Herpetologica Romanica






Author Guidelines & Ethics











All manuscripts must be accompanied by the Cover Letter. This form must be completed and signed by all the authors before processing of the manuscript can begin. Please read it carefully!

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I. Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice (Common for all Biological Journal's of the Publisher)

Before submitting any material, please read carefully our journal ethical and publication malpractice statement. In order to avoid any type of publication malpractice each submission must be accomplished by our journal sample “Cover Letter” signed by all of the authors. Until to sign the “Cover Letter” please read carefully the “Declaration” section at the end of the letter (above the signatures).

Originality, double submission and plagiarism:

The manuscript submitted must represents the author’s original work and has not been published and is not being submitted or considered for publication elsewhere (also see our “Cover Letter”).

Submitting your paper for evaluation concomitant to other journals is unacceptable. In such cases the manuscript will be rejected automatically and all of the authors lose the right to submit and publish manuscript to/in the “Herpetologica Romanica and to/in other, “sister journals” (“sister journals” means journals of the same publisher and related publishers with cooperation agreement). Also the editor of our journal will inform the editor of the other journal about the situation of the submitted manuscript.

The authors need to ensure that the original data in their manuscript can be clearly distinguished by the one published in other scientific papers. The authors of the manuscript need to ensure that the text, illustrations, and any other materials included in the manuscript do not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of anyone (also see our “Cover Letter”). Papers with any type of plagiarism will be rejected automatically and the authors lose the right to submit and publish manuscript to/in our journal and to/in other, “sister journals”. In the case if the authors try to publish again an already published paper (being their own data or data of other authors) the editor of the “Herpetologica Romanica will inform the editor of the other journal in which was published the original paper. In such situations the editor of the Herpetologica Romanica also will inform the founding agency (in the case if exist), the institution, and also the reviewers.

Authorship and collective responsibility:

All authors listed in the manuscript need to meet the authorship criteria and all of them participated in the work in a substantive way and are prepared to take public responsibility for the work (also see our “Cover Letter”). All authors have contributed to the manuscript and that common agreement has been reached before submission (also see our “Cover Letter”). In other case the manuscript can’t be accepted for evaluation in order to be published in the “Herpetologica Romanica”.

The sample “Cover Letter”:

Our “Cover Letter“ in which appear all of the above mentioned ethical statements must be signed by all of the authors. Manuscripts submitted without the “Herpetologica Romanica”’s sample “Cover Letter” or with a not all author signed one, will be rejected.

Methodological ethics:

The authors of articles that are based on experiments that caused injuries or death of animals should explain and justify the grounds of the study and state that the scientific results of the study is at least in trade-off with the sufferings caused. In the Materials and Methods of the manuscript, authors should detail as precisely the conditions of maintenance, transport, anaesthesia, and marking of animals. When available, references should be added to justify that the techniques used were not invasive. When alternative non-harming techniques exist, but were not used, the manuscripts may not be considered for publication.


The editors of the “Herpetologica Romanica” reserve the right to reject manuscripts without peer-review if they do not comply the author’s guidelines or are beyond the aim and scope of the journal. Each paper will be sent to at least two independent reviewers. If there are inconsistencies between the reviewers, a third reviewer will be asked to review the manuscript. The editor will decide the acceptance or rejection of the manuscripts according to these reviews.


See more about publication ethics at the following links: EASE June 2012, EASE toolkit, and other materials from the EASE web page.


II. Preparation of the manuscript

Both original research papers and reviews are welcomed. Review papers should deal with topics of general interest or of contemporary importance, being synthetic rather than comprehensive in emphasis. Authors of Review papers should consult with the editors before submission. Original research papers are welcomed both as full-length papers or short notes. The editors reserve the right to move manuscripts from one to other category.


Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic version only, as well as the original figures and tables. The manuscript text should be MS-Word processed, typed throughout in letter quality with font size 12, Times New Roman, without footnotes, double spaced (about 30 lines per page), on A4 (210 x 297 mm) paper, with margins of at least 25 mm on each side. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the bottom, right-hand corner.


For all types of papers, the title page must contain and only contain the following: title of paper (bold); name(s) of the author(s); address of the Institution where the work was done, and the name and address of the corresponding author with an email address.  Provide a title that is concise but also an informative synthesis of the study. Where appropriate, include mention of the family or higher taxa. Please provide a short running title of five words or less.


The abstract of maximum 300 words should summarize the essential results and conclusions. The introduction has to be a concise description of the background, rationale, aims and specific objectives of the paper.

Materials and methods have to provide sufficient information to permit repetition of the experiment and/or fieldwork. The technical description of study methods should be given only if such methods are new; otherwise a short presentation is enough.

The Results section must be a concise presentation of the finding of the study. Avoid the presentation of same information as text and/or figure and/or table.

Discussion section should be separate from the results section at full-length papers and should deal with the significance of the results and their relationship to the aims of the paper. Also include how the findings of the paper will change, influence the state of our knowledge about model organism.

Short Notes (generally less than four-five manuscript pages) should be produced as continuous text, preceded by an abstract of no more than 150 words.


Cited sources should be referred to as follows: (Pianka 1989, Huey & Pianka 1981Haydon et al. 1997). All authors of a paper should be cited in the list of references. References "in press" shall only be cited when they have been accepted for publication. Avoid quoting unpublished reports or thesis. Names of persons who provided unpublished information should be cited as follows: “(Andersson, Stockholm, pers. comm. 2005)”. List references alphabetically by author under References and date of publication at the same author.

Journal and series names have to be spelled out fully.


Use the following format for references section:

Haydon, D. T., Crother, B. I., Pianka. E. R. (1994): New directions in biogeography? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 9: 403-406.

Sokal, R. R., Rohlf, F. J. (1995): Biometry. The principles and practice of statistics in biological research.  3rd Edition. W. H. Freeman & co, New York.

Huey, R. B., Pianka, E. R., (1983): Temporal separation of activity and interspecific dietary overlap (with an Appendix by S. L. Pimm). pp. 281-296. In Huey, R. B.,. Pianka, E. R., Schoener T. W. (eds.) Lizard Ecology: Studies of a Model Organism. Harvard University Press.


Word 2007. Unfortunately, the journal cannot accept Microsoft Word 2007 documents. Please use Word's 'Save As' option therefore to save your document as an older (2003 or later) *.doc file type.


Each paper will be reviewed by 2-3 independent reviewers.



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