Herpetologica and Herpetological Monographs publish original papers dealing largely or exclusively with the biology of amphibians and reptiles. Manuscripts are especially encouraged that quantitatively test important hypotheses, address important theoretical issues, and carefully analyze the diversity, systematics, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Herpetologica publishes manuscripts that are approximately 45 or fewer pages, including title, text, appendices, tables, figures, and captions. [The total page count of 45 manuscript pages does not include files that will be supplemental online-only files]. Herpetological Monographs publishes manuscripts that are longer than 45 manuscript pages.
Herpetologica and Herpetological Monographs do not publish notes or short communications, although short manuscripts may be considered for Herpetologica by the Editor on a case-by-case basis. Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated for the appropriateness of the topic for the journal and on their scientific merit, including the importance of hypotheses or theories addressed and quality of the experimental design and writing.
Authors are accountable for legal and proper acquisition and use of study animals. Therefore, the corresponding author should indicate in a submitted cover letter that all contributors observed appropriate ethical and legal guidelines and regulations. Applicable guidelines and regulations include: (1) the ASIH-HL-SSAR Guidelines for Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field Research (Beaupre 2004); (2) state, federal, and international laws concerning the collection and transport of live or preserved specimens; (3) legal acquisition of animals from reputable dealers; and (4) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approval for the care of animals and study procedures used (OLAW 2002). All relevant permit and protocol numbers should be cited in both the cover letter and Acknowledgments of the manuscript). Submitted studies that deviate from acceptable practices are subject to rejection.