Reptiles & Amphibians:
Conservation and Natural History

Instructions to Authors

  • Format should follow that of recent issues of R&A.
  • All references should include journal names spelled out in full.
  • All submissions are subject to editing for content and style.
  • All original content except travelogues and commentaries is subject to peer review.
  • Photographs and/or other artwork should accompany all submissions.
  • Images should be at least 300 dpi and 6.5″ wide to facilitate quality reproduction. If this is not possible or practical, please contact an editor.
  • If images or artwork are not that of the contributor, these should be accompanied by documentation that permission for one-time use is granted by the photographer or artist.
  • Images should be titled and numbered with first author’s last name and number (i.e., Smith-fig-01). Captions with corresponding numbers and photo/artist credits should be appended to the end of the manuscript.

Manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted electronically to either AJ Gutman ( or Robert Powell ( Unsolicited material will be considered, but contributors are encouraged to contact one of the editors prior to submission.

The editors of R&A will accept contributions in the following categories:

Feature Articles

  • Original research, review articles, or reports pertaining to conservation, natural history (including behavior), or husbandry of reptiles and amphibians. Annotated species lists for areas of interest (e.g., reserves or natural areas). Note that husbandry articles should emphasize responsible husbandry and include information about the conservation status of their subjects as appropriate.
  • Format: Abstract (optional, but recommended for research articles), body with headers (e.g., introduction, methods, results, discussion — or equivalents for review articles), acknowledgements and literature cited.
  • References should be cited within the text.


  • Profiles feature persons who have made major contributions to herpetology or the conservation of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Articles should provide at least basic biographical information, but should emphasize the subject’s contributions to the field.
  • Format is similar to that for feature articles (except an abstract is not included and headers should refer to section content).


  • Accounts of trips to destinations of herpetological interest.
  • Focus on reptiles and amphibians should be evident; however, other relevant content (e.g., biological interests other than reptiles, sites of historical significance, recreational opportunities) may be included.
  • Format is informal (essentially that of an essay). Headers (if used) should refer to section content.


  • Editorial essays addressing topical issues pertaining to reptiles and amphibians.
  • Opinions expressed need not reflect those of the editors, but must be justified by personal experience or references to appropriate sources of evidence.
  • Controversial issues may be addressed, although the editors retain the right to reject those deemed inappropriate.
  • Format is informal (essentially that of an essay). Headers (if used) should refer to section content.

Historical Perspectives

  • Reprints or excerpts of articles published at least 50 years ago.
  • The best submissions will describe conditions or attitudes that contrast sharply with those that prevail today.
  • If the original article was illustrated, please submit high-resolution copies of those illustrations. If the original article was not illustrated, submission of pertinent photographs or artwork is encouraged.
  • In some instances, a biographical sketch of the author is appropriate.

Focus on Conservation

  • These are one-page documents that promote organizations or current and ongoing projects dealing with the conservation of reptiles and amphibians that are worthy of support by readers of R&A.
  • See recent examples for format. Illustrations (photographs or artwork) are required.
  • Little Blue Book

  • Art Prints

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