IBIS – Submission

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Anyone can submit a manuscript for publication, and what’s more, it’s totally free to publish in IBIS – no page charges! Authors can opt to pay for Open Access allowing anyone to view the full version of their published paper. Open Access can be paid for on publication or retrospectively see here.

Your manuscript

  • Manuscript – this should be submitted in English as Word documents (.doc or .docx).
  • Figures should be uploaded separately.
  • Dual language abstracts – we encourage authors to provide an additional abstract as a translation of the English abstract in their native language or the language relevant to the country in which the research was conducted. The additional abstract will be published with the online version of the article but will not be included in the PDF. Please note that these additional abstracts will not be copyedited and will be published as provided by the authors. Authors who wish to take advantage of this option should provide the additional abstract in the main document directly below the English language abstract in the submitted Word document.

Please ensure that the track changes feature has been turned off and any reviewing notes removed before submission or they will be visible throughout the review process. Please also remove any reference manager field codes such as EndNote from your submitted manuscript.

On acceptance, you will be required to upload your manuscript as one text file and additional high resolution graphics files; TIFF (.tiff), high-resolution JPG (.jpg) or EPS (.eps) are our preferred formats. We can also work with PDF (.pdf) files if these are easier to create when using R software.

Full upload instructions and support are available online from the submission site via the ‘Get Help Now’ button.
Please submit your covering letter or comments to the editor when prompted online.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Manuscript presentation
For authors new to scientific publication, or authors who are not native English speakers, we recommend the following guidelines: https://www.ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines

We recognise that formatting a manuscript to a particular journal style is onerous and welcome submissions that meet only the following minimum formatting requirements. If the manuscript proceeds to a revision, we will send authors more detailed information on how to format their manuscript to IBIS style.

Manuscripts should be written in English. All text, including tables, figure captions and reference list should be double-spaced, with line and page numbers.

We would encourage you to use Manuscripts a tool that helps put your paper into the right journal submission format.

The scientific name of a species is given only the first time the species is mentioned in the text.Thereafter, the common name is used. Authors should follow the IOC list- see https://www.worldbirdnames.org/

Apply capitals as follows: ‘Short-eared Owl’, ‘Red-winged Grey Warbler’, but ‘owls’, ‘warblers’.

IBIS operates double blind review.

Text for Original Papers and Short Communications should be divided into the following sections and be uploaded as separate files appearing in the order:

Title page
The title page should contain:

  1. A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley’s best practice SEO tips).Please try to avoid titles in the form of questions, titles with colons and titles with unnecessary ‘gimmicky’ elements, such as: ‘Life in the fast lane: does flight speed vary with wing length?’.Try to use words in the title that are useful for indexing and information retrieval;
  2. A short running title of less than 40 characters;
  3. The full names of the authors;
  4. The author’s institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;
  5. Acknowledgments (Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. Financial and material support

Main Text File
The title page should contain:

  1. Title, abstract,(for a Short Communication we only require a four sentence abstract)and key words; If any aspect of your manuscript relates to current environmental policy, or conservation issues, then please include within your abstract how your work relates to them. This will help us to promote your work;
  2. Main text;
  3. References;– Inserted in the text in parentheses in full for single and dual authored papers, but using the first author and et al.for multiple authored papers.
    – Reference to personal communications, unedited and un-refereed work, and work that is unpublished should be minimal and should appear in the text only.
    – It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication.
    – References in the list should be in a neutral style, as they will be formatted electronically at the editing/proofing stage
    -Data citation IBIS requires data to be cited in the same way as article, book and web sources are cited, and you should include data citations as part of your reference list. When citing or making claims based on data, you must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. We recommend the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles:
    – – Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)
  4. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);
  5. Figure legends;
  6. Appendices (if relevant).Figures and supporting information (SOM) should be supplied as separate files.

Open Data  – sharing and accessibility
IBIS now expects data sharing.

We recognise the many benefits of archiving research data and IBIS expects you to archive all the data from which your published results are derived in a public repository. The repository that you choose should offer you guaranteed preservation (see the registry of research data repositories at re3data.org/) and should help you make it findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-useable, according to FAIR Data Principles (force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples).

