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- Three to five suggested reviewers have been included in the Comments for the Editor space at the bottom of this page (although this item applies only to peer reviewed Research Communications, Perspectives, and Data, Methods & Taxonomy papers, you must check this item to proceed to the next page).
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Interviews & ReflectionsWord 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 Interviews and reflections are not peer reviewed but will be evaluated for content and interest by the editors.
PerspectivesPeer 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 Perspectives should present new interpretations or insights based on unpublished original fieldwork or one’s own or others’ previously published material or public ethnobiology activities.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.
Short Topical ReviewsPeer 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.
Research CommunicationsPeer 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.
Data, Methods & TaxonomiesPeer 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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