Papers that provide confirmatory evidence or merely extend observations firmly established in one species or field site to another will not be accepted unless there are strong reasons for doing so.
Members of the Editorial Board and other appropriate experts will referee the papers.
A source file is required with text and tables (.doc, or format, but not .pdf).
The author's response to the comments from the Editor and referees must be provided in a cover letter, as well as a clear indication of the changes that have been made to the manuscript.
Revised versions must be submitted online through Scholar One Manuscripts by clicking on the link to upload a revised manuscript provided in the authors’ decision letter.
This can also be achieved by clicking on the ‘‘create a revision’’ button in the corresponding author’s submitting author centre.
All manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter, which should include a short statement, in 3–4 sentences, describing: The proposals are evaluated and authors may be invited to submit the review if the material is satisfactory and of general interest.
When suggesting reviewers for manuscripts, members of the editorial board and/or suitably qualified scientists should have no close affiliation with the authors and should give an objective review of the manuscript.
Professional e-mail addresses must be provided, if available, rather than private e-mail addresses.
The Editors retain the right to use their discretion to select reviewers they deem appropriate, which may or may not include those nominated by authors.