Rejection rate is 78% (2014 and 2015).

Important: Please make sure that the manuscript you submit does not contain any (including white) shading or highlighting of text. Likewise, please ensure that you do not use automatic numbering and bulleting.

Streamlined editorial workflow
This note is to inform you, as a (potential) author and reviewer, about some changes to the editorial process. As a consequence of input by Subject Editors, we have sought ways to further reduce turn-around times and to avoid instances of frustration of authors, reviewers and the editorial team.

Thus, from now on a manuscript …

… which the assigned Subject Editor considers eligible for peer review, but which is not properly formatted according to the journal instructions, contains illegible figures, or suffers from weak writing will be returned to the authors to correct these problems before the submission will be processed. In some cases, non-native-English-speaking authors may need to seek out a native-speaker biologist to improve the grammar, punctuation, and clarity of the text. Authors will profit from this measure in that it will prevent the referees’ annoyance by any of the shortcomings mentioned.

… submitted following a "rejection with permission to resubmit" decision will, after successfully passing the Subject Editor’s screening, be allowed just one further evaluation round by external peer reviewers in which it must become clear that the earlier criticism leading to the rejection has been successfully addressed. The time span until the final decision will thus be better foreseeable for authors and the final decision more likely to be positive when authors use this single chance thoroughly.

… submitted following a minor-revision decision (and potentially even a major-revision decision) will be sent out for re-evaluation by peer reviewers only in instances where re-evaluation by referees is considered unavoidable. Authors can actively speed the process by avoiding additional peer reviewing – convince your editors by succinct and satisfactory replies to all criticism!


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Types of contributions published

Original Article: Unsolicited, refereed by at least two referees; presenting results from empirical primary research.

Review Article: Solicited, refereed by at least two referees; presenting well-balanced reviews of research literature on topics of broad interest; suggestions for review articles are very welcome.

Focus: Solicited or unsolicited, “Focus” is a venue for communicating thoughts or perspectives of outstanding scientific interest, or inspiring and reasonable suggestions of research avenues. Submissions should not contain results from primary research, but should be supported by literature references. Items submitted to “Focus” are subject to review by at least three referees.

Forum: Solicited or unsolicited, “Forum” provides a venue for communicating constructive points of view and comments, fair criticism, relevant meeting reviews and abstracts of meeting contributions, and reports or announcements of far-reaching importance to the myrmecological community, including logistical aspects. Submissions should not contain results from primary research, but, whenever appropriate, need to be supported by literature references. Items submitted to “Forum” are subject to review by at least three referees.
Book Review:
Solicited, not refereed; suggestions for book reviews are very welcome.

 

Irregular contributions include Obituary (solicited or unsolicited, not refereed) and Laudatio (solicited or unsolicited, not refereed).

 

Submission of manuscripts
Electronic submission of manuscripts by E-mail is preferred (simply choose "Submission" in the menu to the left).
 

Copyright
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work has not been published before, that it is not submitted for publication elsewhere, that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, and that, if and when the manuscript is accepted, the authors will hand over the transferable copyright to the publisher.

  

Manuscript preparation
Important: Please make sure that the manuscript you submit does not contain any (including white) shading or highlighting of text.

 

Take care you use page and line numbers throughout the manuscript.

Manuscripts should be written in German or English (British or American English, but consistently throughout the manuscript). In exceptional cases other languages can be accepted. Authors who use a non-native language need to have their manuscripts revised linguistically before initial submission.

Manuscripts should be organised as follows:
Please note: From Volume 15 onwards, German abstracts have been discontinued.

Original Article: Front page with title; name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and designation of a contact author in case of more than one author; key words; number of manuscript pages; number of figures and tables. Main body of the manuscript: Title; Author(s); English Abstract; Key words; Address(es); Introduction; Material and methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgements; References; Table and Figure legends. Keep the article concise and its length appropriate given the amount of information presented.

Review Article: Front page with title; name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and designation of a contact author in case of more than one author; key words; number of manuscript pages; number of figures and tables. Main body of the manuscript: Title; Author(s); English Abstract; Key words; Address(es); organisation of "Introduction", "Results", and "Discussion" up to author; Acknowledgements; References; Table and Figure legends. Try hard to keep the total word count below 14,400 words (equalling 16 printed pages), with tables and figures reducing the allotment.

Focus: Front page with title; name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and designation of a contact author in case of more than one author; number of manuscript pages. Main body of the manuscript: Title; Author(s); text; References. Keep the total word count below 1750 words (equalling 2 printed pages).
Forum: Front page with title; name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and designation of a contact author in case of more than one author; number of manuscript pages. Main body of the manuscript: Title; Author(s); English Abstract possible but not compulsory; Key words possible but not compulsory; Address(es); organisation of "Introduction", "Discussion" and other potential content up to author; Acknowledgements; References; Table and Figure legends. Try hard to keep the total word count as low as feasible, but below 3,550 words (equalling 4 printed pages), with tables and figures reducing the allotment; only at the discretion of the editorial team, Forum contributions can be longer than 4 printed pages. Be aware that referees will be asked whether they consider a manuscript as being as compact as possible.

