Information For Authors

Before submitting, we recommend you review the About the Journal page for the section policies for the journal, and the author guidelines below. Authors will need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, simply log in and to begin the process. Failure to follow the Author Guidelines may result in rejection of a manuscript without review, necessitating resubmission. As of 2023, Reptiles & Amphibians publishes manuscripts online on a rolling basis and has removed page numbers. Manuscripts will be published pending acceptance after peer-review and are usually available as a PDF on the journal website within 2–3 weeks of authors accepting the proofs sent by the editorial board. 

Author Guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be in double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman on US Letter pages. Tables should be in 10-point Times New Roman.
  • Results should be presented in past tense.
  • Standard common names should be provided for all species mentioned in the article. Species specific common names should be captialized (Baird's Ratsnake), common names for groups should not be captitalized (e.g., ratsnakes). Taxonomic authorities may be listed for focal species. The authority and the date are not separated by a comma (i.e., Linnaeus 1758).
  • In-text citations for one author: Joglar (1998), two authors: Schwartz and Henderson (1991), and three or more authors: Hammer et al. (2001). Multiple citations are listed in chronological and then alphabetical order and separated by semicolons (multiple citations by the same author are separated by commas): (Smith et al. 2005; Henderson and Powell 2009; Losos 2009, 2016).
  • All submissions are subject to editing for content, grammar, and style.
  • All original content except travelogues and commentaries is subject to peer review.
  • Photographs and/or other artwork should accompany all submissions in two ways: 1) Figures are to be embedded within the manuscripts (composite figures should be compiled into what the final figure is to look like). 2) Raw, unedited images should be uploaded as individual files at a minumum of 300 dpi at 7.25″ wide (2175 pixels) for 2-column figures, and 3.5″ wide (1050 pixels) for 1-column figures to facilitate quality reproduction. Please be mindful that meeting requirements of dpi does not mean photos are of sufficient publication quality. If photos are blurry, out of focus, or it is difficult to identify what is happening in the image(s), Reptiles & Amphibians will be unable to publish these photos, and potentially the manuscript itself.
  • If images or artwork are not that of the contributor, these should be accompanied by documentation that permission for one-time use is granted by the photographer or artist.
  • Images should be titled and numbered with first author’s last name and number (i.e., Smith-fig-01). Captions with corresponding numbers and photographer/artist credits should be appended to the end of the manuscript. If images are for composite figures, they must be labeled by panel (e.g., Smith-fig-01A, Smith-fig-01B, etc.). All panels/images must be accompanied with photo credits in the figure legends. 
  • Coordinates need to be given decimal degree format to five decimal places (e.g., 38.95851, -95.24310). Use a negative sign to indicate south and west.
  • In text references to figures should be abbreviated (e.g., Fig. 1). Figure captions labels should be bolded and abbreivated (e.g, Figure 1.)
  • Photograph credits need to be included in figure captions.
  • If authors would like Reptiles & Amphibians to tag them in posts promoting their published articles on X (formerly Twitter), then X handles should be submitted upon submission.

References and Citations

  • Reptiles & Amphibians welcomes submissions in any of the categories listed below (article, note, profile, travelogue, commentary, historical perspective, focus on conservation).
  • Citations must be in the appropriate format (see below).
  • References in any language using the Latin alphabet (e.g., English, German, French, Spanish) should be listed in the original language with appropriate diacritical marks. English translations are provided only if part of the original title of the work. References in languages using other alphabets should be translated into English with an appended parenthetical annotation as to the original language of the work.


Joglar, R.L. 1998. Los Coquíes de Puerto Rico: Su Historia Natural y Conservación. Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kruythoff, S.J. 1964. The Netherlands Windward Islands or, The Windward Group of the Netherlands Antilles: A Handbook of Useful Information for Visitor as well as Resident. 3rd ed. De Wit Inc., Oranjestad, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.

Losos, J.B. 2009. Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles. University of California Press, Berkeley, California, USA.

Schwartz, A. and R.W. Henderson. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. Descriptions, Distributions, and Natural History. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Whitaker, R. and A. Captain. 2004. Snakes of India. The Field Guide. Draco Books, Chennai, India.

Book Chapters

Henderson, R.W. and B.I. Crother. 1989. Biogeographic patterns of predation in West Indian colubrid snakes, pp. 479–518. In: C.A. Woods (ed.), Biogeography of the West Indies. Past, Present, and Future. Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Ramos Targarona, R., R. Rodríguez Soberón, M. Alonso Tabet, and J. Thorbjarnarson. 2010. Cuban Crocodile Crocodylus rhombifer, pp. 114–118. In: S.C. Manolis and C. Stevenson (eds.), Crocodiles. Status, Survey and Conservation Action Plan. Third Edition. Crocodile Specialist Group, Darwin, Australia.

Rodríguez Schettino, L. 1999. Systematic accounts of the species, pp. 104–380. In: L. Rodríguez Schettino (ed.), The Iguanid Lizards of Cuba. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Smith, M.L., S.B. Hedges, W. Buck, A. Hemphill, S. Incháustegui, M. Ivie, D. Martina, M. Maunder, and J.F. Ortega. 2005. Caribbean islands, pp. 112–118. In: R.A. Mittermeier, P. Robles-Gil, M. Hoffmann, C.G. Mittermeier, J. Pilgrim, T. Brooks, and G.A.B. Fonseca (eds.), Hotspots Revisited: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions. CEMEX, Mexico City, Mexico.

Journal Articles (including online journals)

Das, I., B.C. Choudhury, P. Praschag, M.F. Ahmed, and S. Singh. 2019. Three-striped Roofed Turtle. Batagur dhongoka (errata version published in 2019). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T10953A152042542.

Hammer, Ø., D.A.T. Harper, and P.D. Ryan. 2001. Past: Paleontological Statistics Software Package for education and data analysis. Paleontología Electrónica 4: 1–9.

Smith, G.R., L. Pieper, and J.B. Iverson. 2008. Leiocephalus carinatus (Northern Curly-tail Lizard). Sap feeding. Herpetological Review 39: 228.

Snyder, G.K. 1975. Respiratory metabolism and evaporative water loss in a small tropical lizard. Journal of Comparative Physiology 104: 13–18.

Theses and Dissertations

Aranda Pedroso, E. 2019. Systematics of Quaternary Squamata from Cuba. Sistemática dos Squamata Quaternários de Cuba. Unpublished Master of Science Dissertation, Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Holloway, S.E. 1983. An analysis of prey consumption by Ameiva fuscata from Dominica, West Indies. Unpublished Honors Thesis, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Mayer, G. C. 1989. Deterministic aspects of community structure in West Indian amphibians and reptiles. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Wong, C. 1994. Studies on the feral macaques of Hong Kong. Unpublished B.Sc. Thesis, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong.


Knowles, W.C. 1990. Conservation of the St. Croix Ground Lizard, Ameiva polops. Final report, Endangered Species Project, study IIB, job IIB 2. Division of Fish and Wildlife, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands.

Smith, B.E., O. Davis, and N.S. Bartscher. 2002. Surveys of the lizard Ameiva griswoldi on Antiguan offshore islands III: Summer 2001. Antiguan Racer Conservation Project Report No. 8. Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota.

Varghese, A.O., A. Josh, and Y. Krishna Murthy. 2010. Rationalization of Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary using remote sensing and GIS. Technical Report No. NRSC-RC-March-2013-TR-628. Regional Remote Sensing Centre, Nagpur, India.


Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. 2018. Reptiles. <>.

Froese, R. and D. Pauly (eds.). 2019. FishBase. <>.

Frost, D.R. 2020. Amphibian Species of the World: An Online Reference. Version 6.1. American Museum of Natural History, New York. <>.

Uetz, P., P. Freed, and J. Hošek (eds.). 2020. The Reptile Database. <>.

Categories of Contributions

Articles and Notes

  • Original research, review articles, or reports pertaining to conservation, natural history (including behavior), or husbandry of reptiles and amphibians. Annotated species lists for areas of interest (e.g., reserves or natural areas). Note that husbandry articles should emphasize responsible husbandry and include information about the conservation status of their subjects as appropriate.
  • Format: Articles may include an abstract (optional, but recommended for research articles), body with headers (e.g., introduction, methods, results, discussion — or equivalents for review articles), acknowledgements (citing a permit, if applicable), and literature cited.
  • Notes do not include an abstract and headers in the text are used only if critical for clarification; like articles, all notes must include acknowledgements (citing a permit, if applicable) and literature cited.
  • Introduced species notes and any new geographic records must include verification of the species’ identity by a knowledgeable person who is not an author and a museum accession number for a specimen or photograph.
  • References must be cited in the text.


  • Profiles feature persons who have made major contributions to herpetology or the conservation of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Articles should provide at least basic biographical information, but should emphasize the subject’s contributions to the field.
  • Format is similar to that for feature articles (except an abstract is not included and headers should refer to section content).


  • Accounts of trips to destinations of herpetological interest.
  • Focus on reptiles and amphibians should be evident; however, other relevant content (e.g., biological interests other than reptiles, sites of historical significance, recreational opportunities) may be included.
  • Format is informal (essentially that of an essay). Headers (if used) should refer to section content.


  • Editorial essays addressing topical issues pertaining to reptiles and amphibians.
  • Opinions expressed need not reflect those of the editors but must be justified by personal experience or references to appropriate sources of evidence.
  • Controversial issues may be addressed, although the editors retain the right to reject those deemed inappropriate.
  • Format is informal (essentially that of an essay). Headers (if used) should refer to section content.

Focus on Conservation

  • These are articles, either original or which have been published elsewhere (see recent examples for acknowledging the source), that document recent and ongoing projects dealing with the conservation of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Format is informal (essentially that of an essay). Headers (if used) should refer to section content. Illustrations (photographs or artwork) are required.

Contact with the Editorial Team

If authors need to contact any members of the editorial team, please send inquiries to or make a Discussion in the Online Journal System (OJS), which can be done from the manuscript submission page after a manusript is submitted. This will be the best way to inquire about manuscript status or any difficultues experienced when using the OJS. Additionally, OJS is the primarry method of contact for informing authors of decisions on manuscripts, instructions on how to proceed with the publication process, and additional materials that the editorial board needs from authors during copyediting or layout editing. Authors are expected to reply to the emails they receive from Reptiles & Amphibians when additional information is needed or when confirmation of proofs by authors is required. The editorial board will contact authors each month we do not receive a reply. However, if authors fail to reply within three months of receiving our first message, Reptiles & Amphibians will reject the manuscript and suggest resubmission. If authors expect to be away due to travel, please let the editorial board at so we do not expect a reply from authors at the time.   

Submission of Content

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