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Author Guidelines

JNAH welcomes submissions of current research on the following topics.  If your study does not appear to fit into one of these headings, please contact the JNAH Editors to see if the study is acceptable for consideration. Please note that we will not be accepting shorter notes such as individual natural history observations.

  • Taxonomy/Systematics
  • Exotic Species
  • Inventory/Monitoring
  • Morphology
  • Taxon-based Studies
  • Genetics
  • Biogeography
  • Paleontology
  • Amphibian Diseases
  • Diet
  • Embryology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Comprehensive Geographic Distributions

 Manuscript preparation:

  • Font should be Arial 12 pt
  • Manuscript should be 1.5 line spaced
  • Page numbers should be centered on the bottom
  • Results should be presented in past tense
  • Common names should be consistent throughout the manuscript
  • Citations will be presented chronologically in text and spelled out in their entirety (including author names and the manuscript titles) in the Literature Cited section

We require authors to submit their work using the journal's online submission system. For questions regarding submissions or the online submission system, please contact Be sure to include all materials (manuscript, figures, tables, images, sound files, etc.). JNAH tracks and posts submission and rejection rates and participates in journal impact ratings for the benefit of authors.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is 1.5 line spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, photographs, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript. Upon acceptance of the manuscript, all photographic images must be submitted as separate high-resolution files.
  • If the submission is accepted for publication, all authors agree to the terms in the Journal of North American Herpetology Publication Agreement (

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