be returned within 4 months; revised manuscripts received more than 4 months after the revision request date will be treated as new submissions.
Page charges are NZ$26.50 per page, waived in exceptional circumstances on application to the Scientific Editor. Society members are levied a concessionary rate of $16.50 per page for the first ten pages per year.
TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTS
Four types of manuscripts are considered:
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Submit a copy of the manuscript, in English, double spaced, with ample margins, each page numbered, and lines numbered continuously throughout the manuscript, as an email attachment to the Scientific Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Manuscripts must be submitted electronically and should include all figures and tables in a single document. Microsoft Word (.doc, not .docx) documents are preferred (so that reviewers can make comments using ‘track changes’); PDF format is acceptable as an alternative.
Please confirm (in your email submission) that all authors have seen the final version of the manuscript and are happy for it to be submitted, in that form, to the New Zealand Journal of Ecology and copy all co-authors on this email. If the person who submits the manuscript is not the nominated ‘corresponding author’, please advise the Scientific Editor whether this person should also be copied into correspondence with the journal during the review process. Manuscripts that exceed 5MB in size cannot be submitted by email; in this case, please email the Scientific Editor for file transfer instructions.
If your manuscript has been reviewed and rejected by another journal, but you feel that your previous referees’ reports are useful, you may submit these along with your manuscript. The use of these reports is at the discretion of the Associate Editor; they may speed up the review process for your manuscript. Please also feel free to recommend potential reviewers, along with their email addresses and a note explaining why each person would be a good reviewer.
Researchers must have proper regard for conservation and animal welfare requirements. The New Zealand Journal of Ecology endorses the ANZCCART (NZ) policy for the responsible use of animals in science (www.rsnz.org/advisory/anzccart). Researchers must acknowledge approval of Animal Ethics Committees and demonstrate approval from relevant government agencies (e.g. New Zealand Department of Conservation), iwi or landowners.
Authors should consult the latest issue of the Journal for style of formatting manuscripts and references. SI units must be used throughout. Authors should use UK English following the Concise Oxford Dictionary for spelling, but when giving Māori names macrons should be added to the text (but not to title, abstract or keywords) where known. Manuscripts should be prepared as follows:
PROCESSING OF ACCEPTED MANUSCRIPTS
When a manuscript is entirely acceptable, the Technical Editor will request an electronic version of the manuscript with figures formatted as JPEG or TIFF files. Page proofs will subsequently be sent by email to the author for checking.
It is the author’s responsibility a) to keep the Technical Editor informed of changes in address, and b) to make arrangements for colleagues to correct proofs if the author is likely to be absent when the proofs are to be dispatched. When proofs are not received back from an author within an adequate time frame the manuscript will be published without the author’s corrections.