ISSN 1852-5768
online version
ISSN 0326-551X
printed version

Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


About the Journal
Cuadernosde Herpetología is a multi-disciplinary scientific journal leading in Argentina publishing scientific articles related to Amphibians and Reptiles, including issues as: systematic, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, embryology, evolution, ecology genetics, behavior, conservations, paleontology, etc. The journal includes the following sections: Full Length papers, Viewpoints, Notes, Zoogeographic News and Bibliographic News. The accepted languages are Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Cuadernosde Herpetología is published twice a year and available printed and online among regular members of the Asociación Herpetológica Argentina and subscribers of the journal.



Form and preparation of manuscripts


Presentación de Manuscritos
Contributions must be original and should not have been submitted or accepted simultaneously to other journals. Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two external referees. Text should be sent as a Word or RTF file. Figures should be sent as a single PDF file (recommended), or as independent files in JPG or TIF formats. For the review process, low quality figures are acceptable; if the manuscript is accepted, the author is required to provide high quality figures in TIF or JPG formats. A PDF file of the article will be sent to the authors. Publication in Cuadernosde Herpetología are provided free of charge except for manuscripts that contain a large number of color photographs and graphics that can be converted to grayscale in the print version or agree a payment with the authors in relation of the editing costs of each job.

Manuscripts should be double spaced, with tabs at the beginning of each paragraph, wide margins, and all pages numbered. Beginning in the abstract, lines should be numbered continuously up to the tables and figure legends. Scientific species names should be italized, and the higher taxonomic groups (e.g., Squamata: Teiidae) and geographic references should be capitalized. The title and subtitles should be capitalized and on the left margin.
The first page should indicate: 1) Title; 2) Complete author names (First, second, and last name) with numerical superscripts for addresses; 3) Author addresses including an e-mail address for the corresponding author; 4) Abbreviated name of the Authors for page heading (if there are more than two authors indicate the initials and last name of the senior author followed by et al.) followed by a Short running title (not longer than 40 characters, including spaces).
Full Length papers and Points of View should have the following structure:
Title, Author, Abstract (in Spanish and English, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments (optional), Literature Cited, table and figure legends, tables, and figures.
Title: Should be short, and self explanatory.
Abstract: Should be short but outlining the main results and conclusions; bibliographic citations should be avoided.
Key words: up to five preferentially not included in the title. Each one capitalized and separated by a semicolon.
Resúmen: Should have the same content as the abstract but written in Spanish.
Palabras claves: Should be the same as the key words but written in Spanish.
Literature citations within the text: should be as follows: last name/s (first letter capitalized) and year of the paper (in parentheses). For two authors the last names will be separated by “and”: Reig and Limeses (1963). Within the text, authors list should be chronologically ordered (separated by “;”), while the species list should be alphabetically ordered.
Acknowledgements: Keep them short and specific to direct contributions to the paper and the research involved. Use the initials and the surname of the people you acknowledge, but do not include their institutional affiliation. Include in this section all acknowledgments to institutions, positions and grants that you consider appropriate
Cited Literature: Should be in alphabetical order, without numbering. Last names should be in small caps and first names abbreviated. For periodic journals the format is: Last name of senior author, comma, abbreviated first name; then last names of following authors, and abbreviated first name, separated by semicolons. The last author separated by “&”. Year of publication. Title of paper. Complete journal name (italized), volume number: page range separated by a hyphen. Example:
Vega, L.E.; Chañi, J.M. & Trivi de Mandri, M. 1988. Observations on the feeding habits of Ameiva ameiva (Sauria: Teiidae). Herpetological Review 19: 53-54.

For books or non-periodical publications the format is: Author, year, title, publisher, place (city, state) where published. Example:
Pisanó, A. & Barbieri, F.D. 1977. Anatomía Comparada de los Vertebrados. Eudeba. Buenos Aires.

For book chapters the format is: Author, year, chapter title, page range of chapter, «In:» Editor names (followed by «ed/s. »), Book title, publisher, place (city, state) where published. Example:
Campbell, H.W. & Christman, S.P. 1982. Field Techniques for Herpetofaunal Community Analysis: 193-200. En: Scott, N. J. Jr. (ed.), Herpetological communities: a symposium of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and Herpetologists’ League, August 1977. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research report, 13. Washington, D.C. USA.

If a resource is published on the Internet, and sufficiently recognized as valid material for consultation should be: Author, year. Title. Version (date of release if any) followed by  «Available at: » (http address). Last acessed: (date of last visit to the web page). Example:
Frost, Darrel R. 2011. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.5 (31 January, 2011). Disponible en: http://research.amnh.org/vz/herpetology/amphibia/. Último acceso: 12 mayo 2011.

Summaries of congresses, seminars or meetings that have not been published in periodicals or Annals of Congress who have ISBN or ISSN should not be considered a cite and should be in the body of the text as personal communications or unpublished data.

Tables and figure legends: Should be included on a separate page following the Literature Cited.
Tables: include numeric or alphanumeric data. Tables should be numbered and cited within the text (Table 1).
Figures: include drawings, maps, photographs, etc. Digitalized figures (in TIF or JPG format with a minimum of 300 dpi) are acceptable. The final size of figures should not exceed 30 x 20 cm; preferred proportions are 1.5 x 1. In the text, should be cited as (Figure 1).

Notes: should not be subdivided to include subtitles, except the Literature Cited (which should be in the same format as that for Full papers).

Zoogeographic novelties: should have the following format:
Title: including Scientific name (mentioning the taxon’s author(s) and year of description). Author(s): Name, professional address, e-mail.
Locality: Country, Province, Department, locality name, geographic coordinates (of the locality or a nearby known locality). Collector’s name and date. Voucher specimen. Collection name and number (preferably using the acronyms suggested by Leviton et al. (Copeia, 1985 (3): 802-832). Authors are responsible for the correct identification of the specimens.
Comments: should be short, related to biogeography (range extensions), or complementary to the biogeographic data (microhabitat, behavior, etc.), and related literature (e.g., last revision). Literature cited: should be in the same format used for full papers.

Policy of Cuadernosde Herpetología and the Asociación Herpetológica Argentina considered that any study making reference to specimens in biological collections should include a complete list of the specimens examined, the depository institution, and collection number(s). Collection abbreviations should follow Leviton et al. (op. cit.).


The main author or the one indicated as the corresponding author will receive a PDF file of their work for personal use. It is possible that the authors put freely available on their personal web sites an exact copy of the PDF version of the article submitted by the Editor.

Is a fundamental condition that submitted manuscript has not been published elsewhere previously and has not been submitted simultaneously elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript the author agrees to maintain their rights and licenses for articles published in Cuadernos de Herpetología are open access and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license.



Sending of manuscripts


Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to the Director/Editor (director.cuadherpetol@gmail.com), who will assign them to an Associate Editor. The Editor may reject those manuscripts that do not conform the Instructions for Authors, or that are not within the scope of subjects and purposes of the journal. Recent numbers of Cuadernosde Herpetología can be consulted before submitting a manuscript. From 2011, the style of the journal has undergone substantial changes requested to be taken into account. The latest version of Author Instructions and sample articles are available at



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