Book Review: Front page with book title; name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and designation of a contact author in case of more than one author; number of manuscript pages. Main body of the manuscript: Bibliographic inform on the book, i.e., title, author, publisher, place of publication, number of pages, ISBN, price; Author(s); text; References (if any). Try hard to keep the total word count below 800 words (equalling 1 printed pages).


Footnotes are not acceptable.

Do not use any formatting (including style sheet in the word processing program) except: genus and species names in italics, authors of taxa and publications in small caps. All pages incl. front page should be numbered consecutively. Any other formatting complicates editing of the manuscripts.

Species authorities
Give author (small caps) and year of description for each species at its first mention, e.g., Lasius niger (Linnaeus, 1758). Apply this to the abstract and start anew with it in the main text, irrespectively of whether a species has already been mentioned in the abstract or not. Please note that references to species authorities (I) have a comma between author and year, in which they differ from references to the literature; (II) do not entail necessity to list the source under References.

 

Abbreviated genus name
Abbreviate genus name by using its first letter only. Do not abbreviate genus name at beginning of sentence and if use of the abbreviation would introduce ambiguity, such as when different genera mentioned in the manuscript have the same first letter.

 

Citation of material examined
Either exactly as given on a specimen label, indicated by quotation marks; or exactly as in the following example (using majuscules for Roman numerals): Austria: Vienna, Johannserkogel (48° 11' N, 16° 31' E), 22.XI.2004, leg. S. Schödl, 2 workers (NHMW).
 

Voucher specimen repositories
Acronyms of collections should consist of up to four letters for the institution. List acronyms in the Material and methods section.
 

References
References in the text should be given as follows: Ehrhardt (1987), Hölldobler & Wilson (1990), Buschinger & al. (2003), or in apposition: (Ehrhardt 1987). All references (and no other works) must appear in the References. Do not abbreviate journal titles and places of publication. Titles of references should only be translated if the original titles are in non-Latin letters. Please note that references to papers "submitted" are not permitted.
Andersen, A.N. 1997: Functional groups and patterns of organization in North American ant communities: a comparison with Australia. – Journal of Biogeography 24: 433-460.
Ehrhardt, W. 1987: Biosystematics of the slavemaking ant genus Chalepoxenus. In: Eder, J. & Rembold, H. (Eds.): Chemistry and biology of social insects. – Verlag J. Peperny, München, pp. 39-40.
Czechowski, W., Radchenko, A. & Czechowska, W. 2002: The ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Poland. – Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warszawa, 200 pp.
Espadaler, X. & Bernal, V. 2004: Lasius neglectus, a polygynous, sometimes invasive, ant. – <http://www.creaf.uab.es/xeg/Lasius/Ingles/index.htm>, retrieved on 5 May 2008.

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Symbols

Contributors are asked to use (and separately explain) common symbols such as $ and § instead of ♂ and ♀.

  

Tables

Adapted to a width of either 8.1 or 17.0 cm; 9 pt Times New Roman font.

  

Figures

All figures must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (i.e., no combination with letters). Only high-quality figures are accepted, in case of electronic submission saved as a TIF file (minimum resolution 600 dpi at print size) and name them "Author-Fig1.tif" etc. In case of figure plates consisting of mounted photographs, additionally add the uncut originals. If submissions are made by conventional mail, original figures should not be sent in for primary submission. Colour figures are encouraged and partly free of charge (see Page charges).

  

Digital supplementary materials

Film sequences, large tables, reference collections and other supplementary material can be deposited at the journal's homepage. Refer to the digital supplementary material in the manuscript by "Appendix, as digital supplementary material to this article, at the journal's web pages".

  

Resubmission

Our aim is to provide rapid means of publication. Thus, we request that revised manuscripts be resubmitted within two months after the editorial decision has been issued. If delayed beyond two months, resubmissions will be considered and handled as new submissions.
 

Proof-reading

The contact author receives the proofs before publication of the Online-Earlier version and is asked to return them with the corrections within two weeks. The contact author is responsible for errors remaining after proof-reading. Please note that at the stage of proof-reading, any changes to the paper other than corrections of errors will be subject to costs to be borne by the authors.

  

Reprints

The contact author is supplied with a printable PDF version of the printed article. This PDF file is for personal use only (printing a copy for own use or exchange with other researchers), i.e., not for deposition in a library / website / ftp-site for public access. This policy became necessary due to frequent deposition of printable PDF files by authors on their websites. Authors who wish to facilitate public access to their paper from their website are asked to achieve this via a link to the corresponding page of the journal’s website.

We offer to supply twenty reprints free of charge after publication of the print version; to realise this, active ordering is necessary when returning the proof corrections. Also additional reprints may be purchased by ordering when returning proof corrections. Prices are as follows (orders must be prepaid):

Number reprints × [(number b/w pages × € 0.20) + (number colour pages × € 0.50)]

Mailing charges: AUT: € 5.-, Europe: € 10.-, overseas: € 20.-

  

Page charges

Page charges are € 10 per black/white and the first colour page, and € 25 for each additional colour page. ÖGEF is happy to 100% cover costs for articles which deal with the Palaearctic Region or with general myrmecological aspects (but due to their statutes cannot extend sponsoring to other faunal regions); additionally, undergraduate students as well as any authors from developing countries are invited to apply for exemptions.