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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Focus and Scope Statement:
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).

Peer REview Policy:
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.

Review Guidelines:
Where possible, reviewers should be independent and provide a breakdown of the pro's and con's of the given manuscript to enable the author to make the appropriate changes for the manuscripts inclusion or re-submission.

The reviewer has the option of remaining 'blind' or not.

Additional support and or feedback on manuscripts is highly appreciative.

All reviews should be submitted online and in a timely fashion - preferably 2 weeks from the contact date. If a reviewer is unable to complete the review for any reason the Editors would appreciate it if they could be contacted ASAP to seek an alternative.

As a volunteer reviewer we appreciate your time and effort, and hope that the support you give enables others to prosper.

Privacy Statement:
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

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).

SUBMISSIONS
Author Guidelines:
Journal conventions

Nomenclature
Use common names of animals and plants, giving scientific names in italics on first mention. Generally refer to animals in the plural form (i.e. rhinos, elephants).

Spelling
Use British spelling, following the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary or the Oxford English Dictionary, using ‘z’ instead of ‘s’ in words like ‘recognize’, ‘organization’, ‘immobilized’; but ‘analyse’, ‘paralyse’. The dictionary is available online at http://oed.com.

Numbers
Use International System of Units for measurement (m, km, g, ha, h) with a space between the numeral and the unit of measurement. Give measurements in figures, for example 12 mm, 1 km, 3 ha, except at the beginning of a sentence.
Spell out numbers under 10 if not a unit of measurement unless the number is part of a series containing numbers 10 or over, for example: 14 adult males, 23 adult females and 3 juveniles. In the text, write four-digit numbers without a comma; use a comma as the separator for figures four digits or more: 1,750 and 11,750. The separator will be a full stop in French papers.

References
We use the name-year method of citing and listing references. The punctuation and typographic style are as advocated by the internationally recognised Council of Science Editors in its Scientific style and format, 7th edition.
In the text, cite a single author: '(X 2010) or 'X (2010),cite two authors: ‘(X and Y 2010)’ or ‘X and Y (2010)’; cite more than two authors ‘(X et al., 2010)’ or ‘X et al. (2010)’. Note that there is no comma between the author(s) and the year. If multiple works are being cited, separate them by a semi-colon listing them in chronological order: (X et al., 2010; Y 2012; Z 2005).
In the reference list, punctuation is minimised. Examples are drawn from previous issues of Pachyderm.
Please see the IUCN Style Manual, for a detailed
description and examples of reference citation. The manual is available to download at http://cmsdata.
iucn.org/downloads/iucn_style_manual1209.pdf.

Submission Preparation Checklist:
1 The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
2 The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
3 When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., <a href="http://pkp.sfu.ca">http://pkp.sfu.ca</a>).
4 The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
5 The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the <a href="http://www.pachydermjournal.org/index.php/pachy/about/submissions#authorGuidelines">Author Guidelines</a>, which is found in About the Journal.
6 If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in <a href="javascript:openHelp('http://www.pachydermjournal.org/index.php/pachy/help/view/editorial/topic/000044')">Ensuring a Blind Review</a>) have been followed.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.