Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Ethnobiology Letters (EBL) invites manuscripts concerning ethnobiology, the study of the relationships between humans and environments in diverse spatial and temporal contexts. Article types are Research Communications; Interviews & Reflections; Perspective essays; Data, Methods & Taxonomies; Short Topical Reviews; and Reviews.

Research Communications are short case studies that include description of methods, results, and brief discussion of the implications of results. Interviews & Reflections communicate insights, perspectives, and thoughts in a conversational style and in diverse formats including personal essays, obituaries, memorials, and non-scientific opinion pieces. Perspectives present scholarly opinions, memoirs, and arguments relevant to ethnobiology. Data, Methods & Taxonomies portray innovative approaches and/or communicate ethnobiological data, such as plant taxa and linguistic notes. Short Topical Reviews critically review relevant literature on a narrow topic of particular interest or neglect in ethnobiology.  Reviews evaluate texts, films, or exhibitions and assess their value within ethnobiology and related disciplines (see Books Available for Review). Additional information about target manuscript lengths for these article types is provided below under Section Policies.

Longer research papers should be submitted for consideration to the Journal of Ethnobiology. Monographs and thematic edited volumes should be submitted to Contributions in Ethnobiology.

Due to its scope and small size, the editors of Ethnobiology Letters do not extensively edit manuscripts. We require that authors who write in English as a second language have their papers edited prior to submission.

 

Section Policies

Interviews & Reflections

Word limit: 3500 words, 10 cited references, two figures, and one video. Short interviews with leading scholars, recently published authors, or community representatives involved in any field of ethnobiology communicate insights, perspectives, or thoughts that build on, but are not reproduced from, the interviewee’s previous literature or productions. Interviews may be conversational and informal in tone, but must be reviewed and authorized by the interviewee prior to submission. Reflections include personal essays, obituaries, memorials, and non-scientific opinion pieces of interest to the ethnobiology community. Interviews and reflections are not peer reviewed but will be evaluated for content and interest by the editors.

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Perspectives

Peer reviewed. Ethics declarations required for perspective essays based on original research. Suggested length: 2000-3500 words. Word limit: 5000 words, 30 cited references, two figures, one data table, and one video. Perspective essays present and discuss scholarly opinions, memoirs, and arguments relevant to ethnobiology. Perspectives should present new interpretations or insights based on unpublished original fieldwork or one’s own or others’ previously published material or public ethnobiology activities. Perspectives that present findings from original research must fully describe the methods employed, while those advancing evidence-based claims must appropriately present or cite relevant data.

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Short Topical Reviews

Peer reviewed. Suggested Length: 700-1200 words. Word limit: 1500 words, 5-15 cited references, 1 figure). Short Topical Reviews (previously called Mini-Reviews) are brief critical reviews of the most relevant literature on a narrow topic of particular interest or neglect in ethnobiology. It is essential to select a sufficiently narrow topic that may be adequately reviewed within the very limited space allowed. A Short Topical Review need not cite all of the existent literature on a given subject but must cite the most relevant sources given the chosen topic and focus.

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Research Communications

Peer reviewed and ethics declaration required. Suggested length: 2000-3500 words. Word limit: 5000 words, 30 cited references, two figures, three data tables, and one video. Research Communications are short original case studies that include context, methods, results, and discussion of the implications of results. Despite the limited space allowed, the description of methods must be sufficiently detailed to permit their evaluation. Research Communications must adequately situate the study and identify the relevance of reported results.

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Data, Methods & Taxonomies

Peer reviewed and ethics declaration required. Suggested length: 2000-3500 words. Word limit: 5000 words, 30 cited references, two figures, three data tables, and one video. Data, Methods & Taxonomies articles present innovative approaches and/or communicate ethnobiological data, such as plant taxa and linguistic notes. Data articles containing ethnobotanical lists or other forms of quantitative data must clearly communicate their scientific relevance within the short space allowed. Description of methods must be sufficiently detailed to permit their evaluation.

