Instruction for Authors

 | Post date: 2019/02/1 | 
Online Submission System
Publishing your research article in Journal of Animal Diversity is simple and efficient. Journals published by Lorestan University use this online submission system:
https://jad.lu.ac.ir/form_register.php?&slct_pg_id=27&sid=1&slc_lang=en

Submission
The submission of a manuscript having multiple authors constitutes a representation that all listed authors concur with the submission and have approved the version being submitted. Authors are expected to include the following statements in the cover letter:
1) All authors agree to its submission and the Corresponding author has been authorized by co-authors; 
2) The submitted article has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; 
3) This Article does not violate any copyright or other personal proprietary right of any person or entity and it contains no abusive, defamatory, obscene or fraudulent statements, nor any other statements that are unlawful in any way.
4) The author(s) agree not to withdraw from the publication process unless the article is rejected by the Journal.
5) Authors are invited to suggest qualified reviewers of their article; editors may or may not utilize these suggestions.

Authors need to complete and return an 
Assignment of Copyright form when a paper is accepted for publication.

Reviewing Process
Asubmitted article is first reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief to ensure compliance with the goals and scope of the journal and observance of research ethics. Articles passing editorial screening are sent to at least two expert reviewers. They are anonymous and the reviewers are asked to evaluate the article within two weeks (if possible). Therefore, the goal is to have the reviews in the hand of authors in three weeks, except for very large articles or when a suitable expert referee requests additional time for the review.

Word Processing Formats
Before submission please ensure that your article is in the form of a compatible Microsoft Office Word Document (doc), not in docx. This formatting accommodates the various versions of Word used by contributors, editors, and reviewers. All papers must be in the English language (American English style). Author(s) whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their manuscripts read by a native English-speaking colleague before submission. Nomenclature of animal creatures must be in agreement with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th edition 1999), which came into force on 1 January 2000. Author(s) of species names must be provided when the scientific name of any animal species is first mentioned (the year of publication need not be given; if author plus year are given, then provide a full bibliographic reference in the reference list). Authors of plant species names need not be given. Metric systems should be used. If possible, use the common font Times New Roman and use as little formatting as possible (use only bold and italics where necessary and indentions of paragraphs except the first). Special symbols (e.g. male or female sign) should be avoided because they are likely to be altered when files are read on different machines (Mac versus PC with different language systems). You can code them as m# and f#, which can be replaced during page setting. The style of each author is generally respected but they must follow the following general guidelines.

 

Article assessments

1. Publication charges
There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal. Colour figures will be reproduced in colour in online articles free of charge.

2. Paper Preparation
All submitted manuscripts must include the following items:

Title
The title should be concise, informative, and in sentence case: e.g., “Description of a new species of the genus Microgecko from Iran (Reptilia, Geckonidae)”. Higher taxonomic levelsshould be indicated in parentheses: e.g., “Geographic distribution of the genus Chondrostoma (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)”.

List of authors, their affiliations and email addresses
Provide the full names and affiliations of all the authors. The name of author(s) should be typed in Capitalized case (e.g. Steven Clement Anderon, Alan Edward Leviton and Ulrich Joger). The address of each author should be given in Italics, each starting on a separate line. Affiliations should include department, university or organization, city, and country. Orcid codes and email addresses for all authors need to be included. One of the authors should be designated as the corresponding author e.g., *Corresponding author: gholamifard.ali gmail.com

Abstract
The abstract should be concise, informative and summarize only the significant findings of the paper, providing clear information about the research and the results obtained. The abstract should not contain citations. Any new names or new combinations proposed in the paper should be mentioned. Abstracts in other languages may also be included in addition to an English abstract.

Key words
The abstract should be followed by a list of key words (at least 3 words), separated by a comma that are not also present in the title. Acronyms should be avoided. Abstract and key words are not needed in the “short correspondence” category.

Introduction
The introduction section should provide a context for your manuscript. This should argue the case for your study, outlining only essential background, and should not include the findings or the conclusions. It should not be a review of the subject area, but should finish with a clear statement of the question being addressed (aims or objectives).

Main text
The arrangement of the main text varies with different types of papers (a taxonomic revision, description of a new taxon, a checklist, etc.), but should usually start with an Introduction and end with a list of References. The main body should include, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion.

Conclusions
A conclusion is a summary of the paper's findings, generalizes their importance, discusses any ambiguous data, and recommends further research. An effective conclusion should provide closure for a paper, leaving the reader feeling satisfied that the concepts have been fully explained.

Acknowledgments
Anyone who contributed to the research or manuscript preparation, but is not an author, should be acknowledged with their permission. If no specific funding has been provided for the research, please include the following sentence: “This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.”. However, if it is funded by an organization, it is expected that the organization name with the grant number is written as follows: “This work was supported by Lorestan University Scientific Research Coordination Unit [Project Number xxxx]."

Conflict of interest
All authors need to declare that there are no conflicting issues related to the research and publication of the research in the JAD.

References
References should be cited in the text as Anderson (1999), Esmaeili and Gholamifard (2011) or Rastegar-Pouyani et al. (2015) (three or more authors), or alternatively all in a parenthesis (Anderson, 1999; Esmaeili and Gholamifard, 2011; Rastegar-Pouyani et al.,2015). All literature cited in the text must be listed in the references in the following format:
Journal article
Esmaeili, H. R. and Gholamifard, A. (2011). Range extension and translocation for Hemiculterleucisculus (Basilewsky, 1855) (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae) in west and northwest Iran. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 27 (6): 1394–1395. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2011.01813.x  (Doi if available).

Please Note:
(1) Journal titles must be written in full (not abbreviated).
(2) Journal titles and volume numbers are followed by a ","
(3) Page ranges are connected by an "n dash", not a hyphen "-", which is used to connect two words.