All accepted manuscripts are required to publish a data availability statement to confirm the presence or absence of shared data. If you have shared data, this statement will describe how the data can be accessed, and include a persistent identifier (e.g., a DOI for the data, or an accession number) from the repository where you shared the data. Authors will be required to confirm adherence to the policy. If you cannot share the data described in your manuscript, for example for legal or ethical reasons, or do not intend to share the data then you must provide the appropriate data availability statement. IBIS notes that FAIR data sharing allows for access to shared data under restrictions (e.g. to protect confidential or proprietary information) but notes that the FAIR principles encourage you to share data in ways that are as open as possible (but that can be as closed as necessary).

Supplementary Online Material (SOM)
SOM comprises additional relevant appendices, figures, tables or data (including audio or video files) that is only published online, and is not copy edited.Such material should not be necessary for readers to judge the scientific value and message of your manuscript; all necessary information should be included in the main manuscript. SOM is an opportunity to elaborate and illustrate your argument further for the interested reader to include additional results that support the main results given in the main manuscript. Authors are encouraged to include as SOM items such as sound files, sonograms, and  photographs where these add value to the manuscript. If you have any good quality photographs of your study species  please upload these in the SOM, as these can be used to help promote your paper.

The availability of SOM should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the references, providing titles of figures, tables, etc.Reference to SOM should be inserted in the text in parentheses (e.g. Supporting Online Information table S1 or figure S1)

SOM appears online only and there is no charge for colour. You will find more details here.

Graphics and electronic artwork
Table and figure legends should be included within the text file and contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text. Each should begin with a short title for the figure. All symbols and abbreviations should be explained with a key.

Numerical results should be presented either as tables or figures. Tables should be an integral part of the text file. They should have a brief descriptive title and be self-explanatory. Units should appear in parentheses in the column headings, not in the body of the table. Repeated words or numerals on successive lines should be written in full.

You will find detailed guidance on electronic artwork here.

IBIS welcomes colour figures and plates, although the cost of colour in the print version must be borne by the author. The exception is Review papers, for which colourprintingis free.  Colour figures will be published online free of charge; however, the journal charges for printing colour figures. If the author supplies colour figures, they will be invited to complete a colour charge agreement in RightsLink for Author Services at Early View publication. The author will have the option of paying immediately with a credit or debit card, or they can request an invoice. If the author chooses not to purchase color printing, the figures will be converted to black and white for the print issue of the journal.

In the event that an author is not able to cover the costs of reproducing colour figures, IBIS offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures for free in the online version of the article, but in black and white in the print version). Authors wishing to have figures in colour online but black and white in print must submit both colour and black and white versions of the figures for review. The same legend must be used for both the colour and the black and white versions of the same figure, so authors must ensure that the same legend adequately describes both versions. The black and white print version must be fully interpretable by readers of the print issue; where this is not possible (e.g. in the case of colour maps with many elements), the colour print reproduction cost must be paid by the author.

Open Access
Papers can retrospectively be made Open Access.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers upon publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author’s funding agency or the author’s institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers via Wiley Online Library. You can find details on fees here.

The article is also deposited in the funding agency’s preferred archive. The full list of terms and conditions can be found here.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available here.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen as all OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the Journal’s standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

You can find more information on Open Access here.

Copyright transfer agreement form
If your manuscript is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the manuscript will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/default.asp where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the copyright transfer agreement  form on behalf of all authors on the manuscript.

You will find more information on this at https://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828023.html

Accepted Articles
‘Accepted Articles’ have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copy editing, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only (without the accompanying full-text HTML) and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity. More information about DOIs can be found online at https://www.doi.org/faq.html. Given that Accepted Articles are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record.

The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance.

Accepted articles will be indexed by PubMed; therefore the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, asit will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format. Subsequently the final copyedited and proofed articles will appear either as Early View articles in a matter of weeks or in an issue on Wiley Online Library, the link to the article in PubMed will automatically be updated.

Article tracking
Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley Blackwell’s Author Services.

Once it has been accepted, Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print.

Proofs and offprints
Proofs will be available as a PDF to download from our e-proofing website. Full instructions will be sent via email notification when the proof is ready for collection.

Free access to the final PDF offprint will be available via Author Services only.

Archiving policy
Unless specifically requested at submission, the publisher will dispose of all hard copy or electronic material submitted 2 months post publication.

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