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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in Submissions.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

Author Guidelines

The journal publishes original, previously unpublished articles on the following fields:

  • Faunistics
  • Floristics
  • Biogeography
  • Biological systematics
  • Nature conservation and protected areas
  • Reviews of published articles and monographs on the above topics
  • Memorial articles

Preference is given to articles in English. There are no restrictions on the article volume and number of articles in the issue. The journal is published four times a year in the “continuous publication” mode.

You can uploaded your ms through OJS interface or send it directly to Editorial on

In the fields of faunistics and floristics, we accept articles of two types: floral and faunal lists on any region of the world (areas, regions, countries, mountain ranges, national parks), and faunal and floral discoveries (finding new species for the regions, additions to previously published inventories…). We also accept articles on methodology of faunal and floral studies. The materials up to three pages are placed in the category Short Communication.

The journal policy includes a mandatory procedure of blind peer review. Preference is given to articles illustrated with distribution maps, photographs of biotops, biological objects in nature and collection specimens.

  1. The following structure of articles is recommended: Introduction. Material and methods. Results. Discussion. Acknowledgments. References.
  2. The article title must be given in full and short form (full title and running head). All the authors must be listed with current contact information including the address, place of work and e-mail, the corresponding author is marked with (*). The abstract should not exceed 500 characters, the keywords are up to 10. For faunal and floral discoveries the given structure (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References) can be changed, reflecting only factology. References should be made in accordance with APA Style, 6th Edition.
  3. Texts in English should be verified by a native speaker. Latin words for species and genera must be italicized. At the first mention of a taxon its full title including author and year of description should be given (if necessary – in brackets): Papilio machaon Linnaeus, 1758. The subsequent references to the taxon should be given in a shortened version – P. machaon. In the description of new taxa, authors should strictly follow the Codes of botanical and zoological nomenclature.
  4. The literature should be cited as follows: (Dobes, Paule, 2010; Faghir et al., 2014). In Russian texts: «как в России (Камелин, 2001; Курбатский, 2012), так и за рубежом (Dobes, Paule, 2010; Faghir et al., 2014)»; «И. Сояк (Soják, 1988), отмечая гибридогенную природу». The references must be given in chronological order.
  5. It is advisable to adhere to the following design of material for faunal and floral lists (discoveries). Be sure to mention the collection or herbarium, where the material is deposited. The legend to abbreviations may be given in the Materials and Methods section.

Material examined. 3 males, SW Mongolia, Hovd Aimak, Dzhungarian Gobi desert, 20 km N Zeegijn border post  (45°17’N / 92°09’E), h= 1400 м, 29-30.06.2015, leg. R. Yakovlev (coll. R. Yakovlev, Barnaul).

Material examined. 1 female, Kwango, Kikwit [5°02’00” S / 18°49’00”E], 1938, Rev. F. Placide (MRAC). At the mention of the geographical origin labels without coordinates it is desirable to give the coordinates of the area in brackets.

Material examined. «Тувинская АССР, Монгун-Тайгинский р-н, верх. р. Мугур, 17-19. VIII. 1978. А.С. Ревушкин, В.В. Хлопов, Т.В. Жигальцова» [Russia, Tuva Rep., Mongun-Taiga distr., upper stream of Mugur River, 17−19.08.1978, A.S. Revushkin, V.V. Khlopov, T.V. Zhigal’tsova]. The labels can be given in the original language in commas and translated into English in square brackets.

      6. Graphs and diagrams should be created in a specialized editor included into MS Word or in vector graphics editor: Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator (.cdr, .ai, .wmf, the text inside graph should not be “saved as vector”). Use of non-standard fonts is undesirable. Raster versions, as well as graphs and charts made "by hand', are not permitted. Graphs and diagrams created in MS Excel are undesirable. Diagrams should be in black and white, all the divisions - marked with large hatching legible when printed.

