New Category of Papers in Ethnobiology and Conservation


Dear Authors,

As editors of Ethnobiology and Conservation, we are constantly seeking to expand the breadth and depth of our publication to encompass a diverse array of research and perspectives within these fields.

We are delighted to extend an invitation to you to submit your work to Ethnobiology and Conservation. Whether you are an established researcher, a budding scientist, or a passionate advocate, we welcome contributions from all corners of the globe that explore the intricate relationships between humans and their environments, and the conservation implications thereof.

In addition to our existing manuscript categories, we are excited to introduce a new category: Checklist. This category is designed to accommodate concise yet comprehensive lists of species, traditional knowledge, or cultural practices that hold significance in the realm of ethnobiology. We believe that this addition will provide a valuable platform for researchers to share important data and observations that may not fit neatly into traditional research article formats.

Types of manuscripts we accept include:

Short Communication (SC): a brief manuscript that presents original and significant material. SC is not a way of publishing preliminary results. A SC should possess up to 5 pages and follows the same structure of a full paper. A maximum of 3 illustrations (figures or tables) is allowed.

Research Article: reports the results of original research. This paper should include the following items: Title page (with Abstract), Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, and References.

Review: addresses a subject that is related to the scope of this journal. The authors are free to establish the subdivisions of the review paper. Manuscripts can be any length. 

Short Review: addresses a specific topic that is related to the scope of this journal. The idea is bringing the reader fresh and updating information about one specific topic. A Short Review should possess up to 5 pages (including references) in the format of submission.

Hypothesis: a manuscript that presents an untested original hypothesis backed up solely by a survey of previously published results rather than any new evidence. Hypothesis articles should not contain new data. This type of paper should possess up to 3 pages (including references) in the format of submission. A maximum of 3 illustrations (figures or tables) are allowed.

Policy Brief: a text type that summarizes information on a topic of public interest, suggesting options for decision-making and specifying courses of action for formulating and evaluating policy. Policymakers are the target audience of a policy brief. Nonetheless, policy briefs present an excellent opportunity to return the conclusion of scientific research to leaders of indigenous peoples, traditional communities, and other specific social groups, as they bring evidence that has direct implications for these actors. In the Section “Manuscript Structure”, under “Policy Brief”, we list some general and writing guidelines, as well as examples that can help you construct a policy brief. 

Primer: provides a first entry into a field like the traditional dictionaries. A Primer should possess up to 5 pages (including references) in the format of submission. We stimulate the use of figures to illustrate the presented ideas. We expect a solid personalized, and well-grounded view of the author on the field or theme, rather than offering different perspectives on the subject.

Checklist: we invite original research articles that present lists of species known and utilized in specific social-ecological contexts. We aim to serve as a repository for high-quality, list-generating research that can support the development of studies seeking patterns in the relationship between people and nature (e.g., systematic reviews and meta-analyses). We will only consider papers that provide comprehensive information on the social, cultural, and ecological aspects of the studied sites, as well as on the sampling procedures and specimen identification. Given our primary goal of delivering robust species-use lists, manuscripts will only be considered if the list comprises at least 80% of species identified at the species level. We only accept lists beyond the local scale but encompass studies of at least regional scope.

Ethnobiology and Conservation is committed to fostering an inclusive and collaborative research community, and we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to showcase your contributions in our publication.

For detailed submission guidelines and instructions, please visit our website: