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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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF document file format.
  • All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://pkp.ubc.ca) are activated and ready to click.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); with figures and tables placed at the end of the manuscript on separate pages.
  • The text meets this journal's formatting requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines found in About the Journal.


Biodiversity Informatics publishes articles in all areas related to information regarding biodiversity: creation of electronic data sets, and their management, integration, analysis, interpretation, and understanding. We welcome manuscripts presenting significant and original results that extend our understanding of biodiversity informatics.

Papers follow several formats:

  1. ARTICLES: Regular articles report either important additions to biodiversity informatics, or careful empirical studies that bear on significant questions in the field. They should include an abstract that summarizes the results and their implications. Demonstrating well-established phenomena in another taxon or context may fall short of being acceptable. Similarly, papers that simply apply existing models are less likely to be accepted than those that materially extend our understanding or provide practical applications.
  2. COMMENTARIES: Commentaries express new points of view or set out speculations based on scholarly review of recently published works. They must go beyond the works being reviewed and include discussions of new directions, new syntheses, and/or resolutions to old questions. These contributions will normally be solicited, but authors may submit proposals to the Editors.
  3. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS: Short Communications are brief papers reporting new data or ideas. They should be 15 or fewer typed pages (including literature cited) and include up to 2 figures and 2 tables. They should include abstracts no longer than five percent of the paper's length.
  4. BOOK/MEDIA REVIEWS: Reviews evaluate recently published books or monographs and set the reviewed work in the context of the field. Book Reviews are normally solicited, but aspiring reviewers may propose writing a review to the Editors. 

GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION Manuscripts follow The Chicago Manual of Style, the CBE Style Manual, and the style and format of recent articles published in the journal Evolution, save that web links or URLs should be placed in footnotes. The names of journals in the Literature Cited section must be abbreviated according to BIOSIS. Do not hyphenate words at the right margin or justify the right margin. Footnotes to text should be avoided; they can usually be included in the text (parenthetically if necessary). All tables (including appendices) must be double spaced. Do not separate tables from their footnotes. Mathematical expressions must be clearly typed; leave two blank lines before and after each equation. Illustrations, when published, will be reduced to a maximum of 88 mm (single column) or 180 mm in width and 230 mm in length; calculate line thickness and symbol sizes accordingly. Figure legends must be double spaced. Figures and tables should be presented each on a separate page at the end of the manuscript, and not embedded in the manuscript.

SPECIAL GUIDELINES FOR BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS TRAINING MODULES: We are trying out a new idea … peer-reviewed teaching modules that treat different aspects of the new field of biodiversity informatics. The idea is to provide diverse learning materials for colleagues around the world who might benefit from hearing authoritative lectures from experts in aspects of the field.

Here are some relevant links about the project:

  1. The main project page is located at http://biodiversity-informatics-training.org.
  2. Publicity/announcements are handled through a Facebook page, at http://www.facebook.com/groups/BiodiversityInformatics/.
  3. The modules are published in the journal Biodiversity Informatics, located at https://journals.ku.edu/jbi.
  4. An example of a training module (the first one to be ‘published’) can be seen at https://journals.ku.edu/index.php/jbi/article/view/4300.

The teaching modules are quite simple. As you can see in the link (#4 above), they consist of four elements:

  1. Abstract – keep it relatively short, just outlining the set of topics.
  2. Links to YouTube videos of your lecture (see excellent guidelines at http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/static.py?hl=en&guide=1728585&page=guide.cs). You are welcome to develop and post these videos yourself, or we can help out, as we have the protocols pretty much in hand. If you develop and post your own videos, be sure to choose the “Creative Commons License” option for posting, as that option retains the copyright for you.
  3. Reading materials (best supplied as a permanent URL … perhaps to an object in an institutional repository; if you are without ideas as to how to achieve this, we can help)
  4. Practice materials or sample data or worked examples (whatever is appropriate to the particular topic) In sum, preparation of these teaching modules is not a huge task, other than the process of accumulating and synthesizing the expertise with which to free brave enough to give the lecture in the first place. We (i.e., the BITC project personnel, or the Biodiversity Informatics editorial group) are very willing to help with any questions or complications. Please contact Town Peterson (town@ku.edu), if you have any remaining questions or doubts about this project.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Manuscripts must be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Manuscripts are submitted online via the Biodiversity Informatics website.

REVIEW: After a paper has been reviewed by the Editors and outside reviewers, the Editor will decide whether to accept or reject it. Acceptance is based on the quality of the work and writing and significance of the article to our understanding of evolution. Each paper must stand on its own merits and be a substantial contribution to the field. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to send an electronic version (Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format) of the accepted manuscript to the BI website for editing and publication.

STATEMENT ON AUTHORSHIP: Authorship of a paper carries with it responsibility as well as credit. All those whose names appear as authors should have played a significant role in designing or carrying out the research, writing the manuscript, or providing extensive guidance to the execution of the project. They should be able to present and defend the work in a public forum. Honorary authorship is to be avoided. All authors must be in agreement on both the submission and full content of any article carrying their name. Any violation of these conditions represents academic misconduct and will be dealt with accordingly.

CHARGES FOR PUBLICATION: Biodiversity Informatics is founded on the principle of free and open access to information, in this case information about biodiversity informatics. Hence, no page charges are requested.

COPYRIGHT: Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. All articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.