Island Biodiversity


Phelsuma is an open access journal of island biology, covering ecology, conservation, behaviour, taxonomy, biogeography, history and taxonomy. Phelsuma started in 1992 as the scientific journal of Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles with a geographical remit of the Western Indian Ocean, accompanied by the natural history magazine Birdwatch (now superseded by Seychelles Wildlife News. In 2016 the remit of Phelsuma was expanded to cover all islands around the world.

Phelsuma publishes articles and notes on all aspects of the biology, geology and conservation of the western Indian Ocean. The geographical coverage includes the islands and ocean in the area roughly bordered by the Chagos archipelago to the east and the African coast to the west. "Phelsuma" is published annually by Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles. Since 2010 it has been published as an open-access on-line journal. All content can be accessed here: Phelsuma issues.

Instructions to authors

Manuscripts for Phelsuma should be sent by e-mail to the Editor

Manuscripts for papers (normally 2000-5000 words) or notes (2000 words) should be written in English and submitted electronically.

Abstracts (200 words) - describing the purposes of the paper,its main findings and conclusions. Not required for notes.

Keywords - up to five keywords, preferably excluding words used in the title. Not required for notes.

Taxonomic and nomenclatural conventions - Latin names should be given for all taxa on first mention. First mention should include the authority and, for animals, the date of publication. Common names are used in lower case.

References - these should be cited in text as Author (2000) or (Author 2000), without the use of a comma. For three or more authors the first author's surname should be followed by et al. Multiple references should be ordered chronologically. The reference list should be ordered alphabetically with full title citations and abbreviated journal titles. for notes, titles should not be included.

Figures and maps - Figure format should be at least 300dpi and 15cm wide.

Authors are invited to discuss preparation and submission with the Editor