Scope and policy
The Revista Colombiana de Entomología (hereafter Rev. Colomb. Entomol.) is the official scientific publication of the Colombian Society of Entomology (SOCOLEN). The journal is published twice a year and its mission is to publish high quality scientific information of insects and insect related groups in several formats described below. The journal is oriented mainly to researchers and professionals in entomology of universities and both public and private research centers. The journal is open to national and foreign researchers, associate or not to SOCOLEN. Manuscripts submitted for publication may be written in Spanish or English.
Paper adhered to standard journal will be accepted after concepts of national and international academic referees.
Rev. Colomb. Entomol. publishes:
The publication of new records, minor taxonomic papers such as the description of a single species, scientific notes, and book reviews are conditional based on the availability of space in each issue.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
The manuscript submitted for publication in the Rev. Colomb. Entomol. is reviewed in the first instance, by the Editorial Board to determine its relevance and whether it meets the standards of the journal. Those who meet these conditions are sent to evaluate for two skilled professionals, its acceptance depends on the concepts received.
Referees are selected under the following criteria: (i) to have a Ph.D. or equivalent and, (ii) to have published at least three papers in the last two years in indexed (whether ISI or Scopus SciELO) journals. (iii) Exceptionally, a person having not a Ph. D., but a profuse production, can be accepted as a referee.
Manuscripts should be submitted with the highest standards possible, reflecting the scientific and academic standing of the authors. Papers that do not follow the instructions will be returned without evaluation. The speed of manuscript publication will be directly related to the ease of readying it for printing and not with the order it was received. This process takes an average of sixty days.
Rev. Colomb. Entomol. reserves the right to accept or reject the articles and may make suggestions to improve your presentation.
A. If the paper is accepted without changes, the Editor will request the final version electronically. The author should send the paper as a set of separate files as follows: Text as Word for Windows. Tables in Excel or Word. Figures, indicating the software used.
E. If the paper is rejected, the editor will notify the author with a copy of the general comments of the referees without returning the documents.
The paper is accepted once the editor has verified that corrections and suggestions were addressed, and sends the acceptance to the author (s) indicating the volume and number where the paper will appear.
Reprints. Corresponding authors will receive pdf files of their publication. No printed copies are provided.
Structure of the paper and checklist
1. The manuscript is on letter size paper with wide margins (2.5 cm on each side).
The graphs should be in two dimensions, as simple as possible, using grey tones rather than patterns to fill fields (see example below). While multiple color options and screening programs provided by the graphics are attractive, these are complex to print and difficult to read.
The illustrations submitted for assessment must be low resolution. After acceptance, images should be sent as a 300 dpi TIFF resolution file (this format is available in most imaging programs). Remember that the maximum printed area of the journal is 183 x 235 mm. It is preferable to send figures that are 90 or 160 mm wide to avoid extreme reductions and loss of information. When there are various photos or drawings, it is best to combine them into a mosaic image and indicate each one by letters (1A, 1B, etc).
Both tables and figures should be informative and not duplicate information provided in the text.
Example of figure. Compound figures or mosaics are preferred over individual figures. An inset can be added by the author.
Example of graphs. Note simple figures. No color background or internal horizontal lines. No frame lines on top or right side.
Manuscripts should be written as concise, clear and direct as possible. Sentences should be short and simple. Use passive voice. If you write in English or Spanish, and neither is their mother language, have the document to a colleague fluent in the language appropriate to the case.
Use the International System of Units (SI). By expressing the magnitudes apply the unit symbols, never drive names and use decimals instead of fractions. It should be a space between the number and the symbol and should not add a point after the symbol (except at the end of a sentence). The English decimal separator is a point (.) p. for example 10.3 mm, except in Spanish texts, which are used in comma (,). Use separate thousands: in English with comma (f. ex.: 1,003 insects), in Spanish with point (p. eg.: 1.003 insects).
Symbols of common units (length, mass, time, volume):
• Complete numbers from zero to ten are not followed by units, these should be written with letters (one, two, etc.., and not 1, 2, etc.). Examples: three repetitions, eight plots, six species.
Scientific Names Citation
Writing scientific names must adhere to international codes of nomenclature (ICZN, ICBN, etc.). For genus and species are written in italics and following the above code standards. There are several sources on the internet nomenclator zoologicus, itis y zipcodezoo among others that are of high quality to find the full name of your taxon.
