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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.

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 upload the additional abstract where prompted on the file upload page.

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

Your manuscript
To allow double anonymised review, please submit (upload) your main manuscript and title page as separate files. All documents uploaded under the file designation ‘title page’ will not be viewable in the HTML and PDF proof available to the reviewer in the review process.

The main manuscript can be uploaded either as a single document (containing the main text, tables and figures), or with figures and tables provided as separate files. Should your manuscript reach revision stage, figures and tables must be provided as separate files. The main manuscript file can be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or LaTex (.tex) format. See detailed instructions below for LaTex submissions.

Your title page document should be uploaded under the file designation ‘Title Page’. The document should include:

  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations. 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;
  • The full names of the authors with institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted. Author pronouns (optional): authors may now include their personal pronouns in the author bylines of their published articles and on Wiley Online Library. Authors will never be required to include their pronouns; it will always be optional for the author. Authors can include their pronouns in their manuscript upon submission and can add, edit, or remove their pronouns at any stage upon request;
  • Acknowledgments;
  • Conflict of Interest Statement where applicable.

Your main document file should be uploaded under the file designation ‘Main Document’. The document should include:

  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations. 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;
  • Abstract. Please ensure that your abstract is easy to understand. 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. For a Short Communication we only require a four sentence abstract;
  • Up to five keywords;
  • Main body. Formatted as introduction, materials & methods, results, discussion, conclusion;
  • References.
    • These should be 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.
    • IBIS requires data to be cited in the same way as articles, books 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)
  • Tables. Each table should be complete with title and footnotes;
  • Figures. Figure legends must be added beneath each individual image during upload AND as a complete list in the text.

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.

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

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.

LaTeX submissions
LaTeX is a high-level document preparation and typesetting system. LaTeX allows mark-up to describe the structure of a document, so that the user need not think about presentation.

  1. General submission guidelines
    Manuscripts submitted using LaTeX should be accompanied by a PDF version of the paper. Please use “article” class for LaTeX submissions and include any associated packages/files with the submitted LaTeX source files. Upon final acceptance for publication, authors will be requested to send their LaTeX source files accompanied by all figures in EPS or TIFF format and also all the LaTeX style files used in the manuscript preparation.
    ScholarOne Manuscripts (S1M) can accept LaTeX files directly as part of article submission by the author. LaTeX source files should be sent as a separate zip file and marked clearly as ‘Not for review’. S1M has the capability to convert LaTeX files to PDF format but this may not be a success in all instances; Wiley’s preference is for authors to supply this PDF (including graphics) for review.
  2. ScholarOne Manuscripts submissions
    LaTeX initial submission: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files, fonts included, no T3 fonts allowed. You must use the File Designation “Main Document” from the dropdown box.
    LaTeX Revision submission: When submitting your revision, you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation “Main Document” from the dropdown box. In addition, you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation “Additional File NOT for Review and NOT for publication”. Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

Open Data – sharing and accessibility
IBIS 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.

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).

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. Colour figures will be published online free of charge.

Open Access
Papers can retrospectively be made Open Access.

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, 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 here.

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

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

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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