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     Asian Herpetological Research (AHR), an international journal, is published quarterly by the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CIB), and Science Press in cooperation with the Asiatic Herpetological Research Society (AHRS). The scope of the journal includes all contemporary herpetological research areas including taxonomy, morphology, phylogeny, systematics, evolution, zoogeography, physiology, ecology, toxicology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles.

The principal criteria of AHR for acceptance of articles for publication are the quality and significance of the research, novelty and interest of the work to the readership, and clarity and effectiveness of communication. AHR welcomes submission of manuscripts from authors in all countries of the world, though with a focus on the herpetological studies in the Asian and Pacific regions including original articles, reviews and short notes.
Original articles report the results of original research that should contribute new information to the knowledge base in the field, not just confirm previously published work. Reviews can be invited or unsolicited that should be contemporary and comprehensive, and add information to published reviews on the same topic. Short notes are concise, but independent reports that represent a significant contribution to herpetology. They include a maximum of 4 references.
All submitted manuscripts, except invited reviews, will be peer reviewed by two or more international specialists, whose advice and suggestions will form the basis of the editors* final decisions. It is recommended that authors who might not be familiar with the English language seek the advice of a native English speaking specialist before submission in order to insure that the narrative is clear, concise and written in standard English. Manuscripts not meeting this criterion will not be accepted for review.
Molecular data generated from research projects and submitted to AHR must also be deposited at a recognized archive, such as GenBank, and the accession numbers must be provided in the Results section of the manuscript. Furthermore, holotype and secondary types of taxa described in AHR as new to science should be deposited in national or international research institutes.
All manuscripts must be submitted to AHR via on-line Manuscript Submission System (https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/ahr). For manuscript submission, a single file including all text, tables, figures and references in Word Format is preferred, although attachment of separate files in MSWord, text, jpeg, tiff or other commonly used file formats is acceptable. If an acknowledgement by email is not received within 3每5 working days, please contact the Editorial Office.
The following items should be provided for each manuscript and arranged in the order below:
Manuscript title page with names of author(s) and institution (s)
Abstract (no longer than 300 words)
Keywords (5每8, ideally not appearing in the title)
Manuscript text; Tables; Figures; Acknowledgements
References (with one or two authors corresponding to those in the text)
Brief description of the corresponding author not to exceed 100 words (including his professional titles, research areas and post address)
Figures and tables should be submitted either as separate files or separated from the narrative. Do not embed figures within the manuscript text.
A cover letter should accompany the manuscript. Contact information for authors and suggested reviewers (if needed) should be provided in the letter.
Format:The manuscript must be arranged in the following format, or it will be returned to authors without review.
Cover page:This page must contain the title of the manuscript, names and affiliations of authors, contact infor
-mation for the corresponding author, running head, manu-
script type, and brief information of the corresponding author.
Text:Lines must be numbered with the abstract as the first page. Text should be double-spaced and left justified. All measurements must be presented in metric units. Abbreviations (except for common ones pertaining to measurement, time, or statistical tests) must be spelled out fully the first time they appear with the abbreviations in parentheses. Footnotes (other than in tables) are not permitted. Generic and specific names (and nothing else except secondary headings, genetic loci, and some statistical abbreviations) are italicized. Taxonomic authorship should be used only when nomenclatural problems are involved. Recognized common names of organisms must be capitalized. Numerical ranges must be delimited with an en-dash. Latitudinal and longitudinal information should be presented with the datum used cited.
Articles will be published using a two-level subheading style. All heading levels must be on their own line, and left justified. For the purposes of manuscript submission, Level 1 heading is bold with numbers (e. g., ※1.§, ※2.§#) and generally reserved for Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion; Level 2 is bold with numbers (e. g., ※1.1§#, ※2.1§#). More than two levels of subheading are not encouraged, or are only bold with no numbers. Shorter manuscript types (i.e., short notes) should not be sectioned.
Acknowledgments:Identify individuals by first initial and full surnames and do not list professional titles and institutions. Funding sources for research projects, collecting permits, import/export permits, and Institutional Animal Care Protocols must be cited in Acknowledgments.
Literature cited:These should be double-spaced and formatted identically for all manuscripts. References in the text must be checked for consistency with references in the literature cited section. The length of the Literature Cited section should not exceed 20% of the text.
