Instructions to Authors

General: Indian Journal of Arachnology publishes scientific articles reporting novel and

significant observations and data regarding any aspect of the biology of arachnid groups.

Full research articles and short communications must be scientifically rigorous and report

substantially new information.


Manuscripts must be in English and should be prepared as per the instructions given for

authors. Use the active voice throughout.


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. One

invited Review Article will be published in the first issue of each year. Review articles are also

welcomed 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 pdf or jpg files.


Send submissions to the Managing Editor of the Indian Journal of Arachnology:


Priyanka Hadole

Managing Editor,

Computer Graphics Centre, In front of State bank of India, Camp Branch, Amravati – 444602

Phone: 0721-2553521



The Managing Editor will acknowledge receipt of the manuscript, assign it a manuscript

number and forward it to an Associate Editor for the review process. Correspondence relating

to manuscripts should be directed to the Associate Editor and should include the manuscript

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

electronically to the Associate Editor.



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



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.


  • Thefirstlevel (METHODS, RESULTS, etc.) is typed in capitals and centered on a separate line.


  • Thesecondlevel head begins a paragraph with an indent and is separated from the text by a

period and a dash.


  • Thethirdlevel 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.


  • Includewithinparentheses the surname of the author followed by comma (,) and then the

date of publication.


  • Asemicolon(;) separates multiple citations by the same author(s) and a semicolon separates

citations by different authors, e.g., (Smith, 1970), (Jones, 1988; Smith, 1993), (Smith and Jones

1986, 1987; Jones, et al. 1989).


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.


Gajbe, U. A. (1992): A new species of spider of the genus Tibellus Simon (Arachneae:

Philodromidae) from M. P., India. Rec. Zool. Surv., India. 97(3): 191-193.


Gajbe, U.A and Gajbe, P. U. (1999): Two new species of Oxyopes Latreille (Araneae: Oxyopidae)

from Jabalpur, M. P., India. Geobios, 18(1): 13-16.


Gajbe, U.A. (2008): Fauna of India and the adjacent countries spider (Arachnida: Araneae:

Oxyopidae), Vol.III: 1-117.


Vairale, A.B. and Vankhede, G.N. (2010): Diversity and ecology of spiders in Satpuda. Ph.D.

Thesis, Sant Gadge Baba, Amravati University, Amravati pp 346.


Manju Silwal; Suresh, B. and Bonny Pilo (2003): Spiders of Purna wildlife Sanctuary, Dangs,

Gujarat. Zoos. Print Journal 18 (11): 1259 -1263.


Hippargi R.V.; Bodkhe, A.K.; Chikhale, M.P.; Santape, G.B.; Behere, R. M.; Bolde, P.M.; Manthen,

S.; Rao, K.R. and Shah, N.V. (2011b): Spider (Arachnida: Araneae) Families of Three

Ecosystems of Maharashtra, India. E-International Scientific Research Journal Volume:

3(1); 123-132.


Vankhede, G.N. (2010): Diversity and feeding habitats of spiders from cotton crops from

Vidarbha. Cited from Proceedings of National conference on Arachnology with special

reference to spiders from agro-ecosystems. 6-18.



Footnotes- Footnotes are permitted only on the first printed page to indicate current address

or other information concerning the author. All footnotes are 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.

(Authors wishing to submit figures as hard copies should contact the Editor-in-Chief for



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 or on a CD, to

ensure that the electronic versions meet publication standards and that they match the printed



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



Assemble 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 entire manuscript, including figures, as one Microsoft Word document.


If figures or plates are large, please separate them from the text and send them as a pdf or jpg




Page charges, proofs and reprints: Page charges are voluntary, but non-members of AAS are

strongly encouraged to pay in full or in part for their article (Rs.200 / journal page). Hard copy

or pdf reprints will be made available only from Computer Graphics Centre, In front of State

bank of India, Camp Branch, Amravati – 444602 and should be ordered when the author

receives the proof pages. Computer Graphics Centre will not accept reprint orders after the

paper is published. “Indian Journal of Arachnology” is available through Therefore, you can download the PDF version of your article

from the site if you are a member. PDFs of articles older than one year will be made freely

available from the same website.


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.