Book
Anderson, S. C. (1999). The Lizards of Iran. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Oxford, Ohio. 442 pp.
Book chapter
Moon, R. D. (2019). Muscid flies (Muscidae), In: Mullen, G. and Durden, L. (Eds.), Medical and veterinary entomology. Academic Press, London, UK. pp. 345–368.
 
Theses
Armantrout, N. B. (1980). The freshwater fishes of Iran. Ph.D. thesis. Department of Fisheries, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

Internet resources
Coad, B. W. (2019). Freshwater fishes of Iran. www.briancoad.com (Accessed 26 January 2019).
For websites, it is important to include the last date when the site was accessed, as it can be moved or deleted from that address in the future.
 
Figures and Tables
Figures, including photographs, should be referred to in the article text as Fig. 1; Figs. 1, 4; Figs. 2–4; Figs. 1a, 3b and in the legends, i.e. Figure 1:
References to tables should not be abbreviated, i.e. Table 1, and in the legends, i.e. Table 1:
All lettering and symbols must be clear and easy to read. Legends should provide enough details for the figure or table to be understood without reference to the main text, including repeating the taxon name where appropriate. Information (e.g. keys) that appear in the figure should not be duplicated in the legend. Figures and Tables should be included in the manuscript file along with their legends; both should be placed in order at the end of the document.


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3. Submission
Publishing your research article in Journal of Animal Diversity is simple and efficient. Journals published by Lorestan University use the above online submission system.
https://jad.lu.ac.ir/form_register.php?&slct_pg_id=27&sid=1&slc_lang=en
Submission
The submission of a manuscript having multiple authors constitutes a representation that all listed authors concur with the submission and have approved the version being submitted.
  1. Cover Letter guideline
Authors are expected to include the following statements in the cover letter:
1) All authors agree to its submission and the corresponding author has been authorized by all co-authors to act in this capacity.
2) The submitted article has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
3) This Article does not violate any copyright or other personal proprietary right of any person or entity and it contains no abusive, defamatory, obscene or fraudulent statements, nor any other statements that are unlawful in any way.
4) The author(s) agree not to withdraw from the publication process unless the article is rejected by the Journal.
5) Authors are invited to suggest qualified reviewers of their article; but editors may or may not utilize these suggestions.

ii)            Ethical Practice Guidelines (detail)
  1. DATA MANIPULATION, /FABRICATION/FALSIFICATION
Data manipulation, fabrication, and falsification are some of the terms that are common to make it clear how the content of the research works is manipulated. It is an unethical practice to fabricate the facts, theories, and results in journal publication.
JAD doesn’t approve of any attempt to reproduce the visual information of scientific knowledge with different or personal identity. Therefore, any change in the pictures or text made by the author should be informed in the cover letter at the time of submission. 
  1. DUPLICATION TEXT/FIGURE
JAD objects to the duplication of text or figures without copyright form. The final right to reject or accept a submitted manuscript lies with the editor-in-chief, based on the comments of subject editor and reviewers.
  1. DUPLICATE SUBMISSION POLICY
Duplicate submission is misconduct in the domain of scientific journals. The submission of the same text, images and manuscripts with a different article-title is considered as a duplication of the paper. Therefore JAD expects authors to submit unique research articles.
  1. TRANSPARENCY and PLAGIARISM
Transparency is an important part of journal publication process which generally remains hidden. Explicit disclosure of the findings from peer review and actions taken on those reports by the editor makes it easy to remove conflicts. This process of thoroughly analyzing the peer reviews helps the authors and the publisher to publish an effective article on a scientific subject. It may include disclosing the identity of the peer reviewers, the history of peer-reviews and the editorial team involved in the process of publishing a research article.
Plagiarism can be defined as presenting other’s work with different or personal authorship. It is the commonest of all malpractice in journal publication. The authors may intentionally or unintentionally try to copy the research from other authors and therefore publish them with their name and credentials. JAD adhere to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and therefore, never accepts or promotes plagiarism.
  1. CONFLICT of INTEREST
Any conflict of interest or authorship can arise at any time before or during the process of submission and publication of an article. It is the sole and collective responsibility of the authors to acknowledge and conflict and resolve it. The journal editor cannot be held responsible for any type of mediation or participation to resolve authorshipconflicts and  it is not the role of an editor to determine who qualifies for authorship. Therefore a signed statement from the corresponding author on behalf of all authors acknowledging no such conflicts is requested.

4. Reviewing Process

JAD encourages all participants (from authors, reviewers, journal administrators, and publishing staff) in the publishing process to adhere to established principles of ethical publishing.
Editors and Reviewers
Editors and reviewers should decline to be involved with a submission when they
  • Have a recent publication or current submission with any author
  • Share or recently shared an affiliation with any author
  • Collaborate or recently collaborated with any author
  • Have a close personal connection to any author
  • Have a financial interest in the subject of the work
  • Feel unable to be objective
Reviewers must declare any conflicts of interest in the ‘Confidential’ section of the review form, which will be considered by the editor.
Editors and reviewers must declare if they have previously discussed the manuscript with the authors.
  1. Editorial Independence
Editors have full editorial independence. Although JAD may discuss strategy, process, and policy with editors, we will never knowingly exert pressure on editors to accept manuscripts for any reason.
  1. Peer review
JAD supports and refers its editors and reviewers to the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two independent experts in the relevant area. The reviewers make a scientific assessment and a recommendation to the editors. Reviewers remain unknown to authors. The Handling editor considers the manuscript and the reviewers’ comments before making a final decision either to accept, accept with revision or to reject a manuscript.
Any suggestion that an editor or reviewer is appropriating ideas from a manuscript they handled for a journal will be thoroughly investigated in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

5. Copyright Form
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (see more information on this). An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.


 

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