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Submit all manuscripts to the editor (E-mail). Manuscripts are initially screened for relevance and significance, and some are returned to authors without review. All manuscripts considered further are peer-reviewed. Currently, there is no charge to authors for publication.

Submission of Articles

Articles are papers longer than two pages that usually report the results of a study, and include an abstract and other sections. For an example of format, see Number 49. However, before preparing a submission, please contact the editor first, for instructions.

Submission of Notes

Notes are short reports up to two pages in length (less than 1000 words), usually focused on a single species, such as a new and significant distributional record or natural history observation. For examples of format, see the most recent Notes (e.g., CH50, CH51, and CH52) in this journal, because previous notes used an older, discontinued format. For a submission to be considered as a Note in Caribbean Herpetology, it should be noteworthy (significant) and represent an increase in knowledge, not just an observation. For example, a significant distributional note would be a new record of a rare species from an unexpected location. For things like minor range extensions, and new records of common species, consider other publication outlets such as Herpetological Review. Voucher evidence of any record (e.g., species identification) must be provided, preferably as a museum specimen accession number or a museum image accession number. Alternatively, or as an addition, a high quality image is acceptable, but the species must be clearly identifiable. Images must be cropped so that the animal fills the view. Sound and video files may be submitted, additionally, if they are pertinent to the article. Also, unless you are a professional herpetologist, you must have your record (i.e., specimen or image) verified by an authority before submitting it, and the name of that person must be mentioned in the submission. The first sentence of the Note should state why the record is noteworthy. One or two literature references and brief acknowledgements are permitted, but not necessary (refer to previous Notes for format). There is a maximum limit of 500 words for Notes, which includes all text. All submissions that pass an initial screening are reviewed, and (if accepted) the text may be edited prior to publication, by the editors or author or both.

The Note can relate to behavior, conservation, distribution, morphology, or reproduction. We use decimal degrees for GPS coordinates only, so please convert from any other format. A single image (JPEG or TIFF, 1800 x 1800 pixels) may be submitted separately, to accompany the manuscript. Send image files less than 10 Mb by attached email to info @ caribherp.com. For larger files, including videos, use a file transfer service such as Yousendit. Notes will typically have single authors; more than three authors for a Note is not permitted.


The format for references in Caribbean Herpetology was updated in 2017. In general it follows the format of most modern journals in the biological sciences by listing last name plus initials of authors, without commas and periods, and follows most online journals in spelling out journal names completely. The following are examples:

JOURNAL ARTICLE: Lorvelec O, Barré N, Bauer AM (2017) The status of the introduced Mourning Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris) in Guadeloupe (French Antilles) and the high probability of introduction of other species with the same pattern of distribution. Caribbean Herpetology, 57, 1–7.

BOOK: Schwartz A, Henderson RW (1991) Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies: Descriptions, Distributions, and Natural History (University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Florida).

BOOK CHAPTER: Powell R, Henderson RW, Farmer MC, Breuil M, Echternacht AC, van Buurt G, Romagosa CM, Perry G (2011) Introduced amphibians and reptiles in the greater Caribbean: patterns and conservation implications, pages 63–143. In: Hailey A, Wilson BS, Horrocks JA, editors, Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas, Volume 1, Conservation Biology and the Wider Caribbean (Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands).

ELECTRONIC RESOURCE: Hedges SB (2017) Caribherp: amphibians and reptiles of Caribbean Islands. Available at http://www.caribherp.org. Accessed 23 June 2017.