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Reviews

Word limit: 1000 words. Reviews of books, films, exhibits, and other academic productions should assess the work’s contributions to ethnobiological scholarship, theory, and/or application. We are looking for lively, insightful, and conceptual reviews that go beyond mere description of contents. Writing styles may be creative and personal. Review essays addressing two or more works are welcomed, but should have a clear conceptual rationale for grouping the particular items. In such cases, length limits may be relaxed if warranted by the quality of the analyses or critique presented. A list of available books for review can be found at: Books For Review. If you would like to review materials not on this list, please contact the book review editor, Felice Wyndham, with your ideas.

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Peer Review Process

Upon receipt of a submission to a peer-reviewed section, the editors will determine its appropriateness for the journal. Suitable manuscripts will be sent out for single blind external review. When the reviews are received, the editor will decide the status of the manuscript: accept (acceptance contingent on any necessary minor revisions and corrections, proper formatting, publication quality illustrations, and completeness); revisions required (editorial reconsideration contingent on mandatory additions and re-writing); resubmit for review (reconsideration subject to additional peer review and contingent on substantial additions, re-writing, or re-organization); or decline submission. Manuscripts receiving revisions required and resubmit for review decisions may subsequently be sent for additional rounds of external review or declined if criticisms are not adequately addressed. Final decisions concerning publication are made by the editors.

 

Publication Frequency

Ethnobiology Letters is published on a continual basis with one regular volume per year and occasional special thematic issues.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0), which permits others to use, distribute, and reproduce the work non-commercially, provided the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal are properly cited. Commercial reuse must be authorized by the copyright holder.

Copyrights to articles published in 2016 and thereafter are owned by the author(s). At the time of submission, authors(s) must agree to our Copyright Notice.

Ethnobiology Letters implemented use of Creative Commons licenses in 2016. Authors of all papers published before that year assigned primary and subsidiary copyrights to Ethnobiology Letters either by signing a Copyright Release form or agreeing to our Copyright Notice during the online submission process. Copyrights to articles published from 2010 to 2015 are owned by Ethnobiology Letters and the Society of Ethnobiology. Under their copyright authority, as of January 4, 2016, Ethnobiology Letters and the Society of Ethnobiology apply the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0) for all previously published articles. Accordingly, for articles published from 2010 to 2015, Ethnobiology Letters remains the copyright holder and: (1) as contractually agreed, authors retain nonexclusive license to republish their contents without charge in any printed or digital text of their authorship and in any online repository and (2) authors and others are permitted to use, distribute, and reproduce the work non-commercially, provided the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal are properly cited.

 

Archiving

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Ethics Declaration

Ethnobiology Letters requires authors to conform to our Ethics Declaration by completing and uploading this document as an additional file during the submission process.

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Author Responsibilities

  1. Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work, that they do not plagiarize (as the COPE discussion defines plagiarism), and that they truthfully present data.
  2. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
  3. Authors must certify that the maunscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  4. Authors must certify that all relevant ethical safeguards have been met and all relevant permissions were obtained.
  5. Authors must report of any conflicts of interest.
  6. Authors must report all sources of funding.
  7. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  8. Authors must report any errors they discover in their manuscript.

Reviewer Responsibilities

  1. Reviewers must notify the Ethnobiology Letters of any conflicts of interest.
  2. Reviewers must keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential.
  3. Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editors any information that may be reason to reject publication of a manuscript.
  4. Reviewers must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Editorial Board Responsibilities

  1. The Editors and/or Editorial Board must keep information pertaining to submitted manuscripts confidential.
  2. The Editors and/or Editorial Board must disclose any conflicts of interest.
  3. The Editors and/or Editorial Board must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
  4. The Editors and/or Editorial Board are responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
  5. The Editors and Editorial Board will review suspected incidents of plagiarism following the COPE Code of Conduct and, should the board conclude that plagiarism has occurred, the editors will follow the COPE workflow to respond to the violation.