Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Pachyderm is a bi-annual international peer-reviewed journal that deals primarily with matters related to African elephant and African and Asian rhino conservation and management in the wild. It is also a platform for dissemination of information concerning the activities of the African Elephant, the African Rhino, and the Asian Rhino Specialist Groups of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC).

Views expressed in Pachyderm are those of the individual authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of IUCN, the Species Survival Commission or any of the three Specialist Groups responsible for producing Pachyderm (namely the African Elephant Specialist Group, the African Rhino Specialist Group and the Asian Rhino Specialist Group).

 

Section Policies

Chair reports

Editors
  • Diane Skinner
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Research

Papers may be reports of original biology research or they may focus more on the socio-economic aspects of conservation, including market surveys. These should be not more than 5,000 words and be structured as follows: 1) Title 2) Abstract of not more than 250 words (informative type, outlining information from the Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, but not detailed results) 3) additional key words (if any), not appearing in the title 4) Introduction 5) Materials and methods 6) Results 7) Discussion 8) Conclusions, if appropriate 9) Acknowledgements (optional, brief) 10) References (no more than 25) 11) Tables 12) Figure and photo captions 13) Figures and photos.

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Management

Papers may be reports of original biology research or they may focus more on the socio-economic aspects of conservation, including market surveys.These should be not more than 5,000 words and be structured as follows: 1) Title 2) Abstract of not more than 250 words (informative type, outlining information from the Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, but not detailed results) 3) additional key words (if any), not appearing in the title 4) Introduction 5) Materials and methods 6) Results 7) Discussion 8) Conclusions, if appropriate 9) Acknowledgements (optional, brief) 10) References (no more than 25) 11) Tables 12) Figure and photo captions 13) Figures and photos.

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Review papers

Review papers, which are unbiased reviews of all the existing knowledge on a specific topic, are welcomed. Length should be <6,000 words.

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Field Notes

The journal welcomes notes from the field. They may contain figures and tables but should be <2,500 words.

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Rhino Notes

The journal welcomes notes from the field. They may contain figures and tables but should be <2,500 words.

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Book Reviews

Pachyderm invites reviews of newly published books, which should be <1,500 words.

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Letters to the Chair

Letters should be addressed to the relevant Specialist Group Chair, and should be <1000 words. Letters are welcome that comment on articles published in Pachyderm or on any other issue relating to elephant and rhino conservation in the wild.

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MIKE-ETIS updates

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Peer Review Process

Where possible, manuscripts should be submitted online.

Preparation of manuscripts
Manuscripts are accepted in both English and French languages. Where possible, the abstract should be provided in both languages.

Images, figures and maps
Preferably provide figures and maps in their original form, for example, charts and data in Excel files, maps as EPS and images in the highest quality possible, such as TIF (600 dpi). Indicate clearly the author or source of figures, maps and photographs.

Title and authors
The title should contain as many of the key words as possible but should not be more than 25 words long. Follow with the name(s) of the author(s) with institutional affiliation and full postal and email address of the corresponding author, to whom proofs and editorial comments will be sent.

Journal sections are outlined above. Pachyderm endeavours to ensure that each paper is reviewed by at least two independent reviewers.

 

Publication Frequency

Pachyderm publishes journal items as part of an issue (2 issues per year - January-June and July-December) with their own Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

Pachyderm provides immediate Open Access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 


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