Guidelines to contributors
Prithivya publishes original Research articles, Short Notes, and Comments about wildlife (Flora and Fauna) and conservation biology. Methodological and technical contributions are also welcome. Only submissions in English will be considered for publication. Identification of species, annotated checklists, trip reports, new species records, book reviews, letters, announcements, notices, news from the wildlife world are also welcome.
The text and captions of tables, figures, photographs and appendices should be combined in one Microsoft Word® (“.doc,” “.docx”) file format. The preferred font is ‘Times New Roman’ in 12 point, with single space.
Photographs, artwork, maps, diagrams, etc. should have at in 300dpi resolution, after the final acceptance, we may ask to send a JPEG file with maximum quality as separate attachments.
Plagiarism: Prithivya is strictly following the ethics of research and publication and we publish the articles with less than 15% of similarities. The articles submitted to Prithivya will be checked for the plagiarism and will be return to the author, in case of similarity more than 15%.
Types of Manuscript
The word counts include the Abstract, whole text and References. The Table and Figure captions are excluded from the word count.
1. Research articles: up to 5000 words
2. Short notes: 1500 words
3. Important sightings: 250-350 words with proper GPS location
4. Important findings: 250-500 words with proper justification,
5. Research paper: Up to 10,000 words (excluding appendix)
Preparation and submission of manuscripts
Submitted manuscripts should follow the standard structure of scientific manuscripts: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, and References However, Prithivya has certain flexibility in the section structure. The MS not prepared according to these guidelines will be send back to the authors and subjected to rejection.
Title: Try to keep short and concise
Author/s name: Last name first
Affiliation of Author/s and email of corresponding Author
Abstract: 250 words, should contain a summary of all major findings of the work. Abstract is not necessary for Short Note papers.
Keywords: 4-5 words for indexing and literature searching; do not repeat words in the titles
Introduction: should provide a review of the state-of-the-art and existing knowledge on the topic as well as state the hypothesis, explain the issues or problems that motivate the research and the knowledge gaps and or the main questions to be answered.
Methods: Include information about the study species, area, number of samples, studied population(s), methods (both field and statistical), and equipment. It should be enough clear so anybody could repeat the study.
Results: This section describes the findings of the study, without any further explanation or comment on the findings. Results are presented often in Tables and/or Figures with proper labeling/numbering. The caption of Tables and Figures should be self-explanatory. Photographs are also allowed. Species checklists should be presented as appendix.
Discussion: Summarize the main findings of the study (but do not repeat results), explain and comment the results in relation to previous research. Discuss limitations of the study and potential needs in future research.
Conclusion: Optional. It should contain 10-15 sentences, concisely stating the main outcomes of the study.
Acknowledgements: Contains funding support, persons who helped during the project or research or findings, name of university other than affiliated.
Conflict of interest: The authors declare the conflict of interest related article.
References: Strictly follow the APA style of referencing. References should be arranged alphabetically by first author. Following are some examples for references.
“(Harkirat Sangha, in litt., e-mail/letter dated 02 January 2013)”; if oral, “(Rajah Jayapal, verbally, dated 15 December 2013)”.
Naoroji, R., & Sangha, H. S., 2011. Threats to habitat and wildlife in Changthang and Rupshu areas of Ladakh: a case study at Hanle. Prithiviya7 (1): 2–6.
Futehally, Z. (ed.) 2006. India through its birds. 1st ed. Bangalore, India: Dronequill Publishers Pvt. Ltd. Pp. 1–214.
Pittie, A., 2011. Stray Feathers (1872–1899) (p. 247). In: Priority! The dating of scientific names in ornithology: a directory to the literature and its reviewers. Dickinson, E. C., Overstreet, L. K., Dowsett, R. J., & Bruce, M. D. (eds.). Northampton, UK: Aves Press Limited.
2013. Kadalundi makes history with new gull species. The Hindu (Thiruvananthapuram ed.) dated February 7, 2013. Website: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/kadalundi-makes-history-with-new-gull-species/article4388171.ece. [Accessed on 21 July 2014.]
Authors involved in the usage of experimental animals and human subjects in their research work should seek approval from the appropriate Institutional Animal Ethics Committee in accordance with "Principles of Laboratory Animal Care". The material and methods section of the manuscript should include a statement to prove that the investigation was approved and that informed consent was obtained.
Publication Charges/ Processing fees:
As Prithivya, as an official newsletter of WCB Research Foundation, according to the policies of the foundation, there will be no any publication charges or article processing fees; however, for a printed hard copy of the article (reprint) may available on request by author/s with the printing and shipping cost payable.
- While every care is taken of manuscripts and their accompanying material, Prithivya cannot be held responsible for accidental loss or damage of any material sent for publication or for their return, whether they are accepted for publication or not.
- Material published in Prithivya reflects the views of the authors and not necessarily those of the publishers, editors, referees, etc.
- The editor reserves the right to make necessary changes in manuscripts in consultation with the author.
All submissions are evaluated under the assumption that the conditions listed here have been understood and accepted by the author(s). All manuscript will take 3-4 weeks for review and taking a decision for approval or rejection.
The Editor, Prithivya