Add author, description year, order and family the first time a species o genera is cited in the paper, do not in the title, abstract or abstract. Use the complete name of the genus the first time used, after which it may be abbreviated to the first letter so that there is no confusion. Examples:
• First time citation: Tecia solanivora (Povolny, 1930) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae); subsequent citations: T. solanivora.
When referring to a specimen by the genus name use the abbreviation sp. Example: Beauveria sp. When referring to a series of species of the same genus use the abbreviation spp. Example: Beauveria spp.
In the description of new species follows to the requirements of international codes of nomenclature. Arthropods in general should include: name of the new species adding n. sp., related figures, holotype (with measures if applicable), paratypes (if there), diagnosis, description, etymology, comments.
How to cite specimens
The list of specimens used in the study should be cited as follows: Species name in italics. Number of specimens studied, (♀ or ♂). COUNTRY. Department (state). Municipality. Locality. Coordinates if available. Elevation. Collection date (day-month by the first three letters-full year). Collector. Acronym of the collection where voucher specimens were deposited (between brackets). Please check official acronym lists such as Arnett et al . 1993 "The Insect and Spider Collections of the World", 2nd edition, (http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/codens/codensearch.html)
Example: Gigantodax osornorum. 2 larvae, undetermined sex. COLOMBIA. Cundinamarca, Usme, Páramo de Sumapaz, Quebrada Hoya Honda 4º21'9''N 74º11'02''W 3240 m 16-Feb-1991. Martínez, X. [ICN]. Without spaces between grades, minutes, latitude or longitude.
References in the text
It uses a variant of Harvard citation system in the text:
- Bustillo (1998), Tróchez and Rodríguez (1989) or López et al. (1989) if the name of the author(s) is part of the sentence.
Citation of a paper in a journal. This part should include the following parts: Author (s): LAST NAME, FIRST NAME INITIAL(s)., with FIRSTS NAMES INITIALS separated by a point and space. Year. Title. Journal full name. If the journal is poorly known, include country of origin. Volume (write the number). Issue number between parenthesis. Colon and page numbers.
Example: POSADA F., F. J. 1992. Ciclo de vida, consumo foliar y daño en fruto de melón por Diaphania hyalinata (L.) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Revista Colombiana de Entomología 18 (1): 26-31.
- Reference with more than one author. Authors are separated by a semicolon.
- Citation of a book: Author. Year. Title. Publisher (editorial or institution responsible for the printing). City of printing. Number of pages.
- Citation of a chapter in a multiauthored book: Author. Year. Title of the chapter. Pages of the chapter (p. XX-XX). En: Editor (ed.). Title of the book. Publisher. City. Country. Number of book pages.
- Internet references. (Harvard model is followed)
Reference thesis or degree. Author. Year. Title. Profession, or name that corresponds graduate thesis. Degree granting institution. Town. Country. Number of pages. Example: PEÑA, C. 1995. Efecto de poligoidal extraído de corteza del canelo, Drimys winteri Forst., sobre algunos insectos de importancia agrícola. Tesis Ingeniero Agrónomo. Universidad de La Frontera. Temuco, Chile. 86 p.
Note. These instructions were built based on several sources:
- Actualidades Biológicas. Universidad de Antioquia. Departamento de Biología. Medellín. Instructions to authors.
Submitting articles written in English
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Sending of manuscripts
Papers should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. within the established reception periods, with a letter signed by the authors stating that: (1) all authors agree to submit to the Rev. Colomb. Entomol., (2) the document is unpublished and is not submitted or being evaluated by another journal, and (3) that there are no conflict of interest. If so, this must be identified. Please attach institutional affiliation and higher academic degree and email addresses of the authors and suggest potential reviewers (ideally that fulfill the criteria given below) indicating name, institutional affiliation, email address and physical address them.
Manuscripts for review should be sent in Word (not created in Windows Vista) with figures and tables inserted. At this stage, the figures should be low resolution so that the load of the entire file does not exceed 800 kb. Please note that figures and tables in high resolution should be sent only when the manuscript has been accepted and must follow the given specifications.
The specific periods for the reception of manuscripts for 2017 as follows:
First call: begins February 15th and closes March 30th of 2017.
Every paper will receive a code that authors should use to maintain for correspondence with the editorial board. All papers must conform to the instructions. A recent issue of the journal should be consulted in order to conform to style.
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