The journal aims to disseminate, to a wide audience, knowledge, information and innovative approaches that promote and enhance the wise use and management of biodiversity in order to sustain the systems and species that support and benefit the people of Africa.
The journal publishes original research findings, as well as reviews, commentaries or perspectives, strategies and short communications. Special focus issues emanating from symposia or conferences that fall within the scope of the journal may also be published.
Authors should contextualise submissions within the framework of the value chain of biodiversity knowledge from its generation, to its application and use (see figure below). We are especially interested in articles that are written using language and terminology that is accessible to a wide audience. Specifically, the scope of the journal covers the following areas:
Full length articles (including original research, reviews, strategies and case studies) are limited to a maximum of 7000 words and 60 references, while short communications (including commentaries and perspectives, and taxonomic notes), have a maximum of 2000 words and 30 references. Manuscripts must follow the Instructions for Authors for Bothalia – African Biodiversity & Conservation.
Brief notes on nomenclatural changes will be consolidated and published as a single short communication, and referenced with SANBI as the author, but each contributing author will be credited in the text. Nomenclatural changes that form part of a larger taxonomic study that includes new findings or interpretations could be published as either a full research article or as a short communication.
We suggest that manuscripts dealing specifically with biodiversity in protected areas be submitted to Koedoe, African Protected Area Conservation and Science (http://www.koedoe.co.za/).
Submissions from authors anywhere in Africa as well as those based outside of Africa are invited if the content relates to African biodiversity.
The Journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end–of–year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.
The Journal’s abbreviated key title is Bothalia (Online).
The author(s) retain copyright on work published by AOSIS unless specified otherwise.
Author(s) of work published by AOSIS are required to grant AOSIS the unlimited rights to publish the definitive work in any format, language and medium, for any lawful purpose.
AOSIS requires journal authors to publish their work in open access under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.
Read more here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
The authors retain the non–exclusive right to do anything they wish with the published article(s), provided attribution is given to the applicable journal with details of the original publication, as set out in the official citation of the article published in the journal. The retained right specifically includes the right to post the article on the authors’ or their institution’s websites or in institutional repositories.
All manuscripts undergo a double–blinded review process.
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