References in the text:1) References to articles by one or two authors must include both family names in the order they appear in the original publication. References to articles by more than two authors must include the first author*s family name, followed by ※et al§; 2) The year of article publication follows the authors, separated only by a comma ※,§; 3) References with the same author and year are distinguished by the lower case characters ※a, b, c . . .§; 4) References cited in text are listed in alphabetical order by first author. For example, ※My results also incorporate literature records (Marx et al., 1982; Marx and Rabb, 1972; Pope, 1929; Wall, 1909, 1910a, 1910b, 1910c).§
References in literature cited:1) References must include all authors, in the order that they appear in the original publication; ※et al.§ is never used in the literature cited section; 2) All authors must be listed with full family name first and other names listed by initials; 3) References with the same author and year are distinguished by the lower case characters, ※a, b, c, ...§; 4) References cited are listed in alphabetical order by first author; 5) Names of journals should be abbreviated. Examples are provided below:
Journal article
Coleman K., Rothfuss L. A., Ota H., Kardong K. V. 1993. Kinematics of egg-eating by the specialized Taiwan snake Oligodon formosanus (Colubridae). J Herpetol, 27: 320每327
Journal article, title translated, article not in English
Ananjeva N. B. 1986. [On the validity Megalochilus mystaceus (Pallas, 1776)]. Proc Zool Inst. Leningrad, 157: 4每13 (In Russian)
Note that for articles published in Acta Herpetologica Sinica, the year must precede the volume number. This is to distinguish between the old and new series, and between 1982每1987, Vols.1每6 (new series) and 1988 with no volume number and numbers 1 and 2 (new series).
Cai M., Zhang J. Lin, D. 1985. [Preliminary observation on the embryonic development of Hynobius chinensis 208 Asiatic Herpetological Research, Vol. 11 2008 Guenther]. Acta Herpetol Sinica, 1985, 4(2): 177每180 (In Chinese)
Book
Jiang Z. G. 2004. Animal behavior elements and species conversation scheme. Beijing, China: Science Press (In Chinese) (Pages can be provided, e. g., 312 pp)
Article in book
Huey R. B. 1982. Temperature, physiology, and the ecology of reptiles. 25每91. In Gans C., Pough F. H. (Eds.), Biology of the Reptilia, Vol. 12, Physiological Ecology. New York: Academic Press (Cited pages can be provided, e. g., 215每219)
Article in proceedings
Campden-Main S. M. 1970. The identity of Oligodon cyclurus (Cantor, 1839) and revalidation of Oligodon brevicauda (Steindachner, 1867) (Serpentes: Colubridae). Proc Biol Soc Washington, 82: 763每766
Government publication
United States Environmental Data Service. 1968. Climatic Atlas of the United States. Environmental Data Service, Washington, D. C.
Thesis or dissertation
Moody S. 1980. Phylogenetic and historical bio-geographical relationships of the genera in the Agamidae (Reptilia: Lacertilia). Ph.D. Thesis. University of Michigan. 373 pp
Internet references: To cite a website in the text (but not a specific document), it is sufficient to provide the address (e. g., http://www.apa.org); no reference entry is needed. However, when citing a particular web page as a citation in the text (e. g., Gaten, 2000), an entry in the refe­rence list is required. The citations only from academic or scientifically funded websites can be used as references in AHR. An exampleis provided below:
Gaten E.2000. Internet references. Retrieved from http://www.le.ac.uk/biology/teach/mod300/ecitations.html 19/9/2000
Tables and figures:Both figures and tables should be self-explanatory, unambiguous and of sufficiently high quality and size to be clearly visible after reduction to final size.
    Tables: Each table should be numbered in Arabic, appear on a separate page with a short heading and be double-spaced (tab delimited) containing no dotted or vertical lines. The location of each table should be indicated in the right margin of the text as ※Table 1§, ※Table 2§, etc. Footnotes in tables should be indicated by superscript a, b, etc. The size of table prints should not exceed (220 x 168 mm). Oversized tables will not be accepted. For ease of layout, please submit tables as either word or excel tables. Multiple tables may not format correctly and will be returned to the author for correction.
Figures: Each figure should appear on a separate page and be numbered in Arabic. When several drawings or photographs are grouped as a single figure, all parts of the figure must be arranged as one unit on a single page, and each part should be lettered with an uppercase block letter in the upper corner of each plot. Most figures are reduced to one-column width; hence, lettering must be sized approp­riately. The location of each figure should be clearly indicated in the right text margin as ※Figure 1§, ※Figure 2§, etc. Figure legends should be grouped sequentially and double-spaced on a separate page. Figures should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi resolution as PSD, TIFF, JPEG, or EPS for vector graphic based data. Figure lettering should be Times New Roman Regular font. Figures will be reduced to either one column (3.25§) or 2 columns (6.5§). For microscopical preparations, scale bars with appropriate units must be provided.
AHR may publish color figures at the discretion of the editors. AHR is now published both on paper and electronically. Authors may be required to pay the cost of printing color figures for the paper version of AHR. Color figures will be published free of charge in the electronic version. Authors submitting color figures should indicate if they wish the figures to be printed in color in the paper version. Other­wise, color figures will be converted to grayscale in the paper version.
Statement of authorship:Authorship implies responsi­bility. All authors should have played a significant role in designing and performing the research and in preparing the manuscript. Those whose roles were limited solely to providing materials (including financial support), collecting data, or reviewing the manuscript, should be recognized in the Acknowledgments. Honorary authorship must be avoided.