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AIM: The Journal of Biodiversity (J Biodiversity) is designed for prompt publication of original and significant articles in the field of Biodiversity. It aims to serve as a forum of life scientists especially those who share common interest in understanding plants, animals and man.


EDITORIAL POLICY: It contains original papers on current research and practical programmes, short notes, news items, book reviews, reports of meetings and professional announcements. Constructive critiques and discussions of published papers and letters, which are of relevance and of interest to the readership, are published at the discretion of the Editor. The journal is published in English; spelling and usage conforms to the Oxford English Dictionary; for consistency and simplicity in style because for many subscribers English is a second language. Place names should be spelled in the form officially used in the country under discussion; where this differs from the commonly known name of the English-language name, the other name should be written in parentheses. For practical purposes, accents may be omitted on non-English names.


FREQUENCY: There shall be two issues, one volume per year (July & December).


SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT: For the initial submission of manuscripts for consideration, submit it to the Administrative Editor, B-2 (Ground Floor), South City II, Gurgaon 122 018, Haryana, India via e-mail to: kre@airtelmail.in. Prepare the manuscript as per style of the Journal. Manuscripts, which do not fully confirm to Journal style, will be returned to the Authors.


©TO REPRODUCE COPYRIGHT MATERIAL: In the paper Author should not use any copyright material (Figure/Tables etc.). However he/she may write about that in the form of text in the paper.


ACCEPTED PAPER: After final acceptance, the final and exactly matching printed versions with the underlining clearly marked should be submitted via e-mail to kre@airtelmail.in . Acceptance of paper will be acknowledged via e-mail.


AUTHORISATION AND DECLARATION: Authors must accept full responsibility for the content of their articles. The Members of the Editorial Board and the Publisher of the journal are not responsible for the statements and opinions expressed by the authors in their articles/write-up published in the journal. While submitting the paper the author (s) must give a declaration that, “the article has not been published or sent for publication elsewhere”.


SIZE: An article should not generally exceed twelve printed pages (18 double spaced typed pages of MS Word). The authors would be charged for additional pages, even if a longer article is accepted for publication.  Reporting of frequency data may be accepted in the form of small report. Such reports should generally not exceed four pages, including tables/figures.


TITLE: The paper title, author’s name, affiliation, complete address, Fax number, and e-mail address should appear on the first page of the article. When there is more than one author, the correspondence will be sent to the first author, unless otherwise requested.


RUNNING HEAD: Not more than 40 characters (including spaces) should be identified on the title page.


ABSTRACT: Not exceeding 150 words.


KEYWORDS: Not exceeding six should accompany the manuscript.


TABLE: Each table should be typed separately and marked in the text in numerical order.


ILLUSTRATION: It should be clear, concise, and good for reproduction (maximum size for illustrations is 120 x 180 mm/80x160mm). All illustrations are referred to as Figures.


PHOTOGRAPH: Photograph should be sharp for reproduction (maximum size for photographs is 120 x 180mm/80x160 mm).


LIST: A separate list of tables, figures, and illustrations with captions should accompany the manuscript.   


METRIC SYSTEM: The metric system should conform to the International System of Units (S. I.).


REFERENCES: These should be listed at the end of article, arranged alphabetically according to the surnames of the authors and then chronologically. Following are examples of the proper reference style of various sources:


Journals: Mohsin ABM, Haque E 2009. Diversity of fishes of Mahananda River at Chapai Nawabgonj District. Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 4(7): 828-831.


Books: Newmark WD 2002. Conserving Biodiversity in East African Forests - A Study of the Eastern Arc Mountains. Berlin: Springer.


Sections of Books: Pokhriyal HC 2003. An Institutional Strategy for Improving Mountain Farming: A Study of Uttarakhand State in the Indian Himalaya. In: Tang Ya, PM Tulachan (Eds.): Mountain Agriculture in the HinduKush Himalayan Region. Proceedings of an International Symposium Held May 21 to 24, 2001 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Kathmandu: ICIMOD Publication, pp. 223-228.


Semwal RL, Maikuri RK, Rao KS 2001. Agriculture, Ecology, Practices and Productivity. In:  OP Kandari, OP Gusain (Eds.): Garhwal Himalaya: Nature Culture and Society. Srinagar Garhwal:  Transmedia Publication, pp. 259-275.


Newspaper / Magazine: Bhasin Veena 1982. Ecology and Gaddi Culture. Hindustan Times, Weekly, August 29, 1982, P.9.


Radio/Television Talk: Bhasin Veena 1986. Radio Talk - Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh. All India Radio ‘Yuv Vani’ - 1st July, 1986.


Meeting Paper: Baffoe A 2007. Addressing conservation community concerns in forest management in West and Central Africa. A paper presented at the West & Central Africa Tropical Forest Investment Forum: Issues and Opportunities for Investment in Natural Tropical Forests in Accra, Ghana 28–30 August 2007


Report: UNESCO 1974. Report of an Expert Panel on MAB Project 6: Impact of Human Activities on Mountain and Tundra Ecosystems. MAB Report Series No. 14, Paris: Unesco.


Thesis / Dissertation: Bih Francis 2006. Assessment Methods for Non-Timber Forest Products in Off-Reserve Forests. Case Study of Goaso District, Ghana. PhD Thesis, Unpublished. Freiburg: der Albert-Ludwigs Universität.


Work “in press”: Nwosu, PU 2010. The Role of Okonko Society in Preserving Igbo Environment. J Hum Ecol, (in press ).


Website: Leete R 2007. Pahang’s Human Development Progress and Challenges United Nations Development Programme. From <http://ccsea.org/megananda/data/HDR_COUNTRY/Malaysia_Pahang_HD.pdf> (Retrieved on 14 May   2010).


When there are more than three authors use et al. in place of rest of the authors.


REFERENCES IN THE TEXT: References citations in the text should be in parentheses and include author name(s) and year of publication. Text citations of two or more works at the time should be given in chronological order. When citing a paper written by three or more authors, write the name of the first author plus “et al.” (However, all authors must be given in the Reference section). Where there are two or more papers by the same author in one year, distinguishing letter (a, b, c....) should be added to year. All references should be carefully crosschecked; it is the author’s responsibility to ensure that references are correct.


PROOFS: The galley proofs will be sent to the corresponding author via email for correction of typographical errors only; alterations other than correction of printer errors will be charged to the author. All corrections should be marked clearly, directly on page proofs.


OFFPRINT: These may be ordered at prices shown on the order blank accompanying proofs. No free reprints are supplied, but any number in excess of 100, with or without covers, may be purchased. The order, along with payment, for reprints and extra printed pages (if paper exceeds twelve printed pages) should be sent to the Administrative Editor.


DISPUTE:  All disputes and claims shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Gurugram, Haryana, India