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with a geographical remit of the Western Indian Ocean, accompanied by the natural history magazine Birdwatch (now superseded by Seychelles Wildlife News.

Since 2010 Phelsuma has been published as an open-access on-line journal. All content can be accessed here: Phelsuma issues. Phelsuma meets the requirements for new species descriptions and other new nomenclatural acts under the rules of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, its content being registered on ZooBank and archived on the Internet Archive. The editorial policy of Phelsuma is to work with authors to achieve a good publication, peer-review is used to advise the process of publication and so does not follow a rigid policy of number of reviews. The average time between submission and publication varies, but is typically 4 weeks. All published content remains the copyright of the authors.

Instructions to authors

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

There are no word limits on submissions. Text should be prepared in English, preferably in Word or a Word-readable format. All manuscripts except for very short notes should include an abstract (up to 250 words).

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.

Figures and maps - Figure format should be at least 300dpi and prepared for publication in an A4 format (prior to 2016 Phelsuma was published in A5).

Authors are invited to discuss preparation and submission with the Editor

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