Instructions to Authors

General: Indian Journal of Arachnology is a peer-reviewed international journal for scientific articles reporting novel and significant observations and data regarding any aspect of the biology of the arachnid groups with a preference for large taxonomic works such as monographs and revisions. Full research articles and short communications must be scientifically rigorous and report substantially new information.

All types of taxonomic papers are considered,  including theories and methods of systematics and phylogeny, taxonomic monographs, revisions and reviews, catalogues/checklists, biographies and bibliographies, identification guides, analysis of characters, phylogenetic relationships and zoogeographical patterns of distribution, descriptions of taxa, and nomenclature.

Manuscripts must be in English and should be prepared as per the instructions given for authors. Use the active voice throughout. Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their manuscripts read by a native English-speaking colleague before submission. Nomenclature must be in agreement with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th edition 1999), which came into force on 1 January 2000.

Manuscripts longer than three printed journal pages (12 or more double-spaced manuscript pages) should be prepared as Feature Articles, shorter papers as Short Communications. Review articles are also welcome and will be subject to the same review process as all other submissions.

Submission of research papers: Submissions must be sent electronically in Microsoft Word preferably in compatible format. Large plates and figures may be sent as tiff or jpeg files.

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If the manuscript is accepted, the author will be asked to submit the final copy electronically.

Authors are expected to return revisions promptly. Revised manuscripts that are not returned in a reasonable time period (no longer than one month for minor revisions and two months for major revisions) will be considered new submissions.

Voucher Specimens: Specimens of species used in your research should be deposited in a recognized scientific institution. All type material must be deposited in a recognized collection/institution.

Featured Articles

Title page The title page includes the complete name, address and telephone number of the corresponding author; an electronic mail address; the title in upper and lower case, with no more than 65 characters and spaces per line in the title; each author’s name and address; and the running head. Main author and corresponding authors shall mention their names on the first page.

Running head The author’s surname(s) and an abbreviated title should be typed in all capital letters and must not exceed 60 characters and spaces. The running head should be placed near the top of the title page.

Abstract – The heading in capital letters should be placed at the beginning of the first paragraph set off  by a period. A second abstract, in a language appropriate to the nationality of the author(s) or geographic region(s) emphasized, may be included.

Keywords Give 3-5 appropriate keywords or phrases following the abstract. Keywords should not duplicate words in the title.

Text – Double-space text, tables, legends, etc. throughout. Three levels of heads are used.

  • The first level (METHODS, RESULTS, etc.) is typed in capitals and centered on a separate line.
  • The second level head begins a paragraph with an indent and is separated from the text by a period and a dash.
  • The third level may or may not begin a paragraph but is italicized and separated from the text by a colon.

Use only the metric system unless quoting text or referencing collection data. If English measurements are used when referencing collection data, then metric equivalents should also be included parenthetically. All decimal fractions are indicated by a period (e.g., -0.123). Include geographic coordinates for collecting locales if possible.

Citation of references in the text: Cite only papers already published or in press.

  • Include within parentheses the surname of the author followed by comma (,) and then the date of publication.
  • A comma (,) separates multiple citations by the same author(s) and a semicolon (;) separates citations by different authors, e.g., (Clerck, 1757), (Laxmann, 1770; Pallas, 1771), (Barrion & Litsinger 1981a, 1981b; Saha, et al. 1994).

Citation of taxa in the text: Include the complete taxonomic citation for each arachnid taxon when it first appears in the manuscript.

References section Use the following style and formatting exactly as illustrated; include the full unabbreviated journal title. Personal web pages should not be included in Literature Cited.

  1. Journal paper:
    Cooper , A. (1989) Title of the paper. Title of the journal in full, volume number, page range.
  2. Book chapter:
    Cooper, A. & Cooper, B. (2000) Title of the Chapter. In: Cooper, A, Cooper, B. & Cooper, C. (Eds), Title of Book. Publisher name and location, pp. x–y.
  3. Book:
    Cooper, A., Cooper, B. & Cooper, C. (2003) Title of Book. Publisher name and location, xyz pp.
  4. Internet resources
    Author (2014) Title of website, database or other resources, Publisher name and location (if indicated), number of pages (if known). Available from: (Date of access).

Dissertations and non-serial proceedings of conferences/symposia are to be treated as books and cited as such. Papers not cited must not be listed in the references.

Footnotes- Footnotes are permitted only on the first printed page to indicate current address or other information concerning the author. All footnotes are to be placed together on a separate manuscript page. Tables and figures may not have footnotes.

Tables Each table, with the legend above, should be placed on a separate manuscript page. Only horizontal lines (no more than three) should be included. Tables may not have footnotes; instead, include all information in the legend.

Illustrations- Original illustrations should be sent electronically when the manuscript is submitted, preferably in tiff or jpeg format.

Distribution maps should be considered figures and numbered consecutively with other figures.

At the submission and review stages, the resolution standards may be low as long as editors and reviewers can view figures effectively.

Final illustrations must be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief preferably by e-mail, to ensure that the electronic versions meet publication standards and that they match the printed copy.

All figures should be at least 4 inches wide, but no larger than a sheet of letter-size paper with 1-inch margins all around.

The resolution should be at least 300 dpi (or ppi) for halftone or color figures and 1200 dpi for line drawings.

Legends for illustrations should be placed together on the same page(s) and separate from the illustrations.

Assembled manuscript: The manuscript should appear in separate sections or pages in the following sequence; title page, abstract, text, footnotes, tables with legends, figure legends, figures. If possible, send the manuscript, including figures, as one Microsoft Word document.  In case of final illustrations, these must be submitted in large file size, figures or plates can be sent separately from the text as a tiff or jpeg file.

Short Communications: Short Communications are usually limited to three journal pages, including tables and figures (11 or fewer double-spaced manuscript pages including Literature Cited; no more than 2 small figures or tables). Internal headings (Methods, Results, etc.) are omitted. Short communications must include an abstract and keywords.

Cover: Authors are encouraged to send quality photographs (black and white or color) to the Editor-in-Chief to be considered for use on the cover. Images should be at least 300 dpi. The images if selected will be duly acknowledged.

Page charges, proofs and reprints: Currently, the Indian Journal of Arachnology does not charge any author(s) for the featured articles or short communications. Each author will be provided with a free e-reprint (PDF) for personal use (printing a copy for own use or exchange with other researchers, but not for deposition in a library/website/ftp-site for public access).

Printed copies of each paper in the form of the regular reprint can also be produced by the Publisher for purchase by authors at cost to authors. It will be made available from Computer Graphics Centre, In front of State bank of India, Camp Branch, Amravati–444602.

Indian Journal of Arachnology is an open access journal; all the articles including those in the current issue are freely accessible for research, educational, non-commercial use.

Editors and Editorial Board

Mantosh Malhotra
Ex-Sr. Deputy Director,
National Institute of Malaria Research,
ICMR, New Delhi-110 077

Priyanka Hadole
Managing Editor

Dr. V.A. Sawant
Dr. Marashetty Seenappa
Dr. Hisham K. El-Hennawy
Dr. V.P. Uniyal
Dr. Ramesh Kamble
Dr. R.C. Gupta
Dr. S.K. Das
Dr. P.A. Sebastian
Dr. Matjaž Kuntner