       7. Illustrations should be presented in LineArt (raster, black and white) — TIFF 600–1200 dpi (depending on details), LZW compression. Grey (photo) — JPEG 300–600 dpi (compression ratio 8–10). Vector drawings should be given in EPS, AI, CDR, not using non-standard fills and fonts. All raster images must have real, not interpolated resolution. Images created in non-graphic editors, as well as illustrations imported into Word, are not permitted.

       8. Titles of tables and figure captions are given in the text of the article. Files with illustrations should be named as follows: petrov_1, petrov_2, petrov_3_12… Figure captions should be presented as follows:

Fig. 1. Paralophonotus auroguttata (Herrich-Schaff er, [1854]), male, Congo, Baraka in Kivu Province, Lt. Ghesquiere (MRAC).

Fig. 1. Map of collecting localities: 1. Hovd Aimak, Dzun-Dzhargalant-Khairkhan, Ar-Shatyn-Gol river Valley (47°44’N; 92°27’E); 2. Hovd Aimak, Dzhungarian Gobi desert, Uvkhod-Ula (Ovkhood-Uul) Mt. (45°48’N; 91°06’E); 3. Hovd Aimak, Dzhungarian Gobi desert, 20 km N Zeegijn border post  (45°17’N; 92°09’E); 4. Hovd Aimak, Bajtag-Bogd-Uul Mts., Baruun-Khargaityn-Gol river Valley (45°16’N; 90°57’E); 5. Hovd Aimak,  Ikh-Khavtag-Nuruu Mts., near Zhugentijn spring, (45°04’N; 92°12’E); 6. Hovd Aimak, Ikh-Khavtag-Uul Mts., near Yargajtyn-Sajr gorge (45°03’N; 92°09’E).

Fig. 7. Map of distribution of Hyles svetlana Shovkoon, 2010 and north-western Chinese records of Eremurus inderiensis (Steven) Regel (from Pittaway & Kitching, 2016 with additions).

Figures 1−7. Aholcocerus, adults and male genitalia: 1. Aholcocerus jakli Yakovlev & Witt sp. nov., holotype (MWM); 2. Aholcocerus ihleorum Yakovlev & Witt, 2009, holotype (MWM); 3. Aholcocerus ronkayorum Yakovlev, 2006, holotype (MWM); 4. Aholcocerus sevastopuloi Yakovlev, 2011, holotype (BMNH); 5. Aholcocerus verbeeki (Roepke, 1957), holotype (RMNH); 6. Aholcocerus verbeeki (Roepke, 1957), female, allotype (RMNH); 7. Aholcocerus jakli Yakovlev & Witt sp. nov., male genitalia

        9. Tables should be submitted apart from the article text on separate pages after the list of references. Avoid multi-page tables; it is preferable to divide large data into several tables. You can mark the place in the text where the table is to be inserted [Table x]. Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals and have headlines in Russian and English, briefly revealing their content. Subtitles of columns should be concise and informative. Units of measurement should be indicated after the comma. In tables, don't use vertical and horizontal lines separating columns. Additional information to clarify the content of the table should be placed under it as a note.

10. Cited literature should be restricted to published papers. Only papers that have been accepted for publication may be incorporated, with the notation 'in press' (and the journal in which it will appear). Unpublished data, manuscripts in preparation and unpublished papers should be noted as 'pers. comm.' or 'unpubl. data'. Check every reference in the text of the article with the list of used literature. All the names of periodicals should be checked thoroughly. The list of literature should be given without a numeration. Please use requirements of APA style, 6th edition.

The author(s) can also use the article template for manuscript submission (download template)

Accepted manuscripts - The text of accepted manuscripts should be provided by e-mail, preferably as a Word for Windows document. Manuscripts are edited to enhance communication between author and reader. Proofs are provided as a PDF. In the proof stage only essential corrections can be made, and any additional alterations may be charged to the author. Corrected proofs should be returned within 1 week. Corresponding authors receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which the publication appears and an electronic version of the final publication (PDF).

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Editors will treat all manuscripts submitted to Acta Biologica Sibirica in confidence. Reviewers are also required to treat manuscripts confidentially. Acta Biologica Sibirica will not share manuscripts with third parties outside of ABS except in cases of suspected misconduct.